When I was active in the target shooting community, I came across this quote from Col. Whelen. Part of the way you learn whether a gun is interesting is to fire it at very clearly defined targets. Firing into the air won’t tell you very much. I thought of the quote again this week while trying to figure out how to measure my progress while working through the introductory 10-week program of You Are Your Own Gym. I will probably refine these goals over the next few days, but here is my first draft. We’ll see if I can hit these targets!
- Weight: Mark writes that a sensible rate for weight loss is half a pound to one and a half pounds a week. Therefore I’m setting my “100 yard” target at five pounds loss by January 15, 2012 (70 days from today). My “200 yard” goal is ten pounds by that date. I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 188.5, placing my targets at 183.5 and 178.5, respectively. My really long-term goal is to be stable at 175 pounds for the rest of my life. I guess I’ll define that as my “1000 yard” target!
- Strength & Endurance: I want to complete the 10 week program. I’m going to try starting with the 1st Class Program. However, I haven’t tried most of these exercises, so if I need to back down to the Basic Program, I’m not going to be too disappointed. If I can reach 50 good-form push-ups in one set, I’ll know I’ve gotten somewhere!
- Speed: I want to be able to run/jog/walk a 5k course in less than 39 minutes. Mark doesn’t place any emphasis on aerobics in his book, but I feel as if a human should be capable of covering some ground when he or she needs to, and right now… well, let’s call this the “Zombie Apocalypse” goal and leave it at that.
- Flexibility: I am very inflexible right now. For instance, I can’t get within 4″ of my toes, so I’ll list “touch my toes” as my goal, and “palms on the ground” as my stretch goal.*