Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Dangers of Star-Charting

Bike Hanging Out


Almost Done!

Week of July 17, 2011:

Bike: Thursday and Saturday

Run: Wednesday

Yoga: Thursday (Gentle Hatha Yoga #1) and Friday (Gentle Hatha Yoga #2)

Be warned, dear reader: star-charting is dangerously addictive!

July’s star chart has been a great motivator for me.  I’ve only missed one work-out, my second planned run last week, and this week I even did an extra yoga session.  But the star chart is starting to exert its powers on me, making me itchy for multiple stars in one day, even though the point of the chart is to make myself do something athletic every day.  There’s a reason why I only planned seven work-outs a week, but the star chart doesn’t care because the star chart doesn’t care about balance.  It cares about stars and giving me a little rush every time I earn another star.

But I’ll take the risk of star-charting for the pleasure of its rewards.  Overall, I’m feeling calmer and happier than I was at the beginning of the month, and I know that an exercise routine plays a big role in my well-being.  So I’m a little obsessive about the star chart—it’s okay.  I’d rather be obsessed with gold (or—ahem—ballpoint pen) stars than with my weight, my diet, my love life, or my wallet.


  1. My Hello Kitty stickers hold dangerous sway over me, so I completely understand.

  2. Ooh, Hello Kitty stickers...those do sound dangerous! I should buy a set :-)