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Mini-Goal Rewards and why I don’t have 1

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I see mini goal and rewards for completing them on a lot of members’ pages. I always look at mine and think why I don’t have any. I don’t know why, I am assuming that I was just trying to get started. I know now that it’s because I spoiled myself too much already with unnecessary things trying to look past my weight. If I couldn’t fit in a pair of pants, I bought a pair of shoes. If I couldn’t paint my toes then that meant a pedicure was in order. When I ate too much, I bought a new purse or I got my hair did, went out eating and generally didn’t treat myself very nice. So I spoiled myself in the worst ways possible with more pity prizes, debt from buying them, weight from eating them.

I used to fit the very definition of Spoil; to impair, damage, or harm the character or nature of (someone) by unwise treatment, excessive indulgence, etc. That was ME! I was impetuous, lazy, greedy and filling a void of being healthier by buying so I have many shoes, clothes and food but I didn’t have excellent health. Brings me back to the mini goals, should I reward myself for being fitter or trying to get there…its okay for some people but NOT for me. I think I will reward myself when I can bend over and my gut is not in my way, when I can jump and my heart not feel like it’s in my throat, when I can paint my own toes again without tipping over, when I can fasten up my pants without stomach marks from chafing, when my thighs don’t rub together, when I can simply breath and not feel heavy.

There is nothing wrong with having mini goal rewards if it challenges you and makes you a better you but I been rewarding myself forever and now all I want to buy is fitness items and not many of them. I guess for me I don’t have mini goal or the rewards because I would get sidetracked and I need to focus on the big picture which is my goal weight which to me is the real reward.
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  • CHERRY666
    Yeah, I know what you mean. I don't really reward myself, either. At least, not in the typical way. My reward for eating right or exercising is that the scale moves. . . a measurement goes down. . . my pants aren't as tight. . . I worry just a little bit less about getting diabetes/heart disease like my relatives have, etc. Those are rewards to me. Saying I'll buy x when I lose ten pounds just doesn't work for me. I said I'd buy myself running shoes as a "reward" for finishing the 5k program, but. . . reward? Really? I need them to be able to continue running without hurting myself, you know?

    What you said here: "I guess for me I don’t have mini goal or the rewards because I would get sidetracked and I need to focus on the big picture which is my goal weight which to me is the real reward." Yep. Exactly.
    2061 days ago
    i so feel the same way! I do not give myself rewards. My reward is to be a healthy and thinner me. i use different motivators...like u my twin motivate me everyday! i get motivated when I go to put something on and it is to big. Or when someone says you look thinner. I most certainly rewarded myself in the past that was how I got to the weight I was....anytime we celebrated anything it was with food, anytime i was stressed food was my comfort...you know how it goes...so my reward is a thinner me.
    That's me, but you already knew that cuz we is twins!
    2063 days ago
    I did Rhapsody- did you see my comment...priceless!

    Tigger- check out my response to 1 of my SP(Sexbobomb) friends response blog to my post...love that chick and the post! It explains a little more how I feel about it...but I get you so much!

    2063 days ago
    My reward is that satisfaction when I get a zip up, or wake up & look in the mirror & have a comaparatively flat tummy, even if it's not like that at the end of the day, lol xxx
    Did you find your little pressie on my picture page?
    2063 days ago
  • TIGGER2094
    I don't really have rewards, either. I end up getting to the goal, getting the reward, then slipping backward. Or, thinking "I'll never get to XX, so why bother rewarding myself". Plus, I end up actually getting to the goal, and finding that either I cannot afford the reward, or end up using the money allotted to the reward on my children or husband. As long as you get to your goal, it is up to you whether you reward yourself or keep going without recognition.
    2063 days ago
    I don't know why I am like this but I get the mini goals and rewards for others but not myself. The 100 I want to lose doesn't seem impossible because everytime I losse a pound, I become more determined that I can do it so I am happy when I do complete a goal that I haven't set like the 30 day shred. I viewed it a challenge rather than a goal and rewarded it with doing ripped in 30 which kicks my butt by the way. So I'm just funny that way. emoticon
    2063 days ago
  • KATYDID412
    I set some mini goals/mini rewards for myself. My personal weight loss goal feels monumental, so I broke it down into 10-pound pieces. For myself, if I thought "I have 90 pounds to lose" I feel I'd never get going. It's too much. But ... I can lose 10 pounds. So in my head I am losing 10 pounds, 9 times over. And rewarding myself every time just to keep the motivation going. Mind you, I'm not losing 10 pounds so that I can get a pedicure. But it's a nice treat that I wouldn't give myself ordinarily.

    But different strokes for different folks, right? Good luck to you!!
    2063 days ago
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