Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Ok after re-reading yesterdayís blog and some of the responses I realized that I didnít explain myself fully. I was just trying to get the idea out there and solid before going to sleep.
Meals are not a reward in this system. It is simply that action A needs to happen before action B. There are alternatives for action A. If I get up late, Iím not going to skip breakfast. I just need to perform another positive action first (20 squats and 20 wall push-ups) before my breakfast.
If you are working this system with a dog, they must perform a desired action before receiving whatever (food, toy, praise). If you are asking for a 1 minute stay before breakfast and the dog canít get it you donít skip feeding the dog. You back it up a bit and make it little easier (30 sec) and then allow the dog to succeed. The dog always gets to succeed.
That is what I am getting at. No matter how simple, I will perform positive tasks before the easy/fun stuff. 10 minutes on the elliptical before playing a video game. Finish my steps before watching TV. This will keep me from saying "Iíll walk the dog after dinner", then eating and not getting off the couch. No, dog walk is first, then dinner. If I really want to hit the snooze, I know I have to do something else positive BEFORE I sit down with my coffee. Is this making any more sense? I know I am not a dog and I will not reward myself with food. However, like all creatures I have my ďwant toísĒ. I will accomplish my ďhave toísĒ first.
It has been too easy for me the last few days to say Iíll do it later. And guess what, I never get up and do it. So, now I have to do what I SHOULD be doing first. Have toís before Want toís.
This helped me last night with eating. 24 oz of water and 20 squats Ė I decided I really didnít want ice cream (too cold) so I went for something more hydrating Ė grapes. For me this also gives me more time to think about what Iím doing and why. Walking in from work tired, I wanted to order a pizza. It is easy and can be done from the couch. New system, I have to walk the dog first. On the trail, I thought about what I had in the house and ended up with Boca with salad and corn. I didnít even think about that before, just that I wanted dinner.
I ended up making my steps and mileage for the day. And I reached my goals in cardio, stretching, and ST minutes Ė thatís a first in one day (yes the shock and amazement Ė Kitty did ST). And I felt really good relaxing in front of the TV with my soy (which is why I was so late to blog, lost track of time watching old Dr Who).
I also wanted to explain this better in case anyone else is thinking of doing something like this. Iím NOT going to skip a meal or punish myself. I donít punish, I exchange privileges (ask my son). Iím just making certain I do a positive action towards my ultimate goal BEFORE doing something rewarding/fun/easy.