My Goals for 2017: Check-In #5

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 #5

(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 May, I returned to nonfiction and read Killers of the Flower Moon, and The Dirty Life. I learned a lot from Killers of the Flower Moon, which is about a time and place – Oklahoma in the early 1900s – I knew nothing about. It tells the story of a disturbing period during which Native Americans were murdered for their lucrative land rights. The Dirty Life, which is about a woman who falls in love with a farmer, leaves her life in NYC to start a new farm with him here in upstate New York, was fine.  This brings my total number of books read in 2017 to ten. 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.

I went for a few more runs slow jogs in May, but I’m still not in particularly good shape. My first 5K is coming up on June 17th, so I need to make the most of the next couple of weeks.

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

Twice in May, I received meals from 9 Miles East, which I continue to enjoy. I was able to customize my plan to include more entrée servings, and fewer salads. We also had the “Chicken Parm Monday To Go” from Augie’s To Go. It includes a large tray of chicken parm and ziti, a basic, two-serving salad, and bread. I don’t like poultry, but my husband loved the chicken parm.

My husband cleaned out the grill, so it’s ready to go for grilling season! For some reason, I find grilling dinner much less intimidating than cooking. It’s easy, requires only a few ingredients, and almost everything tastes great grilled. Here’s just another reason to love summer!

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.

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