Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Challenge and new goals - Ready for Summer Challenge

Got word today that I will be dog sitting two westies next weekend so I had to change my plans a little. It was up in the air until it was confirmed today. Today's focus was cleaning the house. As I'm only home 3 days every week I tend to only do full out clean every two weeks. My original plan was to do that next weekend but with two dogs in the house I changed it to this weekend. Plus only being home 3 days a week my house tends to be dumping ground so I also did a little dog proofing today.

My first C25K run will be Tuesday as I have no scheduling nor time change wimp outs so it will be the return of the early morning workout. This is the other motivation to run more. I've pretty much figured out my run days will Tues, Thurs and Sun. I'm going to follow the Jeff Galloway training plan this time which is the one actually endorsed by Disney. This plan does focus on walking breaks which I'm totally in support of I just want to have longer run spurts in between the walking spurts.

I've organized a beginner badminton night for Mondays. My badminton Sensei (aka co-worker) has agreed and I got two other badminton newbies to join me. Normally badminton night is Wednesday in the work gymnasium but that's when all the crazy good people play and they're intense and whack that birdie around like a weapon. I'll wear my HR monitor to see what kind of workout that will be.

It's time to set up some goals for the new Ready for Summer Challenge  that starts on Mar. 26 (pop on over to join up) and I'm going to adopt something we do at work. At work we set up goals so they're measured at 100%, 150% and 200%. We get a bonus at 100% but an even better bonus at 200%. 100%  represents a definite you can do it, 150% represents a bit of a stretch and 200% is a bigger stretch but still doable. I'm starting now with these goals as there's no time like the present and it's a bit of practice week.

In the challenge you choose a minimum of one goal from any or all of the following categories.
1. Weight loss
2. NSV (non scale victory)
3. Exercise
4. Nutrition

As this challenge ends on my birthday I've got some extra motivation so I'm setting goals in all 4 categories.

1. Weight loss
100% - 10lbs
150% - 15 lbs
200% - 20lbs
Now if I hit the 200% goal I'll need to give myself an awesome prize.

2. NSV
100% complete the C25K program before this challenge ends
150% run 5K in 40min
200% run 5K in 35min.

100% exercise (min 30min) 4 times a week
150% exercise (min 30min) 5 times a week
200% exercise (min 30min) 6 times a week

4. Nutrition
100% track 7 days a week
150% track 7 days a week and get a minimum of 2L
200% track 7 days a week, get a minimum of 2L and take my vitamins

I've got Vegas coming up too so Operation Enough/Hottie needs to get some fire under it's patootie.

Today I got an invite on Facebook to a sort of informal reunion with people I went to high school with. Now I always considered myself an outsider in high school. I was chubby and went to school with some fairly wealthy kids and I came from a not so wealthy background add that I was super shy and had zip for self esteem. I didn't go to my prom instead I went to work. I was in the bilingual program so there was kids from all over the city. This Facebook thing looks like it's covering elementary, junior and high school (at the time there were a handful of bilingual schools. The motivation reason behind it seems to be the bulk of us are turning 40 this year. So the BBQ is a family affair.

Nowadays it looks like the bulk of them are married with kids and of course I'm neither so at the moment I'm not to keen to go. Mind you all the people I went to high school with who are my friends on Facebook found me so I guess some people remember me fondly.

It's not till August so loads of time to think about it.

I need to go to bed soon as that alarm is going off at 3:30am.

I hope you all had a great weekend.


Kristy said...

I love the idea of the 100-200% goals. I am also turning 40 this year and was kind of an outsider at school so I know what you're talking about. Good luck with the challenge and I bet you'll be looking hot for that reunion!

Shannon said...

I'm super excited to be doing this challenge. I finished the Couch25k program in February-I believe in it!!


Maren said...

Fantastic goals! I really like the idea of 100-150-200%, that's something I should adopt. :D

Enz said...

I like the rated goals too. Great idea.

upinthecosmos said...

Great, attainable goals... even that 200% mark. I love how you did the 100%, 150% & 200%... that's awesome! You definitely deserve a great bday present to yourself if you get to that 200% mark for your goals!

Raeesa Samizdat said...

Totally love 100/150/200 goals, really clever!

deanna said...

great goal. looking forward to getting to know you in this challenge.

Annie, The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

I have trip coming up a week after this challenge ends so I'm on the same boat as you! Can't wait to follow you on this Challenge!

El said...

great goals. cant wait to see how it goes.

Nanette said...

What a neat way to present your goals! :) I look forward to seeing you succeed. May you reunion with much confidence and ROCK vegas in a different pant size (smaller, definitely).

Kody at Skinny Sized said...

Hi this is Kody from I am excited to be joining you on the Ready for Summer Challenge the next 10 weeks. I am a new follower of your blog! If you have a chance stop by for a visit some time!!

Blog Wobble said...

Welcome to the challenge, great to have you aboard!

Weight Wars said...

Staggering your goals is such a great idea! You've a great brain lol.

Glad to be challenging with you :)