New Year’s Resolutions Goals

2017 is going to be a big and busy year for my family and I. For starters, we will be transferring back to the United States from Japan this summer. That alone is going to be busy and stressful, but there are many other things that will keep us plenty busy. I’ve decided that this year, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, which are almost always unkept, I’m going to set goals.

Now, before I get into what my goals are, I just wanted talk about a little bit why I’m making the goals that I am. The last six or so months of 2016 didn’t exactly play out the way that I wanted them to. Because I’m an Emergency Room nurse, I work twelve hour shifts. That doesn’t include all of the collateral duties that come with being a Naval Officer. There are many times that I end up spending several hours after shift, not to mention several days at work on my days off. With all this time at work, and trying to spend what little free time I have with my family, I have let my exercise slip. I’ve put on weight (way too much), in fact, I’m now the heaviest I’ve ever been and, I haven’t been able to train Jiu Jitsu like I want, which has led me to make the decision of not competing in tournaments until I can train like I need to.

So, with all of that being said, I’ve come up with a couple of goals.

Number 1: Lose Weight. I don’t mean a temporary loss like cutting for a tournament. I’m not getting any younger. I’m on the wrong side of my 40s (knocking on 50’s door) so I really need to put my health as a priority. So, I’m not dieting. I am making a lifestyle change. I am choosing to eat healthier.

Number 2: Exercise more. Goal number two is make time for exercise. This is two-fold. Other than the obvious health benefits, it will get me better prepared for Jiu Jitsu tournaments, which leads me to my third goal.

Number 3: Dedicate more time for Jiu Jitsu and work towards purple belt. I don’t think anything else needs to be said here.

So, there they are. My three goals for 2017. The nice thing about these goals are that they are for the rest of my life, not just for the year 2017. So don’t make resolutions. Set goals! You’re more likely work towards your goals then you are to try and keep a resolution.

See you on the mats!

Share Button

andy barker

Andy is a husband, father, and an avid Martial Artist. He has a beautiful wife Connie, and two wonderful children. He competes regularly in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo, and holds Black Belt ranks in Judo and Japanese Jujitsu and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Andy Barker enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989. He was a Hospital Corpsman serving with Marine Corps Infantry Battalions, aboard two submarines as the sole medical provider for the crew and with the Amphibious Navy. Andy received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing and was Commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps in 2011. He remains on active duty currently serving as an Emergency Room Nurse in Yokosuka, Japan. Andy is an amateur filmmaker and blogger. You can find him on YouTube under MadSiss Productions and on Vimeo under the same name.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *