For quite a while I wanted to add a fitness goal to beeminder, but I also wanted it to fit me. Previously I tried a “just reach your fitbit step goal” x number a week, but I had to dial it down because it rarely fit into my day and then it became too easy.
So I ended that goal and did the worst possible thing: nothing.
At work I have access to a free gym, a couple of my coworkers who would be happy to design a workout plan for me and help me get started - but that is just not happening.
Yeah I could go running, bb (before Beeminder) I needed to lose a bunch of weight and as part of that I followed the C25k plan. So yeah I could go running. Or bicycling - I live in Denmark and there are plenty of places I could go near me. I just need to put some air into the tires and go.
But it is currently snowing. I don’t mind the rain, but snow and freezing temperatures is one wrong step and two months with a leg in a cast.
So what is a bee to do? Wait until spring?
Well that was my original solution, but that is a bad one. After mulling it over I realized the obvious alternative to doing nothing was to do something, anything, so I set up a bundle goal with a running option, a reach-your-step-goal option and an alternative that could be done at home and was focused entirely on bodyweight.
That setup is far from perfect, but I did do 20 pushups and 20 squads today that I wouldn’t have done otherwise - and if I get an idea for a better metric I can always update the goal.
If I do find the perfect metric, great. If I don’t, at least I got something done and that is better than nothing.
My hope with this post is to make you think about which goals you have put of because you just couldn’t come up with a good way to track them and strongly encourage you to choose some metric right now and just do it.
If nothing else, please post the goal you are thinking about as a reply, perhaps I can come up with some imperfect metric for you. Or maybe I can steal the goal from you.