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Monday, March 11, 2013

I am continually revising my goals. I suppose that would be a good thing if I met old goals and made new ones. For the most part, though, I make goals, and then forget them. It’s not that my goals are not attainable; it’s that I don’t follow through for one reason or another.

I made a goal today to run (or walk) in a 5K. I’m not new to walking 5Ks. I have walked formal 5Ks for charity over the past year and a half or so. I can walk 5K on an ordinary day. It’s no big deal anymore (for me; I know for some people it’s a real challenge to get out of bed, and I know you have to start wherever you are at).

So … I signed up for a 5K (also for charity) in 7 weeks as a runner. I called to see what that meant, and runners get microchips in their bibs so they can be timed. If I wimp out, I can still walk. I’ve no delusions of winning nor of having a great time. My goal is to FINISH.

I found a Couch to 5K program online that runs for 7 weeks, instead of the (seemingly) standard 8 weeks (and some even run for 9 weeks).

I’m on a Wellness Committee at work, and we are planning a 5K for November. I would love to be able to run in that, but I have a sneaking suspicion I won’t be able to run, as I will probably find myself working a booth or something (but maybe I can manage to do both).

Last year about this time, I was thinking about – and looking into – getting into hiking. I looked into getting a pass so I could get into any state park all season. The season generally starts in May, so by May, I was immersed in work (it was busy!) and forgot about hiking. I’m looking into a pass again this year. I may even be able to order one online (I’ll need to check back in a month or two).

So … I am hoping that if I pay to do some fitness-related activities, I will follow through and do them. It’s not a huge amount of money, and it’s not a major commitment the way joining a gym would be. I need to be tougher about work and allow myself to do stuff on my time off. I’m sure I’ll find that if I stay active and get fit, work stresses won’t seem so … stressful.
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    In training for a 5K WTG I fine tune my goals all the time is that what you are doing we do evolve and goals once we had no longer fit our needs Good luck with your 5K
    2782 days ago
    I have trouble with scheduled events, because I really never know how beat I will be from work. I have shied away from signing up for some things due to that. Not being able to do too much scheduled has put the pressure back on me to do it on my own, so I do the best I can. I love the fact that you are a planner and also able to get things organized at work. That will benefit a lot of people. You are very motivating!
    2784 days ago
    Are you creating completely new goals, or fine-tuning them as you progress?

    Goals are awesome when you put a lot of thought into them, write them down and follow through. See if this article helps
    2784 days ago
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    You are sensible to try for things that can be flexible re timing. I'm enrolled in an osteoporosis class which runs twice a week for 10 weeks. It is very good and is beneficial to me but I find the fixed times incredibly limiting!! I'm much better when I'm not having to juggle different commitments and being torn between them. When I worked I found inevitably that work demands triumphed over things that were good for me. Good luck with the fitness and stress relief.
    2784 days ago
    Your story is just like mine own. I'm setting new goals all the time i.e. revising them and not because they're too high but mostly because other engagements and pressures on the job distract me and eat away the time needed to follow them through... Yet I'm firmly decided not to give up and keep trying. Wish you better luck with your new goals and a bit more consistency and even stubbornness. Think that's what we probably need most. emoticon emoticon
    2784 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2013 4:31:03 PM
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