Good Evening CFTP,
Sorry for the late post. I just landed from Las Vegas after my Super Spartan Race… Still digging gravel out of every crevice… ;). Anyway, as I was running in the gravel pit I actually was thinking about what I should write to you all about. The thing that kept coming to my mind is the importance of setting a goal and doing it. I know I have talked a lot about goal setting but I am going to take a different angle at it here. Goals not only give you something to gauge yourself off of but also it forces you to do something. When I set a goal of completing a Spartan Trifecta this year it pushed me sign up for the races and once you throw down that kind of money you kinda feel obligated to go. It gave me the commitment I needed to push me to accomplish my goal.
With that being said, I want to encourage you to take this week and look at your goals. The goals I want you to focus on are the goals that many of you have to run a 5k, run a 10k, run a half or a full marathon, complete a triathlon, compete in a CrossFit competition, run a Spartan, run Tough Mudder, or anything else it may be and SIGN UP! As soon as you sign up it is amazing how training for it becomes second nature. Once you sign up I want you to keep that competition in the back of your mind each time you come into the gym or each time you think to yourself, “I can skip today…” Having this in the back of your mind will set you up for success. There is nothing worse than going into a competition ill prepared. Grasp onto that for motivation to push yourself a little bit harder when you feel you want to quit.
I will leave you with a quote: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” -Thoreau
Goals are meant to be achieved!
When I started coming to CrossFit the Point a year ago I wrote down some vital statistics, I wanted to see where I was going, I weighed in at a hefty 270 lbs, and I had 33% body fat, that’s just under 90 pounds of squishy yellow fat I was carrying around with me every day. Pretty gross. I had high cholesterol and fatty liver disease, I recently had another physical and I am happy to report that I am heading the right direction, My cholesterol is normal and my fatty liver is within normal levels. My weight is down, not nearly what I’d hoped for, but I weighed in at a respectable 248 lbs. A loss of 22 pounds over a year is okay, but what I am so pumped about is my body fat. I have 18% body fat! I melted 15% body fat over the course of a year, that’s just about 50 pounds of fat. That’s a freaking kettle bell. I’m amazed as I sit here doing the math, this also means I’ve packed on almost 30 pounds of muscle during this transformation. Some other fun stats that I’ve taken note of over the last year, my max squat and bench press have gone up over a hundred pounds each and my deadlift has gone up close to one hundred fifty pounds, I’m a proud member of the 1200 pound club. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m a whole hell of a lot closer than I was a year ago. I’m excited to see where the next year takes me and what sort of ridiculous number I can talk about next year.