“A person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable). It’s impossible to forsee what can be accomplished with passion, toil & training” ~ Carol Dweck
Know what is totally crazy? There are only about 27 weeks until 2016. I don’t know about you, but the first half of 2015 has absolutely flown by. It has been a year of COMPLETE transition for me and there have been some big wins and also some disappointments. Since January, I have launched the Primal Potential podcast, started working with 1:1 coaching clients, developed and launched 3 e-courses and adjusted to running and building my own business. All this on the heels of totally turning my life on it’s head by quitting my job, selling my house and losing over 100 pounds. Whew!
During the initial phase of my weight loss, transforming my body got the majority of my focus. As best as I could, I put the rest of my life on auto pilot so I could tackle that major goal. Then, when I started Primal Potential, that got the lion’s share of my focus. I wasn’t as tenacious about my weight loss and physique goals and I was totally ok with that. Afterall, we have a finite amount of energy, attention and focus and I wanted to give that to building a new business.
I’m actually really proud that during a period of tremendous transition and taking on tons of new challenges I didn’t undo the healthy habits I had built during weight loss. Sure, my workouts were less intense and I was more flexible with my eating habits, but I’m so proud that I didn’t backslide. I maintained my weight within about 10 lbs even though I had a knee injury, I stopped working out with a trainer and I wasn’t as rigid about my diet.
Like I tell my clients, there are natural ebbs and flows of motivation, pursuit, maintenance and struggle. That’s normal. That’s life. It is nothing to feel guilty about. I happen to think that guilt is a waste of valuable energy.
But you know what? With just about half the year left, I am READY to go after some big goals. My body is rested, my mind is at peace and I am ready to get back on the physical grind and take my body to the next level. I am excited to be excited again, ya know? My goals are BIG. They are ambitious. But my heart is big and I am ambitious. I want to share this next phase of my pursuit and transformation with you! So here we go! This is what I’ll be tackling with full force and total effort between now and the end of the year!
- Lose 30 lbs
Before I get critical comments, let me explain. Am I healthy right now? Yup. Do I feel comfortable at this weight? Yeah, I actually do. But after struggling with my weight for my entire life, I want to see just how far I can take my body. I’m not setting this goal because I’m not happy with my body. I’m setting this goal because I believe I can be anything I want and I have a desire to let my mind and my body show me how far we can go. It is not a cosmetic goal. It is a mental one. This doesn’t mean crash dieting or severe restriction. It means very clean eating and intelligent workouts. It is more about building mental and physical strength & endurance than anything else. And I am crazy excited.
- 10 unassisted pull-ups
Dude, pull-ups are freaking hard and this has been a goal of mine for some time. Like my ambitious weight loss goal, to me, the ability to do 10 unassisted pull-ups is both a mental and a physical goal. I’m working with a new trainer and he knows my goals. He believes I can reach them and he pushes me HARD. I won’t lie – there’s a lot of cursing during our workouts (and it’s never from him). I’ll be doing 4 strength and metabolic conditioning workouts each week and I’ll have 3 days of just restoration activities like stretching, walking and yoga. I cannot wait to post a video of my 10 unassisted pull-ups!!
- Meditate daily
My ability to reach these goals is directly correlated to my ability to be mindful and aware in every moment. If I’m busy thinking about how things went in the past or what might be ahead, I won’t be able to take advantage of every momentary opportunity to make a good choice that moves me towards my goals. I will make time for meditation every day whether it is for 1 minute or 20 minutes. I know this is essential for my success. Fortunately, I’m putting together guided meditations for those of you who are in the Overcoming Emotional Eating & Self-Limiting Behaviors seminar so I have those downloaded on my phone to practice daily.
So there you have it! These three goals will be a primary daily focus for me. They won’t be easy. They intimidate me. But I am so ready and I’m excited to challenge myself. I really want to share the process with you so let me ask you this: how would you like to hear about my progress? What do you want to know? Are you interested in seeing what I eat? Progress pictures? Frustrations and struggles? Workout videos? Or if you have no interest at all in my journey to my goals, tell me that too!
I love ALL of you for your support and I’m super excited to help you reach your goals, too! Is there anything in particular you want to achieve by the end of the year?