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My Tracking Experiment

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I blogged a few months ago about my tracking experiment using a planner and stickers. Well, I'm still doing it. Below is a summary with pictures of October through December 2013.

October looks a little busy because I tallied progress with additional stickers on the left. If I earned 3 or more of a color, I got a star for the week. At the end of the month, if I had 3 or more stars of a color, I got a star for the month. Each star for the month earned me a reward. I earned three rewards, but only cashed in one. My husband picked up the Spark for me to read on the plane to visit my daughter.

I used the planner in November and December, but just for tracking, no rewards. It's fun to look back and compare the completed planner pages. November was fairly monochrome with a smattering of 30 minute workouts and only two strength sessions. I did fairly well getting my freggies. I overate on most days, but I recorded everythingl on 13 of 30 days!

December had a hole in the middle where I was overwhelmed with work, but I picked up speed at the end by incorporating a 3 day strength routine and a 60-75 minute workout. I recorded 5 strength sessions in December. My goal in January is 12.

Planner Legend
emoticon Red Star - Track all food / Stay in Ranges. Usually it just means I tracked it all. Maybe I should circle them when I stay in my ranges.

emoticon Green - 5 servings of fruits and vegetables

emoticon Blue - Strength Training. I began a 3 day routine on Christmas Eve. I highlighted those days in yellow to remind me.

emoticon Silver - 30 minutes of fitness

emoticon Gold - 60 minutes of fitness

I earned a $20 gift card through at Shoes & Feet, so I'm planning on going there soon to get a new pair of sneaks and maybe new Superfeet inserts.

Fun, huh?

P.S. I highly recommend the Friday workout of Leslie Sansone's 5 Day Walk Plan. I got the DVD for Christmas. The menu is arranged with a variety of mile workouts in addition to some strength training. I like Friday because it's all 5 miles, plus a stretch at the end. The DVD is nice because it's modular, so you can build your own routines and the music is pretty decent.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
VINOTEA 1/9/2014 10:54PM

    I love how you track with stickers!

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JJREEBOK 1/7/2014 8:32AM

    great way to stay motivated emoticon !

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GRAMMY7070 1/6/2014 4:02PM

    What a great idea. Thanks

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/6/2014 3:07PM

    Love this idea!!! I have several of Leslie's DVDs, I really enjoy them. I'll have to look for that one.

Great Job and Happy New Year!

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JUNESHOPE 1/6/2014 2:58PM

    WOW! you are really organized. I love leslie sandsone's DVD's.


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OPTC_RORY_REECE 1/5/2014 11:24PM

    DANG!! This is one of the prettiest trackers I've ever seen!! I *love* your planner legend. I *see* points for:
Forbidden Forest, Black Lake & Waterfall (cardio)
Mdm H's Flying Quidditch Pitch Courtyard (strength training/toning)
Prof Neville Herbology & Prof Sprout Greenhouses (option A, B & C) for tracking your food, staying in your cal range, PLUS getting your freggies!!

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TERRALOVE 1/5/2014 7:53PM

    very impressive, and very organized! I love this idea. Keep up the good work because your workout routines are inspiring.

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LINDAJOYWK 1/5/2014 6:20PM

    Nice! I just bought a diet/exercise planner-may have to steal some of your ideas!

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AMBER281 1/5/2014 5:51PM

    Love this idea!

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TANYA602 1/5/2014 5:30PM

    You are way too cute! Congrats on your everymove reward. So far I've earned some fun things. And I will definitely look into the video - thank you for the suggestion! emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 1/5/2014 4:06PM

    Love your stickers! I use gold start at work and email to let people know I think they put in extra effort. reminds me of being a kid when we ALL LOVED those gold start and wanted one

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JCARDINAL 1/5/2014 3:34PM

    Fantastic!! emoticon

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MS_PERCEPTION 1/5/2014 3:25PM

    Great way to keep track of your healthy choices! I just tried Leslie Sansone's new(ish) 30 Days DVD. It has 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes strength. Different from the other walking DVD I have of hers. I like it and told DH we should buy it!

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    Wow this looks great! I should totally figure out a rewards program that works for me!

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MYTHMYTH 1/5/2014 1:30PM

    I love the colored stars! What a great way to show your progress!

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EMMACORY 1/5/2014 12:48PM

    This is a great idea.! Thanks for sharing your system with us. Blessings on your 2014 journey. emoticon

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RYDERB 1/5/2014 12:29PM

    Great visuals Brenda! You've got this! emoticon

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JMARIES51 1/5/2014 12:05PM

    emoticon I think any system that works for you is fantastic. I have done something like this in the past and it really helped to see things visually. hmm maybe I should go back to this system. Thanks for sharing.

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ANNETTE117 1/5/2014 11:44AM

    I love your tracking system! Great job recording and then evaluating how well you did. That is awesome.

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    I like it. I LOVE stickers. Looks like it could be fun. Keep up the good work my friend.

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GEMLADYONE 1/5/2014 11:35AM

    A visual way to measure your progress is always a good idea. Yours is so colorful and looks fun!

Best of luck in BLC 24! emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 1/5/2014 11:14AM

    Great job on tracking! And thanks for the recommendation. I was wondering which Sansone video to get next.

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LETHA_ 1/5/2014 10:52AM

    I love love love your planner stickers. I have a big weight loss chart where I cover the number with a smiley face sticker every time I lose a pound. I love watching the chart fill up with stickers. Fun stuff!

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