Chess Master Progress

I have been reading through a book by Jeremy Silman, “The Amateur’s Mind” and working on the tactics trainer. I was sitting around a 1650 average on tactics trainer from 4/15 to 4/22 and the last few days, moved my way up to the 1700’s. I am hoping that is progress. I have not been able to get past a high of 1721 in the past, and my stay in the 1700’s is always short lived.

I also have a bet going with my brother in law. Who can get to a big accomplishment first. He wants to get his PBA card (bowling), I would like to become a national master (2200 rating in USCF). The winner gets a cool trophy.