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Missed some August goals, made some others

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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!
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FITMAMA_ 9/15/2014 9:13AM

    Awesome goals!

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TEENIEME3 9/11/2014 6:35AM

    Awesome job on what you achieved! Congrats!

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MBTEPP 9/10/2014 12:08PM

    Too often not making goal is an excuse to stop trying. No so. Baby steps are just as measurable, and quantifiable. I fell short of my #backontrack goals for August, however, I gained more than I would have, had I not tried at all.

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SUEARNOLD1 9/6/2014 9:57PM

    Way to go! Good luck with September goals!

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LAWANDMUSIC 9/6/2014 6:59PM

    Thanks for sharing. ONWARD!!

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NHES220 9/5/2014 12:03PM

    Congrats on meeting half of your goals. Wow a sub 50 - 10k, that is awesome! We had a rough winter in Chicago too! So, it was elliptical and treadmill for me for a while, but I have stepped it up since April and now training for my half marathon so the mileage is ramping up. Keep up the great work and I know you'll hit your September goals.

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CASEYSAUER 9/5/2014 7:05AM

    Congratulations on the goals and the reset of goals!

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LORI-K 9/4/2014 4:35PM

    Awesome!! emoticon
Onward & Upward in Sept!

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JSTETSER 9/4/2014 10:05AM

    You are doing awesome!

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/3/2014 11:48PM

    Holy moly!! You did great! And already going strong in September! (I gave myself a C+ for August)

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LEWILL1982 9/3/2014 3:55PM

    I love those questions presented by your boss, there is a lot of good information that could come from either of those responses. Great job on hitting your goals and almost making the others. The good news about the ones you missed is that you were super close in attaining them and well on the right track, it seems like! Great job!

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