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The Best Thing About Streaking (and it's not the air against your skin)


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Perhaps it's premature to talk about the best thing about streaking...after all, my current streak is very young. But I have other streaks that are long lived so I feel as though I have some experience to guide my thoughts.

We are NOT talking about the streaking of yore....no bare aced runs through the stadium here. It's still too darned cold for that sort of thing! LOL

I'm referring to those sparkstreaks....days of logging in...tracking our food....miles walked/run or biked....steps posted to your fitbit, body media or plain old pedometers...any and all of those little goals we have chosen to streak.

My latest streak is one designed to build some strength in my upper body...simple enough...push ups to be done every day with an additional goal to build to the point of being able to do 100 push ups in a day. emoticon I'm nowhere near that strong right now but each day I can tell I am getting stronger. It's going to take me a long time to get strong enough to do 100 push ups but I HAVE been doing more each day.

So the Best thing about streaking is having a tangible way to measure success.

Every time we tick off day after day of doing these things, we prove to ourselves that we can do it. Even when we aren't always successful in our streak....missing a day or not quite meeting that step goal...we get right back at it to start the streak again and find it easier as we go along.

When I first attempted to eat the rainbow, I struggled to eat all six colors in a day. Some days were all green or mostly red. Purple was hard for me and blue not much easier. But the desire to be able to tick off that day in the streak led me to find more and more ways to plan ahead and meet that goal. My friends and I shared our ideas for the hard colors. And....know what?

That rainbow streak has become very long. Instead of struggling to get those colors I have found it to be second nature now. And my diet has been far healthier and filled with vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and flavor!

Those goals become a game, a source of pride, and yes they grow toward larger goals.

Here he comes, boogie-dy, boogie-dy
There he goes, boogie-dy, boogie-dy

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EENLIGHTENING 3/6/2013 10:33PM

    I love the idea of making it a game. I could use more "fun" in my life anyway. I haven't had a good long streak since I started SP no that long ago. I started today with the intention of streaking my blog and fitness. Thank you!

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WASCALLYWONE 3/6/2013 10:19AM

    I never think about streaks, never check back to see what I've done. I guess I concentrate on just what I do, TODAY. But, that is me, and you are you, and obviously it works for you! emoticon Maybe someday it get to be a priority, but babysteps for me.

As always, you are ahead of the pack! emoticon

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JANET552 3/6/2013 7:32AM

    You are so right about streaks. I know you'll make the 100 push ups and someday you'll say...wow I've been doing 100 push ups for x months now. I can't believe how hard I once thought it was.

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GINIEMIE 3/6/2013 7:09AM

    Thanks Donna,
I've been working on getting the rainbow in my daily diet, but I never thought of streaking it. Aiming for 100 push-ups is a very demanding goal and I hope you can make your streak and your goal. Actually I know you well because persistence is one of your strengths. Go for it my friend, and once again I think I'll let you lead, but I WILL FOLLOW.
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MNTWINSGAL 3/5/2013 11:08PM

    Donna.....you do have a way of putting songs in my head.....

I'm with you 100% on the streaking too emoticon

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NIKKIV2 3/5/2013 10:58PM

    You are so right! Streaks do start to become easier as we keep on doing them!

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CATANTIGO 3/5/2013 8:01PM

    You're so right about the streaks. After awhile, you just can't go without them. Great job on the rainbow.

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BROWNSKIN252 3/5/2013 7:31PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

"Every time we tick off day after day of doing these things, we prove to ourselves that we can do it. Even when we aren't always successful in our streak....missing a day or not quite meeting that step goal...we get right back at it to start the streak again and find it easier as we go along."

I needed this reminder. The past couple of days, I felt like I was just going through the motions. I'm not.....I am doing this for a variety of reasons that are important to me. I celebrate my success and appreciate all of the learning curves along the way.

Thanks again!

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