12-week & 2010: that’s a wrap!

yes, it’s me…poking my lil’ nose back into my blog after a much-too-long absence to wish you all a happy new year!  and to circle-back (as promised) on my 12-week goals that i set back in october.  i don’t know about all of you, but i set these super-aggressive, sometimes unnattainable goals, and then wonder why i don’t reach them.  and i’m even the one that preaches setting achievable goals!  yes, my goals were totally do-able that i set just 12-weeks ago, but given that i actually like to enjoy time with my family and NOT hit the gym 2 hours a day for the latter part of december, my superwoman goals might have been a bit over-the-top.  let’s revisit what my goals were:

  • weight: 119 (goal: 115) 
    ACHIEVED! while weight wasn’t my primary drive this 12 weeks, it was a nice surprise to see that fitbook works (ha!) and as i slowly stepped on the cold scale this morning to see where i was, even after the holidays, i was nervous because i seriously haven’t weighed for 12 weeks.  so when i saw 114.2 blink back at me, there was a sense of overwhelming joy to see that  being happy and NOT focusing on weight resulted in finally getting back to my pre-competition, “happy weight”…all without dieting or killing myself with workouts! 
  • bench press (1-rep-max): 85#  (goal: 120#) 
    ACHIEVED – KINDA.  this is a lesson in good goal-writing.  i really wanted to lift my bodyweight, and the great thing about bringing my weight down by 5lbs – it made it easier to reach this goal of lifting my (new) body weight of 115#…one rep max, with a spotter!  having that strength back is a great accomplishment for me and while i have no desire to be bulked up like when i was competing, there’s a little bit of pride i get from being able to throw 35#s on each side of the barbell and crank out my bodyweight. try this…i dare you!
  • push-ups: 32 (goal: 50)
    ACHIEVED!  i reached this goal actually in week 10…yay!  according to men’s health, i’m “men’s health fit” which was a reality check for me on how hard i sometimes push myself.  this is a good thing…for the most part.  work on those pushups though – they are a great measure of strength.  start by perfecting your form doing pushups on your knees (toes on the floor), then work up to your toes, and advance by doing decline and incline pushups!
  • pull-ups: ZERO…booo!  (goal: 3)
    NOT ACHIEVED.  so i can do 1…but not my goal of 3.  this was a toughy, and i did try!  but i must also say that i probably set too many goals.  if you have so many to focus on, sometimes you forget to work on all of them and i have to admit i’d forget this one more often than not because, well, i wasn’t good at them!  lesson-learned.
  • hanging pike leg-raises: 3.5 (goal:10)
    (ALMOST) ACHIEVED…8!  without a spotter i can knock out 8 like nobody’s business…but those last 2 i have to have a spot for…but a great improvement over the 3.5 i could do when i started.  i’m giving myself a thumbs-up on this one!

here’s a look back at what was driving me for the past 12 weeks:
MOTIVATION: gain self-confidence through building my strength back for ME…based on how i feel, not how i look.  reward: shopping spree at lulemon right before my 31st birthday!
[check, check, and check!  looks like i know where i’m going this weekend…LULU here i come!]

now that said, i must admit that i didn’t finish out 2010 as stellar as i might have hoped.  i go home for 10 days to see my family in colorado and while i work out pretty much every day while i’m home, my “workouts” are a far stretch from my butt-kicking workouts here at home. it’s the one time of year wheni get to be with my family for that long of period of time, so i choose to go for hour-long walks with dad, sneak over to 24 hour before everyone wakes up, or consider shopping at the mall with mom for 6 hours my cardio for the day!  i look at this way: i seriously work out at least 6 days a week for 50 weeks out of the year, so i’m not too hard on myself for taking it easy and letting my body rest.  it’s probably good for me physically, but rather difficult mentally – which is why i still get my workouts in (to some degree).  that, combined with being in (far) less  control of what food is served means that i have to be super mindful of what goes in my chompers. bless her heart, my mother actually thinks her cherry cobbler is  a nutritious breakfast, with a glass of milk of course!  the best part about taking a little (much-needed) time off from the daily grind of the gym is that i actually miss it and i’m geared up to hit it hard today and kick off 2011.   i’d love to hear how you fared over the holidays…share your stories with me!  and then share your goals as we head into the first 12 weeks of 2011.  i busted out my new fitbook BLACK to sport at the gym.  remember: it’s not a 12 week diet/workout plan/program….it’s an ongoing lifestyle.  no resolutions, people. make life changes that you can keep for the long haul.  have reasons why you “can’t”?  stay tuned for my excuse-buster series this week!

yours truly,


6 Responses to “12-week & 2010: that’s a wrap!”

  1. 1 Meg Freeman
    01.04.11 at 12:37 am

    That really helps me write my new goals for the next few months. Thanks for the inspiration and BE PROUD of your GREAT work!!!! I’m so impressed! I hope to be able to post great results soon too. I think I’m going a shorter time frame to feed my need for success though. Little steps build up to big ones! Right?

  2. 2 Taryn Mast
    01.04.11 at 5:52 am

    It’s about honesty and I LOVE yours! I love that you are real, that is what it’s all about to me. I love my fitbook. I will be honest though, I have not done it perfect everyday. However, it has (like you said) become a lifestyle, made me more noticeable to what I do and don’t do, what I want and what I am reaching towards. Some weeks are better than others, but all are a learning lesson that is becoming a lifestyle. I hate diets and quick fixes and this is so far from that. It just lays out hard real truth and helps you accomplish more and more each day. Love it!

  3. 01.04.11 at 10:15 am

    Great post Angela (as always) – you’ve inspired me to write some cool new goals for 2011 in my fitbook.

  4. 01.04.11 at 4:51 pm

    I’d say you did great! You are a fighter!
    Pull-ups is as much technique as strength (that comes from one that can’t a single one, haha!)

    You are an inspiration to us all, Angela, keep up the good work!

  5. 5 Donna Roberts
    01.05.11 at 1:10 am

    You said it kiddo! You echoed many of my thoughts and I thank you. I think you made the right choices for you while you were visiting your family and I made similar ones too.

    I am trying to sort out something in my working on living life fit that I feel might be holding me back. I set goals per my Fitbook but I only reward myself when the scale says I have accomplished a loss of weight. I seem unwilling to recognize reaching other goals with a reward if there is no weight loss. I think this discourages me, but when I try to change my attitude, I find I am stuck with my old measurement of success, the scale. I hope I am making some sense here so you understand what I am trying to say. Do you have a suggestion to offer? Is there an old post that covers this?

    One good thing I did during this December was buy a Fitbook T-shirt and wear it to class at my Y. Instructors noticed my shirt and commented on it during class. I love that! After all, one of my classes is called “Fit for Life.”

    Looking forward to your next post,

  6. 01.05.11 at 11:58 pm

    you are NOT alone in using the scale (sometimes obsessively) as a way of measuring (and sometimes prohibiting) your success. i’ve seen it time and time again! one thing i find is that when people DON’T see the number on the scale that they want to see, they get bummed. when you get bummed, you don’t feel like working out and make emotional food choices. what i recommend first is, instead of stopping cold turkey, just cutting back on how often you weigh. if you’re a daily weigher, try to cut back to every other day. i honestly recommend weighing just once a week…it’s enough to keep you on track, but not so often that you are obsessed. and secondly i would find a different measure of success entirely. try a jean size: that’s what i did and it worked! first of all, the scale is deceiving because it can vary depending on what you ate yesterday (high sodium = retain water!!) and you can lose muscle and the scale says you lost weight…but we want to build muscle and lose fat. it will take time to reprogram your mind, but take baby steps and you can do it! and way to go on sporting your ‘live life fit’ tank at the Y….that rocks!

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