Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Heavy Lifting

Let's talk goals, what are your goals for 2018?  Goals are so important, in all facets of life.  For me personally on my fitness journey it helps to hold myself accountable and when you hit those goals, whether they are big or small, it feels AMAZING!!!!  The importance of having a plan while you work towards your goals, surrounding yourself with people who support you and having qualified guidance is key.

I have the best tribe surrounding me from my family, especially my husband and coach, my friends, gym besties they all support me even if their idea of fitness is different from mine.  So far I am signed up for two races which means I better get my butt back to running again soon!  Lunch hour runs keep being pushed off thanks to mother nature, if I had better gear I would get out in the cold.  I will get there though, the races are obstacle races and the idea is to just have fun :)

Building some muscle is my main goal so that this summer I can begin my cut for a fall figure competition.  My coach has created a great plan for me, the best part about our partnership other than he is one of the most informative, knowledgeable and inspiring human beings I know, well husband is what I like to call him most ;)  He plans my training and after training together for more than 15 years he truly knows what works for me best.  Then I get my calories and macro count from him and create my own meal plans.  Currently I am getting in higher amounts of protein and then equal amounts of carbs and fat.  

We are working hard to find our balance between running our gym, myself working my full-time job and enjoying our life with our beautiful daughter.  It can be so HARD sometimes, there are many days when I feel as though I am failing in one aspect or even all of them.  We are working hard because we really are living a dream and we know just how fortunate we are.

During my training so far I have been going for deadlift PR's on Saturday's.  "End" goal for me is 300# I was pleasantly surprised two Saturdays ago when I pulled 220#.  It didn't necessarily feel easy but it also wasn't so hard that I felt shaky during the lift.  Next time I know I will be pulling more.  Deadlifting is such a great exercise when done properly, you engage so many muscle groups!

As we've been going through so many changes (with more to come) a lot of wonderful people have come into our life.  When I make those heavy lifts I have one the greatest training partners pushing me along with Kyle.  Her name is Traci and we met just six months ago, she had an interest in competing and decided to have Kyle coach her and to train with me.  It is amazing how common goals can bring people so close in a very short amount of time.

Two and a half years ago I wrote a blog about lifting buddies and it seems so fitting.  It has taken me that long to find someone with the same drive, goals and lifting attitude as myself.  

I am blessed, so very blessed.  Not blessed because of luck but blessed because we have worked HARD to get to where we are and we couldn't do it without those who support us.  Just as you must work hard to achieve any fitness goal you must do the same in life.  Keep your supporters close and if you are like me LIFT HEAVY!