Wednesday, February 29, 2012
My basic goal and reward structure is set at every 3% loss of body weight. Each subsequent 3% is based on the new weight, so that slightly less actual weight is needed to be lost to reach the next 3%. I did it this way since weight usually comes off slower the closer to goal one is, and I didn't want to wait too long for each goal by keeping them at a set weight interval.
Anyway, in addition to these 3% increments, I'm also celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25% of my starting weight, and of course my final goal (which is close to 30% but not quite).
So, in this first month, I've already reached my first three goals! 3%, 5% and the second 3%!
At my first 3%, I was going to give myself a new water bottle. I ended up getting two . One minimalist and one maximalist - if that is a word:
The one on the right folds when empty and takes hardly any space:
I'm sceptical about its durability, but it may surprise me with lasting a long time.
My second reward at 5% was a new top. However, I didn't feel enough difference to inspire me to go clothes shopping, so I changed it to a pepper grinder. I've wanted to get a good one for a while so this was a good opportunity. I looked at many and finally settled on a classic, medium Peugeot grinder in dark brown. Sometimes little things like this makes cooking more fun:
The third reward was putting aside a little money for my big shopping spree when I reach goal. I didn't take any picture of the green though
The next goal is quite a bit further away so now, perseverance is of essence...
Thursday, February 09, 2012
They say that losing "just" 10% of your body weight significantly improves your health. Well, 10% for me is still quite hefty, so I have broken down my weight loss goals into smaller increments, 3% at a time. Meaning first 3% of my starting weight, then 3% of my "new" weight, and so on.
I know that the closer to final goal, the slower the weight comes off, so this is a way to take that into account and not have to wait too long for the rewards as the finishing line gets closer.
I reached my first 3% today and that was a nice feeling. Even though the change in my body is barely noticeable, it is still encouraging. Maybe even more so when the physical signs are not that obvious.
To each milestone, I've attached a reward, going from pretty small to more substantial. As for my first 3%, I'm going to get myself a new water bottle
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I came across this inspirational story and video yesterday. I'm a few years younger than this woman, but I can very much identify with her "before" pictures and believe I could achieve similar results as her "after" pictures, with some small but significant changes to my daily choices, i.e., my life style!
I am not familiar with the program she went through and don't endorse it in any way, but here is a link to her website, if you want to know a bit more:
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