As 2012 is coming to an end it’s very exciting to think about what’s ahead in 2013. For me 2012 saw some major improvements in fitness and new adventures. I ran not one marathon but two! I also got injured for the first time in a long time. I learned a lot about what types of stress my body can handle and where I need to get stronger. Going into 2013 I want to use that knowledge become a better athlete.
While thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013, and already having some ideas floating around, I realized, oh wait, this might change pretty quickly if my ultimate goal is met, what if I get pregnant?
Screeeeeech! Put the breaks on goal setting! How do I set big goals when my body could change drastically?! Do I set these goals and then revise them when we get the good news? What if my pregnancy is tough and I can’t exercise as much as I will want to?
After thinking about what my original goals were going to be ( sub 1:30 half marathon, 180lb deadlift, getting 100lbs over my head) I realized that they’re all number related. I’ve now decided to start thinking about fitness goals a little bit differently this year, and while those other goals can stay in the back of my head, the ones I’m shooting for will be things that will keep me healthy and eventually get me to those numbers.
People say you should always make SMART goals, meaning specific, meaningful (this is also sometimes substituted as measurable), achievable, relevant, and timely.
I realize that I can apply SMART goals to things that I want to improve on in fitness for 2013 that have nothing to do with numbers.
1) Improve core, glute and ham strength by attending AE classes at least twice a week.
2) Get more proactive about my nutrition by cooking at least one meal a week.
3)Get more sleep by getting in bed at 10:30 without any gadgets (no laptop no phone)
4) drink more water by always carrying around my blender bottle. I recently saw a great video with Matt Chan talking about how important water is for recovery, besides it makes your skin better and a whole list of other incredible benefits for downing some H2O.
I think with these goals in mind, I’ll have a fantastic 2013 without the disappointment of not reaching certain numbers if I’m able to get pregnant.
Any ladies out there deal with this in the past? How did you go about planning for a year ahead when you knew you wanted to have a baby?