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Revamping The Streak

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Thank you SO much for all the friendly feedback from my last vlog! I knew youíd be helpful; thatís why I posted my dilemma. I got some really great advice and itís helping me think things through some more. Yes, I over-think things sometimes. Often. Regularly. What can I say, the wheels are always turning.


This is what my brain feels like sometimes. I wish thinking hard burned calories. Iíd be on the cover of Shape magazine by now!


This is probably more what my brain looks like, though. Just add hula hoops, ukuleles and tennis shoes to the mix.


And this is most days...

I sifted through all the feedback and came to this conclusion: Donít break the streak, just freshen it up, so itís motivating again. I like the thought of that! Iím not usually a fan of throwing the baby out with the bath water, so I like the idea of revamping the streak, instead of killing it altogether. Here are the big ideas you suggested:

Celebrate and Reward: When I started the streak, I rewarded myself along the way. I bought myself SparkMerch, books, music, lots of little things. Then, the streak became so powerful, it was its own reward and I stopped giving myself treats. But when that feeling sort of fizzled out, I didnít replace it with anything. No real celebrations or rewards, just day after day of plodding along. No wonder it isnít motivating anymore! So, Iím going to reintroduce the reward and celebrate system. The first thing Iím going to do is start planning a celebration for Day 1000. If I can get some of my friends in on this, it could be something fun to look forward to. We all know Iím powered by FUN, so I think this could be instrumental in fanning the motivational fires. Iím still thinking skating party...

Mix it Up Even More: Iím somewhat limited as to what exercises I can do, because of my neck injury and Iíve always tried to have variety in my routine. But there are probably still some new things I can add to the mix, even at home. Yoga-- thatíd be new for me. Itís been a long time since I looked through some of the Spark exercise videos; I can try some of those. I can keep finding new places to walk/hike. I can create new ways to mix it up.

Add to the Streak: Keep the big streak going, but make it more specific, with little, mini-streaks within the streak. So maybe one week, add 20 crunches to the end of every workout, or work on a hoop trick every day for a week, or a freggie streak to go along with the exercise one. I like the idea of challenges within the streak. Anytime I can make something into a game, thatís a good thing. Once again--fun-powered. That could be a game-changer for me.

So, for now, the decision is to KEEP STREAKING! Many of you pointed out that the streak will probably break, on its own someday. In the meantime, I might as well keep going while I can. Some days will be hum-drum, some annoying, some hilarious, some inspiring, some challenging, etc. But, for now, I will keep stringing those days together, because I have a feeling like they might be more powerful than I realize.


Today is Day 933. My stack of post-its continues to grow on my Shelf of Awesomeness. Newest Dilemma--Iím out of post-it notes!!

Spark ON (and streak on), Brave Sparkers!!

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LORIVIOLA 3/6/2014 10:35AM

    this is MOTIVATIONAL and INSPIRATIONAL.
Thanks for sharing.
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GRAMPIAN 1/9/2014 6:53AM

  Well done for carrying on. emoticon emoticon

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WINDY01 12/8/2013 1:41PM

    I'm glad you decided to keep the streak going! I had a 52 day streak going, and I blew it 4 days ago. But... I have started anew, and today I am on day 3. My first mini goal is to beat my last streak of 52 days, then onto 100. I really want to set the goal of 1000 days, but I will keep it small for now! You have motivated me to try again!

Thank you!

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DRTOVAH 11/15/2013 9:38AM

  great post!

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GOODHEALTH4EVER 11/14/2013 2:54PM

    SO GLAD YOU DECIDED TO KEEP IT GOING! YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION:)

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QSULLIVAN 11/11/2013 7:31AM

    emoticon Out of post-its! What a great dilemma! I'm glad you'll keep the streak going. Your AWESOMENESS is inspiring for all of us!

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SIMONEKP 11/10/2013 3:32PM

    awesome, keep pushing

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WHITEANGEL4 11/9/2013 9:48PM

    Keep pushing forwad. You can do this. Congratulations

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KIN59VARA 11/9/2013 2:05PM

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You are amazing!!!!

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GWINNER1 11/7/2013 3:47PM

    Shelli, you are emoticon and so inspirational. Keep on keeping on and upping the ante on motivation for the rest of us!

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PATTISTAMPS 11/6/2013 1:34PM

    You probably are not old enough to remember the song "The Streak", or to have participated in the activity... but I do have some memories... and perhaps I shouldn't share them... Oh heck! I once streaked on water skis. My friend streaked the Cypress Gardens Water Ski show (where he was a part time skier.) I wasn't quite that brave, but hey! So every time I read about your streak I have to stop my smirk and realize this is a GOOD streak, not a naughty one!

Hope you got a giggle... and you are amazing!! The only thing I've done for 1,000 straight days is breathe and eat...

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FRABBIT 11/4/2013 2:31PM

  Glad you are keeping the streak going!

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MUSCLE-UP 11/3/2013 9:19AM

    What I like to do and have not done in a while is to have pretend mini block parties in which I invite You Tube into my home;. I dance line dance= from Louisiana to California. I grab the kettlebells and workout with muscular athletes and beginners alike. Ph and I used to do Yoga with my favorite Esther Ekhart. When I had my car wreck many years ago the physical therapist told me that yoga is the best for neck and back pain, They were right! Here is one of Esther's videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmxH
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SLIMLEAF 11/2/2013 10:59AM

    I'm so pleased you've decided to keep going with your streak at least for a while.

Your plan to change things around a bit, try new exercises, add sub-challenges etc sounds an excellent idea. I might even need to borrow that idea for myself!

Spark on! You are a Spark Star!

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COASTAL6 11/2/2013 8:27AM

    I really like the hula hoop, I even bought one.
The thing is HOW DO YOU WORK IT!
Any help you can give me?
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GEORGE815 11/1/2013 7:27AM

    Love the ukelele. Ever since Tiny Tim!

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MOMMASGOTINK 10/31/2013 9:44PM

    Congrats! Your being a real inspiration! I just started and to be honest a 30 day streak seems impossible so for you to be able to go 1000...well words just fail me :)

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SBARGANZ 10/31/2013 8:59AM

    Yay! Keep on going!

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MRSRIGS1 10/30/2013 12:37PM

    Good job! emoticon

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SHANNONY84 10/30/2013 11:55AM

    You are such an amazing inspiration. I am always eager to read your blog!

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JOANNHUNT 10/30/2013 10:26AM

    YOU COULD ALWAYS TRY ROLLER SKATING.

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IREACHMYDREAMS 10/30/2013 10:13AM

    I wanna streak with you!!! I love this simple idea and I now have my post it notes ready. I also love roller skating and think I need to put the skates on this week.

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SHERYLP461 10/30/2013 8:02AM

    Wise decision as always

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NANCYTUNBERG64 10/30/2013 7:55AM

    It's funny how by you blogging this, it has given me the motivation to keep my streak alive as well and some great ideas. Thank you to you and all of your support that came up with some of these reminders.

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NANFITGRAN 10/30/2013 7:06AM

    You never fail to motivate me and give me a chuckle, my dear SP friend! emoticon emoticon

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GINA180847 10/30/2013 7:02AM

    I am glad that you are not breaking your streak. I really hope you make a big noise when day 1000 comes along and we can all celebrate. I should have started streaking my 45-60 min. walking exercise streak. I'd be around 500 by now. Oh well not too late to start. Then I will celebrate at 1000 mightily but will reward myself every 15 days till then.

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ILOVEMALI 10/30/2013 2:08AM

    Wonderful!

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KPETSCHE 10/30/2013 1:18AM

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Shelli - I like your thinking! I, too, will get to that point (currently finished with day 732) but it's more fun when you can add variety. I love your addition of challenges.
BTW - wish I would have used the post-it notes! I love your big stack!!!!
Kelly

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/30/2013 1:05AM

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My gosh. I wonder if it breaks any records. I wish I could come to your party.

Can we have a virtual party? I say when you hit the 1000, we pile on the goodies or something... I'll have tot hink about it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRESS80 10/29/2013 11:52PM

    Awesome! ! First reward could be trying Yoga=new post it notes. :)

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SERENE-BEAN 10/29/2013 11:10PM

    You are so frikkin' awesome.

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ASRMOM 10/29/2013 10:24PM

    So glad you have a new goal!!

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FLORNH 10/29/2013 10:20PM

    Yay! So glad to hear you are keeping the streak alive AND making it fresh so its motivating again. You are a rock star!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/29/2013 9:53PM

    ice skate or roller skate?

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