I'm currently on my 3rd 1-year journey through the Precision Nutrition Coaching Program. One of the valuable exercises that PN had me do the first week was to write my Destination Postcard. What is it that I want to accomplish as a result of doing this program? If we know what we want, it gives us a better blueprint for taking action!
Imagine that you could get a postcard from the future: as if "future you" arrived at the destination and sent a postcard back in time to tell you what it's like. The postcard tells you what you want, not what you don't want.
Really ask yourself, year from today, in an ideal world: 1) where do you want to be? 2) what do you want to be doing? 3) what do you want to feel? and, 4) what adventures do you want to be having? Don't worry about how "realistic" this is right now. Whether it's climbing a mountain, biking across the world, going cliff diving, winning a competition, feeling like a ninja, or just fitting into your old pants...imagine who and where you could be one year from now. Dream big and capture that!
Ask yourself and write down answers to the following questions:
1. I want to be... 2. I want to do... 3. I want to feel...I didn't spend a ton of time on this exercise, but I'm taking this seriously this year, and I'm getting started early!
Here's my personal postcard: I want to be: a 10 mm ab fold (can you say six-pack?!). I want to do: 1) Bench press 225 lbs x 10 reps, 2) Dead lift 235 lbs x 10 reps x 3 sets, 3) Pull-ups 3 sets x 10 reps, 4) complete Adamson's Row/Run/Ride Challenge in 25 minutes. I want to feel: healthy, energetic, and like a machine. In order to reach the destinations listed above, I'm going to have to be lean, strong, and have a high level of cardiovascular fitness — so I'm addressing the three major components of fitness! In order get lean, I'm going to have to have my nutrition very dialed which will be a big challenge for me, and super satisfying if I achieve it!
OK, now it's time for you to get started. Don't have any specific fitness goals quite yet? This is a great exercise to apply to your life in general. Give it some thought, write it down, then put your postcard in a safe place where you won't lose it and refer back to it often. Start working on a game plan to get to your destination. I'm already more excited about my training and nutrition this year just knowing and visualizing my destination!