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Internal / External Motivation

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'm definitely someone who is internally motivated. I do better in individual sports where I compete against my own records.

Even as a child, I had little interest in others' assessments. (This made me a really bizarre student, since I NEVER looked at my grades and couldn't understand why my parents thought anything but my view of what I'd learned was important.)

So, what does any of this have to do with my journey?

A few months back, I read a blog where the person was using stickers to motivate herself. I thought it was a pretty nafe idea, but, whatever floats your boat.

Recently, as my rehab keeps progressing and I can push myself more, I realized I wasn't doing a brilliant job of juggling all the facets of exercise that I needed to get back to where I wanted to be.

I'm lucky - I have a home gym so I can pretty much do what I want in the room. I bought a bunch of different colored smiley face stickers and started to use them on my calendar.

The first 10 days are in with the following:
Strength: 10 /10
Pilates: 10/10
Cardio: 10/10
2nd cardio: 10/10
10,000 steps: 9/10
15,000 steps: 4/10
Stayed within calorie range: 8/10
New stretches: 3/3

These silly stickers are pushing me to do more. One night, I came home and realized that another 600 steps would get me a new sticker, so I went for a walk. Then again, last night, with the same number to get to 20,000 steps, I simply couldn't move myself that much without really hurting my ankle.

So, I'm figuring there may be room for external motivation in my life after all.
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  • JOE14250
    I got distracted with being a do gooder and didn't do good for myself for a few days. I am determined to get 15000 steps in today before PT exercises tonight.

    1695 days ago
  • JOE14250
    You are on it girl! I am motivated to knock you out of first place or at least join you on the fitness board! You RULE... NO! I RULE.... No WE RULE!!!!

    keep on steppin!

    My wife now got a fitbit, my son got one, my sister got one, and a woman who I worked with in a kids program and she and my wife are still friends got one too. I like internal and external competition together.
    1708 days ago
  • LICIA4608
    I'm glad that's working for you! I may have to steal your idea :) Keep us in the loop about how it's progressing.
    1711 days ago
  • TONYAB2000
    Wow what a great idea! I'm glad it's working so well for you! Everyone needs to figure out what motivation works best. I know I do. Keep up the good work.
    1712 days ago
    emoticon And another sticker for you! Glad it's working for you!
    1712 days ago
    emoticon Here's another smiley sticker for you, Cheers!
    1712 days ago
    What a great idea!
    1712 days ago
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