The end of the year is once again upon us! This year I set out on four goals I wanted to achieve. I tried to simplify my list to make sure I had a fair chance at succeeding at achieving them. Here is the recap on the 4 goals I set in the start of 2016:
- Finish master’s – DONE! I started my master’s program in the fall of 2010 and between work, life, my extracurricular hobbies and so on I lost my way a few times. However, I set out to finish what I started this year and was officially done with my Masters of Science in May!
- Become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) – DONE! The reason why I even pursued a masters to begin with was so that I could become a BCBA. I set out to take this exam once and be done and achieved that in August!
- Compete as a 53 weightlifter again – DONE! I’m nowhere near national level, but I had a goal for my own personal satisfaction to get down to 53kg (116.6lb again). I competed in August right before my exam, I bombed out but with everything that I was putting into studying, dieting and training.. I feel pretty good having achieved this goal. Will I go 53 again? More than likely not, and I’m just now waiting around to make my debut as a master’s level athlete!
- Spend more time outside of the gym – DONE! I would say we achieved this. We spent a lot of time in LA, SD, the Bay Area. Yeah it wasn’t outside of California, but it was still getting out there and doing things other than lifting.
In 2016 we lost something we had invested a lot of time into – our gym which we closed in February of this year. However, with that loss came a lot of opportunities for us to focus on other goals and also opened the opportunity for us to move somewhere we could actually say we enjoyed living. Jay started school, and I landed a job that has made me remember why I love what I do again! We moved back to Los Angeles and have access to so many delicious things to eat, and are within closer reach of a lot of our Southern California friends. I made a decent amount of female friends via the wonderful world of social media that share the same love for the barbell (and food!) as I do, and also kept in touch with many of my older friends.
I’m excited about 2017 and looking forward to the challenges it may bring. What are you most proud of in 2016? What are some of your goals for 2017?