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Obsessed with progress, so not listening

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I love to see progress. I track my Spark points, my exercise minutes, my FitLinxx points... and I want to see progress. I want to see that next 250 points go by or the next 1000 exercise minutes. The Y I go to uses a system called FitLinxx, and I want to see each level go by. I'm working on the final level there now. I like to see the mileage I do in a week or a month or a year increase. I don't like being stalled out, or missing a workout, or not getting as many points as possible. Am I Type A, obsessed, competitive, or what? There is a positive side to this. I am driven to keep doing my workouts, and to keep trying for higher levels of fitness. On the downside there was this morning.

When I got up today, I was really dragging. I had to force myself thru the morning routine of feeding the dogs and taking them out. Then I had to drag myself in to change for my workout. I finally hit the road for my run about 20 minutes late. I had to force myself to finish the full walk/jog (mostly walk today). When I finally made it back home, I was exhausted. Normally, I would get some water, go into my office and start Sparking, and then working. This morning, I turned the computer on...laid down and went back to sleep for 2 hours!

It was only once I woke up that I realized how badly I had needed that extra sleep. The rest of the day I felt great! I was able to do my time on the treadmill desk, I was more productive with my work, and I still was feeling like playing with the dogs after dinner. So, I guess I finally had an example of what everyone keeps saying - listen to your body! It was telling me I needed that sleep, and I did my best to ignore it. Hopefully I will have learned from this.

I hope all of you have a good night's sleep tonight!
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    Definitely listen to you body...if you don't, it will just take matters into its own hands. We may not like what we are hearing, but that's the way it is sometimes. You are doing a great job!!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    2885 days ago
    I couldn't agree with you more! I had this realization a few weeks ago, and now I try to listen to my body as much as possible. I do still have to push myself every now and then, but I do try and get the rest I need! Keep up the great work!

    2886 days ago
    Yep, best to listen to your body! I'm pretty driven myself so this is a lesson I am just now learning, Not too well yet either as my body just kicked in with some sort of stomach issue and chills and now I am forced to get the rest I had be neglecting.

    TAKE CARE OF YOU - not just physical fitness wise, but rest and sleep and recreation too!!!
    2887 days ago
    Sleep plays a huge part in our fitness. Gotta get the zzz's if we wanna lose the lbs!!!

    Way to stick to the routine this morning. Glad you had the opportunity to get some extra shut eye.
    2887 days ago

    I couldn't agree more that you have to listen to your body. I just seem to be a little hard of hearing myself some days.
    2887 days ago
    Sounds like your body was giving you a shout out :) I know that my mind can ignore my body too. I love the challenge of getting to the next level. I did not realize that about me at the level that I have once I started SP. I had heard it about me and had seen glimpses of this competitive nature, but SP really made me SEE it. And, I am getting better at balancing the competitive nature with my body talking. However, I'm still too new at this to be able to discern the difference between my body needs a rest" and "Am I sore because I am learning something new... or am I sore because I have worked too hard."

    I hope your body is not getting ready to get the flu or a cold...

    2887 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Maybe - just maybe - that six hour day on the treadmill desk just wasn't such a good idea??
    My body told me to lay off this week by kicking in with bugs and fever - chiropractor/kinesiologist told me my energy levels are way out of synch - need to rest, play, have fun and get past tomorrow's dance exams! And go back for another tweak next week - of course!

    We need to listen to our body even if it doesn't tell us what we want to hear

    2887 days ago
  • ROX2013
    I need to see the numbers change too. I don't think it is obsessive. How I think that Spark points are addictive. I have had to learn in the last few years to listen to my body when it says enough is enough already. I get frustrated sometimes because I want to keep going but I have learned to slow down when it happens. emoticon
    2887 days ago
    I am pretty good with tracking Mon-fri it all goes out the window on Saturday and Sunday!!! I love the YMCA and FitLinxx! I look forward to moving up my points and getting rewards!
    2887 days ago
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