Trying A New Approach
Saturday, February 21, 2009
My quest for balance of mind, body and soul continues. Today I joined a new Spark Team called Pennies for Pampering. Since I need to continue to work on my self esteem and positive self dialogue, this team looks like it may be a very good fit. The idea is to use positive rewards for doing positive behaviors as a way to motivate yourself. You set up your own target, daily, behavior goals for a period of a week. Then you attach the number of pennies you would like to reward yourself with for each goal that you achieve. I have mine set up where if I achieve all my goals on any given day during the week, I will get a bonus for that day. My ultimate goal is to achieve all goals on all days and receive a bonus everyday of the week. You save up the pennies you earn in a jar. I haven't decided what kind of jar I'm going to use yet but I do know that it will be decorated to reflect pampering of some kind. (perhaps I'll take a picture of it and put it on my page) As you save the pennies, you can get a visual idea of how much you have achieved. Since I lean toward being very concrete when it comes to achieving my goals, this should work well for me.
The first step is to set up a list of goals that you want to achieve every day of the week. Here are the seven goals that I have set up for myself along with the reward amount that I will pay myself for achieving each goal daily:
1.) Eat 5+ fruits and veggies per day $.10
2.) Drink 64+ oz. of water per day $.10
3.) Sleep between 7-8 hours per night $.10
4.) Do some form of exercise daily $.10
5.) Take vitamin pill, 2 calcium and vitamin D3 daily $.10
6.) Write in my journal daily $.10
7.) Stay within calorie range daily $.15
Achievement Bonus $.25 on every day that I do all seven goals successfully
The second step is to decide what you'd like to pamper yourself with. I haven't decided on a specific item yet but here are some possible ideas:
Romantic weekend with my sweetie
DVD (probably a chick flick)
New workout clothes
Once I've made my jar, set up my weekly/daily goals and decided what to pamper myself with, all I have to do is achieve as many of my goals as possible every day. It is set up to be a win/win situation for me. I get rewarded for doing things that are good for me. How fantastic is that? I get my goals organized and set up (finally) and the only way I can fail to achieve is by not to do anything at all. (which, by the way, I'm not going to let myself do) I am using Spark People's idea of small goals, Coach Dean's idea of saving money in a jar, I'm taking time to pamper myself and it all ultimately leads me to achieve the long-range goal of becoming healthy.
This new approach is just the shot in the arm that I needed at this point on my journey. The message here is never give up on yourself, you are worth the effort it takes to get and remain healthy. I feel re-charged and ready to approach my journey with new enthusiasm.
[ If this team appeals to anyone reading this blog, you can take a look at at my page and click on this team under My Spark Teams.]