Positive Self-Talk. Why breaking my streak was a GREAT thing.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I was REALLY upset about breaking my "10-minutes a day" streak. For about 40 days, I exercised for a minimum of 10 minutes, and was really excited to be doing this. Eventually, as with everything, the excitement of it all wore off. Even those 10 minutes seemed like a chore.
So I broke my streak. I did not break it to get out of a rut or do it purposely. I simple stopped because it felt like work, wasn't fun, and I didn't want to do it anymore. So instead of doing a hurried 10 minute workout before bed one night, I just went straight to sleep.
At first I was really upset. I broke my streak. I had gone for almost 40 days and had really wanted to keep it going. For about a week I did extremely minimal exercise or hardly any tracking on sparkpeople. I still somewhat maintained (ate healthier then when I began, and still did exercise a few times a week), but I was in a bit of a rut because I was upset with myself for breaking my streak. I can at least commend myself for not completely giving in here.
It was like I was embarrassed. I didn't want to come back on sparkpeople daily and start doing things again, and tracking and setting new streaks because I was disappointed with myself and felt like I couldn't do it. This is why breaking my streak was a good thing. Finally I got back on, went on my sparkcoach, and thankfully it was perfect timing because the days lesson was "stop the negative self-talk".
BINGO. This is definitely a larger problem of mine that I have wanted to address for a long time.
A positive attitude can do so much for a person without knowing it, so now positive self talk has been added to my goals. I don't want my positive self talk to only be health/fitness related, I want positive self-talk to be part of my daily life and help me in many areas.
Looking at my streak breaking now, it was a great thing to do. I broke that streak not only to break the monotony of my 10-minute a day workouts, but also if you never break your streak, you can't start new ones and improve and say "oh well, next time instead of a 40 day streak, I'll have a 50 day streak!" I now feel better, released, relaxed, and ready.
I have also used my positive self-talk in other areas of my life and can slowly see it affecting me in a very positive way. I'm excited to continue on this path of positivity, and even though I'm sure it will curve here and there, and I may "fall off the wagon", it will be okay. I will allow myself to feel lousy, but not for too long. I'll pick myself back up, and be on my way again. I am also excited for all the things that positivity can do for you mental and physical health, and I can also see improvements here already.
All in all, breaking my streak was a great thing, and I'm ready to create more, and go longer and farther every day.