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Examining my motivators

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I'm learning about myself as I go along. These multiple daily walks with Tito the Wonder Dog have led me to parts of the neighborhood that I haven't explored in the last thirteen years, other than on my bike.

Now, enter those FitBit daily step challenges. I'm a competitive SOB. And the prospect of coming in dead last all but makes me break out in hives. Never even mind anymore that I'm doing something good and something healthy for myself. I'm using that poor little overtaxed terrier as a tool to WIN, by God, no matter what it takes.

We were about a year and a half into our mid-afternoon walk today when the choice came to turn left and knock off another four blocks or head home. God help me, I checked the FitBit app on my phone to check my standings. But then I looked down at Tito. He was panting like he'd just run a marathon. And I was miserable too, wanting nothing more than a cold glass of water. I did something then that was completely contrary to my nature. We headed for home.

There will be one or two more walks today, and I'll meet my step goals. And, no matter where I am in the standings, I will win. Obsessiveness can be a dangerous thing if it's unexamined. We need to be damned sure that the right things are motivating us, and continue to be self-aware every step of the way.
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  • PROVERBS31JULIA
    We do need a sip or two of water every 15-30 minutes of a walk. I got a cool silicone collapsible pet water dish for our little pot-licker. Think it was just a few bucks from Walmart or some such. And sometimes taking water with me will allow me the extra time to continue on with my FitBit steps. (But I find these days sometimes I need to go by how my feet feel, if they are getting "too hot" - the internal blisters on the bottoms of my feet are such a kill-joy.).
    1396 days ago
  • IOWAGRAMMA
    Well, I think you made the right choice...no point in making poor little Tito pay the price for those extra few steps, right? He needed a drink as much as you, no doubt. How did the day end? Great work!! emoticon
    2101 days ago
  • MASTERPIECE8
    Love the blog!! I need to 'Get Physical' and 'Get Competitive.' I like the idea.

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    2103 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    emoticon I, too, like to win. My greatest competitor is me. My health has improved so greatly in the past year, so it's win-win. emoticon
    2103 days ago
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