Mark Those Pounds Lost To Keep Motivating Yourself
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I have now made a paper clip chain from brightly colored paper clips. There is one clip for each pound I have lost. I have it hanging in my office. It is a great reminder of how far I have come (30 clips), and encourages me when I start to dream about eating something just because it sounds great!
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To motivate myself to excersize and eat within my calorie range each week, I have modified a reward system I found on a message board here. I keep a clear jar on the counter, and a small calendar to highlight days in which I do some kind of excersize. I reward myself with 1 cent each minute I work out. One dollar for each pound I lose. 5 dollars for each 5 pound mark. one dollar per week I eat withing my calorie range all 7 days. ( I allow myself 2 days of per month for TOM)
The money comes from the budgeted amount I have alotted to eat out for lunch each week, as well as the change jar that I have. So it might seem expensive but its really not. Its money I would have spent anyways, but Im putting it towards a bigger goal: my goal- weight reward is a new tattoo.
I picked up a couple of little jars at the dollar store along with some decrative glass beads. I labeled one jar with - pounds to lose and the other jar with - pounds lost. I filled the first jar with as many beads as pounds I need to lose. Now whenever I lose a pound I move a bead into the pounds lost jar. I sit the jars on my bathroom counter and it is really motivating to want to fill up my pounds lost jar!
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