New goals, new stress, same me

The calendar year is coming to an end, and like the type A that I am, this is when I start to plan for the next 12 months.

I recognize my goals are only meaningful to me, but I do believe there is value in putting things into the universe for the sake of accountability.

Before I set my 2019 priorities, I’d like to reflect on key things I did or didn’t do in the past year. This helps me decide what I wish to further enhance, grow away from or bring back into my life.

A major goal for 2018 was to compete in my first meet.

Key accomplishments of 2018

  • I wrote a personalized linear program for a friend that she was able to adhere to, helping her gain back both strength and muscle
  • Started writing on my blog more frequently, improving both my confidence and the quality of my writing.

Things I didn’t do in 2018

  • Cut down to 57 kg (Lost interest in chasing leanness and am refocusing on growing muscle and my total)
  • Continue personal training (On account of school/career change. Will make a comeback but on my own terms)
  • Participate in non-powerlifting activities (have not had much energy because school and peaking for 2 meets)
I do actually enjoy activities beyond just squat, bench and deadlift.

Ready or not, here it comes…

Thanks to school, 2018 was a very structured year, and although challenging, it was full of growth opportunities.

2019, however, is one big, fat question mark. I could go in a million directions, so setting priorities was that much more important.

Getting stronger

I will continue lifting and getting stronger with hybrid programming for at least the first half of the year. I intend on signing up for a meet in spring-summer 2019 to qualify me for OPA regionals/provincials.

Success indicators: compete with numbers around 255lbs+ squat, 300lbs+ deadlift and 145lbs+ bench.

Getting smarter-er

I know much more now than I knew in 2016 and hope to continue making knowledge gainz. I’m currently subscribed to MASS Research Review, and am reading through The Powerlifting Program Design Manual. Both are serving to help me become more intelligently independent in all my lifting endeavours. I will continue seeking similar resources and implementing different principles throughout the year.

Success indicator: meet strength goals, improve lean mass and grow my ass, avoid injury and be confident enough to toy with writing strength programming

Lending a hand

I consider myself a beginner-early intermediate lifter with just over 2 years of quality experience, hence I am in no position to be coaching powerlifting. However, I do see myself acting to bridge the gap for women struggling to understand and exercise their true strength potential.

Success indicator: Help 3 women become stronger than they are right now

Lending a voice

With the previous goal comes the growth of this platform. I’m really not striving for protein powder sponsorships or a 100K+ following, but simply looking to be a voice for women in strength. I will continue to provide fresh, sometimes sassy, perspectives in world of fraudulent fitness.

Success indicator: Increased reach and engagement through social, write every month, submit to other channels (like with GWPL)

Welcoming challenges

I am now in my third year of powerlifting-specific training and this can be a challenging time. The honeymoon phase is coming to an end, meaning it’s harder to get stronger and a growing ego could raise the risk of injuries.

However, I know what I know and I know what I don’t know. I also know I can always continue to learn more. I am convinced both my discipline and curiosity will continue to set me apart and I have nothing but high hopes for the new year.

To say 2019 is intimidating me would be an understatement, but I know what success will look like, and I know I may need to be flexible along the way.

So … Here’s to a new year, an improved total and embracing any opportunity to be a positive influence in someone’s life.

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