Recap of 2015 and Goal Setting for 2016

This year was easily one of the most challenging years of our lives.  Looking back, my family had an unexpected career change, completed our first year of marriage, navigated co- parenting in a modern family, and decided to go after our dreams of having our own small business. I also took a year off of competing to build some muscle and that was much harder than I thought it would be.

When things don’t go your way, it sometimes sets you up for self-reflection and taking a moment to sit back and think of some important questions.  After the dust had settled, we asked ourselves “what do we want to do?”, “what is our passion?”, “what do we believe in?”.  Eric began renting space at Elite U/ AFTC in March and was, for the first time, not instructed how to train by anyone else.  I had been doing online training and nutrition since I left Scott’s Training System’s in Chandler, AZ and went back to nursing for a more stable income.  We decided to merge our efforts and create the small business you see today- Northington Fitness and Nutrition.  Here we are, less than a year later, and I am earning as much doing what I love per month as I am at my full-time nursing job.  Eric runs his program the way he likes and even though he was out of the one on one training game for a few years, has been blessed with a nearly full schedule over the course of this year.  I will be honest; I didn’t think it was going to happen.  Our fragile egos were on the line, and we made sacrifice after sacrifice this year.  I worked AFTER work, still am currently (talk about learning what it means to hustle). We gave up eating out; we gave up shopping, stopped buying anything we didn’t need.  We missed out on events and trips to make sure we could compensate for the limited income, and we lost some friends along the way.  But you know what?

We realized we could do with so much LESS than we thought.

I used to live a life that put an emphasis on things material and this year showed me how little value those items have in my life.  We forged some amazing friendships, nurtured old, and were truly grateful for the support from our loved ones.

Highlights of 2015:

  • The inception of NFN, making our Team and supportive community, all on the values of having healthy metabolisms- healthy minds and bodies.
  • Investing in our education- learning from the best of the best- and being a coaching center that tells you WHY we do things- not only because we want you to learn, too, but because we have an answer for you since we have spent the time learning our craft
  • Believing in ourselves, our product, and our want to change lives
  • Finding something that makes us jump out of bed in the morning (or has me willingly writing a blog on Christmas Eve because I think it’s fun)
  • Making it through a rough first year as a couple.  My previous marriage, stress tore us apart, in my current marriage, the stress ultimately brought us together.

Lowlights of 2015:

  • Being caught off guard and having to make a new “5-year plan” for our lives together
  • Missing trips we wished we could take due to financial strain
  • Having trouble balancing two jobs (my full-time nursing job, and our slowly growing small business) that led to many tears
  • Gaining more weight than I wanted to during my off season/ reverse diet (read: stress eating) and missing out on competing at the end of the year as I planned
  • Battling disordered eating patterns- stress eating and comfort eating

So where do we intend to go from here?

Goals for 2016

  • Continue to spread the message of moderation, mental health in dieting and nutrition, joy in training and dieting, and a full learning experience to at least 500 more clients either one on one, in person groups, online group training, one on one online coaching, or webinars.
  • Focus on our business strategy but concentrate more on the WHAT, not the HOW.  Believe that if we know the what that the how will unravel.  We have already seen a taste of it this year.
  • Surround ourselves with positive, happy, motivating people by being positive, happy, and motivated people.

    Your vibe attracts your tribe.

  • Return to the stage before the year ends.
  • Compete in my second powerlifting meet
  • Meditate for 10 minutes per day- no excuses
  • Spend at least 30 minutes a day on professional development- reading, listening to podcasts, studying for continuing education certificates
  • Eat better when I am stressed, not the opposite, less sugar, more whole foods.
  • Schedule “unplugged” dates with Nolan and Eric.  Uninterrupted time together that is entirely from the computer, phone down, completely focused

Set goals with us!

When you goal set- use the SMART acronym.  I absolutely did not create this, but I love it.  I have seen it on so many sites that I am unsure of the originator, but I will give credit to Chalene Johnson’s site for introducing it to me for the first time.

Create goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results- focused, and time bound.

What do you want to achieve? When? How will you know you reached your goal? How long will you give yourself to achieve this goal? Is it achievable in the time frame you have given yourself or at all?

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I’m on a personal mission to kick butt in 2016, make a bad ass comeback, and more importantly, truly begin to live my dream life.

Let’s do it together.

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Despite the roller coaster that was 2015, we came out on top and stuck together