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March Goals and Progress Thus Far

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

As some of you know, I came up with a points system last month to use with my goals. I put a points value on each goal, and then also came up with a goal to complete a certain number of the mini-goals. I get rewards based on how many points, and how many of the goals I complete. It was a huge success; even though I didn't meet all of my goals, I didn't become unmotivated.

With that in mind, I am going to repeat the exercise this month, just changed up a little bit. Below are the goals, and the number of points that I can get for each goal. In parenthesis, I've added in how many points I have for each one.

For reaching 190 points, I will reward myself with a hair cut. For completing 10 out of the 13 goals, I will reward myself with a jeans-buying trip to Goodwill (badly needed by this point!).

We are currently 19.35% through the month.

1. Run 50 miles - 50 (12 = 24%)
2. Eat in range 27 days this month - 27 (5 = 18.51%)
3. Drink 8 cups of water per day for 27 days - 27 (5 = 18.51%)
4. Save $100 - 1 (0)
5. Read with the boys 13 nights this month - 13 (3 = 23.07%)
6. Brush my teeth 28 days - 28 (5 = 17.85%)
7. Consume 4 servings of produce each day for 25 days this month - 25 (4 = 16%)
8. Do 350 dumbbell rows - 7 (45 completed = 12.85%)
9. Do 500 push-ups - 5 (80 completed = 16%)
10. Do 1,000 squats - 10 (250 completed = 25%)
11. 1,600 seconds in plank position - 16 (16.25%)
12. 350 minutes stretching - 7 (13 minutes completed = 3.71% - YIKES)
13. 1,100 fitness minutes - 11 (258 minutes completed = 23.45%)

I know the system sounds a bit convoluted, but it is really working for me!

The exercises at the end are part of the Sparking as a Team Challenge, which is dedicated to Tara this month. I suggest everyone take a look into the team, it's pretty small, but lots of cheering each other on! You do not have to do the same amount; everyone just does what they can, and hopefully we balance each other out so that the team meets the team goals.

The stretching/yoga one is going to be a big challenge for me. We'll see what happens!

I also have my 10K coming up on March 16th, and I am already getting twitchy! I am a very slow runner, a whopping 15 minute pace. I looked up the race results from last year, and only two people were that slow: the last two people to cross the finish line, and they were both senior citizens. I know I can run the distance, no problem. I'm hoping it'll go a bit faster than I do on the treadmill. The atmosphere for that race last year (I did the 5K that day) was fantastic, and I expect the same atmosphere this year as well. After this race, I am going to train for a couple of 5Ks. I want my speed down a bit, so my focus will shift from mileage to speed.

If you made it this far, thank you!
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    You're a slow runner at a 15 minute pace? I wish I could pull that pace off! LOL. Good luck with the 10 K. I've only done fundraiser 5ks and they are a lot of fun! Just remember dont get all excited and go faster then you can handle at the start! Just take your time!
    1929 days ago
    your organization is amazing, keep it up!
    1931 days ago
    How cool that you came up with a system that works for you. It looks like you are doing well so far! emoticon
    1933 days ago
    We're all so different so we need many different approaches. I'm thrilled that this works for you - you were so successful last month, you're going to be this month as well!
    1934 days ago
    That is great that you have your own point system and everything for your goals, this is awesome!

    You are doing great!
    1935 days ago
    Great goals, I really like your points system! Good luck speeding up your running a bit! I'm sure you can do it!
    1935 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    You are doing so great! I find that my time greatly improves during races. There is more going on to keep my mind off of what my body is going through. I think you will surprise yourself and run it a bit faster than your 15min miles!

    1935 days ago
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