Good Morning!

I hope everyone is off to an ExoSymplyAmazing 2016! I don’t know about you all, but this year is going by fast for me – I can’t believe we are already halfway through January! I wanted to use today’s post to talk a little bit about the fitness goals I have set for this year in hopes to help those of you who are possibly still planning yours or are just looking for a little inspiration! The next post coming up will be on a special patient whose story is pretty remarkable, so make sure to stay tuned in for that. Very inspiring. ♥

When I set goals for myself, I like to write them down. I think it helps to make them come to life. You can’t reach a goal if you don’t set it, right?! So at the start of every year, I sit down and plan out the accomplishments I want to reach and then I tape them on my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder of what I’m working towards. I believe in pushing myself and today, I want to challenge you to do the same. We are all capable of more than we know and I want to help you see that you really CAN do anything you set your mind to. ★ So, before I go into what 2016 (year 3 in the device) has in store, let’s talk a little about what year 1 & 2 revealed.

2014 – 1st year in ExoSym: This year was dedicated to finding myself again & making my comeback. I worked hard to rebuild my body and trained for and completed a 120 mile adventure race in the Florida Keys. It was an amazing first year, proof to myself that anything is possible.

2015 – 2nd year in ExoSym: This year was dedicated to my passion of running. I ran quite a few races that year in preparation for my main goal of the Race for a Soldier 1/2 marathon in late September. An incredible second year, in which I ran nearly everyday — best gift ever! 🙂

Which brings us to 2016…

2016 – 3rd year in ExoSym: This year I am dedicating myself to improving my overall strength and core. My main goals for this year are competing in the Working Wounded CrossFit Adaptive Games as well as a 30hr Adventure Race in California. I have my work cut out for me, but I know it’s going to be a great year! I can feel it. ★

As you think about your goals for 2016, I ask you to really challenge yourself. I’m not saying you need to go out and run a marathon or hike Mount Everest (although, you could!), but my hope for you is that you find a way to push yourself everyday. Dedicate 2016 to a part of you that you want to improve — and really go after it. One thing that has helped me is living as though each day is a gift. I think every person who has seen their hope shattered, can attest to knowing what it’s like to not be able to dream big dreams — so, instead of getting up everyday and hoping change will come to you — go after it! Set hard goals for yourself that appear unattainable. When you reach a goal you never thought possible, you find within you the person you always believed you could be. ♥ Remember, you only get one body, one life, one opportunity — so make it great! Make 2016 #exosymplyamazing

The only person that can truly push you is yourself, so really take a moment and think about what it is you want to accomplish this year. Do you want to be able to go on a hike with your family? Do you want to be able to do 100 pushups? Do you want to be able to run a 10k? Do you want to play your sport again? Allow yourself to rekindle your passions. Once you decide on your goals, write them down and tape the paper on your mirror. Look at it everyday. #setyourselfupforsuccess When you have the days that are hard to get out of bed (because they will come), or you have setbacks (because they will happen), get back up, look at your goals and remind yourself of what you are working towards and why you started. #nevergiveup

Whatever 2016 has in store for you, just remember that you can do anything you set your mind to. Inspire yourself. Believe in yourself. Push yourself. Live the life you imagined. No one said it would be easy — but who likes easy?? 🙂

#beYOU #beAMAZING #ExoSymplyAmazing


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