Nathan here; I'm writing solo today. Summer is here. We're six months into the year, and Grace and I are kicking butt as we work toward our goals. Where are you at with your goals? If you read our previous newsletters about New Year's resolutions, setting goals, and other similar topics, you'll know we're not fans of New Year's resolutions. People who set goals in this context often burn out quick. I base this statement on experience. Instead, we prefer goal setters. These are people who set goals and work toward them through the year. Yes, we fall into this second category, and we do plan our goals in an annual fashion. Some people state setting goals at the beginning of the years is the same as setting New Year's resolutions are the beginning of the year. On the surface, you would be right, but there is an underlying mentality difference between the two types of people. Let me explain. New Year's resolutioners use the New Year as a reason to set goals. Inevitably once the New Year fades into the background, so does their focus on the goals. Goal setters use the goal as their motivation. Once the New Year fades, and the months pass, the goal is still the motivator. While it might be hard to understand, we base this on experience working with clients every day all year long. So are you the New Year's resolutioner or the goal setter? The simple answer is: if you set New Year's resolutions, you're the New Year's resolutioner. If you set annual goals, you're the goal setter. Perhaps more importantly, if you've achieved or are still actively pursuing goals, you are the goal setter; if you let the resolution die with the New Year—meaning you stopped pursuing them a short time after the New year—or you're half-heartedly pursuing goals, you're the New Year's resolutioner. Our goals for the year At the end of last year, we set goals for 2018. We thought about them in detail and planned accordingly. For us, there were fitness goals, relationship goals, and business goals, with sub-goals in these areas. For this writing, I'll focus on the fitness goals. Let me start with Grace's goals. Grace's goals this year were/are straightforward:
Minimize fitness loss during pregnancy
Return to pre-pregnancy weight and body fat percentage
Regain pre-pregnancy fitness level
Grace accomplished the first goal, of course, since the pregnancy ended on March 27 of this year. She returned to cardio and limited body weight exercises just two weeks after the birth of our beautiful little monster, Amelia, which occurred via c-section. At four weeks she returned to weight training, and she has gradually improved since. To put things in perspective:
Before the pregnancy, Grace biked 30-40 miles per week, and now she bikes 40-50 miles per week.
Before the pregnancy, Grace clean and jerked 115 pounds, dropped to around 55 toward the end of pregnancy and is now back to 95.
She could front squat 125 pounds before pregnancy and now is at 115
Her pre-baby weight was 138 at 14 percent body fat; now she is 148 at 19 percent body fat
These are just examples, of course, but I think it lays out how she worked hard before, during, and now after pregnancy. She continues to work hard. Keep in mind, Grace had a c-section, which though common in America, is major surgery. She is just 14 weeks post surgery. Now on to me. Simply put, at 38 years of age, I set my fitness goals higher than ever for this year. I had/have about a dozen different fitness goals for the year, so I won't go over all them here. That said, I reached or surpassed seven of those goals already this year, set lifetime personal records in my lifting, Olympic lifting, and calisthenics, and I'm still pushing to do more. To put this in perspective, I'm fitter now than in my 20s and my stats include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
260-pound clean and jerk
5-minute CrossFit workout Diane
50 consecutive pull-ups
20-30 miles total running distance per week
and I'm shooting for more, such as:
a 5:20 mile
275-pound clean and jerk
one-minute back lever
My point with relating our goals and success pursuing the same is not to say how awesome we are but rather to note we set goals and we're working toward them. Can you say the same? Every day you have an opportunity to work toward your goals. It's up to you to either pursue those goals or to be lazy and let them fall to the side. So, are you pursuing your goals are have they fallen to the side? Regardless of your answer to that question, what will you do for the rest of the year? I hope you will use each day as an opportunity to reach your goals, whether they are health and fitness based, relationship-based, finances based, or base in some other area. Perfection is not required; honest effort is. Put in work today.
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Nathan DeMetz holds degrees in Exercise Science, Business Administration, and Information Technology as well as certifications in strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and other areas. His credentials come from organizations such as Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech College, and the International Sports Sciences Association. Nathan has 17 years of personal and professional experience in the health and fitness world. He works with people from across the globe, including locations such as Kuwait, Australia, and the USA.