My Goals for 2017: Check-In #4

Some people are motivated by rewards. Some people are motivated by fear. Others are internally motivated. Me? I’m motivated by public shame. I do not want to be embarrassed, and that’s what typically gives me the push I need complete things.

It helped keep me focused when I trained for two marathons in my younger years. I joined Team in Training, which, in exchange for participants raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, provides coaching, support, and organized, group training runs. Those group runs were critical for me – in particular the weekly “long runs.” Knowing that I would be running 16 miles with a group on Saturday, helped keep me motivated to train on my own throughout the week. I knew I’d never be the first, but I really did not want to be the last person to finish the long runs.

What does this have to do with my 2017 goals? I’m going to use this motivation to help keep me on track with my goals. I’ll be sharing monthly check-ins on my progress to keep me focused, and as a form of accountability.

2017 Goals Check-In #4

(You can read more detailed descriptions of each of my goals here.)

Goal #1: Read at least 24 books that I truly want to read.

In April, I read The Dry, and The Lowland and  I really enjoyed both of these fiction books. This brings my total number of books read in 2017 to eight. You can see all of my 2017 reads – current, past, and future – here.

Goal #2: Try at least three new (to me) activities, preferably active ones.

No progress here this month – not surprising, given my comfort with and preference for the familiar… 🙂

Goal #3: Run at least three 5K races.

In April, I finally went for my first jog in about three years! Amazingly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I managed to jog for 27 minutes, including up a hill. While my pace was glacial slow, it gave me hope that getting back into decent cardiovascular shape won’t be completely impossible. Just to be on the safe side, though, I decided to postpone my first 5K until June. And I registered for this one, so I can’t postpone it anymore.

Goal #4: Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less.

I tried two local, no-cook options in April. First, I tried the home meal delivery service from 9 Miles East, which I loved! I ordered the Meal Plan Plus, which comes with a four-serving dinner entrée, several salads, a soup, and two servings of grilled veggies with quinoa. It took my husband and me all week to finish everything we received! (Our daughter prefers to stick with chicken nuggets and mac and cheese – sigh…) We had the entrée and salads for dinner several nights, and I had soup, salads, and veggies and quinoa for lunch all week. Their food is local, seasonal, healthy, and delicious, and we’ll definitely be ordering from them again! If you live in the Capital Region or the Boston-area and are interested in trying the 9 Miles East home meal delivery service, contact Adam (, let him know that Amy from My Upstate Life sent you, and you’ll save $10 on your first order.

The second option I tried in April was the “Mama’s Ziti To Go” dinner from Augie’s To Go. For $21.95, we got a large tray of ziti with meatballs and sausage, a basic, two-serving salad, and bread. I really enjoyed the meatballs and the ziti, but was not a fan of the sausage. Our super-picky daughter enjoyed the ziti, which was a huge win! They offer a couple of other weekly dinner-to-go specials, including my husband’s beloved chicken parm, which we’ll probably try in the future.

How are you doing with your 2017 goals/resolutions?

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

5 thoughts on “My Goals for 2017: Check-In #4”

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I need to check in on my goals. Public shaming is not a bad way to stay motivated. 🙂 Good luck! Having to cook gluten free meals for myself, usually means my wife or I are cooking different things in a single meal. So not sure a meal service would work, but agreed it would be good to cut down on the time spent on this chore.

  2. Public shame – I don’t know about this but if it works for you use it for now; you may be putting way too much pressure on yourself.
    I enjoyed reading your goals. It’s good to know that if I stop running for 3 years I won’t be in horrible shape.
    For meals, I would suggest investing in an Instant Pot – an electric pressure cooker. I consider this a mother’s dream tool and it makes cooking easier and quicker. I also think picky eaters need to learn to eat what the family eats or starve.
    I know you’ll reach your goals.

    Stopping by from Christian bloggers linkup.

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