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Motivation, Marbles, and "Supernatural"

Saturday, July 04, 2015

First and most importantly, tracking food is working really well for me! For the first time, I can say having all these ridiculous devices (phone, Kindle, Chromebook, work computer) is a benefit. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, there will be a way to track my food. (For the record, the only one of these gadgets I purchased myself was the phone! The Kindle was from a nephew who works at Amazon, and the Chromebook was a Christmas gift a couple years ago--I'm really not a techie person, and feel conspicuous with all this stuff, frankly.)

My motivation is strong right now. I feel good about this journey, but my specific health goals are emerging, and firing me up. Can we talk about mornings for a sec? Getting out of bed is a job of work, people. I don't have any chronic back issues (though there have been a a couple bouts of back pain in recent years that had me down for the count), but mornings are a beast. When I wake up, my back feels incredibly tight, borderline painful, and I have to do some gentle stretches, and move very gingerly before I am fully mobile in about 30 minutes. I'm 40 years old, which is when some of this stuff happens anyway, I know, but I'm also *only* 40, when this stuff can be safely managed and minimized. Solid weight loss, core strengthening, and regular stretching are my keys to be able to literally jump out of bed in the morning.

So what am I doing with all this motivation? Rewards, of course! One is obvious, my Motivation Marbles jar. I've seen these all over the web, on Pinterest and SP, certainly. Here's mine, and what it looks like today:

The other thing I'm doing is a bit silly, and this blog post is the first time I've said anything to anyone about it, because it is so very goofy! For every pound I lose, I get to watch a couple episodes of "Supernatural." I love this show, and can't really justify watching all million seasons again...*unless* I tie it to weight loss. Two hours of tv for one pound is a bit excessive, I know, and I should probably choose rewards that encourage fitness, but there you go. Also, I'm a passionate knitter, so I can at least consolidate my sedentary hobbies, and knit while watching my earned tv! So far it's totally working. To be fair, I'm at the initial weight loss stage of 3-5 lbs/wk, so I'm guessing in a week or two things will taper off, and I'll only be bingeing on my show every other week or so!

They're pretty yummy, right?

Anyway, Happy Fourth, SparkFriends! Be safe and have fun!
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    I think those are great motivators! They say that watching thrillers is good for you, because you see the fit people running a lot and doing things like that, which motivates you to think about your choices. It can be a positive thing! I've never seen those marble jars. That's very interesting! emoticon emoticon
    1149 days ago
    Jensen Ackles is one of the most handsome men on earth, followed not far behind Misha Collins and Jared Padalecki. One thing I do is I actually do step aerobics while watching my favorite TV shows. Two episodes of Supernatural would be almost 90 minutes of exercise! So that might be good "justification"to watching the show. And don't feel goofy - my favorite show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I'm 38) and I'm passionate about it. I love Supernatural, too! I'm totally friending you now!
    1834 days ago
    You are going to have to hire a bearer ti tot all of your electronics around with you! LOL!

    Make today the greatest day of your life

    emoticon Until tomorrow!

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    1835 days ago
    Great ways to reward yourself positively! Keep up the great work.
    1835 days ago
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