Motivation Burst and an Aha!

Monday, August 10, 2009

I got on the scale yesterday and saw a 1 in the third spot. emoticon

I really want to be in the 220's by the late August and when I've lost 15 pounds I'm rewarding myself with a haircut and highlights (I need it anyways, so I might as well make it a reward, lol). I am now less than 2 pounds away from reaching both goals. emoticon

It's funny what that knowledge has done to my motivation and will power. Both were still pretty good at this point, but knowing how close I am to those goals has given a turbo boost to my determination. emoticon

I will drink pools full of water this week. I will go on my nightly power walk and find other ways to do cardio. I will do my scheduled strength training no matter what. I will stay in my ranges for calories and all nutrients. I will check off all of my daily goals every evening. I will not eat any of the 3 pounds of chocolate that my dad gave us emoticon (don't ask) or the yummy dessert loaves that my mom sent along with them. When I step onto the scale next Sunday I will know that I did everything that I needed to do to ensure a loss. (And if it isn't enough I'll do it all over again next week emoticon ).

So here's my "aha!" moment; I was wishing that there was a way of applying this same level of focus and commitment to the big picture. I mean, it's easy to stay motivated for a week when you've got less than 2 pounds to lose, but the 90+ over the next 11 months ....... I already value the SP idea of setting smaller goals and rewards for yourself, but I realized that I haven't really been doing that on a weekly basis. I think that I will start. I know that I could lose 2 pounds a week, so I will set a goal of 1.6 and give myself a mini reward, something free. Maybe more scrapping time or some other form of pampering. emoticon

I'm in this for the long haul, but that doesn't mean I should forget about all the little stops along the way!
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    Great Blog! I like looking at the little picture instead of the big picture too. I have 7 pounds more to lose to reach 'one-derland'... then I will look at the number after that, but until now... just 7 more to go. So keep your eyes on that little number dropping 1 at a time and be happy... because it means that you are doing it!
    2989 days ago
  • CMB2048
    Great way to outline the tough job it is to get healthy but how to motivate yourself along the way!
    2990 days ago
    Aha, you have it! Great Job!

    You are so correct in celebrating the little goals along the way. You can do it!

    2990 days ago
    You go girl!!! We get there cinch by emoticon
    2990 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    I think you may be onto something. Small rewards along the way can really help motivation.
    2990 days ago
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