I know that I have written about my sticker reward system for exercising, but I thought I would mention it again since I’ve started to exercise regularly again.  I stopped my system because who wants to see only 1 or 2 star stickers on the calendar in one month.  It’s kind of depressing.  I much rather enjoy seeing my monthly calendar full of star stickers!

Here is the plan (it’s pretty simple):

Every day that I exercise I put a star sticker on my calendar.  It’s not just gold stars.  They are different colours and when I run out of stars I use whatever little stickers I have around.  It’s nice that something so little is so motivating.  And just because kids love stickers doesn’t mean that adults can’t either!

It has to be 15 min or more of exercise.  Whether that is walking, jogging, weights, workout video, swimming, tennis, skating, biking, snowshoeing (can’t wait for winter), or some other type of exercise.  Cleaning the house or walking up and down the stairs because my room is in the basement doesn’t count!

What motivates you to get up off the couch or out of bed in the morning to exercise?  Or does it just come to you naturally?

Remember, just because you exercise doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want!  Sometimes I forget this (maybe a lot of times).  Healthy eating and portion size are very important.  Something I am continually working on (like so many other things).  I just really love chips and candy and sweets.  It doesn’t help that I have a huge bowl of candy on my desk from Halloween.  Amazingly the last two days I have not gone into it … that much!

How are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle?  Or does it even matter to you?

This has nothing to do with this blog (except it’s a gold star).  I found it while I was looking for a picture of a gold star sticker.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Perhaps because I’m a bit of a slowpoke at times.  🙂

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