As this year closes and we begin to think about welcoming the next I always like to take some time to reflect on the year that is about to end.

I set a lot of goals. Did I achieve them?

I said I would do a lot of things. Did I follow through?

I began new projects and finished old ones. How does that make me feel?

This past year for me was filled with incredible firsts towards a path I had once only dreamed. It had elements of consistency that kept me progressing. It had moments that made me laugh straight from my belly. And this year just like any other also had some moments of struggle and sadness which have marked my heart.

As I think about creating some bigger goals for next year I think there’s one that has finally and permanently fallen off the list.

This will be the first time in my adult life that I will NOT be setting a weight loss goal.

I have for as long as I can remember wished for, worked for, set goals against and struggled towards the number I wanted to see on the scale. But let me tell you something about that little digital box. It’s subjective to the time of day, the food you ate, the amount of water you drank and whether or not you’ve gone to the bathroom (sorry TMI). That little digital liar only tells a fraction of your story. It’s a meaningless number that for most can dictate the mood they carry all day and even all week.

There are so many better more positive ways to track progress on a fitness journey. Join me this year in setting goals that empower, beautify, embody and enlighten. Here are a few examples:

  • I will cook meals that feel nourishing to me, with foods I enjoy in a portion that fits with my goals at least 4 times per week. –> I’m loving this cookbook!
  • I will look at myself in the mirror every few weeks (naked ideally) to check out my physical changes, track my progress and appreciate at least 1 body part of mine.
  • I will train 3-4 times per week and set specific lifting goals to achieve strength and lean muscle mass.
  • I will read 1 book a month that will expand my knowledge around topics such as health and nutrition.

I encourage you to think about the goals you set for yourself this coming year. Make them not only achievable within a set timeline as well as specific enough so you have set direction for yourself but think about setting them with positive intention in mind.

What will you gain next year instead of lose?