Choosing the right goals
Thursday, May 03, 2012
So, I entered maintenance mode about 6 weeks ago.
I am at my goal weight. Woo Hoo!
For the 6 months prior to that, I was strongly committed to my goal of fat loss. Now that I achieved it, what do I do next? Maintenance, of course, is a great goal, but there is not an end point. I understand that, of course, and of course, I enjoy the journey. I could not achieve a goal if the journey to get there was unpleasant to me.
But still, I would like a goal! Kind of a mid-term goal, to keep me fired up.
Do I work at building muscle?
Do I train for a mud obstacle course?
These are both thoughts I have had, but they seem to be at cross-purposes to each other. And both, unfortunately, feel risky to me. Building muscle would require me to bump up my calories to gain, but I know I would gain some fat, too. Not sure I am ready for that. Traditional "bulking" programs limit cardio, and I don't want to lose endurance.
Training for the mud obstacle course feels really scary to me! I hate to run, and I fear running. It bothers my asthma, and I have finally recovered from a knee injury. I don't want to reinjure that knee. In addition, if I did a lot of running, I fear that I would lose more muscle! It seems to me that running burns calories, not just in the form of fat stores, but also at the expense of lean muscle.
So, I decided to go back to that first goal; building more muscle.
I looked at what I like to do (eat healthfully, lift weights, a little yoga, some interval cardio), and decided that is a good goal to take on.
I just got the book "New Rules of Lifting for Life."
This is a great book for the middle-aged. And I am middle-aged now (as much as I hate to admit it!)
I love that this book focuses on weight training, healthy eating, and endurance through metabolic training. It also focuses on balance, flexibilty, power and agility. These are all things that are important to me.
So, I am going to follow this book for the next 6 months, and see where it takes me. I am going to keep my calories at maintenance or just slightly above (no more than 100 or so calories per day), track my measurements and how my clothes fit, and see how it goes.
I love having a good goal :)