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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Today marks my official 2 weeks on! See, I'm a goal oriented kinda gal and 2 weeks is a mile stone. I like mile stones. And lists. and office supplies to make lists and check off mile stones... you see where I'm going with this, I'm sure. So I decided I needed some specific checkpoints along my weight loss journey to keep me on track:

Scale Goals:
1. 135lbs by 8/31
2. 130lbs by 9/7
3. 125lbs by 9/21 -marks the crossover to healthy BMI
4. 120lbs by 10/19
5. 115lbs by 11/23

Scale Rewards:
1. New measuring cups and spoons.
2. Buy myself Fit Flops.
3. A 90 minute massage
4. Membership to the swank gym I have my eye on!
5. All new clothes!!!

Starting August 5, 2009
Activity Goals:
1. Workout 6 days a week.
2. Drink all my water daily.
3. Use my rollerblades at least 20x before winter.
4. Meet my minimum calories every day.
5. Complete Couch-to-5k Running plan by 11/24/09.

Activity Rewards:
1. Weekly: Download a song from iTunes.
Monthly: A bag of my favorite coffee beans.
2. Weekly: A new paperback novel.
Monthly: Mystic Tan
3. Buy myself Gogh’s
4. Weekly: A new box of caffeine-free tea
Monthly: A pedicure
5. New sneakers

You can see that I went with both scale goals and activity goals to keep me motivated. I know that I'm going to hit a bump or two along my way and I see that most likely coming from the scale side of things. The scale may mess with me during my TOM or fat to muscle conversion or another random plateau I can't foresee, but the activity goals can be controlled more directly and will keep me going to get my presents! I really like presents :D

What I learned from today's exercise is that I have frequently used food as a treat to myself for life's triumphs. It took me about 5 minutes to think of and type my goals; it took me the next 85 minutes to come up with non-food related rewards. I kept wanting to type Starbucks Mocha or Ice Cream Cone or pizza night etc. I really want to stop looking at food as anything other than fuel for my machine, and that's a tricky goal to quantify. In 6 months, I want to go through this plan again and see if I have an easier time of it.
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    That was an absolutely fantastic idea!!!! Those are great goals and definitely motivating rewards :D Gifts for J-money yo! ;) I'd like to add one more reward, for us both:

    Goal weights achieved - a girls day in either state for both of us :) Manicures, pedicures, massages and facials for both of us hard working women!

    You can do it babe, I know you can!!!
    3986 days ago
    Hhmmmm, I never thought about it but I guess I use food as a reward too! Dang! I need to think about this. I don't know how long it would take me to come up with non-food goals...but I bet at least as long if not longer. Thanks for blogging about this, it brought something to my attention that I never thought about. Good idea as well about doing rewards for scale and activity goals. That is VERY good. I like A LOT!! Thanks again!! -Kim
    3986 days ago
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