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Fake Plastic Trophies

Friday, August 30, 2013

What is it about a virtual trophy that is making me motivated right now? Recently I was awarded the SP 1500 fitness minutes for the month of August, and I am only about 145 minutes away from getting the 2000 fitness minutes per month trophy for August now. My husband and I were out walking today with our son, the weather was a little dreary, but there was this great desire within me to go for a walk, gain more minutes to achieve this 2000 minutes trophy. I said to my husband that I don't know what is making me not cheat right now, to not just enter extra minutes that I didn't physically walk, and to actually make these minutes "meaningful." The virtual trophy isn't something that I will be able to place on a mantle or shelf, it's not really something I can show my friends or family, but it is something that will symbolize and achievement, something I actually worked for and didn't take the easy way out on. It represents a commitment that I have finally made to myself and for myself and it's a reminder to me that I am a little more than I think I am. Thank you Spark People for finding ways to make us all feel a little more accomplished.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOVEAZ 8/31/2013 2:21PM

    I'm all about the motivating random pixels!

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MOUSEMARIE 8/30/2013 4:18PM

    I paced around my house for 10 minutes last night to put my ftibit over 10k because their website gives me a badge when i do! totally get it.

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JEWELS571 8/30/2013 2:17PM

    It's nice to be rewarded, even though someone doesn't physically hand you anything on SP, it makes me feel like someone is noticing all of my effort! I like to be recognized for my hard work and when they added 1500 and 2000 I was so thrilled! Congrats!!

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NJDAVIS44 8/30/2013 1:02PM

    You deserve a trophy for this post! It is SO true and I thought it was just me! emoticon

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KAT321123 8/30/2013 12:39PM

    I love that they added the 1,500 and 2,000 trophies! I usually do around 1,200 minutes of exercise each month but the addition of the new trophies definitely inspired me to move more than month, as well. The fake trophies are definitely a motivator!

Awesome job getting there!!

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ASMARTERWAY 8/30/2013 12:37PM

    It's totally crazy but somehow it works! Better check my own points as it's getting close to month end!

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 8/30/2013 12:19PM

    I like getting the awards too. Your friends can't see them on your mantle, but we in SparkVille can see them and be proud of your success and accomplishments!! They are permanently available for you and SparkVille to see!


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STAGPIPE 8/30/2013 12:04PM

    Radiohead! Yeah! I'm glad someone noticed!! Ooooh one of my faves!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 8/30/2013 11:30AM

    I love the trophies. They make me feel accomplished!

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GYPSYGOTH 8/30/2013 11:26AM

    p.s. belated thumbs up on the radiohead reference, duh ;)

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GYPSYGOTH 8/30/2013 11:06AM

    agreed! for me it's the "fitness minutes" trophies too... thank goodness they started going beyond 1,000 minutes!
i think all of the "rewards" have improved lately... definitely more motivating, and more stuff showing up in the friend feed is really cool... emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/30/2013 11:06:26 AM

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