Start a Small Streak

From your first Fast Break to quick and easy exercise ideas, the SparkPeople program relies heavily on the power of consistency. More than anything else, it emphasizes the idea of creating (or breaking) new habits through small actions over time.

Consistency can be helpful, but it can also be motivating. When it takes the form of a streak, consistency is an underrated way to get your blood pumping again. Keeping a streak alive, even for a short time, is an instant power boost. It breeds confidence, builds momentum and puts you on the winning side again if you’re starting to feel yourself slide.

Some people gravitate toward streaks. They get a rush out of seeing how long they can go without drinking soda and a sense of accomplishment from exercising for 60 days in a row. These people do well with daily streaks.

Other people are a little more wary of streaks. The idea of doing something every day can be intimidating and stressful to some. That’s okay. We’ve found that these people can still benefit by trying a weekly streak, as in “I will walk 3 times a week every week for 20 weeks.”

If you’re feeling a little unmotivated, or you want to give your program a jumpstart, or if you just want to set a challenge for yourself, choose a small streak today and add it to your program. The more consistent you can be, the more results you'll see!

Some pointers on starting your own streak:
  • Set a goal for your streak. A specific number is more clear and often more motivating than leaving it open-ended.
  • If you break your streak, don’t get discouraged. Just try to outdo yourself next time. Streaks aren’t about perfection. They’re about doing better.
  • Remember to reward yourself along the way as you reach streak milestones, and especially when you reach your goal or personal best streak.
  • Streak in public. Just by telling others what your streak is, you create some positive peer pressure to follow through. Plus it gives others the opportunity to help.
  • Start off with something you know you can succeed with, but don’t already do regularly. Think of a small habit you’d like to make or break.
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Member Comments

I just said I need some motivation. My next read was this article! Report
I need to try this. Could be a good motivator for me. Report
LOL "Streak in public" ... lookie there! Lookie there! A good new meaning to being called a streaker! LoL🤣 Report
A few weeks ago I started over I am ashamed to admit this,but I never was giving my all to Sparks plus myself I think the streaks are so important I always over looked them before ,now I am exploring everything I can about sparks .I even signed on with the Premium offer
Judy Report
Great article Report
I just came off a streak of not having French fries, chips or anything potato related of 75 days!!!! Report
My streak is to exercise 10 minutes every day and/or walk at least 200 Steps per hour during day. Report
Consistency leaves a mark on all aspects of life. Report
My streak has been 2 months drinking 8 glasses of water, exercising 10 minutes or more every day. I lost 6 pounds in a month, improved immensely in physical therapy so, I am getting stronger. I hate my stomach more than anything, I am starting a thirty day ab challenge today. Report
Streaks are very important to improve myself. Report
Hard to pick my favorite, but have to go with the "dog ate my homework!" Report
Totally love this slide show. I've had some trouble motivating myself off the couch. Getting my current job and loosing 18 pounds in the process has motivated me off the couch. :) Report
Before coming to SP had not heard of this streak thing, but I guess I had already done it. I had trouble with terrible hot flashes. I read that the aspartame and carbonation in dièt soda could contribute to flashes. I was willing to try anything! I quit drinking soda last September. NO MORE HOT FLASHES! I don't know if it will work for anyone else, but it did for me. Report
My first streak is to exercise for at least 10 minutes each day as that is where I am really lacking. I hope this works! Report


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Mike Kramer
Mike Kramer
As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.