Goal Setting For The Bride To Be
So you have the dress, planning is underway now what? As a personal trainer to Brides I have seen those who before me haven’t set goals or they set one big goal without the smaller short term ones along the way and then lose the motivation or feel like because it is several months away they have plenty of time to reach it. When I sit down with my clients I ask them for a few goals that they want to achieve over the next month or two, this time goes so fast that they have to stay on track, and keep motivated. We then check how they are going and adjust the game plan (nutrition, workouts) to keep them on track to meet what they want to achieve. Here is how we do it.
1) Keep it simple Gorgeous!
Your goals need to be kept simple, measureable and realistic. I want you to set a goal for fitness, one for measurements and a healthy habit to achieve over the next 8-12 weeks. Write them down and then test/check them at the halfway point (4-6weeks) to see if you are on track to meet them, stay motivated and how much the hard work you are putting in is paying off.
Here is an example for a client that wants to drop one dress size over 8 weeks:
Goals set date: January
Achieve date: March
a) To lose a total of 8cm off my measurements.
b) Be able to run 5km without stopping to walk
c) Drink at least 2 litres every single day of water for the next 8 weeks.
Test at week 4 and then again at week 8.
Here are a few tests that you can do to workout your fitness goal if you don’t have one already:
How many push ups can you do in one minute?
How many sit ups can you do in one minute?
How long can you hold a wall sit (squat down to 90° with your back against the wall) for?
How far can you run in 12 minutes?
By realistic I mean that I don’t want them too easy to obtain but not too hard either. Make them so you have to push yourself harder to achieve them. For example if you can run 2km in 12 minutes set your goal at 3km.
2) Tell the world!
Now that you have them written down tell at least 3 people so that it is out there and your have to reach them! Tell people that will support you, and at least one of them you can hold yourself accountable to if you don’t have a personal trainer.
3) Treat yourself because you’re worth it!
Choose a reward to give to yourself if you reach all of your goals e.g: a manicure, pedicure, dinner out, new shoes etc. You can reward yourself only if you reach all three by the end date, not two, not one, THREE!
4) Get planning!
Grab your diary and plan out the next four weeks. Each day write in what workout you will do, and give it an actual time like making an appointment so that it is important and never gets pushed aside or over looked.
5) Visualise the fitter and healthier you!
Make a mood board, or Pinterest board. Look for a few quotes that inspire you, healthy recipes you want to try, workouts you want to try, wedding dress images similar to your style. Don’t pin too many, aim for just 10 images in total. When you are feel a bit flat or unmotivated just look at your board.
Now go and kick butt in your workouts and smash those goals!