Attention! Our favorite challenge of the whole year is here! Swimsuit season is still coming and we love a good nutrition challenge to motivate us. Why not surround yourself with a bunch of ladies with the same goal? There are strength in numbers and we truly believe so many of our clients do so well because of the amazing support from all the supportive women in our coaching groups. If you’re looking to feel your best and gain a little confidence by losing a few pounds, join in on our 3rd annual bikini bod challenge!
Denise knows what it means to work hard and keep going no matter what.
Counting macros did not come effortlessly to Denise – she had to work hard to figure it out. She didn’t give up, and since finding her stride in hitting her numbers, Denise’s consistency has been #goals! She hits her macros 6 to 7 out of 7 days every single week.
In the 14 years with my husband, the times that we talk about the most and that have fortified us together are when we have been driving toward a common goal. We decided early on that our goal was for me to be able to stay home with our children. That season included a career change for my husband and returning to school. He was 33 when he started his pre-requisites. I dug in and moved my career forward as quickly as I could to cover the investment in our future. Those years were some of our hardest. When our oldest was almost 5 and our second was born, we jumped off of the cliff together and moved where the best opportunity was for his career. Thankfully, not all goals are this big or daunting, but all goals, small or large, share some common keys to get you across the finish line.
What goals do you have for yourself? Are your goals fueling your life and moving you forward?
It has been said that a goal is a dream with a deadline. Dreams are great to fuel your excitement toward the future, but if you never put an action plan together, those dreams will stay elusive. Are you putting in the effort and action to achieve the goals that you have for yourself?
Here are a few things to consider on your path:
- Define Your Goal
- Be Willing To Adjust
- Stay the Path
DEFINING YOUR GOAL
When setting your goals, you need to ask yourself…what EXACTLY do I want? If we don’t take the time to define what it is we are working toward, it is easy to lose focus, feel discouraged without a logical assessment of progress, and quit.
SMART is a great format to evaluate your goals:
Specific: What exactly do I want to achieve?
Measurable: How will I measure my success? (Spoiler alert…if this is not measurable in a tangible way, you will not likely be satisfied with the outcome.)
Attainable: Is this goal something that you can reach with the resources that you are willing to invest?
Realistic: Are you being realistic about your limitations and what is possible?
Timely: Determine a timeline to achieve your goal. Checkpoints are an awesome idea if it is a longer term goal.
Have you considered these things when setting your goals while working with Stay Fit Mom? How are you evaluating your success? Can you reach this goal with what you are willing to invest? Are your goals personal and possible for you? Have you set a timeline and included checkpoints that offer you opportunities to look back and celebrate what you have accomplished so far?
BE WILLING TO ADJUST
Now that you have defined your goal in a way that is definable and trackable, let’s think of working toward your goal as a road to success. There will be times where the miles fly by and other times where it feels like everything slows way down. You may even encounter a detour. In our case, as my husband reached the end of his pre-requisites, he chose a different program that we had originally targeted. We had new information that we did not have when he started. The road signs were showing us a better route! We were still moving forward and still headed toward our goal, but we were not afraid to consider a change in the path to get there.
Are you taking the road signs into consideration as you work toward your goal or are you missing something potentially better because you refuse to look up? Sometimes we can become so blinded by the day to day that we forget what we are REALLY trying to achieve.
Are you so fixated on a number on the scale that you are missing amazing body composition and strength changes that will actually have you feeling and looking better than your “magic number” weight?
STAY THE PATH
As Tracy has often talked about, most things that are worth doing are HARD. Working toward goals is HARD. There will be times on the road to your goal that you may begin to drift off of the road and hit those little road turtles. You may have lost sight of the road, gotten distracted or even had an outside influence get you off path. When you realize that you have drifted out of your lane, you have to find a way to get back on track. Take control of what you can control, make the next right decision and get back on the path to your goal.
Some weeks macro counting is a breeze. Other weeks it can be a challenge…date nights, family functions, kids activities, crazy schedules, work stress, vacations, toilet paper shortage…so many things can push us past those road turtles and toward the ditch. If you have a rough week and can feel those bumps telling you to get back on the path, remember what you are working toward and make the next right decision!
In the words of Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…that’s what makes it great.” My husband and I often reflect about what a hard season that was when he went back to school, but it really made crossing the finish line that much sweeter.
Put a deadline on those dreams and get them done. You can do hard, amazing things.
I have been waiting for the right time to learn to make my mom’s homemade bread. If now isn’t the right time, I don’t know when is. I made a run to the business Costco here in Las Vegas over the weekend (with my mask on!) and scored an industrial size bag of bread flour. Along with a Walmart curbside pickup that day I had everything I needed. I’m now about 6 batches in and feel confident enough to share the homemade bread recipe with you all.
If you’re anything like me you’ve been randomly selecting a workout to do each day. It’s hard enough to find the motivation to right now to workout solo, so it has to be something fun. Chad and I did a similar version of this on Monday so I thought I’d add it here. All you need to do this version is a Kettlebell. If you don’t have one swap the Kettlebell swings out for weighted or air squats. Find something heavy in the yard you can hold and get to work!
I’m a sucker for a flavored Diet Coke and a sugar cookie. Luckily we don’t have a ton of drive through soda stops here in Las Vegas or I might go broke! Buying $3 cookies can get real expensive, real quick. You’re all in luck because these copycat original Swig sugar cookies are super easy to make, I swear!