Looking back at my beginning Spark date, I just realized that I have been Sparking (on and off) for one year. I'm a Sparky toddler.
When I look back on that year, I see how easy it was to fall off the wagon. I'd post a couple times, then ignore Spark for the rest of the month. At one point, I stopped Sparking and didn't return to Spark for 5 months.
This time around, I've put some safeguards, incentives, and consequences in place to prevent that from happening a second time.
Here is my current Goals schedule:
Lose 5 lbs by 8.22.13--DONE EARLY! 8.1.13
Earn 50+ Spark points daily
Earn Silver Medal Spark trophy by 8.5.13--DONE EARLY!7.27.13
Earn Gold Medal Spark trophy by 9.4.13
Get 6 day Spark streak for tracking calories--DONE
Get 6 day Spark streak for working out (2 days to go!)
Complete half of my 90-workout chart
Complete entire 90-workout chart--REWARD: new athletic shoes (52 workouts to go!)
Get into the 160's--REWARD: new running jacket
Reaching the 150's--REWARD: a stylish new watch
Achieving my goals--PRICELESS.
For achieving the "minor" goals, I'm giving myself small prizes (like a workout headband or a sticker or medallion), and I also created a chart that rewards me for simply sticking with the plan and logging into Spark each week/month/year.
Consequences for not sticking to plan: I have to forfeit $5 of my spending money. Ouch. It might not sound like much to someone else, but I am very attached to my cash.
So excited to have a plan in place to keep me motivated! This has been my missing link.