When I began this jogging challenge, I mistakenly believed that rewarding myself with stuff for meeting short term goals would increase my motivation. My idea was to use things I would only use while exercising–things like new exercise clothes or new earbuds–as special treats to keep me jogging. Meet the goal, get the treat. Makes sense, right?
The only problem is it doesn’t work.
The knowledge that I will get something doesn’t motivate me. Having already gotten something,however, does motivate me. I know I’m getting all crazy with verb tenses here, but think about it a little bit. I don’t know about you, but when I buy something I want to use it. You know what got me back on the track after a grad-school-project-induced hiatus? Buying myself an armband for my iPod. Part of what motivated me to go jogging on Tuesday was a desire to finish what I had started and a desire to jog for the sake of jogging. But I also wanted to use my cool new armband.
So I guess I’ve learned that if I want to get things done, I should buy myself more stuff?
Pre-workout blood sugar: 225 mg/dl
The workout: Since I took some time off from steady jogging to focus on projects, I lost some of my progress. I went back to week 6 of the program so I can work myself back up to jogging for a solid 20 minutes. 5 minutes of warm up. 5 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 8 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 5 minutes jogging. 5 minute cool down. 34 minutes total.
Post-workout blood sugar: 123 mg/dl
I only have two weeks left of classes, and I am drowning in over due projects and end-of-the-semester grading. My exercise routine has remained semi-consistent (read: once or twice a week), a major accomplishment for a former couch potato like myself. But blogging? Not happening. At least until my over due Continuing Digital Portfolio is submitted.
And so, dear readers, I submit this Wordle word cloud of my blog for your visual enjoyment in the interim.
It’s “that” time of the semester, the time dreaded by teachers and students a like: the time when EVERYTHING COMES DUE. As both a graduate student and a teaching assistant, I get the joy of both producing these end-of-the-semester, crunch-time projects and grading them
I won’t bore you with my to-do list. But have you ever wondered why all teachers schedule major class projects at the end of the semester? I have. Have you ever had a to-do list longer than your arm but simply didn’t care because all you wanted to do was frolic in the sunshine and plan your wedding? I have.
Just 4 more weeks until the end of the semester. My willpower can get me through 4 more weeks, right?
Pre-workout blood sugar: 115 mg/dl
The workout: 5 minute warm-up walk. 10 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 10 minutes jogging. 5 minute cool-down walk.
Post-workout blood sugar: 107 mg/dl (Thank you, Gatorade.)
29 days until the end of the semester
128 days until I get married
252 days until I graduate from grad school
…and, halfway through my challenge! I began Week 6 of the 10 week program yesterday. I got a little off track last week (trust me, I have a good excuse), but I’m more determined than ever to finish this program.
Pre-workout blood sugar: 189 mg/dl
The workout: 5 minute warm up walk. Jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 8 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 5 minutes. 5 minute cool down.
Post-workout blood sugar: 112 mg/dl