• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 145 (Change the Plan, Not the Goal)

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    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  2.53 miles;  Running Total: 61.68 miles)

    Day 145 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    Two days into my goal and I’ve run but I haven’t done the foam roller or the planks.

    It’s gratifying to see my mileage increment upwards, so for the last two days I ran first. By the time I was done running I was sweaty and tired and just wanted a shower. I wanted to get on with my day, not do planks or roll my legs out on the foam roller.

    I don’t want to get to the end of my twelve days of feeling good only to find that my goal slipped to the wayside. Obviously what I was doing was only working in part.

    So I needed to change my plan for attaining my goal.

    I identified two problems with my approach of running then doing the planks and the foam roller.

    First problem: My plank goal wasn’t specific enough.

    I just said “I’ll do planks.”

    Solution: Make the goal more specific.

    A more specific goal is “I’ll do three planks for thirty seconds each.”

    Making the plank goal more specific puts it into context. If I can’t find a minute and a half in my day to do something good for myself then I’m just making excuses.

    Second problem: The order in which I was performing the exercises.

    I like running. I want to skip everything else and get to the fun part. I let myself believe I would get to the planks and the foam roller ‘later’, even though ‘later’ turned into ‘never’.

    Solution: Use running as the reward.

    If I do the planks and the foam roller before I run, then my run becomes a reward. And, bonus, I’ve already completed the other two exercises so I don’t have to think about them for the rest of the day.

    Today’s silver lining: I like identifying solutions to problems I can solve.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Tina Smith says:

    I sometimes have to trick myself too (by doing the fun thing last). It’s awesome how well it works. Other times I get neither task done.

  2. Melissa says:

    Keep it up girl, sounds like you’re doing great with your fitness goals. I do have to laugh when you say running is the fun part. I have NEVER been a runner 🙂

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