THE FITNESS GOAL EVERYONE FORGETS ABOUT
Having a goal is important for many reasons. Although I'm not the kind of girl who is super regimented and has a marble print Daily Greatness journal filled with #lifegoalz, I like having a loose plan to keep me motivated.
As well as the want to achieve a goal, to me the most important thing about having one is getting the sense of accomplishment that I'm actually doing something with my life aside from binge watching Gilmour Girls on Netflix. In bed. Alone.
However if you're the type of person who is always striving to better yourself (I'll take a guess and presume you probs are) you kind of skip that feeling of achievement and just get right on to planning your next goal. We don't spend enough time congratulating ourselves, patting ourselves on the back and saying WELL DONE GURL for what we've achieved and how far we've come.
After getting a little leaner for summer, I have felt in a bit of a limbo since September so I decided my next obvious goal would be to bulk and put on some more muscle (technical term: chase dem winter gainz). So in October I started upping my training volume (more reps, more sets) and although I wasn't tracking properly, probably eating around 2,400 kcals a day.
Then last week I stumbling across a photo from January 2015.
Now if you follow my Instagram you may have seen this progress picture I posted last week:
I didn't plan on doing this kind of post. I was searching through my work email for something boring and found the image on the left taken almost two years ago. (Those of you who don't know, I'm the marketing gal at SIX3NINE Personal Training)
I haven't had a dramatic weight-loss or weight-gain that many inspirational ladies have had, and I certainly wasn't unhappy with my body before. I just was shocked by how different I look as I literally feel the same. More importantly, I realised I hadn't given myself that mental congratz party inside my head yet.
As I looked at the image I decided my next fitness goal is maintenance. I'm proud of the body i've built over the past few years and I think now is the time to just enjoy what I've achieved, rather than working for 'further improvements'. I'm going to keep training as I had been before, enjoy a XL cup of Candy King pick n mix every now and then, try to hit my maintenance calories most days, and be okay with not having super visible abs or a gigantic, balance-a-champagne-glass-on-it ass.
Please don't feel pressured to constantly working towards 'getting shredz' or packing on muscle. Knowing you have the power to change certain aspects of your physique is empowering but IT'S OKAY to be cool with where you're at, stay there and have a little party.
Now send me the sassy raised hand girl emoji on my latest IG post if you're make maintenance your fitness goal this Christmas!
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