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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Thursday, Sparkland!

I know it isn't much, but I've managed 2 workouts this week. They have been short. They have been half hearted. But I've gotten up and done them. Today was a 10 minute Billy Banks workout. I love those workouts, and they are good workouts. I need to get back into the longer workouts, but right now if I can just get out of bed, get a workout done, do something around the house, and make a smoothie - before 6:30am - I'm happy! I lay back down and sleep some again before going to work. Most of the time I'm awake enough that I don't need to lay back down, but I WANT to. So I do. End of story.

I am going to hit the store after work today. I need some new headphones and I need to get some play money for my rewards jar. I mean, who carries cash around these days?? (for those who missed it, I am going to reward myself with $1 per workout and $1 per day in calorie range) I'll use the play money to track, and I will make my reward purchases accordingly. If my purchase does not come to the full amount that I earned, I will keep the "change" in the jar to carry over. Those decorative stones will be my "punishment" markers. One color will be for a missed workout and I'll have to do 10 squats at the end of the month for each missed workout. Another color will be for days not in calorie range. I will do 10 pushups at then end of the month for each day missed. So, here are my first 4 rewards:

I think hula-hooping will be a fun and different type of workout to keep me going on days that I really don't want to.

I think the versitility of these bands will help me to do some more intense ST at home - my bands are just not cutting it.

Because I want it!

I haven't decided yet between 10 or 15lb kettlebell, but I'd like to try a workout with one since I've never done anything with them before!

I think these rewards will help me to keep a workout on the books even if I don't want to go to the gym. I'm having such a hard time getting to the gym that I just need to have some new workouts at home that I am excited about. I will have to make due with what I've got until the end of June, but at least I've got something to look forward to!
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    I just LOVE your new incentive system!!!!
    1788 days ago
    Hey lady! Give yourself some credit. 2 is better than none :) GREAT JOB!! be proud of even seemingly small successes, that momentum will build. Just takes a 'spark' :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
    Love your challenge! The rewards are great too...I like your comment, "Because I want it", LOL! I think it's a great idea to get small workouts in. 10 minutes is easy to get up for and not so overwhelming. An hour isn't quite as easy and makes it easier to say no to. And, you can always add more short workouts throughout the day to equate to a long workout, just in pieces. It adds up. I think you're onto something there!
    1792 days ago
    Love how you are coming with new ideas to keep yourself motivated. This is awesome. I might have to steal this idea. Glad to see you are getting back into a workout routine. Anything is better than nothing, especially when its early morning like that. Keep up the great work... and thanks for sharing your idea!
    1792 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Wouldn't it be nice if someone else paid us to workout? Lol! THAT would be even more motivating emoticon

    But in a way we will be saving immeasurable amounts in the future simply by staying active.

    Definitely get the kettlebell!! Look up Tim Ferris four hour body. You will find lots of good info on K swings and easy ways to get maximum results from minimal efforts.
    1793 days ago
    I think these are some great ideas! Kettlebells give a great workout even though I dread doing them!
    1793 days ago
    What an awesome reward strategy! I might have to do that with calorie range, what an incentive! Glad you got a little of your spark back. I imagine after you are able purchase one product you were really get in to things.
    1793 days ago
  • COOKIE352
    1793 days ago
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