by the way... rewards... putting $5 in my money jar for every 5 lbs so that in the end I have money for some new clothes!!!! little ones along the way...bubble bath with glass of wine and great music, mani/pedi, some new songs on the IPOD, movie with a friend, two items on sale in the jewelry dept at KOHLS, new scented candles for my bathroom, new nailpolish, new book, etc.
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These are all wonderful ideas! I'm almost at my goal weight, but have never really rewarded myself with a tangible item before. I think I'll set up something for each pound I lose (it takes awhile to lose just one pound now! And I'm over 50, so that slows it down, too. :-/ ) Thanks for discussing this on here!
Thanks for sharing this idea! I have such a BIG goals myself and it feels like it will take FOREVER. This idea just may help me stick with it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! ...and good luck! Keep us posted and let us know each time you get to "treat" yourself!
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Now I'm thinking of rewards; pulling up a flap to reveal the next goal will be really exciting, but how about rewarding yourself for reaching each goal? I'm not a millionaire, so I'm thinking cheap. For one reward, maybe taking a sick day from work? Naughty, but oh so nice! Maybe going to a matinee?
What do you all do to reward yourselves when you reach those little or big milestones?
Oh wow, that just totally put it in perspective. I started working on my handy dandy new calendar and I was thinking I'd need 3 or 4 manilla folders to get all the little milestones in there, but when I did the math, it's only 14 milestones. I only have to lose 5 lbs 14 times to lose 70 lbs. That's SO much smaller than an advent calendar. Wow, that just makes it feel so...attainable. I'm practically bursting through the roof I'm so elated. I can do this!!
Pounds lost: 20.9
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Oooh! That's a good idea! That's a REALLY good idea! Why can't I ever think of stuff like that!? Totally excited now! I may have to make a couple manilla folders though 'cuz I have a LOT of small goals, but I could put like 2 or three in a row...Oh, I'm so excited!
Pounds lost: 20.9
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A great idea! How about a large manila mailing envelope, cut two sides & bottom to make a flap for each goal reached. When you lift the flap, there will be your next goal. You can decorate the envelope to make it pretty to look at. Just a thought-I just hope the vision in my head is coming through with the right words! lol
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the time of trouble and He knoweth them that trust in Him.
I'm visualizing something similar to an Advent Calendar for weight loss. I'll have it posted above the scale so everytime I weight in, right in front of me will be my next small goal, which is 205 right now (5 lbs loss). Every time I get on the scale, that number will be in front of me, motivating me, and when I finally reach it - I get to peel the paper or open the door of the NEXT one, and there it will say 200, and then 195, and so on. When I get discouraged, I can just look at all the small goals I've already met and how silly it would be to allow myself to backtrack; I think it will be just the visualization that I need.
I can't think how to make this happen though. I thought about having all the numbers written on a sheet of paper and then putting post it notes to cover up the numbers and I can peel off as I go, but someone brushes up against the wall or they fall off with time, and the effect is lost. I can't think of any way to do it, can you?
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