Do you have a SuperBetter breakthrough moment? A point at which something really clicked? Where you experience a power emotion? Share it here!
To get you started, here's a story from player Amanda:
I've struggled with my weight my whole life. Earlier this year, I made some great strides toward becoming healthier. It was my 31st birthday and I realized I had no control over my future. I feared a major illness or event (like a heart attack) would strike soon and my kids would suffer drastically. So I started making changes. The goal was better health. As I made changes and felt better, I was encouraged by my shrinking size and the decreasing numbers on the scale. That encouragement eventually consumed me. I was quantifying my results with my weight and how my clothes fit. I kepttelling myself it was about health, not weight but it wasn't really sinking in. Inside, it was still really about weight.
Just under a month ago, I got my invite to SuperBetter and started playing, optimistic about turning my health/weight goal into a game. Since I wanted to achieve several goals in SuperBetter- get fit, get healthier, go vegetarian, etc- I chose a goal that covered all of them- lose weight. I enjoyed battling bad guys, using power ups, completing quests and trying for my Epic Win. But a week or so ago, I started to wonder if SuperBetter was having any effect.
One of the most surprising quests I got (from a Ninja power-up pack I finally grabbed), was to stop getting on the scale. The challenge was to not weigh myself for two weeks. I weighed myself one final time and was nervous that I would get on the scale the next morning simply out of habit. I realized I could put the scale away and that problem was solved. I knew that I could lose weight in two weeks without weighing myself and that I would be able to tell by the way my clothes fit whether my weight was going up or down. (Again, notice the emphasis my thinking had on weight, not health).
A few days before I started SuperBetter, my ten year old son joined a running club at his school. They were to meet two mornings a week before school, with an ultimate goal of the club running a 5K in December. I had to convince him to join but he enjoyed it, for the most part. He would run with his dad on the weekends and I figured this would be a good reinforcement. I have never been a runner. I was always slow and as I got heavier, it was harder for me to run without losing my breath or having my heart pound like it was going to explode. I've hated running pretty much my whole life.
A couple weeks into running club and SuperBetter, I woke up and realized it was the first brisk morning here in Florida in a long time. I decided to join my son and his running club and give it a shot that morning. They were alternating running and walking at that point and I thought/ hoped I could do it. I jogged with my son but it was difficult keeping up.
I don't recall if I made a decision that day or over the coming days/ week, but I decided that I was going to run that 5K with my son. I wanted to be healthy enough to be able to do it and feel good. I wanted my son to see that I would join him on this mission. I also wanted my (teenaged) daughter to see that such an outlandish goal could be reached and that I was healthy (or at least becoming healthier) enough to achieve such a goal. I had a sneaking suspicion this new goal was related to SuperBetter.
I would work alone on this mission. The 5K was about a month away. I thought I could probably be able to at least jog a good portion of it by then. I started out walking fast and doing very short sprints around a lake in my neighborhood. A little over a week ago, I challenged myself to jog around the whole lake (0.6 miles). I went slowly because I wanted to reach that goal. I made it! I had surprised myself and was so excited that I shared my news with my two close friends. For them, jogging slowly for just over half a mile was no big feat, but they knew it was a big deal for me and they were very supportive. I decided to jog every other day and to get better every day, whether by going further or by getting faster. I kept pushing myself to do more, realizing that I would never know how far I could go if I didn't push myself. Next, I made it a whole mile! Then 1.6 and 2.1. This Saturday, I jogged 2.6 miles and I was psyched! I felt good, physically and emotionally. I knew I would be able to do a 5K, even if it was at a pace of 15 minutes per mile. Tomorrow, I will jog for 3.1 miles non-stop- a 5K. It's taken less than two weeks.
Now, you might be thinking the 5K is the breakthrough. And it is a breakthrough. But it's not why I'm writing this post. This morning, as I checked off quests and power-ups in SuperBetter, I realized that fitness and health have truly become my goal. It is no longer about my weight. I was changing quests from weight-related ones to fitness ones. I deleted the quest about getting on the scale, because I realized I no longer cared what the scale said. I added "Upper Body Workout," which I decided yesterday to add to my regimen. ( I did upper body weight training this morning and will do that three days a week, alternating with my jogs.) The Ninja Power Pack was right. I needed to focus on getting stronger and feeling better. In fact, I changed my goal from "losing weight" to "getting fit." My Epic Win is no longer to "lose weight" in order to "weigh less than ___." Instead, my SB HQ now reads, that I am getting SuperBetter at "Getting Fit" in order to "Feel SuperHealthy." And I mean it.
So, my breakthrough was an epiphany that left me fighting back tears of joy this morning. My true goals now are to increase my health by getting fit. And I no longer need or want a scale to tell me that I've achieved them. And I have SuperBetter (and Jane McGonigal) to thank for that.