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CHAPINA671
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1/31/13 4:24 P

Thank you everyone - I really needed all your responses, loved all your ideas - and will incorporate them - thank you again!!



DRAGONCHILDE
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1/30/13 7:21 P

I think what you should consider are several things.

1) There is no room for perfection in this journey. We can't be perfect; there will always be something. Failure isn't not being perfect, it's not trying at all, or giving up. You can't fail at this, not unless you give up, or never try.

2) 30 minutes is not so bad; but burnout is worse. Burnout has the same effect has giving up does. If you burn yourself out, or hurt yourself, then where are you?

I would say amend your "streak" to include more forgiveness, and the needed rest your body must have to recuperate and get stronger. I've heard SO many stories (and lived them myself) of people who took some time off their constant exercising only to find they lose a surprising amount of weight as a result. You don't have to give up your streak, but I think redefining it is an option. You can't keep going indefinitely ever single day. It just won't work.

So. You've gotten 30 solid days under your belt. Now, it's time to start uncorporating SMART exercise! Add more variety. Make sure you're strength training (if you'r enot, you should be anyway.) And add a rest day or two once a week. Your body NEEDS this, or you will end up breaking it down, rather than building it up.

Taking the rest your body needs and craves for your own mental and physical health isn't failure. It's being smart about your body and what it can and can't do. :)

Failure is giving up. Failure is quitting. Failure is NOT not being perfect.

Repeat after me: There is no room for perfection in a healthy lifestyle.



KCLARK89
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1/30/13 6:31 P

CONGRATS!! That is an awesome accomplishment! YOU can do it! If you're getting burned out, is there some way you can incorporate something new into what you are already doing? Keep switching things up and you definitely won't get bored :)

Take a new running route; try a new class; something that shakes it up!



NAUSIKAA
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1/30/13 6:27 P

I believe in streaks *but* a "day" can be considered an arbitrary unit of measurement. What about "every hour" or "every week"? Those could be streaks.

For me, I can't do anything every day, some days I might not even drink water. But I can do things every week. So I have "workout at the gym 3-5x/week" streaks. It may not be a streak by SP's definition, but it accomplishes the same purpose -- it's an additional motivational push if I'm considering not going; it builds a good habit; and the bragging rights are great.

Try re-wording your streak so that it's doable. It should motivate and reward you, not stress you out and set you up for failure.



REBCCA
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1/30/13 5:56 P

Keeping a streak every day for months is what led to reaching my goals. You can do 30 minutes a day...you can be less enthusiastic some days but do it anyway. Keep your streak and you will learn to look forward to it as you notice the other benefits you are receiving.

Just do it!

p.s; emoticon work on your 30 days already! emoticon and impressive loss.



DIDS70
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1/30/13 4:46 P

Keep your "why" in mind. When I want to stop or quit, i look at my screen saver. The rough and tumble litte bald kid staring back at me urges me on.



CHAPINA671
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1/30/13 2:14 P

That is definitely the question? I joined SP 1/1/2013 and read the book. Was inspired to start my own workout streak - promised myself I would do at least 30 minutes a day of something - running/walking/zumba. Well, I'm glad to say that i am 30 days into my streak and down 8 pounds and I am excited and proud of myself BUT I think i'm getting burned out. You see, I think I am a perfectionist - all or nothing kind of person. I feel if I break the "streak" - I have FAILED and will start the inactivity again but if I continue to push - then i'm going to burn out and quit - either way, I see it as failing. Today, I feel like I'm at a crossroad.... emoticon



 
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