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The "Streak"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I've already gotten a lot out of Spark People in the month-and-a-half I've been here. One thing I didn't pick up on my own is the idea of the "streak." I'm so glad I bought The Spark (Kindle edition for $1.99!!!). I've only gotten through chapter one so far (reading a chapter a day so I can really let each chapter sink in and devote my reading time to the novel I just started (City of Bones by Cassandra Clare).

The idea of the streak is so simple and yet so brilliantly motivational. As Chris defines it, a streak is "a sustained period of positive activity" (pg. 4). He would keep track of his streak, saying, "I exercised everyday for 10 days in a row!" It turned into 50...100...200. He didn't want to break his streak and that inspired him to keep it up.

I worked out all of last week, but I didn't do anything this past Sunday. I find myself thinking, "Ah, if only I'd worked out, I would have been on my 10th day now!" But it's okay. I'm consider Monday my starting point. Which means I'm on the second day of my streak right now (it's still Tuesday here in California).

I'm going to keep track of it and use that to motivate me to keep going. I don't want anything to break my streak. I think hospitalization is the only excuse I'll allow myself for not working out for even 10 minutes in a day.

Now I have another thing to motivate me! This is exciting emoticon

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SATIRICON 10/3/2011 12:08AM

    I had the same reaction to the book, myself. I am also doing one small goal to work on that streak! Good luck to you!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 9/28/2011 4:40AM

    I didn't know there was a Kindle version of The Spark! I think I may have to get that!! :D
When did you get it? I've just looked on Amazon and it's $8.50.

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The Bane of My Existence

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sometimes I really feel like food is the enemy. Working out everyday? No problem. Once it becomes a habit, I can't go without doing it. It's the food that keeps tripping me up.

Last week was an Indian holiday - a weeklong Indian holiday, which means food and going out to eat and going to people's houses for lunch and dinner.

This past Tuesday was my sister's birthday. She came home from school with an assortment of cakes, brownies, and cookies lovingly given to her by her friends. On top of that, we got a cake for her too.

I have had a weakness for sweet thing as long as I can remember. I supposed it's genetic because my mom is the same way. I came across an article right here on SparkPeople called Breaking Your Sugar Addiction:
I think I need to commit myself to that article and follow it for the entire duration. Only when I have control over this addiction will I see a real life change take place.

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CHANGINGSAM 9/8/2011 4:32PM

    I have an addiction to food too, so I definitely understand where you are coming from. Just try to work on it with the advice given in the article. If you put your mind to it, you can do it! Good luck!

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One Step at a Time

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I have never been good at breaking my goals down into small steps - particularly fitness goals. However, I think I have incentive to do it now. The first few days of September are going to be busy. We have lunches and dinners with family and family friends. I havenít seen some of them in a long time.

My goal is to continue to work out as diligently as I have been over the next week and to eat better than Iíve been eating, so that I will be as fit as I could possibly have gotten in one week when it comes time to meet them.

I think thatís a doable goal.


First Day of Swimming: Thoughts

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Usually my day begins at nine-something. Today it started at 6:45. I really wasnít sure Iíd be able to force myself to get up and go swimming so early in the morning. Itís so much easier to just roll over and say, ďNahhhh, Iíll sleep in and work out later.Ē

Thought #1: This is why Iím really glad Iím doing this with a friend. Weíre accountable to each other, weíre motivated by each other, and we motivate each other.

It was a little chilly, being nearly eight in the morning, but the pool was, of course, heated. It was mercifully tepid from the moment we got in.

Thought #2: Vain, but the pool is shaded by trees in the morning, which means I wonít get dark.

The first few laps were a tiny bit of a struggle - not swimming them per se, but when I got from one side to the other, I would be short of breath. It reminded me of just how long it really had been since Iíd last gone swimming.

Thought #3: I wouldíve thought Iíd get more tired and sluggish and it would be tougher to swim the longer I swam, but it was actually the opposite. The recovery time decreased between each lap until I could just about instantly swim back and forth (although Iím still not quite there yet).

Thought #4: When I stepped out of the pool, I almost felt as if I hadnít even worked out. Itís not like doing the elliptical, obviously - there was no sweat, practically no soreness.

Thought #5: I was energized, but also starving. I forgot how hungry swimming makes you!

Iím so glad I went ahead and did this despite my past misgivings about it, despite how self-conscious I feel in a swimsuit. Iím super excited to go again tomorrow morning - and everyday after that. Iím excited to see results, not only in my physical appearance, but also in my strength, endurance, and stamina.

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JUNIE33 8/11/2011 8:28PM

    I have planning the day I can start swimming. I was putting it off until next week. Your story is extremely inspirational. Why? Because I too know of how awesome swimming can be and what it will do for your muscles. I love the feel. Thank you for sharing.

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POSEY440 8/11/2011 2:49PM

    I lost a lot of weight with swimming to start it is a great way to do it when you are over 200 popunds and cant walk or really move yet. emoticon emoticon

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EMILYSJOURNEY 8/11/2011 2:26PM

  We have an above ground pool at our house. I have also discovered that I like working out in it because you don't get hot, and it still gets your heartrate up. While I can't swim laps, I can do lots of other things to work out (water walking, jumping jacks, leg kicks, marching in place, etc.). It's just a completely different feeling spending 30 minutes working out in the pool versus spending 30 minutes on the treadmill. I have also read that it burns more calories. Hopefully its true!

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