I’ve been thinking a lot about goal setting since I started my youtube channel last week (pop in if you haven’t yet)!  I have a few goals that were easy to come up with, they include:

– Looking awesome in a pair of women’s premium denim.  This is one place in my wardrobe that I don’t compromise.   Quality denim fits better, it has a nicer wash, a nicer cut, and will last for years with proper care.  It (generally) only comes in a 31 waist or smaller for women.  I haven’t been able to buy a pair in 6 years.  My denim collection will be a thing of beauty.

– Getting a real artist to cover my terribly cliche tramp stamp with a piece of art.  I know what I want, I know who I want to do it.  I just need to have a back that I want to show off.

– To be able to deadlift and squat my body weight (or more) by next summer.  Because I want the nicest, perkiest ass that is possible for a 35 year old.  Vain?  For sure.  But truthful.  I really, really want a superior posterior!

But if I’m being completely honest, there are some goals that have been tickling my subconscious lately that I’m almost afraid to utter out loud.  I mean, they are so far from where I am today it seems almost impossible to get there. Yet I see women doing it every single day.  Women just like me who are getting into the fitness game a bit later in life, usually after babies, or the yoyo dieting nightmare that is prolonged calorie restriction and countless hours of cardio have wrecked havoc on their bodies; women who decide that rather than working towards “skinny” or “thin’, they are going to make themselves STRONG and occupy more space with their awesomeness, not less.  Yep, my heart tells me I want to be one of those women.

Look, I’m not saying I want to shoot for a Miss Fitness Universe title.  But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am fascinated, intrigued, and inspired by Carol’s story and many others.  And I can’t even fathom a day when I will be comfortable in a two piece, let alone being openly judged for exactly how I look in one.  The very idea is terrifying.  And exhilarating.  But mostly terrifying.  Honestly, I’m not sure that the competition life is one that would coexist with my rural one well.  So I hesitate in setting a goal for this competition or that one.  I’m not even sure it’s about the competition at all for me.  It’s about being fit enough that I could compete if I choose to.  So although it may be a touch wishy washy, here’s what I’ve come up with for a new, long term goal:

– I want to be in the best shape of my life by August 2014 so that, should I choose to, I can compete that fall.  If I decide that it’s not going to work for my life to do that, I will reward myself (and my husband!) with a professional photo shoot to highlight all my hard work.

I’m going to press post, any second here, and then it will be out there.  Thanks for reading!



  • Melissa Frost

    September 16, 2013

    THIS is awesome! I have the same goal (in my head) about competing!!! 🙂

    • Amber

      September 16, 2013

      I honestly have no idea if the stage is something I actually desire, but I am confident that I want to be ripped!

  • Amanda RunToTheFinish

    July 18, 2013

    I agree there are some goals in the back of my mind that I haven’t really even allowed myself to accept and I know its a fear of failing. This is a great group to push those boundaries

    • Amber

      July 23, 2013

      I agree wholeheartedly Amanda! I’d already gone way past my comfort zone with SA, I can’t wait to see what the next webinars will bring! 🙂