Will work for stickers

“Hi, I’m Lisa and I’m a sticker whore.” {hi Lisa}

You would think I’m 4 years old the way I get all giddy for stickers.

Yes tatertots.  I’m talking about the silly little pieces of art that teachers put on the top of an assignment indicating a job well done.

I love ’em!  Ask my new running group to share my story about training for my first half marathon and they’ll tell you that the first thing I talked about was the fact that someone was going to give me a 13.1 sticker if I finished the race.  I was ecstatic!

I’ve spent the last week trying to figure out my fascination/passion/obsession with stickers and I think I’ve narrowed it down to these:

  • a sticker represents an accomplishment, a job well-done if you will
  • I don’t get a whole lot of verbal praise for what I do and so a sticker gives me the visual “atta girl” I need to keep moving on
  • stickers measure progress
  • stickers are cool

You don’t think they’re cool?  Then why do so many people put stickers of every kind on their vehicles?  See, now I’ve got you thinking, don’t I?

I started the 100 Days of Movement Challenge on January 1st.  Someone created a simple 100 chart so everyone could track their progress.  I printed that baby off and went out and bought some puffy star stickers.  Little did I know that my stickers were larger than the boxes and so my progress chart is starting to look a little messy but that’s not the point.  I know that I have an opportunity every day to earn the right to put a sticker on my chart.  I’ve got a sticker on each day … for the most part.


100 Days Chart

As you can see, there was a string of days in the first week that I didn’t do what I was supposed to do and so I didn’t get a sticker.  And I’m okay with that.  This is the first time I’ve ever used a sticker chart to measure progress on anything and I’m amazed that 23 days in to the challenge I’m still as motivated by the prospect of getting a sticker today as I was on day 1.

I don’t know why stickers have such a hold on me.  I’ve tried other visual charts and they just didn’t appeal to me at all.

Can I predict that progress charts will continue to fascinate me as I train for my various races this year?  Who’s to say.

One thing’s for sure … they do now and I’m really thankful for the little reward at the end of each day I stick to the plan.

The Colonel was in town on TDY this week and so I invited him to join me and my running group after work on Thursday.  We all got our respective distances & times in and then we headed over to the brewery to chat and … well, what do runners do after a run?  Um yeah, drink beer!  (They did, I stuck to water) The Colonel picked Ms. BQ’s brain about ways to increase his speed and we all talked about our upcoming races.  One that we (sans Colonel) are planning to do as a group is the Beach to Bay marathon relay down in Corpus later this spring.  So cool!  We’ve got our team and we’ll get our lodging taken care of and pay our registration fee in the next few weeks.

But there’s still one unanswered question:  Do I get to graduate to the 26.2 sticker once we finish the relay?

Just sayin’



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