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