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Encouragement

Monday, March 04, 2013

Our question today is, "What are you doing to encourage yourself to stay on track?"

One of the best things about my new habit is that there is built in encouragement. I know from past experience that if I track consistently, I am healthier, feel better and lose weight. So, that's a whole lot of encouragement right there!

As for extra encouragement, I will reward myself once a week for logging 6 days of food (completely). This may be a reward of a shopping trip or a trip to the dog park with Sadie or even just an hour to read instead of doing housework. This will evolve as time goes on, and I'll keep working on things to help me stay on track.

On another note, today was a good day for tracking. After reading all the comments from yesterday, I thought it might be good to plan ahead and track most of my food in the morning or even the night before. So, I tracked most of my food (except dinner) mid-morning. I think this will help me stay on track. Then, I can adjust if I haven't planned for something or if I'm going out with friends. THANKS to my SparkFriends for the idea!
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TANYA602 3/5/2013 2:16PM

    Way to go with the pre-planned tracking! I always find that if I am debating about what to eat, it helps to track it and see if the calories are in my range, or even worthwhile. Sometimes this feels cumbersome, but it works for me.
Good job with the fun rewards! I bet Sadie likes the inclusion!

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ANNE1123 3/5/2013 2:07PM

    Tracking is hard, keep at it! I can't believe when I forget to track that random banana or the sugar free gum, it just gets to me at night. Oh, but your wallpaper and your positive attitude, I am so certain that's going to keep on target!! You know how to surround yourself with good energy! Have a great challenge! Thank you for being here!!

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MARGOMCP 3/5/2013 12:29PM

    I have trouble with rewards because usually whatever extra I think to reward myself with I could cheat and give myself anyway so I try to look forward to rewards that I can't guarantee or give myself otherwise, like feeling good instead of having a headache from drinking too many beers, that sort of thing.

When one works toward a goal, the goal itself should be something we want and its own reward if it is truly what we want. We go to school, for example, for the degree and/or work hard in a class for the grade/our GPA, etc. It feels good to write a good paper and there's feedback with a good grade so we don't need to reward ourselves for each assignment finished?

I try to structure my health and weight loss that way; I still remember when I started riding my bike to work, 9 miles away and how hard it was, etc. but I also remember my surprise and absolute delight when I realized after awhile that I could ride it all the way up the hill. . . that has stayed with me as an example of a reward for exercising.

Weight loss to me now means the reward of buying clothes in "any" store instead of just Lane Bryant and the other "big and tall" stores or departments. I can remember being in any store, seeing something I liked and being able to buy it. So, yes, I want to buy jeans in "any" store but I try to concentrate on the any store rather than the jeans, which I could go out and buy now, anyway.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/5/2013 10:40AM

    This is a great idea!

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MARATHONDAD 3/5/2013 8:00AM

    great job

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MIRAGE727 3/5/2013 7:29AM

    Outstanding effort! Looks to me like you're embracing a healthy lifestyle! When you start to show new healthy habits and approaches to life's challenges, you're on a strong path to your dreams and goals! Stay strong, focused, and be well!
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MIDGIEDAWN2 3/4/2013 11:20PM

    Good luck with picking out rewards. Sometimes having a reward (besides weight loss) can help keep on track.

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