A new year...2018 is about change


What do New Year's Resolutions mean for you?

As I sit in my living room with all the lights off and the kids and hubby in bed, I take the time to reflect on 2017 and more importantly, get excited about what 2018 has to offer me.

First let me tell you I'm not a fan of New Year resolutions.  Resolutions just don't work for me.  Every year since I was in high school I have resolved to stop biting my nails.  Well guess what I'm 40 years old and I still bite my nails.  I'm still a work in process :)

Now the definition of New Years Resolution is "a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life." - Thanks Wikipedia for the wonderful definition.

While New Years is a great time to "reset" your life, it is important to remember when setting goals you are planning on making permanent changes in your life.  Say you want to lose weight, decided on a long term goal then break it down into manageable pieces.

My goal for 2018 is to compete in 3 NPC Bikini Competitions.  I competed in my first competition in October of 2017.  It was such an amazing experience.  I'm ready to build more muscle (maybe get to see an ab or two) and better my stage presence.  NOTE...I had never been on stage before this event in October.

How I'm getting to my goal? Step 1 - pick a competition...NPC has published it calendar for 2018.  The first event is on my calendar April 28, 2018.  In two days, I will officially be 4 months out.

Step 2 - increase my water intake.  Water is something I struggle with so I purchased 2 - 40 oz water bottles and once I start lifting (kids are on Christmas break till the 2nd) I will be drinking 4 of those a day.

Step 3 - start taking my vitamins regularly.  Another struggle for me.  I don't do routines very well.  I'm going to look into apps that will remind me to take them. 

Step 4 - Lift heavier.  I'm in the process of trying to find a workout partner but this has been a bit of a struggle.  I have 17 weeks to prepare for this next show.  I have a 12 week program.  So starting Sunday, I will be hitting the gym 4 days a week for the first 5 weeks.  Then starting the 12 week program over and going 6 days a week.  Now, I also teach kickboxing 2 days a week.

Step 5 - Posing regularly.  I suck at the stage.  I will be wearing my competition shoes 10 mins a day for everyday the kids aren't home :) I will add 5 mins every week to that time.

Do you have a goal for yourself?

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