The Numbers Game

Posted: August 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Fancy meeting you here again this afternoon! I bet you didn’t expect to see me until a bit later, huh? Well, with Makenzie in preschool and Braedon getting in his morning nap, I found some extra time and decided to use it to hang out with some of my other favorite people. That would be you. Open-mouthed smile

Plus, I couldn’t wait to give you more of the details on the panel discussion – The Numbers Game -  Janetha, Beth, Lisa, and I shared at the Healthy Living Summit!

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What exactly does “The Numbers Game” mean? Well, as healthy living bloggers many of us have goals in some form or fashion. They may be specific…or just to live healthy in general. No matter our goals, numbers usually play a factor in some way.

Allow me to break it down for you here so you can feel like you were right there with us. Or so you can be there again. PS – If you came, you’re my new best friend. <3

Examples of How We Use Numbers In Goals 

  • calories/points/number of veggies for a dietary goal
  • scale weight or measurements for a weight loss goal
  • mileage or pace for a running goal
  • number of workouts done a week for a fitness goal
  • blog subscribers, page views, etc for blogging related goals

Our panel touched on our own personal goals to share a variety of perspectives on each of these. Numbers can be a very useful tool in our goals and should be used accordingly. The use of numbers has many positives to helps us in achieving our goals.

Positive Use of Numbers In Goals

  • to serve as a benchmark to help track our progress in a concrete, measurable way
  • to give us feedback on our actions so we can adjust as necessary
  • to motivate us to keep going when we see the desired results

Numbers obviously have their place when it comes to our goals. If you want to PR in a race, complete a set of 20 pushups on your toes, or eat more vegetables – you will likely use numbers to help get there.  However, the positives of numbers in goals can easily get sucked into a negative black hole if you don’t proceed with caution.

Some Negative Ways We Use Numbers In Goals

  • the comparison trap with others OR with our previous selves
  • feeling frustrated and wanting to give up when the results aren’t as great as hoped
  • getting prideful and not putting in the effort when get close to achieving a goal
  • losing sight of realistic goals or wanting to continue progress beyond what is healthy for you or your body

Just because there are some negative ways goals can crop up doesn’t mean we need to say “forget about it” and not use them at all. Definitely not! They have their place. Our panel hoped to emphasize a few things to help keep that healthy balance and that could take up a whole other post. So, stay tuned for ways to use numbers without going insane in the membrane. I don’t want to send you into overload right now. Heck, my mind still needs a bit of a break so it doesn’t go into overload after this weekend! Winking smile 

But for a little fun…let’s end this post with some quite interesting blooper shots. I can get pretty intense!

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Time for me to catch you later! Now, if only I had time for that little cat nap…

  • What are some ways you use numbers for goals and their pros or cons?
  • Do you get nervous public speaking? I surprisingly didn’t once I got up there!

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