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This quote recently appeared in "Women's World" magazine and I found it very motivating:
I keep my Spark Nutrition Tracker open, but minimized, on my computer at work. That way I can track all day long and when I get home, after tracking dinner, I'm done for the day. The incentive is I usually rack up 10 pts. for tracking and this often gets me a bonus spin on the wheel!
I made a list of habits (good & bad) and assigned each one a monetary value. I then "pay" myself each day for doing it. For ex: journal my food = $1.00 per day, walking around the block = $1.00, taking a vitamin = .50, etc. My goal is to save $5 per day while creating healthy habits (or breaking bad ones). I track my success in the "Other Goals" section here on Spark. It's an easy way to save and that "extra" $35.00 per week can either be saved or spent on something fun.
When you stumble...do you get up and throw yourself down the entire flight of stairs? If you break one egg, do you then smash the whole dozen? Of course not! So if you have a weak food moment, there's no reason to "blow" the rest of the day/week. Having one cookie or a few chips does not give you the excuse to scarf down the entire bag. Take a breath, acknowledge the "mistake" and get right back on plan. You'll be glad you did!
Putting stickers on my calendar is a powerful visual of my success. I can earn up to three daily - but I also cut them in half if I only achieved partial goal (walked 10 minutes instead of 30, etc.) If I get 15 full stickers out of possible 21 for the week, I treat myself to a non-food reward.
I updated my passwords on my computer at work to include words like "getfit", "health", "walk2day", etc. Since I have to type each one at least once a day, it keeps my goals at my fingertips (literally!). It's alittle thing but I think subconsciously it is helping.
I wear a pedometer every day and for each 1000 steps, I give myself a dime out of our coin jar and put it in a special piggy bank. It's only one dime at a time but I've got almost $30 saved toward my walking reward - a pedicure! On good days I earn over a dollar! $$$ - it adds up!
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