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The Importance of Goals, no matter where you are in the game.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

18 April 2013 will mark my 5 year Sparkversary. I cannot believe that I have been around here for so long. Sometimes more active, sometimes less. I know that I have more success when I am active on the site.

Goals are a big part of what helped me reach weight loss success and my weight has crept up when I haven't had defined goals. I have one goal every 6 months, which is to pass my Army PF Test, it is a part of the job.

On a side note, I am surprised at how many people in the Army seem to be caught by surprise by the PT test. They sit on their rear ends most of the year and then start preparing for the test about a month before, if that soon, and are confused at why they don't pass. As I stated above, I consider it part of my job to maintain physical readiness, which is exactly what soldiers are explicitly expected to do by regulation.

Back to the goals discussion. I am finding the every 6 month expectation of the PT test to be a useful goal, but my goals of running a 5K at least every other month and a 10K by the end of the year are really helping me stay on track and not slack off. I am currently 4 1/2 weeks out from my next 5K and am planning to run one in May and one in June, if possible. I like the spacing of them, they keep me in constant training and readiness.

I guess what it boils down to is, that goals give us things to strive for and work towards. It's easier while losing the weight to find them since they are sort of laid out before you. When living La Vida Maintenace, you have to go find them. Part of my goal setting has to do with better times and longer runs, creating ever greater endurance. I am really wanting to do a sub-30 minute 5K this year in addition to my plan to run a 10K by year's end.

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