Sunday, March 02, 2014
No, I havenít just decided to become an ďIron WomanĒ but sometimes it helps to step back and look at your own spark page. Somehow long ago I entered 4550 as my YEARLY goal for fitness minutes.
Anyone familiar with my situation knows that exercise, especially cardio, was never my problem. I always loved being active.
Math isnít my problem either. I taught math and computer science for 30 years.
Where did that number come from? I think I just typed in any old thing.
When I joined SP, it was because eating too much food was my problem. HUGE amounts of food! Even healthy food! Way too much food to be burned off by running or sessions at the gym.
So when I filled out my goals, fitness wasnít a priority. I was already fit. I was just carrying extra weight I didnít need.
Tracking food was my priority and I did it. Conscientiously! Most of the time I didnít even bother tracking fitness.
I wasnít even concerned with spark points. My only friend was the guy whose job it was to be my friend. I was a hermit. It took years to even get to level 2.
Somewhere along with maintenance, I realized I liked being here. I liked the support and friends and just participating. I like seeing the spark points pile up. I like getting virtual trophies.
I think thatís MY particular key to maintenance (4 years and counting).
I still donít intend to count steps or daily activity, only workouts. Letís see if I can live up to my new fitness goal. Now itís 14,000 fitness minutes.
And yes, continuing to track my food and weigh myself every morning will always be a priority. Avoiding those two things is how I gained the weight in the first place. Iím not abandoning them.
After reading comments from 2 friends, I want to clarify that in no way do I consider counting steps or daily activity as "devalued" points, only that I have no way of tracking those things. So my goal only reflects workouts that I'm able to measure either in time or distance.