once again, i'm embarking on a new year, new you journey at kdr fitness. (you can read about last year's journey here, here, and here. and if you want to read more about my fitness journey, including joining the gym, progress posts, and recipes, click any of the applicable key words in the right sidebar.)
i love participating in contests at the gym because it provides extra motivation for me to succeed. and this contest has a potential $3,000 prize, with each member from the winning team taking home $1,000!!!!
and this time, i'm going to win. (seriously...bring it on!!!)
you see, i've got goals, yo. and not your run of the mill i-want-to-lose-weight or i-want-to-be-healthier goals...but real ones. with numbers. and dates.
i'm a procrastinator by nature, so it's no wonder why i haven't reached my goals yet...it's because i didn't set specific enough goals. and now, with an exciting date marked on the calendar, i've got deadlines. before mike and i got engaged, i did a lot of hard work. i lifted heavy shit. i sweat gallons and gallons. and i ate a lot of protein and produce. i was committed to my program...but i wasn't working for anything specific.
today, i'm presenting you with my goals because that's the only way i can hold myself accountable. some goals are a little more broad and some are very specific. and please, please know that typing these words to go out on the internet is not an easy task. and when you read my goals, you'll know the *one* that makes me cringe the most. but if i want to get it done, this is what i need to do.
i've broken down my goals into five categories: workouts, food, nyny contest, clothes, and lifting.
i will workout 4-5 times per week. this consists of 2 strength training classes and 2-3 cardio/bootcamps. (this is the easiest part, believe it or not.)
maintain food journal. every. single. day. (this one has been hard for me. i *know* my choices are generally compliant with my nutrition plan, but i also *know* that if i forget to write down a single tablespoon of peanut butter, that's 100 calories not counted for, which can quickly add up if you don't keep track on paper. so...c'mon, andrea...write it down, will ya?!)
new year, new you contest:
1. lose 25 pounds of fat.
2. gain 10 pounds of lean body mass.
3. by the end, my weight will start with a 1.
1. comfortably fit into a size 10 by april 1st. (i currently wear a size 14 jeans and have a 'goal' rehearsal dinner dress that's a size 10. i want to be comfortably maintaining a size 10 until the wedding. if i lose more....*bonus*!!)
2. buy at least one new swimsuit and a couple new outfits for a cruise in april.
3. get rid of too big clothes. (this one might sound weird, but it's really easy to hold onto clothes that are too big because you can hide in them. there are a few things i've continued to wear that are too big, partially because i don't have similar items that fit properly. can't i just win the lottery to buy a new wardrobe?!)
embrace it. (sometimes i fight increasing my weights or trying something i haven't done before. i cannot let fear control me. i control me.)
always try to do the maximum reps. (if there's a range of doing 12-15 deadlifts, i often find myself stopping at 12. do the 15. you can do it.)
increase weights. (if you can max out your reps, it's time to increase weights. you've done it before, you'll do it again. you may even surprise yourself.)
so, those are my goals for the next 2+ months. things to work on every day.
and i feel really confident i can achieve my goals. especially with my team for the contest...i've got one of last year's winners partnering with her boyfriend (as our non-member) and myself. i couldn't be more excited.