Wednesday, July 27, 2011
For me, giving myself a treat for achieving a goal does not work, because I give myself whatever I want!!! I do not feel deprived whatsoever. However, using this blog to talk about these questions is fantastic, because I found something I really want that is hard to get. And it would make a good prize for achieving my goal.
This morning I went to get new tires for my car, and they gave me a loaner car. Oh, my !!! it is fantastic. My car is 2004, which is fine, really, but lately I have been losing my confidence in driving. When I got into this car, I just felt so confident. It was like a new me, I do not really understand why this happened. Something about the way it handled just felt so good.
So, now I have a goal: a new car. To achieve this goal, I have to cut out extraneous spending. Because I would never buy a car and be in debt for it. I want to save money to buy it, and by that time, a new model will probably be even better. One way to cut out extra spending is the chocolates I buy, the eating out, the wasteful little gee-gaws. It may not sound like much, but I know I can really make big cuts, bad expensive habits I have developed. Also, I deserve to be paid for some of the work I am doing for my mother.
But more important, I will not allow myself to do this unless I have achieved my goal weight of 130 pounds.
Now, I am aware that right now I am in the flush of excitement, so this goal may change. But if it motivates me just for today, then that is good.
I feel at my age I deserve a nice car. Of course, my old car is actually pretty nice, and I said that to myself 7 years ago. This is something for me to think about. Also, both my kids have rather old somewhat dangerous cars, so I could give them my "old" car. Another way to rationalize the idea!!! I mean, I actually do not need a new car, thats for sure.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This morning's Spark email had a bit about goal setting that was excellent. It said to reward yourself with something special. I actually cannot think of a meaningful, motivating reward for myself. I will keep this in my mind as the day progresses and may come up with one. It may or may not be a technique that works for me.
If I look at yesterday's goals right now, will this blog disappear? Not sure. Sometimes things disappear on Spark.
Oh, goodie, it is still there. Okay, I achieved 3 out of 5 goals. Still have to sort my papers, and certainly did not end up at 1500 calories!!!
1. Primo - Sort papers
2. Secondo - Eat 1500 calories.
WHY IS THIS SECOND?? Hmm... need to think about this.
3. Meet Carole at 2pm for butterfly walk in botanical garden.
4. Bring medications to mom's house.
5. Call auto dealer about new tires.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Wow, setting a goal on Spark really works. I absolutely did not feel like going for the walk. But because I set the goal, I actually did it. You actually can see where I went from some place on this site. (I am not sure how to access it yet. )
What is fun about Spark is I am always discovering new things. Ever since I discovered this "route" business on the fitness page, it is so much more fun to walk. I walk and then can track my route on the google map they have and then put the minutes in and add it to the "fitness tracker"
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Thanks to everyone. It does make a difference when we read each other's blogs. I just read the one from one of our team members who talks about using a timer. A great idea I plan to put into practice as soon as I finish fiddling with the computer. Oh, no, I better use it for my computer time!!! Walk the talk, is that the expression?
Am very annoyed with gophers eating beautiful coreopsis that I spent good money on. Is this my biggest problem in life? Well, then, I should shoot myself!!! ha ha, just kidding. I cannot even read the paper anymore while I eat breakfast, the news is all so bad. When I was young, you never heard of these mass killings, or really any killing at all. I recall the worst thing that happened when I was a child was a runaway car that did kill someone. What must it be for young people to grow up with this craziness always around them?
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