Sunday, March 04, 2012

Monthly Goals

As I have preached many times in my blog before, it is important to set goals. In order to achieve my ultimate goal of losing 15 pounds (of body fat), I must set smaller goals for myself on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. I have made some new goals this month, and thought it would be important to share them. 

Weekly Goals

In order to focus on my weekly goals, I have recently started a “goal board.” The board allows me to lay out tasks/goals I want to achieve during the week, and also gives me an opportunity to beat last week’s “score”. 

 As you can see above, I have made “Total” and “Last Week” columns which allow me to track my improvement and differences from week to week. The goal board is a great way to stay on top of my fitness goals, as well as staying organized with school assignments and other tasks.

MY Goals for this Month: 
  1. Weigh-in date: March 19, 2012. Lose 5 pounds by this date.
  2. Go to the gym at least 6 times a week.
  3. Drink more water! (At least 10 glasses a day or 80 ounces).
  4. Be able to plank for 2 full minutes by March 31, 2012


To get into a plank position, your forearms should be on the ground with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Your legs should be extended straight behind you, feet hip-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles, and your core should be braced. Hold this position for as long as you can (in my case it is 1 minute, so far), keeping hips up and abs tight, and repeat three times.

**To make this harder, extend your arms (as if you were about to do a push-up) to form an extended arm plank, holding your abs tight while holding the position. See the image below for reference.

If we have the right mental attitude, NOTHING can stop us from achieving our fitness goals!


  1. I have a goal/homework board too and I find it so helpful in keeping me on track! Great idea! More people should do it.

  2. Agreed! It's a good visual aid to keep you on track.

  3. Gotta love the goal/homework boards they really do help. I would honestly be lost without mine.

    Keep up the good work girl!

  4. I really like your goal board! I may just have to start up one of those :)

  5. I like what you've done with the goal board you set up. It's clean and has all of the information that is important. I've seen a few that are overly complicated with way too much on the board and goals that were unrealistic. Also, while I don't find the subject of fitness all that interesting I do think you do a very good job of explaining the benefits to the exercise that you are talking about.

  6. Samanthas: Thanks! Cadeau I want to see yours when you do it!
    Brad: Thank you :) I hope I can inspire you to start getting to the gym! It's good for the heart after all.

  7. Good luck with your goal board! Once you get homework to zero you will be laughin :)

  8. Your goal board is great! I agree with brad it is clear and realistic. Also, I like that you focus on both school and outside of it. I love visuals, so I'm interested in organizing a white board like this.

  9. Great idea Janine. It looks like a lot of work to keep track of everything at first, but I'm sure it gets easier as you continue to do it :)

  10. Thanks everyone! Very helpful tool to stay organized, especially with all of these last minute assignments to do for school.

  11. I really like the idea of the white board to keep track of your fitness goals. I'll use that when I'm getting in shape for my wedding!

  12. Janine, This is a great idea! I like how you have set up your chart to keep track of the important goals and priorities. I write down intentions often but not accomplishments once I have completed something. Doing this probably gives you motivation and satisfaction once you complete things.

  13. I NEED A GOAL BOARD! I want it to say, "get your ass off the couch". Your inspiring!

    1. Hahaha, I need to put that on mine too sometimes. Never too late to start I suppose.