Thursday, April 29, 2010
I just passed the 6 month mark of being active on SparkPeople. SP has definitely been a great help to me. I am doing strength training consistently for the first time in my life, and I can see some results. I track my cardio and am at least as consistent as I've ever been with heart pumping exercise. I track more nutrients and eat as well as I've ever eaten, and far better than I have done most of my life. For the first time, I have drastically reduced my sodium intake. I drink 8 glasses of water daily. I make a real effort to get to bed on time. I have lost about 14 pounds since coming to SP. I did not set a goal to lose more weight. My emphasis was on increasing my strength and improving my nutrition. Losing down to my current weight was just a great side effect.
It is now time to review my program and perhaps make some adjustments. I'm going to look at each of my streaks, deciding which ones to keep and what new ones to add. I want my streaks to be motivating, a little stretch, not just a given. I want them to be meaningful in contributing to my health; not insignificant. I need fewer streaks, but more targeted streaks.
My first streak is to log in and spin the wheel. I have a total of 186 days, starting October 26, 2009. My longest streak is 174 days, from November 7, 2009 to present. I don't think I can delete this streak. SP tracks it automatically. But I log in to SP to get help and motivation, not to keep this streak going. If when we are traveling this summer the streak gets broken, so be it. Even though the points won on the wheel are kind of irrelevant, SP decidedly contributes to my health and my participation is meaningful. So this streak meets the criteria to continue anyway. I'll look at some of my other streaks in later blogs.
Are your streaks meaningful? Have you deleted any streaks because you had other priorities? What streaks are a challenge? Which ones have you struggled with and won? Overall, have your streaks motivated you?