You may have noticed that I don’t do well without a hard-fast, identifiable goal.
I’ve yet to figure out how to just be healthy and fit for the sake of being healthy and fit, and until I do, I need some sort of finish line to motivate me to keep on keepin’ on. Sometimes it’s a literal finish line, but a lot of times, I like to create my own little challenges. Does it make me incredibly cheesy? Yes! But I am definitely a goal-setter and I think creating challenges is a fun way to gameify health and fitness. And anything that keeps me on track is a good thing.
I’m currently in the last few weeks of my extended Summer of Strength Challenge. As that winds down, it is time for me to create a new focus and new plan. (Don’t worry, I’ll be doing a SoS wrap-up and results post in a few weeks.) One thing that SoS has taught me is that the scale is really not worth all my energy. There are so many other numbers that can be just as good (or even better) indicator of health. So my newest challenge is all about the numbers just not the one on the scale. And it definitely calls for an obnoxious graphic.
We have 40 days until the “holidays” really start. And I want to come into Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year feeling my absolute best. And hopefully continue those habits through right past the vats of eggnog and over the third helping of pumpkin pie. A body in motion stays in motion, right? Well I believe a body in health is more apt to stay in health. Even when being assaulted with fudge and wassail.
So here are the “10 number-y goals”. The challenge starts today and ends on Thanksgiving (November 24th). During that time, I’d like to:
- Complete 2000 fitness minutes
- Do a 2 minute plank
- Do a 1 minute chair sit
- Run or walk a total of 100 miles
- Stationary bike a total of 100 miles
- Drink 4000 ounces of water
- Track my food for 30 days
- Eat 200 servings of fruits and veggies
- Go 40 days without stepping on a scale
- Write and post 30 Operation Beautiful notes
Of course, with any good challenge comes a reward! There has to be some gold at the end of the proverbial fitness rainbow to really make me devoted. And since I have to check off so many goals to get this prize, I figured it should be a big one. If I successfully check off all these goals, I get a $200 shopping spree at the nearby outlet malls. Which, considering I’ve been wearing the same pair of Under Armour crops for every single workout for the past two years (yes, including rolling in the grass), I desperately need $200 to spend at the UA outlet. Motivation!
I’ll be updating you with my progress on my (almost) weekly Sweats of the Week posts. Keep me on track. Mama needs a new pair of workout pants!