So I know I might have seemed kind of harsh in my last blog, but really. Whatís my excuse for missing my 350k step goal by 132 steps? There IS no excuse. That was pure laziness. I guess Iím one of those people who would rather miss a goal by miles (literally) than by inches. Because missing by inches means I just didn't try hard enough. Grrr!
I don't operate well with a reward system. No reward is intriguing enough and I don't have enough self-control to NOT reward myself when I didn't earn it. For example, letís say my reward for 2000 fitness minutes in a month is a new running outfit. Hey, if I have the money, Iím just gonna go out and buy a new outfit whether I'm at 2000 minutes or not.
And, as Iím sure most of us know, the punishment system just isn't a good way to operate.
The perfectionist in me doesn't want to start something halfway through the day, week, or month. So here it is, October 3rd, and yesterday I didn't get in 10,000 steps. I find me telling myself that now I canít have a perfect 10k streak this month, so why bother? When I should be telling myself that I can have a 29 day 10k streak this month. That would still be an improvement over last month.
I do this a lot with my nutrition. I think to myself, ďOoooh, Iím way over calories already today, so I might as well have dessert and start over tomorrow.Ē And then I keep putting it off and putting it off.
So. Rewards donít work. Punishment doesn't work. And apparently goals donít work for me either.
What does work? Having a schedule printed out and hanging on my fridge that I can check off every day, and having accountability partners. So please, friends, if you are reading this and are either stuck in the same non-motivated, downward spiral that I am, or you are just an excellent motivator, would you consider being an accountability partner? And truly consider this, donít just say yes because thatís the nice thing to say.
If you are willing to be my accountability partner, hereís what Iím looking for, and will in turn offer to you. I need a few friends who are willing to be in communication with me weekly regarding my progress and staying on top of my fitness minutes and nutrition. This could be in the form of sparkmail, sparkgoodie, or comments on my sparkpage. I think knowing that someone out there is checking up on me would help a lot, because obviously checking up on myself is not working.
So if you would consider being my accountability buddy, thatís awesome and I really appreciate it! If you arenít interested, no problem, we can still be friends
Tonight's assignment is to make a daily checklist/calendar of goals for this month. Happy October!