Wednesday, September 03, 2014
I think most folks know about SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely). Well, even if they are attainable, we don't always hit them.
I had four goals for August and was 50% on successfully meeting them.
Goal 1: Get back into maintenance range of 180-185lb. Status: Did not achieve. I found myself drifting upwards through the first part of Aug, to a relative maximum of 193 lbs. That was a wake up call, and I used that as an impetus to do a 2+week reset where I was much more careful about calorie range, I stopped snacking after dinner, and I stopped drinking wine/beer. Since that reset, I have been hovering around 186-188. With some additional work, I will be back in range this month.
Goal 2: Run 60 miles. Status: Did not quite make it. I ended up running 57.5 miles, which is pretty close, but not quite. I have had a strong start in Sep, I have run 15.5 miles over the first three days. I should be able to hit the Sep goal and make up the difference on the Aug goal. I am at about 300 miles for the year (the first three calendar months were rough here in NY) and with a strong finish, I could get to about 500 miles. (As a comparison, last year my goal was to run 1,000 miles and I made it to 1,003 by Christmas).
Goal3: Run a sub 50 10k. Status: Success! (See Storm King Run blog for details)
Goal4: 1500 tracked fitness minutes. Status: Success! I ended up about 1600.
We set goals to push ourselves, to measure progress, to provide benchmarks of success, to reward ourselves for attaining goals, and for a myriad of other reasons. While we don't hit all of our goals, it is important to use the results to reassess what we are doing and either change our program, alter our goals, increase our commitment or refocus our efforts. To paraphrase one of my old bosses, we must ask two questions - 1) are we doing things right? and 2) are we doing the right things?
Onward and upward, SparkFriends!