I started running again after a couple month long hiatus. It was just like getting on a bike, or something. You know, a bike without wheels.
To be honest, I haven’t been just running. I’ve been working really hard at cross training. One day I run, the next day I stationary bike, the next day I run, then I elliptical, then I run, then I quickly walk inclines…. I’m enjoying the bountiful options that the exercise room provides. One of these days I’m going to pick up the weights, but I have an easier time maintaining a workout on a machine than trying to figure out what weight routine to do next. So maybe I’ll take that leap soon, but I’ll need some research first.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying out a website called SlimKicker. To be honest, it’s not terribly different from all your other fitness/health motivation sites. You can enter the food you eat, you can enter the exercising you do, you can enter challenges to push you, you can join a community for encouragement…. Right now I’m kind of on the fence about the site, but I’m giving it a shot.
As for entering food… I suck at that. I know I should probably do it. I know it will make me more mindful of the calories I take it. But to be honest? I hate doing it. And I’m not going to keep up with something I hate doing.
I’ve been tracking my exercise, and earning “points” for the exercising I do, but it’s a very limited amount of motivation. I’m not saying that I need something for free, but the points you earn for doing things on the site (everything you do, not just working out) go toward a reward you plan to give yourself when you level up.
I know people say that rewarding yourself is important, but I can’t think of anything I’d like to reward myself with. Food seems a very dangerous thing to reward myself with, and also a little pointless since I don’t believe in depriving myself. I can’t really justify buying myself stuff because 1. I don’t really need more stuff and 2. I don’t really have the money for stuff. At the moment I’m at an impasse. I’m sure there are other ways to reward myself, I just can’t think of them. I might consider looking in to treating myself with a massage, but I’ll have to investigate my budget.
The challenges seem the most promising. If you haven’t noticed, I somewhat respond to giving myself short little challenges. I also like that there are emotional health challenges as well as physical health challenges. I think they are important and go hand in hand. So lately I’ve been browsing the challenges trying to figure out what I’d like to try first. I hope they come up with more variety. Honestly, this site has a lot of room to grow.
The thing I find most disappointing about SlimKicker is you can only track your weight. I only weigh myself a couple times a year. I prefer to track my progress with my body measurements. If they added body measurements to the site, I would consider it darn close to a win.
So right now? Right now I get a little kick about adding points toward my goal every day. Right now it gives me something to plan. A month from now I may have forgotten about it, or moved on to the next big thing. Maybe a massage will change how I feel and make it a forever thing. Let’s find out.