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Can daily streaks be bad for you???

Sunday, September 03, 2017

I just wanted to take a second and talk about daily streaks.
My life is busy. Period. My work schedule is different from your typical 9-5 job. Every day I work, I am away from the house for a minimum of 13.5 hours and that is if I get out of time...which usually doesn't happen. Then add in the fact that I work night shift, so most of my waking hours on my days off involve me in a slight sleep deprived stupor. I spend my days off catching up on things (housework, errands, special projects and my "healthy journey")

I had a daily streak of logging in to Spark People for 80ish days and life happened, something that required my every waking thought and many tears, so I didn't log in....when I logged in again, my streak was gone. I felt like such a failure.
This also happens with daily challenges that last for a month. I can't get to them every day, so I thought I would just get to the a couple times a week and work my way through it. But, when the 4 weeks was up, the challenge went away, even though I wasn't done with it. It makes me feel that if I can't commit to logging in every day ( after being gone for 14 hours) that I can't take part.

Does anyone else feel this way, or am I just over reacting.
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    I hate when I break a streak and do everything I can not to but if I do break one, I just start it again and try to get a longer one the next time.

    The streak that I've had going the longest is my tracking of food and exercise and I know it's probably going to end at some point because that's the way life is but it's sure going to hurt when it ends as I've been tracking every day for almost 3 years.

    Hope this helps.

    Take care.

    1326 days ago
    Yup, it really bothers me if the chain is broken. I literally had to shut off all my Spark Streaks tracking a few years back.

    I do think it helps to commit to a few "daily" things, and those things are different for each of us and can change over time. I used to track my nutrition faithfully, until it became like one of those "streaks". It wasn't really helping me accomplish anything, just made me anxious when I didn't get it done!

    Right now my daily minimums are to log in here, click on my "Past Step 2 features" sliders, add in my steps, and post to our team's ongoing challenge thread. But if I don't get those done I don't sweat it.
    1326 days ago
  • BRENDAJ1818
    Any progress is not a fail as long as you keep going set your own pace
    1326 days ago
  • BRENDA196122
    Your accomplishments in your everyday life is your streak, and you, my dear, are rockin' it.
    1326 days ago
    I would never feel like a failure for one single minute when you are giving your life to the well-being of others. Your career and your work schedule is extremely demanding and certainly far more busy than the average member on Sparks. I would cut yourself a big slice of slack and just pop on when you can and do what you can that's all. Anymore and it's just going to add to stress.
    I do not sign up for many of the big challenges as I have physical health issues that I have to take into consideration so I'm not going to set myself up to get stressed out or otherwise......Chin up and I hope you begin to get more rest and sleep because lack of it is very difficult at best.
    1326 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2017 11:54:48 AM
    I it hard but don't give up on yourself.
    1326 days ago
    I'very been on Sparkpeople off and on for over a decade. Life has often gotten in the way. Starting over is nothing to be ashamed of. Think of it as a fresh start.
    1326 days ago
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