So I’ve already talked about our savings goal (the 52-week challenge) for 2014, as well as my personal running goals (the 500 mile challenge along with running in a race). Now it’s time to discuss my other weight loss, health, and fitness goals for the year.
My 2014 Weight Loss, Health, And Fitness Goals
I’ve talked about my love of powerlifting a little on this site, but much more on my YouTube channel and Instagram page. At some point in the future (maybe 2015), I would love to compete in powerlifting meets. So in 2014, I have set a few goals that are going to support me in that long-term desire.
Start A True Powerlifting Program
I’ve talked on here about how I am currently doing the Ice Cream (Now Juggernaut) Fitness 5×5 novice program. I started this program in the middle of July and have seen great gains on it (I’ll be posting the exact numbers shortly)! Even though the foundation of the program is a full-body strength training routine, the program was written with optimal muscle growth in mind.
Sometime during the year I plan to transition from my current program to one that is specifically geared toward powerlifting.
Learn More About The Sport
There are various federations that organize the sport and each one has their own rules. Some conduct drug tests, some allow certain equipment, some require you to be raw, and some even have different definitions of what “raw” means. I would have to get all of this sorted out and chose a federation in which to compete, so that I can begin to train according to their rules/guidelines.
Also, I need to learn the basics about training protocols, equipment, and even just develop a familiarity with the sport (learn the jargon, elite athletes, resources, etc).
Attend A Meet
I have never been to a powerlifting meet. In all honestly, I never heard of powerlifting (or even knew what a deadlift was) until early 2013, so for a while, I didn’t even know where to look to find one. Now that I do, I plan to attend at least 1 meet during the year, and probably more than that if time allows.
I would love to experience the atmosphere of a competition and perhaps even meet some local strength athletes.
Weight Loss Goals
While I still don’t have a particular number in mind for my weight loss, I would definitely like to come in under 200lbs by the time 2014 comes to an end. It won’t be easy since I plan to take my weight loss slowly (no huge caloric deficit like I did in my first 6 months on this journey), but I think I can do it with consistency and careful planning.
Here are the two biggest motivations for wanting to lose so much weight (hopefully it will all be fat) this year:
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
As you all know, I am currently undergoing testosterone replacement therapy. During my last visit to the doctor, he stated that the best thing that I can do to aid in the treatment is to continue to lose bodyfat. I am already doing everything else that I can to naturally raise my testosterone levels (I’ll write a post about all that I am doing in the future), so getting back on track with fat loss is the last step.
If something as simple as following through with my original health goal can help to correct or treat my low testosterone, then I have to give it my best effort!
To Feel More In Control Of My Body
I feel that I am in the best shape of my life! However, I have so much room for improvement. I want to feel fit and athletic whenever I am called on to do anything physical. When I’m playing with a child (something I do quite often) I want to be able to twist and contort my body as effortlessly as they do…without paying for it the next day!
I plan to do weekly weigh-ins all throughout the year. I’ve done a couple already on my YouTube channel (you’re subscribed, aren’t you?) and I want to go back to doing them on the website as well. Hopefully, you all will be able to hold me accountable if you see me deviating from the plan!
So, What About You?
- What are your health and fitness goals for 2014?
- What do you plan on doing to make those goals a reality?
- How do you plan to hold yourself accountable throughout the year?
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