Is It Okay To Give Up On A Goal?

Every month I have been updating my 2015 goals. At the beginning of the year, doing yoga 1-2x per month was one of my goals. In July, I added bench press 150 pounds by year-end to my list.


This past week, I realized something that has been staring me in the face for a while. I no longer desire to go to yoga 1-2x per month. I have been making up excuses/reasons to NOT go to yoga. Most recently, I have been doing the bench press instead. While I love yoga, and specifically love my yoga class, it is not something that is inspiring me right now. The idea of being in the yoga room for an hour makes me feel trapped. So, I didn’t go. I have given up on that goal.

I truly believe that fitness should be fun. If the thought of being in a group exercise room makes you feel trapped or you dread going to a specific workout, that might not be the workout/class for you at the moment.

See, yoga is no longer serving its purpose for me right now. Our yoga class is restorative and stretchy. I am stretching a LOT right now with physical therapy. But bench pressing is exciting me. I neglected strength training for quite a while. Weight lifting makes me feeling stronger.

I hit a new bench press PR on Saturday – 75 pounds. My goal is 150 by the end of the year. And that scares the crap out of me. 75 pounds was HEAVY! I cannot imagine lifting twice that.

Bench Press PR

And see, that’s how goals should be – both exciting and scary. That’s how you know they are big enough.

It doesn’t mean yoga is gone forever from my life, but on a hiatus. I probably won’t meet the goal for the year, and that’s ok. But I am excited about pressing on with the bench press.

Have you ever given up on a goal?



4 Responses to “Is It Okay To Give Up On A Goal?”

  1. I think it’s completely okay if it’s not fun, especially when it comes to something that you are doing for fun. Life happens, life changes & sometimes goals aren’t meant to be hit. You gave it a shot!

  2. I wouldn’t call it giving up – I would call it shifting your goals. You have to do what makes you feel best 🙂

  3. I absolutely believe it is ok to revamp and change your goals! Like you said, you won’t stop doing it forever, but it’s not right for you right now. With me, sometimes I need to step back and refocus. I originally had a goal to PR on my half marathon distance this fall, but another goal opportunity presented itself to me, and I feel like my heart is more set on the second goal. So I’m stepping back and changing my goals for the rest of the year. It doesn’t mean I will never go back to the half marathon distance- but temporarily I think my focus should be on other things.