Friday, September 28, 2012

Hitting it hard, goals and self imposed time lines.

I've been working hard this week. Why? One reason is the number of new visitors I got from Mark's Daily Apple due to my recipe video submission has motivated me to get my butt in gear, as well as to get some more content on the site.
 
Second reason is a new self imposed time line. It's nothing too strict, more a "how far can I push myself to accomplish before this date" kind of thing. That's all I can really tell you. The thing is, goals and time lines are important to help keep you motivated. If you have no goal, what are you working towards, and how do you know when you get there? If you have no time line for your goals, how do you schedule your goals into your daily life? The fact is, people will rarely continue an activity if they don't have a specific purpose for performing that activity or a goal to reach. Even if they do have an ultimate goal without a time line they'll procrastinate about it forever and never reach their goal.

When I started this site I had one goal, to be able to do one arm pullups on a door frame. That one goal morphed into six main fitness related goals. Looking at those six goals, they're overwhelming. How will I ever reach those goals without killing myself, or injuring myself, in the process. So the goals were broken down, into 10 easier to reach goals, each a little closer to my main goals. Not so overwhelming now. I simply plug away at the lowest goals until I reach them, then proceed to chase the next step. I've even added extra steps when the next goal has turned out to be a little beyond my grasp for the time being, and that's OK. Every step takes me closer and closer.

Now, I still have an issue with a time line. I have a short term time line, as I mentioned above, but it's not very measurable. My goals are difficult to cram into a time line without increasing the chance of injury. I supposed I could say, "within 5 years" or something essentially not foreseeable. It's very difficult to judge at the moment.

That being said, let's look at my progress this week. I mentioned the return of the horizontal pull the other day, felt good after 3 sets of 10, which was difficult before I added the 45 degree pull step before that. Tuesday was a write off due to my culinary pursuits of premaking my breakfast for the week. Wednesday I got caught up on my short bridges with 3 sets of 35, worked on my crow stands with 3 sets of 30/67/60 seconds, and my wall handstands with 3 sets of 97/75/90 seconds. My best time yet for wall handstands. Thursday night was 3 sets of 21 knee tucks with my daughter, 3 sets of 31 flat knee raises, and 4 sets of 25 double leg bent knee calf raises from the floor.

I'm feeling it today, and feeling good. Need to keep it up!

If you'd like to know what goals I'm currently working towards, take a look at The Goals page. I cross out the goals I've completed as I reach them.