The beginning of a new year typically means setting new goals for a lot of people. I’m definitely someone who does well when I have goals to work towards, so I’m right there with everyone else who spends time goal setting at this time of year. Since I’ve enjoyed reading posts by other bloggers who share their goals, I thought I’d share some of mine too. Make sure to read to the end of this post for the details on a few goal setting workbooks that I have for sale.
2019 was a big year for me fitness wise – I started strength training on a regular basis. Previously I would do it every once in awhile when I was feeling a weightlifting based workout, but I definitely enjoyed cardio more, so that’s what I gravitated towards.
Over the summer I started going to Group Power classes at my gym regularly and ended up falling in love with strength training again. I’m so glad that I’m back at it. Although it’s not your typical strength training workout, I’m still really enjoying lifting heavy things. It’s also really nice to not have to worry about creating my own workout. I can just follow along with what the instructor has planned for the hour.
My 2020 goal is to continue with the Group Power classes 3 times per week. On the other 4 days of the week I’ll sprinkle in cardio, yoga, and a rest day or two, but I really want to focus on the strength training this year. I’m averaging 3 classes per week already, so the challenge will be being consistent with it rather than adding anymore classes.
I’ve never really felt like I’ve been as strong as I’ve wanted, and I want to change that in 2020. It doesn’t mean that I want to be the strongest woman in the gym lifting more than anyone else, but just want to be stronger than I have been in the past. I want to be better than I was.
In 2019 I was really great at tracking my food intake in My Fitness Pal. I want to continue that momentum into 2020. Whenever I decide I want to start tracking again, it always takes a bit more time the first few days/first week to get back into the hang of it. But once it becomes second nature again it’s super easy to do. Being accountable to myself by putting my food intake into My Fitness Pal has been really helpful in eating healthier.
Along with focusing on strength training at the gym, I also want to increase my protein intake, and tracking my food will keep me accountable in making sure that I do that. I’m one of those people who loves numbers and having an objective measure on how I’m doing. Having the macro nutrient breakdown in My Fitness Pal is just the thing I need to ensure that I’m getting in the protein that I want.
My goal for 2020 is to continue to track my food in My Fitness Pal and hit my protein goals at least 5 days of the week. A few of my tips and tricks for getting in that last little bit of protein is to have a couple easy sources of protein ready to eat when I’m missing 10 or 15 grams for the day. My go to options are hard boiled eggs, plain Greek yogurt, and beef jerky.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in March 2019. While I learned a ton, it also made me realize how little I actually know about yoga. I had no idea before teacher training how much more there is about yoga than just the asana and pranayama that I had been exposed to in classes.
I’m looking at doing my 300 hour yoga teacher training, and I’ve checked out a few of the options available here in Calgary. I think I’ve found the one that I want to do, so now the plan is to save up the tuition for it in 2020, and then start it in 2021 or 2022. I’m really looking forward to taking another deep dive into yoga to learn more about it and myself.
As for yoga continuing education in 2020, I’m looking into doing a training or two on the things that I’m particularly interested in, like trauma informed yoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga. I haven’t decided which one I’d like to pursue this year yet, but I’m sure I’ll narrow down my choices once more trainings are advertised for 2020.
I also want to do some continuing education with my personal training certification. I have to do a minimum number of continuing education credits every two years to maintain my CSEP membership. I’m also thinking of doing a group fitness certification now that I’m teaching yoga. It’ll give me more education and background on leading groups through workouts. It’s never a bad thing to have more knowledge, so I’m thinking about becoming AFLCA certified as well in 2020. We’ll see how it goes!
While I just barely missed my goal of reading 24 books in 2019, my goal for 2020 is to read 40. I probably read less in 2019 than I have in years, so I think that 40 is doable even though I fell short last year. A few days ago I realized I have access to a ton of eBooks on Amazon Kindle thanks to my Prime membership. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of having books downloaded to my phone when I have little pockets of time when I’m out and about (waiting in line, waiting for appointments, etc.).
I sleep better when I allow myself some time to wind down before bed, and spending the last hour or so of my day away from screens is the perfect time for me to sneak in some reading. I typically only buy books that I’m pretty sure I’m going to love and want to read again, so I have a great collection of physical books that I know I like and would be more than happy to read a second time. I don’t have an excuse not to read before bed. Not only will it help me achieve a goal but it also allows me to fall asleep easier.
Goal Setting Workbooks
I’ve mentioned once or twice before that I’ve started a Gumroad store with my printables that are for sale. I have a few goal setting workbooks there that I thought I’d share quickly just in case you’re interested in using any of them to plan and achieve your goals for 2020.
First off, I’ve created a 2020 Goal Setting Workbook. It has everything to help you create your goals for the year, as well as quarterly check ins to keep yourself on track and make sure that you’re making the progress you need to to be able to achieve your goals this year. It’s 52 pages that you’ll complete throughout the year, so it’s really thorough.
If you’re looking for a workbook that’s not quite so big, I also offer A Year’s Worth of Actionable Goals Workbook. It can be done at any time of the year and isn’t specific to 2020. It’s so also quite a bit smaller at 16 pages, so if you don’t want quite as big of a dive into your goals, it’s the better option for you.
And lastly, if you have any fitness or food goals on your list for 2020, I have a Fitness and Food Tracker for sale as well. Just to be clear, it’s not a fitness or diet plan. It’s a workbook that allows you to track your workouts and food. Like I mentioned above, tracking my food and workouts has been really helpful in keeping myself accountable and achieving my fitness goals.
The above workbooks will be sent via email once you’ve paid (so you won’t receive a physical copy of them). You can then download them onto your computer and use as many times as you want for as long as you want. I spent a lot of time and effort making them so I think you’ll find them really helpful in achieving your goals. Let me know if you have any questions about the workbooks and I’d be happy to answer them for you (email or Instagram DM).
Are you someone who sets goals at the beginning of the year? What’s one of your goals for 2020? Tell me about it in the comments below.