Fitness Minutes: (41,738)
523 9/29/12 12:13 A
If rewards work for you, then more power to you! For me personally... I can't do that. I end up slacking off too much and thinking, "Well, I'll get there eventually" OR I get REALLY upset that I'm not reaching my goal sooner. Instead, I set *reasonable* time goals- for instance, 1/2 lb a week but make it an average (so instead of meeting my goal if I lose 1/2 a week each week, I meet my goal if in a month I've lost 2 lbs). I calculate calories for that and have that be like my upper-limits, and then I don't stress if I have an injury or a big upheaval, and then I don't feel awful if once a month I have a big date night. Having the time goal there works for me, to keep me motivated.
But I also will give myself rewards if I've been working hard anyway. Like I bought myself a planner this past week- not because I made a goal necessarily but because I tracked the food I ate (estimations, anyway) on a date night to see just how much I overate.
Typically, too, I'll buy clothing in a new style once I start feeling confident in it- my closet has a lot more shorter/form fitting skirts than it used to!
Fitness Minutes: (545)
122 9/28/12 9:35 P
I like the idea of rewards instead of time limits. Takes a lot of the stress out of it, plus I love the fact that I will splurge on something fun every time I hit a goal!
I like this idea. I can really relate to your remark about getting angry with yourself and feeling pressured.
I guess my reward would be..I would feel so much better both physically and mentally.
Edited by: SAILSATSUNSET at: 9/27/2012 (18:47)
Fitness Minutes: (7,513)
899 9/27/12 6:29 P
I don't really plan rewards, for 40 pound loss I bought a new rug form my living room, and some other things for house and me, something I wanted anyway, just had extra reason now to go ahead and do it....
Once I reach my goal...let me think; I know! I'll take a vacation , another thing I want to do anyway, but feel better doing it after accomplishing something so important to me.
The ultimate reward for me would be to have more energy and to fit into regular sizes ( medium is what I would like).
Fitness Minutes: (17,391)
2,116 9/27/12 9:08 A
I don't set time goals because things happen to set you back like injury and illness and then I get depressed when I "fail" so I set reward goals and that seems to work well for me.
Personally, I've come to find that setting a timed goal for my weight loss backfires. I set a 20 lbs weight loss goal by Christmas but keep finding myself angry over the thought and I feel pressured.
So to remedy that I decided to use rewards instead of a time frame.
When I lose 20 lbs I want to get a brand new hairstyle. I have dark brown, long curly hair. I want to get it chopped off and blunt bangs added!
When I lose my big goal weight of 45 lbs I want to buy a career dress! All the women I work with strut around the office in beautiful career dresses and look so elegant. I want that! http://www.dressbarn.com/misses/dresses/ca reer
Knowing there is a reward when I reach my goal is so much more alluring than trying to fit it into a time frame. Time frames don't allow me much room for error or plateaus. I know I can always stretch the time frame but the reward works so much better for me!
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