I've been doing pretty well; I've relaxed some of the "must do" stuff that I never seemed to do, am rethinking and simplifying things. I can easily count numbers of fruit and vegetables I have each day so just "do" that (count them, reminding myself throughout the day that I want at least 5 but not feeling disappointed if I only get 2-4, I'm doing "good enough" getting 5+ most days). At the moment I'm trying to see what I do do mostly right and accenting that instead of trying to "change" what I do.
Rewards are tough for me as I have enough time and money to get whatever I truly want. Sometimes it's a bit of a reward if I reduce the negative bands I keep on how many books or amount of money I'm allowed to spend or if I have a deadline before I can discuss something big I want with my husband I move that forward :-) I think tomorrow I'm supposed to be asking for new living room furniture, for example.
If there's something I "need" but have not gotten around to going to buy I'll decide to make a special trip; often buying something, especially if I do want/need it will perk me up; it's sometimes hard to get me out shopping but once I'm out I get excited about buying something? So, I'll push myself out.
We're going to Florida for February and I want to take some library books as well as I've bought some Barnes and Noble Nook books; the research to see about the library books; they're only checked out for 3 weeks and we'll be away 5; was kind of exciting, I had to go online to the library and see if I could renew the books from Florida, etc. And then, trying to figure out what books/authors, etc. I want to look for at the library? That sort of list making and planning is exciting to me and if I'm doing well I'll use that kind of activity as a "reward", let myself spend time I feel I "should" be doing something else doing what I really enjoy. Enjoying myself, in turn, causes me to be more inclined to do things I "should"; I'm grateful to be sitting here reading so am more apt to remember to get up from sitting and take a stretch break or get a glass of water to bring over (instead of food) or whatever.
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer
| Pounds lost: 4.6