Why it’s important to write down your goals (for me):
4 days a week I’m doing Rusty’s Visual Impact program for Women. It is (sorry Rusty) incredibly slow and boring and it almost never makes me sore. I don’t sweat until the treadmill intervals. Its 5 or 6 weighted exercises done for only 5 reps/ 5 times – that’s 25 of each exercise but you take at least 1 min break between sets. Meaning it takes me forever. Only after that’s all done do I jump on the treamill for 20 minutes of intervals and then a 20 minute walk. A walk, not a run.
I am bored. I feel like I’m not working hard enough. I feel like I’m giving in to laziness.
But when I look at list of goals I chose his program specifically for how it would change my body. I am in the entertainment business. Often I feel vain and shallow that I spend a lot of time on looking a certain way (not necessarily better, just a specific look) and not just to run faster or be an elite athlete. But I love my profession, I love the arts, I love dance and aerial work. And I know that there are some jobs I’ve gotten simply because I looked more fit or the same as the other girls in the show or simply fit in the costumes available. I’ve also been passed over for jobs for this reason. The job I had to send in those bikini pictures for is a dancing job that asked specifically because they require “visible abdominal muscles”
So today when i was doing the boring seemingly ineffective workout I reminded myself what my goals are. My goals are to gain strength slowly so as not to build mass but to shrink muscles and keep tone. My goals are to lose some excess muscle from my legs and shoulders and tighten my triceps. My goals are to have flat, visible abdominal muscles. That is my goal for the VI days. My goal for running days is to build up the ability, patience and endurance to run longer and longer distances. That is it. I don’t have speed goals right now I have mileage goals.
I encourage you to write down your goals. Then you can compare goals to results, keep whats working, drop whats not, tweak, change and progress.
This is my progress picture today. I’m getting some results that I want and clearly without having to starve myself. I can keep going 🙂 This with my 6 miles yesterdays shows me that the plan is working, I’m reaching my goals.
Do you write down your goals? Like I said, I go through cycles. I have structured times like now where I writed everything down and shoot for something specific and I have other times where I’m traveling, working, doing other things where I don’t have structured goals, just a general goal to keep active most days.