PLAN FOR SUCCESS IN 2012
Posted in: News on Friday, January 6, 2012
By: Don Dona
As we enter a brand new year, most people, including myself, will be making New Year’s resolutions. One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and become healthier. In years past, I would always make this my number one resolution. Unfortunately, the weight I lost would only return, sometimes two-fold within a few months. That’s just one reason I am so thankful that I discovered Max Muscle on December 26, 2010. It is now one year later, and for the first time, I have maintained my weight.
One thing I learned throughout my journey is that having a plan and setting goals are crucial to success. Troy Hall always talks about this concept in his journals on MyMaxMuscle.com when he writes, “Plan your work and work your plan.” Goals are very powerful tools that help you set a blueprint for success. First, you have to decide what you want to accomplish. Then you need to research to find the best way to achieve your goal. If you are not on track to reach your goal, you will need to re-evaluate your blueprint or plan.
My original long-term goal was to lose 100 pounds and make it into the top 20 in the 2011 MaxForm Life Challenge. To do that, I set short-term goals every two weeks. If I reached my goal, I would always reward myself for reaching that goal. Sometimes the reward would be something as little as a PBJ protein bar from Max Muscle. After I reached one of my bigger goals, I bought myself a wireless headset that I use while running. My blueprint was my Max Muscle nutrition and supplement program. When my goals were in danger of not being attained, I would visit Adam Gilbreath, my Max Muscle nutrition coach, and we would re-evaluate my plan.
Once you reach your goals, it is important to set new goals. Failure to set new goals could result in a setback. My short-term goal at the end of the MaxForm contest was to train and compete in a mud run. On November 19, I entered and ran in the Hell Run in Dallas. It was a blast!
My long-term goal right now is to get abs by the summer of 2012. I have two major obstacles to overcome to reach this goal. Being obese most of my adult life, the speed with which I lost 108 pounds in a mere 6 months and an overall total weight loss of 160 pounds, have all caused my first obstacle: loose skin. While it is not as much as you would think after losing that much weight, it will definitely be a challenge to overcome.
The second obstacle to conquer is age combined with years of prolonged inactivity. I have spoken to several trainers, and while the odds are against me, I have set my goal and have the blueprint laid out by Max Muscle Rockwall (Texas). Now I will follow the path I have set for myself and see what results the summer of 2012 will bring. Though I was skeptical of reaching my original goal of 100 pounds in 6 months, as I kept reaching my short-term goals, I became a believer.
Set your goals both short and long term, find the right blueprint through Max Muscle and you will discover anything is possible. MS&F