I just tripled my yearly fitness minutes goal.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
No, I haven’t just decided to become an “Iron Woman” 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 isn’t 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 wasn’t a priority. I was already fit. I was just carrying extra weight I didn’t need.
Tracking food was my priority and I did it. Conscientiously! Most of the time I didn’t even bother tracking fitness.
I wasn’t 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 that’s MY particular key to maintenance (4 years and counting).
I still don’t intend to count steps or daily activity, only workouts. Let’s see if I can live up to my new fitness goal. Now it’s 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. I’m 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.