Everyone preaches how important it is to have goals in life so I’m not going to preach about it. When it came to fitness goals I started with just 1 thing… Get healthy. Now I realized that this is a very vague goal because people have a different understanding of healthy. Now this didn’t mean just get thin because I know a LOT of thin people who are the unhealthiest people I know but they don’t care because they are thin. They just lucked out cause they happened to have good genes. No for me this meant changing how I ate changing my mentality on how I handled my daily life and how I exercised and planned to start being active again.
Now as you know I was an athlete back in high school, I wasn’t a great athlete I just loved being active and it gave me something to do. The coaches there taught me some pretty good life lessons that I won’t forget like don’t quit even when you think you can’t push yourself anymore. Do I always follow that to a T, nope I’m not 16 anymore, but I kept the spirit of it alive to this day. So starting out my goal was to lose weight I had ballooned up to almost 400lbs. I didn’t think that it was going to change when I reached my goal weight. Hell I haven’t even reached my goal weight of 220lbs, I’m about 40lbs shy of it right now. But I have started other goals as I have become more active like running 3 half marathons a year, and completing a 5K race 9 months out of the year (training runs do not count). I’m not a runner and I hate running, but it’s an evil that I have to endure if I want to do other stuff in life. Running was boring and that I was introduced to the San Diego Tri Rock. I saw what the sprint distance was which was 500 meter swim, 12 mile bike ride, and a 5K run. I thought to myself, HEY I CAN DO THAT! So I signed up I had set that goal to finish. I finished in 1 hour 48 minutes after rolling my ankle out of the transition from the bike to run and the medial staff wanted to pull me out. I told them no I am going to finish and I walked every step of that 5K in pain. I felt like I really accomplished something cause it was something I didn’t think that I would ever have the chance to do never the less actually finish it. That was back in 2010. Fast forward to 2011 after a snowboarding accident where I tore some ligaments in my knee and screwed up some of my left shoulder. I was out of shape again from it and didn’t have ANY goals at the time other than make it to the weekend cause I hated my job. I noticed in that absence of a goal I really sat around and didn’t do much except drink. But as you know from my earlier blog posts I worked through it and I started playing flag football again. Didn’t really have a goal with that I just didn’t want to get hurt. But what was happening on the inside, was that I was beginning to believe in myself that I can go out and be active again. So I signed up to do the Las Vegas Half Marathon because it was something different I was tired of running around San Diego. I was down to 300lbs when I signed up for it and Jojo and I started training for it. At the same time I was still putting a lot of focus on doing Insanity and still lifting weights, little did I know I was not eating enough and I was killing the body. Race time came and I still didn’t really worry about my diet cause I figured I had enough fat on the body that my body would burn it for energy right? BOY WAS I WRONG! I got through to mile 9 when I started cramping up in my quads and I was drinking plenty of water and Gatorade and GU from the stations. But I finished in just over 3 hours. But I finished, I now believed I could do more and more so my goals changed changed again to do more races and in 2013 I signed up for a race in January, February, March, April, May, June, September, and October. Some of them are triathlons since I have found a passion for triathlons. But what was once a main goal of losing weight has blossomed into becoming a triathlete and living a healthy lifestyle on top of working to become a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast. So the moral of this blog post is don’t stay so focused on 1 goal that you are completely blind to the possibility of other goals presenting themselves.