Okay, I'm going to add my finalized goals to the top of this post, and leave the original post at the end for posterity. This time I'm even actually going to decide my attribute points at the beginning of the challenge! Maybe next time I can do one better and make my post interesting like so many others here do My main goal is to do at least one real, full, good form pushup. My second goal is to run for 5 km without stopping to walk. I feel like I can work on these goals at the same time without them negatively affecting each other, so I'm going for it. 1. Pushups! 2 STR 2 STA I'm still doing pushups on an incline, using the 100 pushups program to increase my numbers. I plan on testing myself every week to see if I can move my incline down. I'm also going to add a plank after every pushups session to increase my upper body and core strength - holding for at least 30 seconds. More is fine if I feel like I can, and I will probably do different planks (forearm, side...) to keep interest because I am easily bored. Summary: 3 workouts/week, 5 sets of pushups and at least 30 sec of plank each time 2. Legs! 2 DEX 1 STR 1 STA I want to keep running, but my legs are weak and my ankle and hip mobility is poor, which is all coming together to affect my performance and my knees, so I want to make time for bodyweight and kettlebell exercises and STRETCHING, which I have been really neglecting. I want to keep this flexible so I can adjust for how I feel and for the weather and my attention span, doing different workouts in different quantities from week to week. Summary: 1-3 runs and 1-3 workouts incorporating squats, lunges, or kettlebell swings per week, and stretch after EVERY time. (Got that, self?) 3. Sugar! 2-4 CON Last summer I did a challenge with no added/refined sugars, and I loved it. My energy increased, my cravings decreased, and it kickstarted 20 lbs of much-needed weight loss. I added sugar back into my life on occasion afterwards, and it has been slowly creeping into more and more occasions. I haven't been feeling super good lately, so I want to cut back, but I don't feel ready to commit to no sugar at all - so I'm setting a limit of 4 servings/week, but giving myself an incentive of extra points if I manage to keep it below an average of 2 or 3 servings/week. So, no more than 24 servings for the challenge gets me 2 CON points, 18 servings for 3 points and 12 servings for 4 points. Summary: No more than 4 servings of foods/week with added sugars. Bonus points for less. 4. Life! Participate! Socialize! 1 WIS 2 CHA So I just came back off a bit of a board break for last challenge, and I was pretty iffy about keeping my thread updated towards the end and also about participating and engaging with other posters. This is an important part of being part of the community here, so I'm making it an official goal and a priority and giving myself a minimum number of posts per week to make here. I'm going for at least 3 updates for my thread, 1 for my accountabilibuddies group, and 5 for other threads - other member's challenges, mini-challenges, whatever. These are minimums, so more is always better! This will helpfully keep me reading along better, too. Summary: Minimum of 3 posts/week in this thread, 1/week in accountabilibuddy group, and 5/week in assorted other threads. Phew! Hopefully that's coherent! I'm ready to get started! Original post below: ---------------------------------------------- I haven't got this all formulated yet, but I'm going to start a thread and get my ideas out and come back and finalize it for the official start of the challenge. Okay? Here we go. 1. Pushups! This is my official, main goal - to get to a real, legitimate pushup. I made some great progress last challenge with this and want to keep up what I was doing but with a bit more. I was doing incline pushups with the 100 pushup program, which is a workout 3 times a week, and every week testing myself to see if I could move the incline down or otherwise increase the difficulty. Partway through I had the thought that adding planks would be helpful but didn't really follow through with that so I want to add that to my goal - planks at the end of each pushup workout. I will probably change it up and do variations so I don't get bored, not sure if I want to make variations a part of my goal or not. I do need to decide how to measure how much I do - obviously a certain amount of time is how you measure planks, but do I want to make it consistent throughout since I will be adding difficulty with the pushups or add time? Start with 30 seconds a time and add 10 seconds a week, or something like that? 2. Legs! My other, secondary goal is to run a 5k distance with no walking breaks. Last challenge I tried to run 3 times a week and finish out C25K, which I did by time spent running but my longest distance ran so far is 2.25 mi or 3.6 km. 3 times a week along with my lifestyle (lots of walking everywhere) meant I had to limit any other leg workout (squats, kb swings, lunges...) in order to have time to rest my legs. Getting stronger is also important to me, and I know strengthening my legs will only help with running, so I need to find a balance. I'm not sure how to phrase my goal here so it's attainable - my thought is 1-3 days a week running and 1-3 days a week performing bodyweight or kettlebell lower body exercises. This would allow me to adjust based on circumstance and how I feel - maybe a rainy or especially hot week would have more indoor stuff and less running, maybe I do light runs one week and that allows me to do a higher number of things total. Complicating this, my knee is not 100% from tweaking it towards the end of last challenge so I want to be careful at the beginning. I also want this goal to include a focus on mobility and flexibility - I noticed during the mini-challenges last time that my ankle mobility is rough, and I know that and hip mobility can affect knees while running, so for sure I want to stretch and make sure some bodyweight sessions include squats with careful attention to form. 3. Sugar! My first challenge included a no-sugar goal, and I loved it and found it evened out my mood and reduced my cravings for things I don't need quite a lot. Since then, I've been letting sugar creep back into my diet and I want to try to get it under control, as I can tell I am not feeling super good. However, I don't feel ready to commit to no sugar right now - it's summer and I want the occasional popsicle, and I will be attending a wedding during the challenge time period and my sons birthday is soon also, so, cake! I want to set a limit of number of servings per week, maybe 3-5, with extra points available if I fall below that number. So I have the option to indulge occasionally, but also the option to go totally no sugar if that feels right. 4. Life! I have a history of totally falling on my face and failing completely at my non-fitness life goal on these challenges. So I'm keeping it simple and related to the challenge - I'm going to set a certain number of posts a week, both on my own thread and other users' threads to keep me updating and participating and socializing. I'm not sure what's a good number - at least 3-4 a week for my own updates, maybe the same number for other threads? Bonus points if I go over? Any and all feedback is welcome! I'm going to stew over this for the next few days (while I rest my crap knee) and then clean everything up into nice tidy goals and add to the beginning of the post.