Friday, July 20, 2012

Day 4 cont'd - Rewarding Yourself

Yesterday I wrote about setting goals - if you didn't see it, why NOT???

Oops, I forget that not EVERYONE is reading my diary...yet.

So, if you didn't see it, pop right over here and check it out. Then scootch back to this post and read on...

Now that you've got your goals written down, you've got a great start to your weight loss success. One of the best ways to stay focused on reaching each goal is to remember that you will reward yourself once you get there.


Presents. Fun. Happiness.


But whoa, slow down. We've got to talk about the KINDS of rewards you will give yourself for reaching a goal.

If you are anything like me (and you aren't reading my diary JUST to be nosy, right?? You DO see yourself a tiny bit in me, dontcha?) if you can relate, then this might sound familiar:

My number ONE way to reward myself with a job (whatever it might be) well done?


Yep, so many, many, many...too many times to count...I have rewarded myself with food.

I lost 10 pounds - let's EAT!

I got a raise - let's EAT!

I didn't have 2 rolls with dinner (this is two-fold) - let's eat that snickers for dessert!

I found my birth family - let's eat (Italians can COOK, just sayin')

WHATever your reasons, if you are even a tad bit like me, you tend to honor the ups (and downs) in your life, with food.

Well, not anymore, people. 

Put the brakes on that crazy train because I'm here to tell you that you cannot continue to reward good behavior with bad behavior if you want to reach your weight loss goal(s).



So, now what?

You still need rewards - and you are going to get them.

ANYthing you want - besides food (we are learning a valuable lesson here, to be shared in a later post!).

So, set your goals; and then pick your rewards to go with them. Again, planning is everything. I currently have 9 goals on paper.

Here are my 9 rewards (in no particular order):

Buy gel inserts for my workout shoes

Buy a workout compression suit

Buy a night compression suit

Buy new workout gear (don't spend gobs of money on clothes yet, you are shrinking, remember?)

Buy 2  new outfits

Take my daughter to the park and PLAY with her

Get a mani/pedi

Have a spa day with your bestie

Buy a whole new wardrobe (donate your BIG GIRL/GUY clothes to a worthwhile charity first)

There you have it, you have your goals, you have your rewards, and you are well on your way to succeeding in your weight loss!

Remember, whatever your goal, large or small, it's important to spoil/reward yourself for a job well done.

Today, I'm taking a fabulously relaxing soak in my whirlpool tub. I've checked every item off my to-do list and I've earned that soak - which is also benefiting my weight loss and I do love a two-fer; more on that in a later post (yes, I have LOTS to share).

Till next time!

Day 4 - Oh Happy Day - My Scale Loves Me

Sometimes...oh, I'd say most of the time, my scale and I do NOT get along.

It's mostly my fault; though, I'm not taking all the blame. That thing I step on daily (for the next little while) is a fickle fellow.

But today, my scale and I are getting along like two peas in a pod, like Fred and Ethel wished they could, like chocolate and peanut butter (of which I have not indulged OR missed in 4 whole days!).

In celebration of this happy occasion, I give you this:

...because it is exactly what rolled through my mind when I saw that number.


So what's that number? (I'm sure you are asking, exasperated and wishing I'd get to the point...)

Okay, okay, alright, already.


Yep. I lost 1.4 pounds yesterday, which brings me to a total of 3.8 pounds down at the start of day four and I am now 21.2 pounds away from reaching my first goal.


I have to say, I like that MyFitnessPal rounds up, lol. Just sayin'...

Oh, and ABOUT that - My Fitness Pal is a GREAT way to keep track of your daily food, exercise, water, and other notes you want to jot down. If you haven't checked it out, go right here and do so. If you have an (oh SO) fabUlous blog like this one, you can even snatch a widget that shows your progress right on your blog (see upper right hand corner for mine).

I'll be talking more about My Fitness Pal as we go but for now I'll just say thanks. I'm having a wicked good time filling in my stats each day and it is SERIOUSLY helping me stay accountable for what I deem worth to grace my lips!

Now I know, the scale isn't always going to go MY way - down, down, down. And weighing myself daily is actually not the best way to do things, psychologically. But I told you, it's what I'm doing for the next couple of weeks. We'll revisit THAT later!

For now?

I'm off to the gym and then I've got a BUNCH of other stuff to do today. BzzzzzY!

Hope you all have a FANTABULISTIC day and please do keep on keepin' on.

Till next time!


Starting Weight: 306.4
Goal Weight: 150
Today's Weight: 302.6
Total Lost to Date: 3.8

© 2012 Dear Diary, I'm Fat...Now What?