I am going on a three-day vacation next month. Keeping my goaks at a normal track.
1/10/2013 10:15:14 AM
Heading down to Miami and The Keys in March and hoping to be 15 pounds less by then. Looking great is just a bonus to losing weight...I want to be able to walk all over with my kids and not feel tired! I don't want to dread the holiday pictures coming back only to see me hiding behind somebody in the pic...I hope to be front and center!!!!!
Vacations are HUGELY motivating for me! Here's how I am working it out as a reward: I have set up an online savings account that is only for travel savings. I get to transfer $25 to it each Saturday if I have met these conditions during the previous week:
1. stay within calorie range at least 6 days 2. exercise at least 150 minutes 3. avoid sweets at least 6 days
I'm staying honest with myself--there have been one or two weeks when I didn't abide by the eating standards, so no $$ was transferred those weeks.
Saving $25 per week is a stretch for me, so I'm having to be frugal with things like clothes & eating out. I value frugality, so it works for me!
There's the short-term reward of seeing the savings grow & anticipating the trip--& each trip will be a long-term reward! I'm hoping to take an international trip every year or so. I'll be staying with friends or relatives in most cases, so $1,000 will be a reasonable budget for many of these trips.
Meanwhile, I'm losing weight & fitting into my clothes better, which is super-rewarding in itself of course! Win-win. :-)
Maybe it's the teachery side of me, but I think with a reward there should be the real possibility of not getting it unless or rather until you've actually reached your goal. Is anyone going to cancel a holiday that's been booked and paid for or pay more for it to be rescheduled just because they haven't reached their goal? I doubt it. And if you reward yourself without haying earned it, what kind of message does that send? I agree with CAMILLAPARIS that a holiday can be a great motivator, but a reward? For rewards you should choose something without a fixed date, something you can do spontaneously if and when you reach your goal.
I think it is a great motivator vacations even a daycation or a staycation can be fun and your goal doesn't have to be to reach a certain weight. Your goal could be anything you want to achieve. it is important to recognise the goals that have been met and celebrate all the little victories.
I dislike this article and the line of thinking. I think it should have cautioned against putting your life on hold until you reach a mythical weight goal and unhealthy pressure to look great on a deadline. Motivator and Reward are not interchangeable words. Getting in shape for vacation is a great motivator, but life is too short to make yourself "earn" your adventures. Additionally, being a healthy balanced person is learning to roll with the punches. Sometimes you will fail, sometimes your body won't cooperate with your efforts. Why tie all that negativity to your fun time?
I agree, nothing like a vacation to a beautiful place to get you going
3/22/2011 2:32:16 PM
Vacations--even short ones--can be expensive. One thing I'm trying is to be a tourist of my own town. Whatever your town has to offer can be fun and a way to get some time to yourself: museums, historical sites, flea markets. Take a stroll through a different neighborhood. Find a new (safe!) path around the lake.
I know, I know...this may not compare to Vegas or Paris or Sydney. But, in the absence of the option to travel, there might be good things right around your corner.
I might just have to work on saving some money for a vacation . My sil lives in CO (we are in PA) and I have only been out there once for her wedding, which was a whirlwind since we weren't even planning on going out in the first place (I had a 5 month old baby, a 2 year old and an almost 5 year old). We decided like 3 days before the wedding to drive out with dh's grandparents. It was a great trip, but I wish we would have had more time to site see.
Dh would love to fly out again and plan to again soon. Maybe this would be a great motivator for me to save money and lose all my weight.
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