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 Check-In #2
(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 February, I finished reading The House of The Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars, and read The Case Against Sugar. Neither one of them was exactly a page-turner, so I’m looking forward to reading some fiction in March. This brings my total number of books read in 2017 to four. 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.
In February, I tried something I’ve been really looking forward to trying – and it was a big disappointment. On an unseasonably warm Sunday, I
brought dragged my husband and daughter to Spa State Park to try snowshoeing. We rented snowshoes, strapped them on, and returned them ten minutes later. It was almost 60 degrees out, and the snow was more like thick slush. I’m guessing these are not ideal conditions for snowshoeing, and we certainly felt it. I also just didn’t get the point; I didn’t feel like I was doing anything that I couldn’t do in just my snow boots. My husband thinks snowshoeing is better for walking on thick snow, without sinking in. That sounds plausible to me, but I don’t have a burning desire to try again. (Please enlighten me if you’re more of a snowshoeing aficionado than I am.)
Goal #3: Run at least three 5K races.
No progress here.
Goal #4: Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less.
I’m trying something new here this week. I had a $40 credit from Blue Apron, and I decided to give it a shot. I still have to do the cooking, but the this eliminates my search for recipes and some of my grocery shopping. I believe my trial recipes are cod and tomato stew, and some sort of pork chop thing.
How are you doing with your 2017 goals/resolution?
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