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Contemplating Breaking My Streak

Monday, October 21, 2013

Check the vlog right above this one--the video finally loaded...

Yes, you read that correctly, I’m contemplating breaking my exercise streak. Not today. Today was Day 926 and I took an hour-long walk in the park. Today was a great day to streak. No, I’m contemplating breaking my streak at Day 1,000.

If you’re late to the party, here are my streaking rules: At least ten minutes of intentional exercise (not just walking around the grocery store, or housework) every single day. My ten-minute minimum is more like 15, with most days being 20-60 minutes. Those are the basic rules. Some days are hardcore; some are pretty laid back. But I’ve kept this streak going for 926 days in a row. No lie. I really and truly have done this. I have walked, hiked, hula hooped, roller skated, lifted weights, been an elliptical warrior, swam, Zumba, and who knows what else, for 926 days in a row.

Part of me thinks it might be time to end the streak. But I’m on the fence about it. On one hand, I feel like it’s almost played out; it’s lost some of its’ motivating force. On the other hand, I wonder if it’s doing me even more good than I realize. If you get a chance, watch the video, so you can see what’s bouncing around in my head. Maybe you’ll have some input. I have 74 days to make up my mind (barring any unforeseen, streak-breaking incidents outside of my control). To streak, or not to streak--that is the question. :)

But today--WE STREAK!

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

PS: Please excuse the annoying dropped frames in the video. I was trying out a new video app on my phone and it ended up being a little unreliable...
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    750 days ago
    Whatever you decide will be right for you. I'm sure you'll come up with another challenge if you "complete" your streak at 1000 days.
    1437 days ago
    1454 days ago
    Why not aim for 2000?! emoticon
    1551 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon 926 days!!!!
    1567 days ago
  • CBRIGGS1956
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    1603 days ago
    I don't have any advice, but I think what you've done so far is AMAZING!!!
    1603 days ago
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    1603 days ago
    Thanks for your post! Motivated me to get my butt in gear with a challenge.

    Hugs ~ Melissa
    1604 days ago
  • SHERYLP461
    you should do what you feel works
    1608 days ago
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    1609 days ago
    emoticon on such a streak. They say you are suppose to have rest days to repair your muscles, but it hasn't hurt you yet. Only you know that right answer.
    1609 days ago
    WOW, congratulations on 926 days of active exercise! That is amazing! I think your body has become accustomed to some form of exercise by now that I doubt you'll break the streak. You'll know what to do when the time comes emoticon
    1609 days ago
    Only you know whats best for you! Do what you need to do to achieve the success you want!
    1609 days ago
    Hi! First of all, congratulations for making it so far and really being committed!! That is really awesome. I have to agree with those who say that after 1000 days we can pretty much assume that you have ingrained exercise of some sort as a daily habit that you do not want to live without. You may not need the streak because now you won't stop anyway, with or without it. A new streak about something you want to tackle in addition to keeping your now daily habit would be more interesting and challenging for you. Could be anything from ending a sugar/soda/junkfood habit to starting to meditate or trying out a new form of exercise every month like pilates or tai chi or yoga.
    1610 days ago
    1610 days ago
    emoticon meditate on it .......
    1610 days ago
  • CICELY360
    good blog
    1610 days ago
    A streak is only what you make it - as long as know that you are continuing to strive to reach your goals a break is not so bad. Good luck to you!
    1610 days ago
    1610 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    1610 days ago
    Wow, since I am not even close to that I can't really have an opinion. It sure does inspire me to start a streak though!!
    1610 days ago
    You could always reduce the frequently to every other day or even just once a week.
    1610 days ago
    You are so emoticon and so dedicated, that I am sure whatever you choose to do will be what is emoticon for you.
    1610 days ago
    I'm not sure, if it is tiring you, boring you, or you need a new goal, and something different....

    You could do more on 3 to 4 days a week. What makes you feel better?

    Did you say before you were at a plateau? Do you need a coach, Fitbit, Spark counter?

    I would think it's HARD to do something everyday. I haven't done that, but ready to up my exercise, for my cholesterol sake.
    1610 days ago
    You are awesome and very determined!! Way to go!! :-)
    1610 days ago
    great post
    1610 days ago
    1610 days ago
    I tend to agree with some of the other posters. Once streaking isn't a good motivator anymore, it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing to just let it's only one aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and there are so many others.
    1610 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    1610 days ago
  • CBRIGGS1956
    Having a 1000 day streak at anything is very awesome but if it is becoming more a chore than fun it is probably time to stop counting; my thought is you should keep doing the things you like such as hooping and walking on that awesome trail, just stop counting. emoticon
    1610 days ago
    Don't do it!! It's bigger than you think!! emoticon emoticon
    1610 days ago
    1610 days ago
    Interesting blog and equally interesting responses!

    Trust your gut... emoticon
    1610 days ago
    I think that, if it is losing its motivational power, that you stop at 1000 and find a new streak!
    1610 days ago
    This is such a personal decision for you, it's hard to say what would be best. I'm on a streak of walking every day with purpose for a year. Even if it's just around the block. Actually, my daily walk is usually 3 to 5 miles, though I often go above that and very occasionally below. I'm looking forward to reaching that year mark so I can take a day off every once in a while. I enjoy walking so I'll keep it up, but sometimes you just need a break. I'll definitely start some other type of streak but after a year, walking will be a habit. That won't go away. I don't want the streak to become a burden or to resent walking because I can't break my streak. The streak must serve a positive purpose. Good luck in deciding when your streak has served its purpose.

    P.S. Enjoyed your walk!
    1610 days ago
    Do you have other habits you'd like to work on? Because if you focused on something else--say eating five veggies/day or drinking X amount of water/day--you might get excited all over again to reach for as many streak days on that goal as possible.

    And maybe while you were busy with that, you're body would just tell you to get up and get moving as part of your being. Because that's what you've really done by streaking on exercise for 1000 days. You've retrained your body's habits so that exercise is the same as breathing. You simply do it.

    Letting go of the idea of "streaking" about exercise might be what you need. Exerciser is just who you are, that's all. Just as being fun and witty and positive and encouraging are who you are.

    Of course, whatever feels exactly right to you on day 1000...that is what matters most, and so I wish you the best at making this decision.
    1611 days ago
    Maybe a new streak is in order? Just saying...?
    1611 days ago
    1611 days ago
    you do what you think is best for you... it don't matter what anyone else thinks..
    your doing fantastic ! emoticon
    1611 days ago
  • _JODI404
    Enjoyed "going along" on your walk this morning! I love to see that beautiful scenery, and hear what thoughts are bouncing around in your head.

    I'm glad you have plenty of time to contemplate this one.

    Here is my 2cents on it: If it is a two choice only answer, then my choice would be to Streak On! But -- this really has to be what works best for YOU. I like Joy's idea of looking at it as a list of pros and cons to help you decide.

    1) IF you decide to break the streak, and you find out you were wrong -- then you can always restart a new streak. So, you can't go terribly wrong if you stop, as long as you commit to restart a new one if you see yourself becoming too inactive.

    2) Reaching a number so high as 1,000 I would think would be so motivating not to stop. Oddly -- it may not move you to feel "inspired" to continue again tomorrow -- but isn't it a big bummer to stop when you've come so far? does that even make sense - motivated by not stopping the super LARGE number vs. motivated to "do another day".

    3) I suspect that it has more power than you may realize. I can't remember where I read this, but someone (expert??) has a rule to NEVER let it become two days missed. One day OK. Two days never. Too easy to become three, then four (and continue). I think it is pretty much your way of life now....and maybe if life is really too hectic you make a commitment to never miss more than one day. Sometimes when life is really that hectic, it's actually the best time to at least make sure you waist hoop for 10 mins -- do something that is "self care" for you!

    4) I know that sometimes you may feel like a 10 minute, phoning it in day doesn't make a real difference. I think the momentum of streaking is important. Even those low energy days, at least 10 minutes is better than zero...especially if you have a sedentary job. It's so important to get up and move. I'm not certain how active / sedentary your job is, or if it varies a lot?

    5) You know the old physics law (?) a body in motion will stay in motion... a body a rest -- will stay at rest. I know this to be true with my strength training. I find it easier to push it off once I have missed a session. I do better to stick with the plans!

    I'll be interested to see what you decide. Whatever you do, I know you will give it a lot of thought -- since you are already thinking about it so far in advance.

    For now -- enjoy that gorgeous Fall weather! I know I've been thoroughly enjoying my walks outdoors.

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    1611 days ago
    Please reconsider breaking your streak! It has brought you so far and has inspired so many!
    1611 days ago
  • PROT358
    I don't quite like the idea of abandoning a motivational force that has carried you so far. But if you were to somehow upgrade it or make it more specific or challenging, then you would be modifying the rules but still keeping with the spirit of things. Or if you do abandon it I think you should replace it with something else you find equally as motivating. Spark on, friend!!
    1611 days ago
    no video but keep on streaking till
    1611 days ago
    I find streaks help me too! But I need to REALLY make it fun. I made a mistake & it broke my spark streak. The perfectionist in me see it everyday & wish I could go back. Hard decision!
    1611 days ago
    For some reason I can't see the video, so I don't know all your thinking. Without that, I would say to keep up the streak. emoticon
    1611 days ago
  • DJSHIP46
    No video! I will love you whether you are streaking or not... your enthusiasm motivates me and you seem to be enthusiastic about everything... so do what feels right for you!
    1611 days ago
    Jeesh. That's a lot of pressure to even decide. emoticon Maybe you should pray on it.
    1611 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    May be time to move to another streak? I do try to do 10 minutes every day, but then I forget to post in the "streak" column, even though I put it into my fitness minutes. I'm finding it fun to do different exercises, which I know you do too... but I'm just on the thinking path of doing something very different, and very fun... like horseback riding, or swimming....

    It's clear how much you enjoy these walks (as I do, too), so you're not going to give them up completely. Anywayy... I'll be watching to see what you decide. You're WAY further down this weight loss path than I am, and you'll make the right decision, I know.

    emoticon - still sweating from 45 minutes walking with Leslie!
    1611 days ago
    I'd say keep streaking because you can. Maybe you could add some new challenges to change it up. Something like making a log of all the different places you exercise. See how many counties you can exercise in or how many states.
    1611 days ago
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