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The power behind a goal
May 5th, 2009 by Anna

I haven’t been particularly excited about doing exercise the last couple of days. In fact, I outright didn’t want to do it. Forced myself to do it. Said you will have a time out if you don’t get your butt up and moving! I knew it was a hollow threat but still, I thought it best to follow through.

What’s interesting to me is why I’ve forced myself. And it’s really kind of a stupid reason. It’s not because I’m trying to lose weight. It’s not because I’ll suddenly feel good about exercising once I start. It was because I set a goal in SparkPeople. I don’t even get SparkPoints for it. It’s just tracked. And I can see what my current streak is on a goal and I didn’t want to break my streak. That’s it. I didn’t want to break my streak.

So I guess whatever works, right? If those little numbers on a web page are enough to get my butt moving, then then let it be those little numbers on a web page. This is a good thing because from my history I know that if I break from working out too long, it’s way harder to get back into it. Way easier to say “maybe tomorrow” and when I’ve maybe tomorrowed enough times, I start eating poorly because what the heck, it’s not like I’m exercising either. 

Man… me and these mind games…


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