Further Not Faster



For the first fifteen years of my ‘adulting’ life I set out to accomplish a lot of goals. I had business goals, financial goals, fitness and weight loss goals quarterly, monthly, even daily goals. Goals are helpful as they provide clarity of vision, direction and focus. 

Have you considered what goals you might have for 2019? If so, do you have a plan for how to achieve them?

Often we approach our goals overestimating what we can achieve in a short amount of time. You want to lose 20lbs in January, you want to see a significant shift in your marriage by spring, and you want to be debt free by June. This is a lot to work through in a short amount of time!  

frustrated and failing

For years I had big goals with short timelines. I found myself frustrated things rarely worked out the way I wanted them to. I always felt like I was failing. If I had a big fitness goal it often came with an even bigger injury. Weight loss goals meant I could stick to my perfect plan for 3 or 4 days, but then the weekend came, and I spent another 3 days perfectly sabotaging all progress.

The final straw came 4.5 years ago. I had a goal of running the Death Race. My portion of the race was a 27km run, up and down one mountain, then up and down another.  The total elevation change was well over 6000 feet. The first half of the race felt amazing. Then I hit Slugfest, the most technical portion of the entire race.  It’s full of steep switchbacks. Each single step took every ounce of power and strength I had in me. 

A moment of victory

I finished the run 13 minutes faster than my goal. Many would say this was a significant victory. And for a moment it was! Until days, weeks, and months passed and I realized my big and ‘fast’ achievement left me with chronic pain. I spent the next 3.5 years battling a hip and hamstring injury. 


Worth the cost?

Faster achievement is possible. Some of you will lose 20lbs this month. Some of you will run a marathon this spring. Many will have their greatest year financially in 2019, even in our slower economy.  

 But…At what cost? Could fast achievement of your goals come with increased risk of setbacks, restarts, hurting self or others, maybe even quitting altogether?

 And if it does come with this cost, is it still worth it to you?

Going Further

What I’ve learned is how much further I want to go vs. getting there faster. My fitness goals are all about building a healthy and strong body into my 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. I could honestly care less about how much I lift, push or pull. I just want to train well so that I keep going longer and stronger for years to come.

My diet goals reflect the energy, clarity, confidence, productivity and patience I want to experience. How and what I eat is a reflection of the woman I desire to be for others, and how I want to feel internally. My diet also reflects how I want my daughters to think about and relate to food in their future. 

Your 2019 Health Goals

In 2019 we want to take you further, not faster.                  

What are your health goals this year? 

What new habits would help you achieve your goals?

What old habits do you need to let go of to maintain long-term progress? 

Why are your goals so important to you?

Who gets to experience a better you because you invested in your health this year?

What could further, not faster mean to you in 2019? 

How much more could you achieve by the end of this year if you focused on transforming a few major habits vs. trying to completely transform your health and body in only a few short months?

where to begin?

If you want to live healthier and lose weight, but don’t know how to begin, contact us today! Take advantage of our FREE Discovery Session. We’ll help you identify what you want to achieve in your health and why, what’s been stopping you or holding you back and what you can do to live the health and life you’ve always dreamed of! 

It is always our highest honour to help you lose weight, feel great and live a healthier, happier life! Email us. Check out our website at www.EmpowerWays.com for our New Year’s Health and Weight Loss programs. 

Committed to you!

Kristine Rustand

Master Health Coach, EmpowerWays

Kristine Rustand is a Master Health Coach with EmpowerWays. Everything we do is about empowering you to live a healthier, happier life. You can follow EmpowerWays on Facebook and Instagram. If you want to know how Health Coaching can help you live a healthier, happier life contact Kristine today. EmpowerWays@gmail.com