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Surprisingly Disappointed (BLog #445)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I had forgotten in the past year how much of a competitor (with myself) that I am. I do well with setting a goal and working hard to meet it. I like seeing my efforts add up. I like seeing a finish line way way in the distance and approaching it slowly and steadily. I like seeing that I am racking up the miles on my bike and my feet.

I had forgotten. So, when I got the new spark tracker, I did not do it for the data it could give me. I did it for the potential ease of tracking. It has been ok. I have found that it is not super accurate, but it does keep track of my cycling better than other trackers. What surprised me today is what happened when I forgot to put it in my pocket.

Let me back up a little. Last night I went to the gym and put in a very good workout on the treadmill. I had planned to do about 30 minutes given that I am not in love with the indoor treadmill plan. But then my little competitive voice started to take over (YEY!!) "You can go for another 15 for a total of 45.. and then another 15 for an even 60 minutes... Well, maybe 30 more for an even hour and a half." In the end I walked and jogged for 90 minutes.

And all the while, I remembered that my tracker was on and I really did not want to NOT get the GLOW of all of the little dots. LOL.. Really?? The little dots got to me? Yup. They sure did! Simply, I did not want to stop until I was sure I had all my dots. It was not just the time. It was the racking up of all the dots.

Today though, I was surprised by the disappointment I felt when I realized that I had forgotten my tracker on the dining room table. Even though I was 45 minutes from home, I actually thought about calling my husband to bring me the tiny little tracker so that when I got to the gym later in the day, I would have it. And then I had that "hand to forehead" moment asking myself "ARE YOU SERIOUS!? You are going to call your husband for a tracker?" My more logical self did kick in and I did not call him, but it bugged me the entire time I was at the gym tonight that I was not tracking every step. That is going to mess up my goal to get all my dots lit up every day this week.

I went to the gym and I remained disappointed that my tracker was not doing its job. This is the ultimate in a gamified approach to weight loss and fitness work. At least for me, the fact that a little bitty piece of technology can easily get me to work a little harder and a little longer. The surprising disappointment is tightly linked to my brain's need to compete and feel little successes with every dot on the tracker.


"You always have time for the things you put first."
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    I am always looking at those little dots on my treadmill!!! I always try to put in a few more minutes than I normally do and if I see those little dots blinking, I will not give up until they shine steady. Yes, the mind can play tricks but for me it's a positive thing...helps push me beyond my comfort zone! 90 minutes on the treadmill...wow...I'm lucky if I can get in a hour! emoticon You go girl! emoticon
    1581 days ago
    Funny how our minds work, isn't it?
    Keep up the good work!!
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    1582 days ago
    Glad you found something that helps motivates you!
    1583 days ago
    The funny things that get us go going..... emoticon
    1586 days ago
    From what I've read, I'm not impressed with the Spark tracker (for me) - moving is moving, steps are steps whether they come in 1, 5 or 10 minute increments. Perhaps for athletes like you and ONEKIDSMOM they provide some motivation, but I'll take my FitBit any day - particularly since emoticon is just as important as emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Glad you've found something that works for you!
    1586 days ago
    LOL... since I got my tracker I've had only 3 days of not lighting up all the dots... and you are right... it is one of those "stupid motivational tricks" that work. If I leave it off? Or now, when I have lent one of my other trackers to my son? I miss it!
    1586 days ago
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