It’s that time of year where people reflect on the past year and commit to goals. For most people, those goals require super restrictive diets and hours in the gym. As coaches who know those things are unrealistic and therefore ineffective, we decided to share some of own goals for the new year. After all, it never hurts to have a few accountability buddies to help us stay focused.
Coach G feels feels this year will bring lots of opportunity and growth, both for her personally and for Fuel Your Fitness as a company. She knows, though, that more often than not, it’s herself that gets in her way. Here are her 2020 goals, in her words:
- I want to write a cookbook. Since I was a little girl, I’ve had a dream to see my name in a bookstore. While I love writing as a freelancer for magazines, writing a book was always THE thing I wanted to do before I die. This year, I’m committing to writing a cookbook in the hopes it will catapult me into other writing projects. My commitment is to develop and test two recipes a week so I can have a hardcopy of the book in hand by this time next year.
- I want to stop talking myself out of things. If I’m presented with an opportunity that is even a little uncomfortable, chances are I’m going to make up every excuse in the book as to why I won’t pursue or do it. I don’t know why I do this — maybe fear of being uncomfortable or failing or looking like an idiot — but more times than not, I’ve walked away from things I originally didn’t want to do with the consensus that I’m glad I did.
- I’d like to practice intuitive eating. I love tracking macros. There’s no doubt about it. I get so much satisfaction in both the way I feel and the fact that I’m “eating with purpose”. But I’d like to practice more intuitive styles of eating at least two days a week so I can get more in tune with my body, but also be better at coaching intuitive eating for clients who don’t need or want to track macros.
Coach Britt is about three weeks away from having her first child and so her goals this year are a bit different than ever before. In her words:
My goal for the new year is to focus on getting into the best health possible to provide for my baby right now, and down the line. To me this means:
- Maintaining adequate calorie intake to produce milk to breastfeed my baby. This could mean eating more calorically than I ever have before. I know it will be a little anxiety provoking at times (especially since I will be working out less), but eating in a surplus will benefit both milk production for my baby and for healing my body from going through childbirth.
- Not rushing getting back into the gym “full-time” in order to let my body recover. I know if I take my time and listen to my body, I can come back from childbirth stronger and healthier than ever.
- To be kind to myself as I transition into this new phase of life. There will be many ups and downs with nutrition, workouts, body weight, and so many other things. I have gained 25lbs! That won’t go away overnight. My body will look, feel, and work differently, but I hope to remind myself day after day that “different” is not a bad thing and I don’t need to get back to where I was in order to feel good in my own skin.
Coach Sarah is training for a half Ironman this year! For those unfamiliar, this race consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. In her words:
- I’ve got some movement goals. I love CrossFit and will always do it in some capacity but I have a goal to complete a half Ironman, without losing all my strength or my health in the process. I’ve struggled with some major foot issues in 2019, great big walking boot and all, so I am hoping those days are behind me. I’m going to switch up some of my training to include a little CrossFit, a little strength, and a whole lot of swimming, biking, and running. With that said my nutrition will change a bit as well. I just finished eating in a surplus. Knowing that this was coming, I wanted to make sure I set my body up to withstand the volume of training I am about to endure. I will start to switch gears to focus on fueling appropriately through the longer days and changing my body composition so that it is in line with my goals. I want to try to keep some of my strength but I realize it isn’t smart to be carrying around any extra weight come June.
- I also want to clean up one food-related habit I have found myself repeating recently: relying on calorie-free sweetened/flavored beverages. I think this tendency started creeping in over the summer when I started using electrolyte powders and now I find I’m adding a little something extra far too often so the plan is to reduce my consumption there.
- Last, I plan to be a little more responsible with my money. I’ve always been fairly good with my money-saving a lot, prioritizing my bills, and spending a little. Bonus: I really do not have much debt, but in recent years, likely caused by my love of all things Amazon Prime, I feel that I have become a little frivolous with my spending. I need to be more mindful of my needs versus my wants as I would like more of my money to go towards experiences and less on things.
Hayden is the newest member of our coaching staff. She actually started with us as a client and has transitioned into coaching. If you’re interested in learning more about her, read her bio here. Her goals for 2020, in her words:
- I’d like to focus on gratitude. Meditation didn’t work super well for me, so I am going to take time every day to focus on gratitude (using a two-minute journal) to help try to increase happiness and manage stress.
- I want to incorporate more variety with my food. I tend to get in a routine (ok, rut) and eat the same thing over and over. I want to incorporate more variety into my diet and experiment with new recipes. I am going to aim to try two new recipes per month!
- This year I ran a race and did not get the time goal I wanted. Next year, I want to commit to training again (including ample rest and recovery time) to give myself the opportunity to hit the time goal I have for myself.
Wishing you all a happy new year full of health and happiness!
The FYF Team