Goals, Goals, Goals: 45 Day Challenge Remix (AKA May Goals)

So I may have been a little over zealous and lacking in foresight when I set up my 45 day challenge back in mid-April. I didn’t really account for marathon training (taper) and recovery. 21 runs is highly unlikely, and even the 14 bike rides are precarious. On top of that my the tendonitis in my right wrist flared up immediately after posting my challenge which made push-ups pretty much suck. Once I realized that I was going to (most likely) fall short on several goals, I pretty much gave up on the whole challenge.

So I’ve decided to scrap that challenge all together and take a different approach for May keeping a few things in mind:

  1. My excuse for food and drink free-for-all is gone as of Saturday. It’s time to get back to tracking everything and sticking to my points.
  2. I don’t really know how much recovery time I will need post marathon.
  3. I’m taking at least two weeks off running after Saturday, but I’m not taking two weeks off of fitness.
  4. I would like to get the extra pounds I gain during marathon training off by the end of the month

With this things in mind, I’ve decided to take a cue from Laura and her April Challenge, I’m going to be setting weekly goals. I’m sure some goals will stay the same week to week (e.g. tracking), but other I expect will change each week (e.g. pretty much anything fitness/ workout related.) I plan to set an average of 3 – 5 goals per week, and goals will be posted each Tuesday.

So, my first week’s goals are pretty much focused on getting myself ready for my marathon on Saturday. I don’t have many fitness goals since it’s taper week.

  1. Track 6 out of 7 days (I’m more or less giving myself marathon day off tracking.)
  2. Eat clean/ limit eating out to two meals (preferably post-marathon)
  3. Drink 100 – 150 oz of water daily.
  4. Gentle stretching/ restorative yoga two times
  5. Create/ Find marathon check list and pack up by Thursday night.

I’ll be back next Tuesday with a review of this week’s goals and a whole new set of goals for next week!

Goals, Goals, Goals: 45 Days

Here’s the thing about goals and me: I love goals.  I recognize the importance of goal setting and setting good, SMART goals.  I love to set goals.  I love the feeling of accomplishing goals.  I think setting goals is of utmost important when trying to achieve something.  That said, I’m really not one of those people who is extremely driven by the goals I set.  I guess I’m not a goal-setter by nature.  It’s something I have to work at.

I’m one of those people who tends to set goals and forget about them a week later.  I still think about  and want to achieve my larger goals, but I forget about those small milestone goals I set to help me get to the larger ones.  I had an awesome month in February, and as I sat back and reflected on it, I realized what helped me be so successful in February.  It was that silly little tracking spreadsheet I did using Laura’s setup.

So, since I didn’t  set any goals for March or April (thus far), I’ve decided to start a challenge today.  It’ll run through the end of May so it’ll be a total of 45 days.  I’ll be tracking it using a Google Docs spreadsheet linked below.  You’re welcome to create your own challenge and tracking sheet on there as well.

45 Days Challenge Tracker

So here are my goals for the next 45 days.

run 21 times
bike/ spin 7 times
14 strength training sessions
100 push ups challenge (3x per week/ 6 weeks)
track 40 days
eat 240 servings of fruits or veggies
drink 4,500 ounces of water (average 100 ounces daily)
make 5 new recipes
wellness/ miscellaneous.
Complete 45 Daily Challenge challenges
lose 5 pounds

If I complete 8 out of 10 of these goals my reward will be a new swimsuit for summer.  I don’t technically need a new suit since I bought two at the end of last summer, but  I’ve always  loved buying a new swimming suit each summer!