Identifying your goals

Goals

I wish I was more of a wordsmith.  That’s exactly what I this article is all about. 

While I said “I wish”, my real desire is to have a vocabulary which would allow me to effectively illustrate the thoughts within my head, so others could understand them.

But alas, to have such a skill, I would need to read more, study more and practice more.  To read, study and practice, I would need to make a commitment to time and effort to develop those skills which would mean that I would have to sacrifice or otherwise limit some other activity to make this commitment.  That is not something I want to do at this point.  So if I don’t want to put in the effort, is this something that I really want?  No, it’s not.

When I set out to go to the gym, my goal wasn’t weight loss.  I didn’t care about my weight, I cared about mobility.  I feared being in a position where I couldn’t take care of myself because my weight and strength were not in balance. 

I think it’s important to make these distinctions about what we really want or don’t want.  Only then can we focus our efforts in a direction to get the results we want.  Fitness encompasses so much more than our physical well being and to make meaningful change in our lives we need to be honest with ourselves. 

As with any relationship, to build a relationship we need to listen.  That is true as it relates to our own inner voice as well.  Listen for those qualifying words like “I wish”, “I can’t”, “maybe later”, “I will try” when we talk about ourselves.  Can you replace those with words like “I will set a goal”, “I can”, “right now”, “I will do the best I can”? These seemingly inconsequential words will have an impact on how you live your life.  It moves from a passive voice to an active voice. 

Once you have identified what you really desire, ask yourself why and see if you can break it down into smaller pieces.  Weight loss as an example; Rather than setting a goal to loose weight, think about why you want to lose weight.  As I mentioned, in my situation it was mobility.  Knowing that, I could set goals such as touching my toes as a mobility benchmark.  Your goals may change, broaden or be redefined as you progress. 

Try to set goals you know you can achieve while still challenging yourself.  If you find that you can’t achieve your goal, re-define it rather than abandon it.  I will use the gym as an example.  If you have some social anxiety about going to the gym, maybe the first goal is to get to the gym parking lot. That’s it.  The next goal might be to get in the door and walk to the back of the gym, then back out again.  Check.  Then the next goal might be to do one exercise.  Keep challenging yourself.  Change is difficult but as you become more and more of the person you want to be, the more rewarded you will feel.

The title of this blog is Identifying Your Goals, not achieving them.  I hope the take away from this is that you take time to identify the goals you want to pursue and the ones you don’t (at least not right now).  Set yourself up to succeed by setting goals that you want to achieve. 

Member Appreciation Event Schedule of Events

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12:15 – 12:30

Kettle Bell Lunges with Cathy

Cathy will lead you up and down the hill doing lunges with a kettle bell

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High Intensity Tempo Training with Erik

A rhythm based class that’s all about moving the body in time with music. No weights or equipment needed. Just a good beat and a little sense of timing.

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12:15 – 1:45

Chair Massage By Diana Mains

Schedule your time with Diana on the day of the event to get your massage. Diana Mains is a Licensed Massage and Polarity Therapist located in Cornish, Maine. She is also a Massage Instructor at Spa Tech Institute here in Westbrook. You can view her website (https://rainbodi.com/) to learn more or call her to schedule a personal appointment at (207) 310-3897. Diana is also contributing a free massage to our silent auction. Thank you Diana for your generous contribution!

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12:30 – 12:45

Dynamo warm ups with Dan

A few dynamic, adventurous and fun warm up exercise-movements and stretches, to ready and limber the body up for workout actions.

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Tai Chi with Mike Fleming

An ancient Chinese tradition that today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. Although it was initially developed as a martial art, it’s commonly practiced as a form of “moving meditation.” It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. During this 15 min workshop, you will learn a short version of the Yang Long Style Tai Chi practice.

Mike Fleming is volunteering his time for us and visiting us from New Hampshire. He has 35 years of experience in the Fitness field. Mike has a B.S. in Exercise Science. He is certified in Personal Training, TRX, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Yoga. This is just a bit of what he has done. Be sure to speak with him and learn more about his history.

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12:45 – 1:00

Sandbag carry circuit with Cathy

You will carry a sandbag on your shoulder and then do 2-person squats lifting another bag.

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Shaken to the Core with Erik

Stability of the spine and pelvis, proper posture and postural control. Let’s challenge all the muscles of the core (20+) to become more stable and balanced. Oh Yeah…You might get a few more yards out of your golf swing or rake leaves without back pain.

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1:00 – 1:15

Rumble in the jungle with Dan

Using balls and battle ropes to open up, activate and engage the core in functional movements, resulting in greater flexibility, range of motion, dynamic strength-mobility, balance, speed, reactivity and power generated and controlled via our core. 5-8 movement/sets battle-block.

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1:15 – 1:30

Plank kettle bell share with Cathy

In a plank position, you will pass a kettle bell to the person next to you.

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Let it Burn withErik

Muscular Endurance is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to sustain repeated contractions against a resistance for an extended period of time. How do your legs feel as you climb stairs? Fine on step 1…. Burning on step 20 right!! Train to get to step 30, 50, 100…

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1:30 – 1:45

AMRAP: A HIIT inspired workout with Dan

Four or five movements, repeated for As Many Rounds As Possible, for 6 mins before 2-3 min rest period

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Tai Chi with Mike Fleming

An ancient Chinese tradition that today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Tai chi is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. Although it was initially developed as a martial art, it’s commonly practiced as a form of “moving meditation.” It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. During this 15 min workshop, you will learn a short version of the Yang Long Style Tai Chi practice.

Mike Fleming is volunteering his time for us and visiting us from New Hampshire. He has 35 years of experience in the Fitness field. Mike has a B.S. in Exercise Science. He is certified in Personal Training, TRX, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Yoga. This is just a bit of what he has done. Be sure to speak with him and learn more about his history.

Earn 10 RNF Bucks for attending this class

1:50 – Wrap Up

Silent Auction Completion

Members will receive RNF Bucks based on how much they have spent on membership, classes and gym paid training during the year. They will also accumulate RNF Bucks based on referrals and completed Google / Facebook / Yelp reviews online.

Lastly, anyone can accumulate bucks by attending the classes put on by the various trainers.

Door Prizes Awarded

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