Is It A Goal
or A Dream? by Sarah & Geff Malone
We have all seen those people in the gym that train
hard day after day, month after month and never seem to improve. Religiously
training and going through the motions aimlessly with no apparent goals.
Does that sound all too familiar? Could this be you? If you want to
improve you must set goals. Keep in mind that a goal always has a time
limit. A goal with no time frame is not a goal. It is a dream and dreams
rarely come true if no effort is put into them. Remember there are long
term and short term goals. You must establish both. Short-term goals
are easier to attain and help to keep you motivated on your road to
attaining your long-term goals. You must first decide what is really
important to you. Are you looking to lower body fat or gain muscle mass.
It is in our opinion that first and foremost you need to understand
that to attain any fitness goal, 70% is gained thru proper nutrition.
A good rule of thumb is if you want to gain mass then you need to eat
more calories than your body is burning but not too many more or your
body fat may get out of control. On the other hand if your goal is to
develop a lean body with very little body fat, then you need to eat
less calories than you burn. Basically it’s that simple.
Setting a short-term goal for example might be dropping
five pounds of body fat in two weeks with your long-term goal being
a total of fifty pounds in five months. Success on your short-term goal
will fuel that productive fire and keep you on track.
For me these past three months preparing myself for figure competitions
has been very time consuming. Between family obligations, running our
two Max Muscle stores and trying to stay focused on being in the best
possible condition was to say the least very difficult. Looking back
on it I must say we are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish
so far in our lives. One of our short-term goals was to become acclimated
to our new diet regimen ( as my husband tends to diet with me for support).
Taking in only low glycemic carbohydrates and protein early in the day.
And protein with fibrous carbohydrates past noon. While staying consistent
on our training. My long-term goal goes without saying which was to
compete in the shows I chose for myself months in advance. Now that
my competitions are just around the corner I am already looking forward
to accomplishing my next short and long term goal. We should always
set those goals for ourselves to keep us motivated so we don't feel
like we are wondering aimlessly, especially after a competition when
we have gotten use to the strict regimen of dieting, training and cardio
sessions. I mean lets face it , everyone has had those days when the
alarm clock goes off and you have to make that decision. Do I get up
and go to the gym or do I stay warm and cozy in bed and sleep in. Inevitably
sleeping in wins. And that day turns into a week or more. Ultimately
you will need to start over again and again. Never really improving
or achieving your goal. If you struggle with this like most people do
on a daily basis don't put yourself in that position. Realize that when
the alarm goes off it’s time to get up period! No swaying. Make it a
habit. Having the proper motivation will keep you on track.
Remember short-term goals are the building blocks we need to pave the
way to our long-term success.
I hope that you all accomplish your goals and remember
setting them is the first step in the right direction!
For further information Sarah Malone can be reached
at either of her stores
Max Muscle Gilroy
8025 Kern Avenue
Gilroy, Ca 95020
Max Muscle Santa Cruz
1420 41st avenue
or via website at www.sarahamalone.com
About the Author..
Sarah Malone is very involved with the fitness
and figure industry. Both in competing and as the owner of two
Max Muscle stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sarah is one
of those people that do that extra effort in order to promote
our industry. We hope to see her competing again and becoming
more successful with her endeavors