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Playing "Let's Make A Deal" With Myself

Monday, April 23, 2012

Motivation is an important tool for people trying to reach their goal weight, and I am having to play little games with myself to keep me motivated. Right now it boils down to two basic strategies.

Number 1) I borrowed "Games of Thrones" from the local library on books on CD. I have down loaded it to my Ipod and only listen to it when I exercise. If I want to know what comes next I have to get up and move. I track how much time I do on my DVD's and allow myself to only listen that long, and instead of listening to music while walking, I'm listening to the book. There are 28 cd's, so this should keep me going for a while.

Number 2) When I lose my first 10 lbs, I have promised to treat myself to a Mani/ Pedi. I have not had one in almost a year, but for each 10 lbs. I lose, I will give myself some special treat. A little something to look forward to.

What a shame that just being healthy, having more energy, and fitting into my clothes are not motivation enough for me. Maybe when the weight starts coming off, it will get easier.
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    We all have our own ways of motivation! Way to go!
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    2128 days ago
    I agree...whatever works for you!!!
    2128 days ago
    Deals (or self motivation) works!! Whatever it takes.
    2128 days ago
    excellent ideas
    2128 days ago
    Yes, it is a shame that our life is not reason enough to exercise, but.................having
    said that, I believe that whatever strategy works is what you should do.....and if giving
    yourself little rewards works, and listening to this book works............USE IT..................

    You can make yourself go and then after awhile, you will do the exercise automatically
    because that is what you do at a certain time of the day............and listening to books is
    simply a is the mani/pedi.................

    ou are on track...................reach out and grab is right there in front
    of you.

    2128 days ago
    Excellent! I've recently gotten interested in "Game of Thrones" since season 2 started on HBO. I missed the first season - what an excellent idea to get the book on tape from the library and put it on my iPod!.....and to only listen when I'm out walking!!

    Rewards are important too. Losing weight has to be pleasurable in order to do what it takes. Good health and wearing a smaller size are long-term motivators, but sometimes you need short-term motivators to keep up the momentum. A mani/pedi is a wonderful reward. I'd even suggest coming up with mini-rewards every 5 lbs.

    Good job using tools for motivating yourself!!
    2128 days ago
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