Okay, folks. I had a revelation today. I'm getting a sense of deja vu regarding the revelation, so I think I've had it before, but wasn't really getting any dirt under my nails at the time, so I let it go. Now that I'm more than halfway into my month and getting this 2014 journey under way, things have suddenly gotten relevant.
Alrighty, so we all know how SparkPeople works with their fitness and goal tracking and whatnot. On the first of each month, we all get a "clean slate" so to speak to begin our tracking for the new month. Cool. BUT, they do their weekly fitness minutes/monthly fitness minutes based on a Sunday-Saturday week, right? All our weekly fitness minutes reset to 0 on Sunday. I've been basing my progress on that so far because that is the quick and simple visual they give us on the right-hand side of our pages (not our homepage for some reason and not our profile pages also for some reason... but, ya know, other pages...
You know, this:
Initially I thought, well, it's because it's meant for SparkAmerica tracking... but, no, those also seem to be the numbers they use when they award us our 250, 500, 1000, 1500, etc monthly fitness minutes awards. Right? Or am I wrong and confusing myself?
See, I started my regular workout routine on Jan. 7. In a month-based week, that would have been the last day of the 7-day week before week 2 began on the 8th. But, the 7th landed on a Tuesday, so for a Sunday-Saturday week, that would have been way early in the week. So basically, what I'm asking is, what the hell should I be going off of?
My first Sunday to Saturday week (which technically started Dec. 29) put me at 38 fitness minutes (when I was sick and trudging around the block for my vitamin D walks). My second Sunday to Saturday week put me at 300 fitness minutes. My third week so far has me at 245 fitness minutes. Obviously when I do my workout today, I'll pass the 250 mark on my counter for the week and I'll cross X amount of fitness minutes.
Now, my first complete 7-day week has me more like this:
week 1 (Jan. 1-7) 88 minutes
week 2 (Jan. 8-14) 315 minutes
week 3 (Jan. 15-21) so far 180 minutes
As you can see, I far exceeded my goal in week 2 and am falling far short in week 3 to make my goals. I think I'm going to stick with the remainder of January with a Sunday-Saturday week because that's what I started with. My aim is for 1000 fitness minutes per month and even though I was sick my first week, I think I may inadvertently make that goal after all. If not, my unofficial aim was 750 mins this month due to the first week loss. But, this "month" is a 5 Sunday-Saturday-ish cycle. So, there's still 2 more weeks left... and yes, I realize some months are longer than others, so February (not leap years) is the only "true" 7-days/4-weeks month. But, still, there's gotta be a better way...
Anyway, I'm wondering what I should do for February. If you couldn't tell by all the information and numbers that I threw at you in this blog, I am confused AS ALL F*** about this!!!
I am going to be super busy this upcoming semester and doing any extra work to figure this out is just not going to happen for me. I hate the idea that when Spark thinks I've reached 250,500, or 1000 minutes (based on their Sun-Sat cycle) that the reality could be, based on the month (which seems most logical right? especially in my case?), that I've either surpassed that milestone or haven't reached it yet and am being prematurely awarded.
I'm pretty frustrated by this. Not cool, SparkPeople. Not cool.
What are YOUR thoughts on this? Can you wade through the confusion?
QUICK EDIT: I forgot to mention the reason I find this important is because fitness minutes are how I'm deciding to measure my success for this month. My goal is to hit 1000 minutes. But, when I look at "1000" that number is very big and intimidating. In fact, I've only ever hit 1000 fitness minutes MAYBE twice (for sure once) in the 6 years I've been on Spark. So, I thought breaking it into smaller numbers, like 250 for the week, would be less intimidating and easier to keep track of. So, my fitness minutes are the one concrete number I'm using to have a physical, visual way of measuring my success.
Thank you everyone for your feedback so far.