At the end of 2016, I put together a list of goals for 2017 – this post is going to re-evaluate those goals I originally set for myself and add what my real goals are for 2017. I’m not going to lie, 2017 crept up on me and feel like I forced out a list of resolutions just because it was the New Year. Now that a month has gone by (and things have slowed down from the craziness of the holidays) I feel like I have an actual grasp on what I want to work on this year.
Back in November, I switched my training program from powerlifting and strength training focused workouts to a bodybuilding program. Back in October, I was in a gym rut and was often finding it difficult to bring myself to gym which was something I had never experienced before. In November, I decided to loosely tracked my macros and instead focus on getting to the gym and enjoy myself to give myself a break from focusing too much on fitness in general. I chose the Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Strength program on Bodybuilding.com, which is more focused on traditional bodybuilding exercises. This was a huge step in the right direction for me because I knew I wanted to start working towards more aesthetic fitness goals in the new year that I always wanted to reach, but never took the time to work towards them. I’ve modified this program to include more glutes and hamstrings, a little less upper body and it’s been working well for me since I started it the week after Thanksgiving. I’m so happy that I made this change and it’s already made an impact on my physical appearance in the direction I want to go.
In regards to nutrition, I’m currently focused on my cut that I started in January and plan to continue into February. I’m planning to maintain after a few more weeks on cut and into March, then re-evalaute where I’m at and where I’d like to be for summer. Even though it’s only been four weeks since I started my cut, I’m already noticing fat loss and my muscles are popping more than they ever have. I’m very excited to see where my physique can get to if I can stick to this nutrition plan for the next few weeks. I’m no longer set on doing a bikini competition this year because I realized I was trying to do it for the wrong reasons, and honestly I do not have the discipline to stick to a prep diet – just being honest.
Focus on good social media content
Social media has a huge influence on how much traffic my blog gets so it only makes sense to focus on growing my audience. It’s not the only factor to my blog growing, but it’s something that I want make a point to work on this year.
- At the end of the year, I’d like to have reached 500 followers on Instagram, ideally 1000
- To reach that goal, I’m aiming to post on Instagram at least three times weeks. In January, I have not been consistent with this, but I’m hoping to start taking more photos as there’s more daylight during the day.
- I want to start posting on my Facebook page at least one per week and my Twitter at least three times per week, in addition to my Instagram posts.
- I’m aiming to do one influencer or brand reach out per week on Instagram – this could include tagging them in a picture, caption, comments, or Instagram story
- And I want to share on Instagram stories more consistently
Share two blog posts per week
Last year I kept up pretty consistently with my blog sharing three posts per week for nearly half the year – even I was impressed. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that I can commit to three every single week so I’m going to take some pressure off of myself and aim for two per week. I’d like one post to be a recipe or meal prep that I made for the week.
Going into the new year, we had no travel plans even on the horizon. Currently, it’s not really in the cards for me and my boyfriend to travel together for at least the next eight months because of our conflicting work schedules. At first I was alright with this for 2017, but I’m thinking it may be best for me to challenge myself and do some traveling solo. Last year, I took a short road trip to Duluth solo and I did enjoy myself, but that was a city I had been to multiple times and had some familiarity with. Currently I’m looking into traveling to Seattle for a weekend of exploring, but I haven’t made any solid plans yet. I’m also open to the idea of road tripping and camping this year which is a big step for me. I love hiking and being outdoors, but I’m just not too into sleeping in the woods. Either way by the end of the year, I want to have traveled outside of Minnesota in some capacity.
For now, these are the main goals I’m focusing on and plan to re-evaluate them again at about the halfway point of 2017.