A New Quest and a New Accountability Tool

Last time we talked, I laid down some embarrassing truth about my  lifestyle. “Coming out” was like taking a massive emotional dump, and I’ve gotta say…I feel better now. And while this has all been very humbling, a lot of positive things have happened because of it.

It seems I’m not alone in this dietary fall from grace, as  I’ve gotten emails from several people in similar situations. As the people around them are rising to meet new challenges, they find  themselves  spiraling  into an isolating, sedentary existence. These email exchanges have gotten me really motivated.  Just knowing that other people are dealing with this same bullshit  has been very uplifting. In one man’s words, “Sometimes the easiest way to inspire people is to let them know they’re not alone.” 

So now that we’re all motivated, it’s time to set some goals, (mine is to run at least 50 miles by August 15th.), and with goal-setting comes the issue of accountability. How do we keep ourselves focused? Follow-through has always been a struggle of mine, so I was excited to hear from Silky about a website/app called Beeminder.  Beeminder is basically a way to break your long-term goals down into a more focused, daily “path” leading to success. Stay on the path and all is well..leave the path and they’ll start taking money from your checking account. Yeah, that’s serious motivation. They also collect your data and put it on a really cool graph that shows you how you’re doing. Check it out:

I'm totally kicking ass right now.

I’m totally kicking ass right now.

50 miles may not seem like a lofty goal to some people, but it’s a big deal to me. I’ve been at this for 13 days now and logged just over 18 miles. I’ve had LOTS of foot pain, knee pain, back pain, chapped butt cheeks and sweat in my eyes, but I can promise you that it’s getting just a little bit easier every day.


So..how about a 4th of July run tomorrow morning at Binder?

About Bob Jenkins

Crusher of beers.

Posted on July 3, 2013, in Adam masturbates, Fatness, Square One, Training, Training runs. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. You’re crushing it!!! GOOOOOOOO BOB!!!!

  2. There is an ap that charges you if you slack AND pays if you make your goals. I can’t remember the name right now, but I’ll look it up for you later.

  3. Your butt cheeks are chapped huh? Maybe you should get yourself some good running shorts with a built-in liner instead of just wearing your goldmember thong.

    Seriously though, it looks like you’ve got a good plan going. Keep it up!

  4. Great work, Bob! You’re going to smash 50 miles by Aug 15th. I bet you’ll even double that!

  5. Wow, thank you so much for the Beeminder plug, Bob!

    Here are our thoughts on Beeminder vs GymPact: http://blog.beeminder.com/gympact

    I think the main argument for Beeminder is that it’s foremost a Quantified Self tool. And although GymPact pays you to go to the gym, they have to keep that to kind of token amounts to prevent cheaters from coming out of the woodwork to abuse it. So in our humble opinion Beeminder ends up being more motivating.

    Here are other Beeminder competitors that we know of: http://blog.beeminder.com/competitors

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