Sunday, February 23, 2014
I set some goals a few months back to keep me on track for my lifetime goals of health and fitness. I followed the rules of SMART goal setting (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely). I felt confident that I would reach them, but also knew it would not be a breeze.
So here's how I've fared so far:
"Drop and give me 20" without shoulder pain. I was on my way to 100 pushups when my shoulder started bothering me. I researched shoulder pain to no avail. Had to stop and let it heal. Now, my wrist is acting up. So, sad to say, no progress there. Haven't even been able to hit my mid-term goal of doing modified pushups. Darn joints!
200-day activity streak. I'm well on my way at 166 days and counting. Only 9 days from my mid-term goal of 175 days, and on track for my 3/28/14 target date. Some nights I've been hitting the treadmill at 10 p.m. to get in my workout, but I'm still doing it.
Plan weekly activities on the weekends. Hitting the treadmill at 10 p.m. is not a plan. With a busy spring of travel ahead of me, I WILL have to make this a priority. Obviously I need to work on this.
Cook food on the weekends to pack in my lunches. I've done this maybe twice a month, which is twice a month more than I had done it in the past. But I'm still throwing in a peanut butter sandwich more often than I wanted to. Food planning is SO not my strong suit.
And here's the biggie:
Do not exceed calorie range more than 5 times per month. Over the course of the last year this is my result:
March 2013 - 10 days over
April 2013 - 8 days over
May 2013 - 6 days over
June 2013 - 10 days over
July 2013 - 8 days over
August 2013 - 14 days over - this is where the travelling began
September 2013 - 13 days over
October 2013 - 11 days over - and this is where i THOUGHT i was getting serious about my goal
November 2013 - 15 days over
December 2013 - 9 days over - not bad for the holiday season
January 2014 - 11 days over
February 2014 - so far 5 days over; have to hang on for 6 more days
The good news is that 90% of the time I exceed my range by less than 200 calories. The bad news is that I have yet to succeed for even one month.
So I'm digging in to make February (the shortest month of the year) my first successful month for this goal.
What are your stretch goals? How are you doing? How can I encourage you?