Go For Your Gold

Watching elite athletes pour their hearts onto the ice or ski slopes in their pursuit of Olympic gold is inspiring.  Whatever our own level of fitness, we can channel our inner Olympian in more ways than we might imagine.

Olympic athletes, like any of us, focus on working towards an achievable goal, and they adapt and adjust as they encounter injuries and other life obstacles. In order to reach their fitness goals of speed, strength, and endurance, they shape their lifestyle to support those goals. They fuel themselves with a balanced, healthy diet. They train their minds to focus on positive thoughts and resilience. Olympic athletes visualize themselves speeding, reaching across that finish line to win. They visualize each step in their run or performance so that in the final race their bodies follow where their minds have been so many times before.

This is the same for all of us in our fitness journey. To simply have a goal of running a 5K or losing ten pounds is not enough without placing it in the context of creating a lifestyle of health in mind, body, and spirit. How much time will you dedicate to cross training or prepping your meals?  Visualize your success, whether it’s envisioning your sprint across the finish line, sweaty cardio workout, or eating a healthy, wholesome meal. Like any athlete, make sure you are hydrated and drink the amount of water you need. Visualize yourself looking thinner, stronger- whatever your goal may be, visualize yourself doing it. Live it, breathe it,  Believe it just like the Olympians do!

!I can help you identify your goals and ways to support your goals through diet, exercise, and mindfulness. Together we can identify barriers that are holding you back, which of those barriers we can work to overcome, and which barriers we need to work around.

This winter as you work towards your fitness goals, channel your inner Olympic athlete and visualize your success on your journey towards a healthy lifestyle.

New Year, Smart Resolutions

January is a time for resolutions. Too often these goals are grandiose and vague- “This is the year I will lose weight and get fit!”. These types of resolutions keep stuck in a cycle to of feeling bad when we cannot achieve what we did not properly define.
This year, set SMART goals instead:
Specific: Set a clear goal.
“This year I will lose 20 pounds,” or “This year I will run a marathon.”
Measurable: Track your progress with a variable you can measure, such as minutes. 
“I will measure my weight once a week,” or “I will measure how long I run every week.”
Attainable: Be honest with what you can achieve with the resources you have.
“Hmm. 20 pounds may be too much to lose given my schedule in the next few months. I will aim for 10,” or “I have never run before, so I should aim to run a 5K before a marathon.”
Relevant: Make sure the goal is truly important to you.
“My health care provider said my blood sugars will improve if I lose weight,” or “I want to run to enjoy nature while I improve my endurance.”
Time-limited: Set a defined time-frame to reach your goal.
“I will lose 10 pounds over six months,” or “I will run 1 extra minute each week to run a 5K on May 23”.
Set a smart goal and record your progress in a notebook or spreadsheet. Need inspiration? I can work with you to set your healthy lifestyle goals and help you find tools to track your progress!