Mid-year resolutions

New Year’s Eve is hands-down my favorite day of the year. There’s something magical about the calendar clicking over, and immediately starting anew. It’s like a cosmic birthday that everyone celebrates, anticipates, and absolutely revels in.

Not only do you get to wipe away the muck from the previous 365 days, you set the tenor for how you want your year to go.

Fitness-oriented? Hit the gym!

Romance-seeking? Go for it!

Breaking a bad habit? Out it goes!

All that being said, my second-favorite time of the year is mid-year. It’s not a commonly-celebrated timestamp, but it’s worth noting when it comes to self-improvement. If you’ve fallen off the wagon on your New Year’s goals, this is your second chance to get things right before the champagne is chilled and confetti dropped on the next December 31st.

This year has definitely been fitness-oriented. After spending a few months in a boot due to a bum foot and subsequently drinking a bunch of wine and eating a bunch of pizza, I took action once the boot came off. I’ve always been above-averagely active, but this time that knob got turned to blow-your-neighbors-away proportions.

My already-tiny frame has seen ten pounds of fat disappear. Those awesome back muscles are popped out nicely. A six pack is mere weeks from making an appearance. All this, and my hair and nails are growing like mad, I literally heal after a day of rest, and I effortlessly get out of bed at 6 each morning.

In a few short weeks I’ll be taking the stage for a figure competition (a division of bodybuilding where contenders still look like girls). That alone is a crazy athletic accomplishment, but I want more, more, more!

My brother, a new friend, and I set mid-year goals with an end date of the summer’s end. We maxed out on a few super-strength gym moves: pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, and bench press. Then we decided what the other person could achieve based on that number.

My by-mid-August goals are to do 12 chin-ups, 25 dips, 8 pull-ups, and my body weight on bench.

I’m looking forward to cranking these out each week, seeing consistent improvement, and knowing that I’m continuing what I started a few months back.

What can you achieve in the next six months?


2 responses to “Mid-year resolutions

  1. I did a 2 months challenge last year, with people from my industry, and dropped 11 lb in 60 days. But then slipped into my workaholic routine and gained 5 lb back.

    This year I’ve been hitting gym anywhere from 5 to 7 times a week. Gained some muscle weight, so my overall weight stayed pretty much the same. I’m still advancing at most lifting exercises , but feel like hit the ceiling on the bench press.

    You brought up a good point about the mid-year resolution. Making gym part of may daily routine is a big thing for me these days, but I need to concentrate on my eating habits (13hr work days filled my diet with 1.5 meals a day + 4-6 beers before bed to relax – not so good)… I need to get used to eating small portions throughout the day and no beer in the house, unless I go out (liquor and wine is ok :)). Another habit I need to learn – no eating after 7 or 8 pm. Those are my main health related resolutions for this year.

    As for what can I achieve in the next 6 months? Break the bench press barrier and lose the beer gut – the rest is shaping out pretty well.

  2. I’m going to write two more books. 🙂

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