First of all, yoga kicks ass.
Class tonight was excellent. Highly reccomended.
Back on track:
I was able to put the fitness thing front and center, and stay motivated despite other demands on my time because I realized that it is the underpinning for everything else. And I mean everything. There is no aspect of life that is not negatively affected by being out of shape.
Work: Fit people think better and are more productive. They also take many fewer sick days.
Family: More energy for the kids, spouse, etc. Instead of dragging your ass around you have some git up and git it.
Sex: Obvious - You’re better at it and a hell of a lot more desirable as a hardbody than a puddin pants.
Once you accept the above, it becomes much easier to find time for working out.
As far as setting goals goes, I have found that you do have to define what a goal is first.
Goal = a specific, measurable event or state of affairs to be reached in a specific time period.
So, “I want to be more fit” is not a goal, it’s a wish. “I will have a 34” waist by Jan 1st" is a goal. The key is to make the goal objectively measurable, not a subjective judgement, otherwise you may find yourself saying, “Close enough”.
As to your specific situation, mine mirrors it to some extent. In <12 weeks I will be in the best shape of my life. I will take 2 weeks off, then I have to come up with something else. I have no desire to compete or (suprisingly to me) work the poundages back up on the big lifts, so we will have to see. Right now I am toying with the idea of bringing body parts up one at a time until I am at my genetic limit, or at least fully satisfied with my appearance. That could take years, so I will always have something to shoot for.
In your case, at your tender age, you can do literally anything you like. Having followed your work on this site for some time, I have to say that if you told me you were going to sprout wings and fly away, I would have to give it some credence.
Maybe you just have to ask yourself what excites you the most? I like the idea of Jillybop the strongman competitor myself. A real Supermom.