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A blog about what's going down on traineo.com.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Resetting and Deleting your account now easier

A number of users have written us asking how to reset their data. You can now reset your data by by following the link "Edit Profile" under the "Profile Tab", then clicking on the "Reset my Account" button.

Beneath that is a "Delete my Account" button, though we'd hate to see you go.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Buttons, User Search, more

Here's what's new:
  • Buttons are back! The link to view your buttons is under the "Profile" tab at the top of the page
  • A number of user search bugs have been fixed. You should be able to search for other users by name now.
  • The IE 7 photo upload bug has been fixed. If you're using Internet Explorer 7, you should be able to upload your photo.
  • Some users weren't able to view their weight and goal pages. That bug should be fixed now.
Please let us know if you encounter any more problems. Thank you!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Are your goals S.M.A.R.T.?

I've often had trouble meeting the goals I set for myself. I start with a bang, but my motivation and energy quickly fizzle as the days and weeks go by. A couple years ago I came across the "SMART" principle of setting goals and it has really helped me out. The acronym stands for:

  • Specific - Is this something that you can physically do? For example, "get fit" is more of a vision than a goal. You can't get up, do some magical action and then say, "OK, I'm fit". On the other hand, you can commit to physically go to the gym at 9am every morning and work out for 30 minutes. You can commit to eating only one dessert a week, on Saturday. The more specific your goal is, the easier it is to follow-through on.
  • Measurable - How will you know when you've met your goal? On traineo we have measurable weight goals to help you see if you're actually reaching your target.
  • Attainable - You might want to visit Mars tomorrow, but if you make this a goal you're setting yourself up for failure. It can be energizing to set an ambitious goal for yourself and push your limits. On the other hand, setting an unrealistic goal can sap your motivation and make you feel like a failure.
  • Relevant - Does it matter to you? Why? The practice of writing down the reasons why you want to achieve your goal will help you commit to it and give you the motivation to follow through.
  • Time-boxed - Give yourself a deadline. Otherwise, your goal will be pushed aside as your life inevitably fills with other concerns. It also helps to set frequent, small goals. Meeting these will boost your confidence and give you momentum.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Don’t wait until you “feel like it” to do something

In fact, doing the thing usually puts you in the right mood to be doing it. I learned this when my uncle moved from Boston to New Jersey. Before, he was a 45 minute drive away. Now, I’d have to travel at least 4 hours to see him. I regret that I hadn’t gone to see him more, even though I didn’t always feel like it.

This idea applies to exercise as well, at least for me. Often I just don't feel like putting on my running shoes and hitting the pavement. I can make a lot of excuses - it's cold out, I don't have time, whatever. But once I'm actually running, it feels good and I'm glad I did it.

One of the ways I motivate myself to exercise is to mentally picture how good I'll feel after. I imagine the "clean" feeling my body has and picture myself going through the day with increased energy. This method isn't fool-proof, but it definitely helps a lot.

What do you do to get beyond not feeling like exercising?