As the season starts to change and colder weather arrives, I want to take this time for self-reflection, a little review of the year thus far. I encourage you to do the same to see where you’re at, what you might be missing, or what changes might need to happen as the year comes to a close. So let’s dig in!
This is probably an obvious category for most, maybe even more so for a personal trainer. I’m like most people when the year starts. I make goals that I want to achieve. A couple fall into this category.
If you remember the white board at the front of PTI, I wanted to finish a Half Marathon in 90 minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get there this year. However, I do feel like I found success for the following reasons:
- I ran 3 Half Marathons this year when most I’ve ever done is 1
- I got better times than last year in 2 of them (1:37:18 and 1:38:30)
- I actually trained a little better than last year
And if I’m being honest, I’ve found it harder to keep on track with my workouts. I’ve put them to the side in favor of working on a bathroom, taking care of Theo and Charlotte, working, etc. I know there is no excuse, but I’ve replaced much of my workout time with running. That changes now as my races are over for the year. My focus will return to strength training for the last few months of the year.
I have done better keeping track of my health than in years past. I’ve actually gone to the doctor for a check-up rather than just when I’m sick. I’ve gone to the chiropractor a few times to help with some back/neck issues. I’ve done better with my eating habits and getting more fresh foods in. We had a problem with meal planning and prepping early in the year which led to boxed pasta meals, eating out, etc. I thank my wife for setting us on track and getting our dinners ready each week.
This is a big one for me, especially with 2 little ones at home. I want to be able to see them every night before they go to bed. I want to be at their activities like Theo’s T-ball (even if I really hope he doesn’t play baseball). I want to be there when Charlotte starts talking. I’d like to have a nice night out with Lindsay. So far this year, I think I’ve done alright. My work schedule has some late nights so there are days I don’t make it home for bedtime, but I try to make it up with them in the morning or on a day I don’t have to be in til later. We’ve had good vacations with family and have a big one to Disney coming up in a couple weeks. I can’t wait to see how the kids like it!
I truly enjoy interacting with our clients. They’re great! Not so much a fan of the business side of things. But this year, I have gotten more organized and diligent in implementing systems to help things run smoother. We’re hoping to end the year on a high note heading into the new year.
Overall, the year has been a success. Sure, there are aspects I wish would have gone better, but I’m learning from those mistakes I made. Or learning ways to work around those obstacles and passing them on to others.
And now, the end of the year will end on a high note as I’ll have more perspective and experience with any obstacles that will come up to deter me from working out, eating better, or trying to lessen family time.
So, how did your year go thus far? Anything you really need to start changing now?
Remember, we always find the faults. It’s easy to see where we failed. But, I challenge you to look for the successes, no matter how small they may seem. It will help you see the progress you’ve made through 2019. And it’s usually those small successes that stick and turn into major wins!