Another month is coming to an end and a new one is about to begin.
Whew! I could not be more ready for a fresh start! How about you?
The last month has been quite the transition period in my life and it definitely has not been easy. One of the biggest things in my life at the moment is that I left Arizona, a place I’ve called home for the past five years and moved back to my original homeland, good ol’ Minnesota. I am mentally preparing myself for what snow and below zero degree weather is like. It’s really making me question this move, not gonna lie.
Regardless of the weather (which I’m sort of looking forward to as an excuse to buy fall clothes), I’m surrounded by family and old friends, which is definitely something I need at the moment as I’m making huge changes in my career path. I’ve begun the process of studying to become a group fitness instructor as well as am applying left and right to advertising and marketing agencies because I just love communicating so I figured, hey, that’s what you went to school for so you might as well get to using that degree!
With that being said, I’m setting some serious goals as they relate to fitness, career, blog, and personal improvement for the month of October. I allowed myself September to get settled in and now it’s time to kick things up a notch, get into a routine and start accomplishing some stuff! I’m starting to focus a lot on how to set goals, prioritize my time and increase productivity and thus you can probably expect a couple blog posts about that in the future.
I got just the inspiration I needed to start planning for my October domination this morning while doing my morning blog reading. I came across a post about Crossfit Games athlete Julie Foucher and how she went from amateur Crossfitter Julie to top Games athlete Julie. Let’s just say, it’s just what I needed to help me start to focus on my monthly goals. My top takeaways were things that I find I need to be reminded of almost daily in order to keep pushing towards the things I’m working on. I think we all need these types of reminders so let me share a few solid things that really hit home while reading this post:
Without it she would never be where she is today. She has consistently stuck to a training program for the past five years that has taken her from newbie to pro. It’s about finding a program/coach/plan, etc. and then truly commit to it. By sticking with something, even if you don’t see immediate results you have to trust that if you consistently do what is on the plan it will work!
Small changes over time result in long term success.
Again, this relates back to sticking with a plan. Plans don’t work unless you follow through with them. By making a plan, no matter what your goal, that is realistic and has small, measurable milestones you are much more likely to stick to it and succeed. Julie didn’t start off with the intense training schedule she has now but over time was able to build up her training and work capacity so she can train at the level she needs to.
Don’t downplay nutrition.
I think a lot of us get stuck thinking what we eat doesn’t really matter. We hear about top athletes who swear they eat whatever they want or who don’t follow a strict dietary plan but I think for the most part focusing more on nutrition will help you excel no matter if your goals are fitness related or not. How we fuel our bodies is important and if you eat like crap you will most likely feel like crap. You don’t necessarily need a meal plan but learning portion size, how to swap out healthy items for not so great choices, and being aware of what we put in our bodies is important. The body learns to adapt to training and nutrition so in order to train or perform at optimum levels you have to first train your body to utilize food as fuel to do so.
There was a lot of great stuff in this article- what were your favorite takeaways?