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Monday, July 06, 2015

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I'm stripping down my goals. I'm focusing on the behaviors I'd like to establish rather than tracking behaviors I'm already pretty good at. Why? Because I need to focus my time on offline life more than online.

But I still want to keep up with Sparkfriends so, I'm no longer going to track water intake. I've never struggled to get 8 glasses a day. Not for like 20 years! So no need to track it, I've got it. Same with logging in and spinning on Spark. It used to be the only thing I could track that I had a shot at succeeding with. No more. I got this. I am on Sparkpeople every day even if I'm not remembering to spin one day out of 30. And, I used to feel very down when I "broke my login streak" but now I don't care because it's not really a primary goal anymore.

So I've stripped down all of my goals. My daily tracking, my streak tracking. No more weird guilt. Just living healthy more days than not. I'm still tracking my sleep because I still need lots of work in that area. And still tracking exercise minutes per week because I need to stay on top of that or I'll let it lag until it's nearly nonexistent again.

But even my own team goal, which I felt guilty about forgetting to track all the time even when I was doing the act, I couldn't be happy with just doing it, I felt bad that I forgot to track it. So I'm just going to focus on the doing, not the tracking. If I find that I'm failing in the doing, I'll go back to tracking.

The way I see it, it's like this: if I'm breathing, and there's no problem in that area, why do I need to track my breathing? Same with everything else. I only need to track the areas I need work in.

So I've taken them off! Stripped down! and feelin' kinda freer for it.

Have a great week, fellow Sparkly bits!
~Lisa (I Matter team leader)
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  • DEE797
    You Go Girl! You can do it!
    2131 days ago
    Makes sense to me... Spark can become a real "time suck", so if it's not helpful, might as well free up some time!
    2162 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13915483
    Love it..I think the goals that work are the ones that make sense for your life. emoticon
    2163 days ago
    We seem to be on a similar mind trak. I know I don't need to track my food... but I do need to track what I don't want to eat. I'm good at the meals. It's the off mealing that matters. OK, that should be a word and you know it!

    Don't apologize. We use tools to motivate us and when they don't motivate us we move on. Or we adapt them. That is how I'm thinking of the writing diet this time round. It's a "place holder" while I gestate. Ha, no one would have a clue what I am talking about if they had not read all my previous posts. Oh well. The point is, if it becomes a problem then sit and look at that and figure out if it is the problem or if there is an underlying problem so you are blaming it. I am good at routine but I need spontaneity too. Not balance. No... wish it were balance I seek. No... more like an alternating current for a battery. Which means sometimes taking a break might be good, then come back. Consistency is awesome... until it isn't. Does that make any sense? We are meant to LIVE.
    2166 days ago
    Well said! emoticon
    2168 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13244496
    2168 days ago
    emoticon too true!
    2168 days ago
    You got this! emoticon
    2168 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11332084
    You are not alone in this realization! There is actually very little that I can track here on SP that makes any real change in what I'm doing. I come back for the wonderful people - always so excited to see the markers of success and I try to be there for those who are struggling. It does take time, though, and right now, it seems in short supply!!
    2168 days ago
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