Monday, July 29, 2013

Motivate Me Monday-Reaching Goals

It's nearly August can you believe it?!!
 I'm not looking forward to August because I know it will go even faster than July.

At the beginning of July, I sat down and wrote a few goals I wanted to work towards for the month. 
This past week I finally found that paper (another reason why I needed a notebook) and looked over what I had written..

By the end of July, I wanted to be able to do a pistol squat on both legs, plank for 2 minutes, and do one regular pullup. At the time I wrote this, I was unable to do any of these! 
So here we are, at the end of July already which means it's time to test myself to see whether or not I made my goals. 

First I tested myself on the plank.

These pictures pretty much sum up how I was feeling. 
At the beginning, I was quite hopeful and thought a 2 minute plank wouldn't be too hard.
Mid-plank, the doubts started to creep in and I was almost certain I wasn't going to make my goal.
Post plank, I collapsed. My muscles were shaking from holding myself for that long!

And now you're probably wondering whether I made my goal?...
Here is my time:
I made it!! 
And even better than that, I passed my goal by 5 seconds!!
You may think 5 seconds is insignificant, but YOU go plank for 2 minutes and you will find those 5 seconds are worth celebrating.

As for my pullup...
Why oh why must pullups be so difficult?!! 

Thankfully my little guy (peeking in the corner) was there to root me on and I was able to get my one pullup.

The other day I nearly got TWO pullups..but today I was struggling to just get one! 
But I'm content with one. 
A month ago I couldn't even pull myself half way up! 

And last but not least, I wanted to be able to do a pistol squat on both legs.
As you know, I can do it on my right leg..

..but unfortunately I am not able to complete one on my left leg.
I can get down but I lose my balance and do not have the strength to lift myself back up!
I'm still working on it and will continue to try until I get it. 

All in all, I'm pleased with the accomplishments I've made!
I reached 3 out of 4 of my goals within just four quick weeks. 
I wanted to share this with you today in hope to motivate you.
Reaching my goals and seeing myself improve is the biggest motivation for myself, but I hope it motivates you as well. 
Because if I can do it, so can you.
All it takes is determination, practice, patience, and more practice.

(Oh, and a little hard work)
But trust me, the hard work pays off.
So whatever your goals are, don't give up.
If you don't have any specific goals, I encourage you to make some.
It will keep you focused and motivated to work toward something. 

I will be writing down new goals each month and encourage you to join me in doing so!
If you already do, how are your goals coming along?!

1 comment:

  1. pullups are difficult! They suck! haha! Or maybe I suck cause I can't do as many as I'd like..:(
    Practice makes perfect...right girl?!?!?!