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What's My Streak?

Monday, April 01, 2013

In January, after reading The Spark, I started my first ever fitness streak. 45 days of at least 10 minutes a day of exercise. I also logged into Spark People daily and almost always logged my food. Most days I ate within my calorie range, and I lost weight consistently.

But the streak was really just about the exercise. I was trying to kick start myself since I've never really enjoyed exercise - and I've tried lots of different types.

Now, as I've mentioned in recent blogs, March wasn't the greatest month for me, and I've been letting my exercise trail off too easily. I also havent really watched my calories or food choices as consistently as I'd like either. I havent lost a pound. I need to kick it into gear again.

So I felt a "spring streak" was in order, and I started today by keeping to my calories and exercising for thirty minutes. The question I'm pondering is: what's my streak about? What are my rules? Is it the same as last time? Last time, all that actually counted for the streak was exercise, but other things seemed to fall in line. I'm not sure I want the obligation of 7 days a week exercise, so I'm toying with a few variations:

1. Track calories, track exercise, and track fruits/veggies or water. As long as calories and one of the others is on track, I reached the daily goal. I think I'd have to make a 4 day minimum for exercise each week though.

2. 10 minutes of exercise every day. That's it, so no excuses.

3. Stick to calorie goals, limit refined sugar, and exercise 4-5 times a week.

All variations are good, I'm just trying to decide where I am right now. Until I decide, I'll have to keep at the exercise everyday. You'd think I would have planned this in advance.
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FLORIDASUN 4/23/2013 9:07AM

    It's SO awesome to hold yourself accountable..and maybe once you feel ready join a team. I love the 5% challenge team...I was on the Cats team the last time and met my goal of losing 5% of my body weight over a 6 week period. My original team was the Teddy Bear team and I'm hoping to get back on that one..we all say once a teddy always a teddy. But the teams are GREAT and they do hold you accountable.

Have a super healthy day! emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/2/2013 10:18PM

    I like this. Get to streaking!!!! emoticon

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TKAYSMILES 4/2/2013 3:40PM

    Streaks are good but important not to make them so overwhelming that you get defeated by them and then feel like a failure. Mine is 20 minutes at least 5 times a week. That gives me a few days as outs when I don't feel it. Or I can just keep on going to include everyday. I have finally managed to do that for almost 12 weeks now...something totally new for me. Starting out the most important thing is tracking food I think. Food is 80% of this journey. So if you have to choose so it's not overwhelming choose tracking food. Good luck and you can do it!!!

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KANATAGIRL 4/1/2013 10:33PM

    Looks like you have a pretty good plan. Good luck on reaching your goals! emoticon

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