2016 Health & Fitness Goals (Yes, Another One Of These Posts)

Guys, I’m getting really excited about a few new health and fitness goals/ideas I am working on. Honestly, it’s more coincidental (and honestly kind of good timing) that these new goals coincide with New Years.

It is not, however, coincidental that they coincide with my husband leaving at the end of this month for 6 months. I am definitely planning ahead and trying to keep busy while he is away.

Either way, it is perfect timing and I’m really excited to discuss some ideas that have been churning in my head for a while now.

So I guess I will just refer to this as my “Accidental 2016 New Years Resolutions” (health and fitness related, at least!).

1. Compete in at least TWO powerlifting competitions. 

David's new powerlifting belt I got him! Now it's my turn to get one :)
David’s new powerlifting belt I got him! Now it’s my turn to get one 🙂

I love lifting for the technique and appreciate form and classic lifts. It’s the reason I became passionate about fitness. For some odd reason that I can’t explain that aspect of weight lifting really drew me in. I also considered Weightlifting competitions, but I don’t love those lifts (and am a little scared of them). I am much better at squat & deadlift and am at least less scared of- but terrible at- bench press. I am hoping to compete early this spring and my goal is to do two competitions because I want to see myself improve from one competition to the next- not in placing, I’m such a newb after all, but with my own PR’s.

2. Find a routine that works for me, is maintainable, and keeps me busy.

Loves playing hockey to impress his Granddad.
Getting him back in the rink next week!

This routine is especially important for me when my husband is away. I have signed Davy up for new sessions of ice skating and music (he loves both) and that, along with the gym, will keep us just the right amount of busy which is very necessary.

I have learned that I need routine in my life. When I have a workout routine that works well for me I do much better with my goals, but if it is unrealistic and over-ambitious you can trust that it’ll never be maintained. I have actually just found a new split that looks like it might work for me! It is Joe DeFranco’s Westside Hybrid geared towards training for powerlifting.

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I will go into more detail about EXACTLY what I am doing for my split in another post, but it is similar to this! (Source: bodybuilding.com)

3. Visit a gym in as many states as possible.

I loved my week-long membership to this gym while I was in Florida!
I loved my week-long membership to this gym while I was in Florida!

I will be traveling a lot this spring. I know I will definitely be in Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Washington State, Missouri and Texas in the first half of the year alone and I LOVE visiting new gyms. Screw running outside (I kid, runners don’t kill me 🙂 ), I want to get day passes to gyms in each state and POSSIBLY try to meet up with another Sweat Pink, Fitfluential or For Two Fitness Ambassador while doing so!

4. Get my butt in that BodPod machine at the gym.

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I have been meaning to do this. I want to use this as form of measurement instead of the scale periodically throughout the year. Clearly, strength training is important to me, but I also do need to lose fat, so measuring my percentage of body fat and muscle sounds like a great idea (for me, at least!). I don’t have an exact measurement I want to achieve, this isn’t that type of goal and those are usually never achieved, I just want to see improvement in both areas this year.

5. Earn my Fitness Nutrition Certification.

Sweet Potato Pizza Crust Recipe
Cooking is definitely my passion- I’m so corny!

Once again, great timing with my husband going away – did I mention my husband is going away? 😛 But really, I love school. I’m a nerd. So achieving this goal will feel really good. I have been wanting to do this for some time because food is my passion (I went to school for it, in a way!) and healthy food is even better! I will be signing up in the next couple of months. I am just waiting to hear back from a few to see which will work best for me!! Eeek!

That’s all for now! I have a bunch of other ideas swarming in my head (like getting a trainer, for one!) but I will save it for another post. These are 5 solid goals that I can work towards and I want to look back towards the end of this year to see if I have achieved these or if I completely shifted gears (totally possible) and didn’t achieve ANY of these. 

Who knows 🙂

What are your health and fitness goals for 2016??!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sun says:

    Those sound like fantastic goals for the upcoming year! Looking forward to hearing how the powerlifting competitions go – I don’t know much about the sport so it will be interesting to learn more 🙂

    1. Sarah Mears says:

      Honestly, there aren’t many resources in my area, especially for women, so you will be learning along with me!

  2. Good luck for that. You can surely make it. Just be motivated and be patient.

  3. acbrandt says:

    I love the idea of visiting gyms in different states!

  4. Sarah, these are great goals for 2016! Powerlifting competitions are a great way to stay focused on your goals. Which nutrition certification are thinking about doing?

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