ALICIALYNNE
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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!
• JAMESKEVIN
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
• MPETERSON2311
your organization is amazing, keep it up!
1931 days ago
• TAMELA_B
How cool that you came up with a system that works for you. It looks like you are doing well so far!
1933 days ago
• CBAILEYC
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!

C~
1934 days ago
• LIVINGFREE19
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
• KEATYNMBERGSTEN
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