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I like challenges and badges

Call it gamification, call it childish, call it whatever you want, but I like challenges and badges. Sportive challenges, that is.

It’s 9.30 pm. I’ve got a full day. I even have to go and sit behind my desk again for another hour. Yet, I just stepped off the elliptical to make sure I got my 10.000 steps done today. Why? Because I want my Disney Magic badge. I want Mickey Mouse.


Disney Magic badge

Well, Sara wants a Garmin Disney Magic badge and I promised to join her. We get it if we record 10,000 steps a day in 10 consecutive days. On my running days that’s easy, but on the days I don’t run, it’s a little harder. And on days like these where I just work from early morning till late at night, it’s a serious challenge.

Yet, the good thing is, I do step on the elliptical, just because of the Disney Challenge Series. It motivates me to be active even on days I don’t have time to be active.


Yoga in Italy

I think we all have those days, on which you have more work than hours to do the work. Sara and I spent a month in Italy to teach yoga. Great, but it does mean we didn’t sit behind our desk for a month. Sure, we did some work being on the road, but not as much as we do when we’re at home. That’s the problem of having a small company; when you’re not there, nobody does your work.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change my work for any other job, but it does often mean a lot of extra hours. Last weekend was a working weekend because we had a yoga teacher coming over to film a new course for our yoga platform. Coming Sunday is a working Sunday, because another yoga teacher is coming. She’s staying up until the Saturday after, so that’s a working day as well.


Skipping training

All that filming often comes on top of the normal work, meaning long days, like today. Skipping training becomes very tempting, especially because I don’t function very well if I don’t sleep enough. On those days the sportive challenges are great. They force me to be super efficient, so I can squeeze in some extra time on my feet. Even if it’s a cross training like the elliptical today. So long live Mickey Mouse.

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