I can lose weight, I’ve done it before. All of us have. Welcome fellow club members – to those who have started, stopped, and struggle again to restart their health regime.
This round of improving my health, I am applying strategies that work with my brain and not against it. What would possibly keep me interested long enough to reach some goals? A brief spin around the Internet will suggest that incentives are effective to keep you on track of your weight and diet goals. Others will argue that establishing habits are the way to go.
I have noticed that when I do one thing, I do it really well. I have taken charge of my diet on two separate occasions, with great success. This is due to making the challenge top priority, becoming obsessed with it. Unfortunately, I and no one else can keep up the pace because there are other things vying for our attention.
Excluding what doesn’t work
Committing to a regular time seems to be the biggest hurdle. Admittedly, the best time to exercise is right after I get home from work (the time reserved for comfort food, perusing the mail, and maybe wine on the really bad days).
Next, I have carefully reviewed in my head all methods of tracking progress, incentive apps, calendars, guilt trips, etc. etc. to stay on track. I have completely ruled out anything mobile-based. I really hate how those apps drain my battery. In addition, all apps are evil to me because I find them more distracting than helpful.
Bullet journals in use as diet journals People really love them for goal-tracking, my daughter loves them. To each their own, but to me its a lot of detail. I am by nature a detail-obsessed person, the “I can’t see the forest for the trees” person. I know my downfall.
I’m looking for low-key, low-tech, low distractions. K.I.S.S (keep it simple, sweetie). So, I unveil to you today, my very low-tech plan…
Low-tech Distraction-Free Exercise Tracker
This is simply a Foldable Thread Rack Wood Thread Holder Organizer. In my head, I was looking to throw some hoops on to pegs to track the progress that I was exercising everyday (I chose to not mark if I skipped a day). At first I thought I would number the days for a month, but I like the simplicity of the thread rack. It’s inexpensive, hangs on the wall in full view, as does my progress.
Swinging a “hoop” is a brain-hand connection, something more satisfying than ticking a mark off a box, for me at least. The hoops are small, colorful, hairbands. I was looking for something fun, and these had beads on. Again, inexpensive and effective.
I have 60 days worth of exercise days here. I think that deserves an award at the end. I am a little worried that will be too long of a goal, so I will rethink that. Silly as it is, I get such a fully satisfying feeling when I place my hoop on the peg. This is what it’s all about – tricking your mind.
Ultimately, exercise improves mood, and increases attention. It’s the best medicine for ADD/ADHD and for non-ADD/ADHD people. I’m always looking for new ways to get excited to work out. My brain loves satisfying, so I’m going with it.
I’ll keep you updated on this experiment. If you like it, tried it, have comments, please add them below. We’re all in this together!
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