Exploring how to achieve my “wants”

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, trying to work out what I want to be doing with my life, and I’ve come up with a few ideas which I have been further exploring to do some goal setting to help me achieve them.

Here’s a list of things that I came up with:

  • I’d like to be more active
  • I’d like to be fit
  • I’d like to be good at pole dancing
  • I’d like my eating to be healthier
  • I’d like my house to be neat and tidy
  • I’d like my house to be clean
  • I’d like to be more in touch with my spiritual side

I’ve come up with a brief description of each of these things to help me start building goals around them.

Being more active

The big question is, what kind of active to do I want to be? I’m thinking active things that I find fun, so things like pole dancing, kayaking, walking, visiting the zoo. The next thing I’d need to have a think about is how often I want to do it and how often I actually can do these things.

Being fit

I suppose the thing with this is really what my measurement of fitness is. I imagine this might change over time as I achieve the level of fitness I want now, then I can set another goal. At the moment, being able to run 5km and doing a complex pole routine without feeling like I’m dying at the end is how I’d measure fitness currently.

Pole dancing

I have a long way to go before I am what I think of as a good pole dancer, but I have a few milestones along the way to help get me there. So being able to hold an invert, then choreographing a routine and then maybe competing in an amateur competition before moving on to something like Miss Pole Dance.

Healthy eating

Lots of people have different ideas about what this looks like and to be honest I don’t really by into much of the fad stuff like paleo or raw diets or whatever. I particularly find it challenging to have the time to do all of that but nevertheless would like to make healthy changes to what I’m eating. So for me that means less cafe bought lunches, more fruits or fruit products like dried fruits or fruit yoghurt, and more salad wraps rather than heavy bread sandwiches or rolls, and definitely healthier dinners. One of my biggest problems is grazing once I get home, so I need to figure out how to wind that back.

Neat and tidy house

I suspect this is going to be a challenging one because I live with my partner and will really need his input in cleaning up after himself. He’s shocking at it, and I’m not the best but I can keep on top of my own mess when I apply myself but he’s a bit of a slob which frustrates me. So this one is going to be about talking with him I think, discussing what is an isn’t an acceptable measure of messiness, and maybe even create a roster of some sort to help keep the house tidy.

A cleaner house

This ties in with the previous one. I already put a lot of effort into keeping the house clean, but with two people and a dog it takes more than what I would do living on my own. Really for this I would like to see no dog hair on the floor, if something is spilt on the floor it’s cleaned up straight away, and for the toilet and shower to be cleaned more regularly. This one I think is really going to need a roster that I’m sure I’ll have to enforce somehow.

My spiritual side

To me this is all about spending time with myself doing things like meditation, maybe a bit of yoga and relaxation as well. The self-love and self-healing sort of stuff. There are all sorts of sessions, half day retreats, and even weekends where you can go and spend time doing this stuff so I think it’ll be a matter of making sure I book in to do some of those.


 

Now that I have a bit of an idea of what for me is involved in each of these I can begin to make some solid plans and goals to help me achieve those. I think I have a lot of work ahead of me with some of it, but I feel good about doing it and working towards all of this.

Have you done this before? Looked at the things that you want and done some goal setting and planning around them? Do you have any tips or tricks you can share with me?

Take care,

Jas

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Motivational Monday, 25 January – Handstands

I’ve started practising handstands so I can incorporate them into my pole dancing and have some other kind of strength thing to show off in routines. At the moment, this is how I’m feeling…

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And I’m like woohoo, legendary!

For those of you who have never thought of handstands for strength training, or even other ways they might be good for you, do a quick Google search on the benefits of inverting your body.

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Take care,

Jas

Motivational Monday, 4 January – Be Active

One of my goals for this year is to be more active. Less time on the couch, more time being active in some way like exploring the great outdoors.

Kayaks are a wonderful way to do that, either down a river or the beach. I’m fortunate to live close to both, and in fact the river my partner and I paddled down last weekend runs out to the ocean and provides some beautiful views.

I’ve included a few photos below, and I would encourage all of you to try and be more active this year, especially if it means being outside and seeing what nature has to offer.

I would have taken more but my new camera didn’t have a memory card in it at the time, but I think you get the idea looking at those few pictures.

Friday Favourites, 1 January

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely night last night, has anyone made any resolutions for 2016?

Well, for the last week of 2015, here are the highlights!

Boxing Day Sales. I went to the local shopping centre and did a bit of shopping. I got a new camera, a tote bag to use for work and a couple of tops that would be good for work or casual.

New gym. I signed up with a new 24 hour gym that’s just around the corner from my house and used that for the first time which is pretty exciting.

Working from home. Because not much happens between Christmas and New Years I’m able to work from home which is a nice change. I was able to monitor emails and still get a whole lot of work done around the house.

Zoo membership. My Christmas present from Shane arrived this week which was a membership to the zoo! And not just any zoo, but most of the zoos around Australia, so even if I travel interstate I’ll be able to visit a zoo.

New clothesline. This might sound a bit silly, but ever since we moved into this house I haven’t been able to use the clothesline because the guy that was here before was so bloody tall I can’t reach the darn thing. So, my partner put up the rotary clothesline we got for Christmas, yay!

Tell me in the comments below, what were the highlights for your last week of 2015?

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 20 August

I’m a bit sore from being at the gym tonight and so it inspired me to look up some old workout videos from the 1980s. Like this one for instance….

I’m sure there are still loads of these kinds of workouts that you can get on DVD, or even if you wanted to look on YouTube like I did, there’s tonnes of them all full length!

It brings back so many memories though that old video. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons, only to find that Mum has hijacked the TV to do her Jane Fonda workout. Not to mention the workout clothes from the 80s! Wowser, high waisted undies over the top of tights, no thank you. Mind you I say that, but then what I wear for pole dancing isn’t much different lol.

The outfits were as colourful then as they can be now, which I personally find the be a good thing. I mean, sometimes when I’m feeling a bit gross anyway because I’m sweating so much, but there’s something about wearing pretty clothes – pretty clothes that you’re meant to get sweat soaked! – that makes a workout a bit easier to do.

Out of curiosity I decided to Google a few pictures to see how gym fashion has changed since the 1980s, and here are some pictures:

1980s

1908s fashion image

1990s

1990s gym wear image

2000s – Looking almost exactly like what’s worn now

2000s gym wear image

2010s

2010s gym wear image


Picture references:

1980s: http://www.bestmode.biz/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/80s-fashion-women-workout-8ua1dvzt.jpg

1990s: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/3c/ed/1b/3ced1be5bba102c451ff6637b1a24343.jpg

2000s: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/ae/de/39aedef5ddde24328146340c9ea1aa94.jpg

2010s: http://www1.pictures.stylebistro.com/fp/Ashley+Greene+Tote+Bags+Leather+Tote+z3BIR7Dl0NDl.jpg