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Goal and Self-Rewards

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone. This is a very positive place to be. I'm happy to be having this experience with all of you.

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After some thought, I think I will go to the reunion! I can't pass it up. I would really regret not going. So, that decision's made.

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Milestone rewards: I note that some people have set goals and rewards for themselves. I kinda like this idea.

So I was tossing around the idea: What reward seems reasonable for losing 40 lbs.?

For me, really, the goal *IS* the reward. To lose 40 lbs is more exciting to me than a 'thing'. (Although SPARROW147 gave herself a nice ring, which is a nice constant reminder of the work she did to lose 50 lbs. That's a pretty awesome reward. )

I plan on getting a new outfit for the Reunion. I could call that my reward, but I was going to do that anyway.

One part of me says, "Reward?! For what? Letting yourself get overweight? Big deal, you're bringing yourself back to a healthy weight. You need to be rewarded for that? Do healthy people reward themselves for being healthy? Do you need a reward for keeping the grass mowed, too?"

I don't really want to set fitness-related items as rewards, because if I need those kind of things, I'll just go out and get them. Expensive bike parts don't seem like reasonable rewards. I love video games, but that would reward inactivity.

I guess I don't really need anything.

Well, I'm going to order myself a SP tee. That'll be good. I've earned a t-shirt I guess. Hmm, tangerine!

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My next goals:

3.3 lbs from completing my second Wii Fit weight-loss goal.

7.5 lbs from hitting the 230s!

8.5 lbs to be at 50% of my goal weight

13.5 lbs to move from 'Obese' BMI to 'Overweight'. I can't wait for this one.

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Bike news: I raised my seat! I thought it was as high as it could go, but I was wrong. It made pedaling much easier, and I had a lot more power. This is something so lame, I should have done it months ago. I had a shorter ride last night, but went much faster than I normally do.

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And last night, I biked to a friend's house.

And had a beer on her porch.

And that is that.

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  • SUZY6281
    I WANT a reward for mowing the lawn! You betcha! Ha!

    I do work on the reward system, because it makes this whole process more fun for me. My rewards are things that I do not normally do for myself, things that I couldn't do before or things that will improve my mental or physical health. My upcoming one is a teeth whitening when I hit 60 pound loss. I'm looking forward to it. I've never had it done before because I never felt that I was worth the money. Now I do. It's all in the attitude. :)

    I do agree that the biggest reward is being at the proper weight and healthy. But I have to make it fun or I'd never get there.

    3621 days ago
    I just love reading your blogs Albert. Have a great day!
    3624 days ago
    The age old saying:

    To be or not to be,
    That is the question...

    Sounds like today's saying is:
    To reward or not to reward

    Sounds like you have it figured out too.

    Some need the carrot dangling in front of them,
    others may not.

    I was expecting you to say that the new bike would have been a reward, but your answer was even better than what I expected.

    You are that kind of guy, always comes up with something a little unexpected
    Keep up your great work and those poundage goals will be in your mirrors behind you.

    Have a great day
    and an even better weekend!

    Sorry about being late to the party, LOL
    3624 days ago
  • E_JUST_E
    Weight loss is a reward by itself, but there are some good side-rewards that are consequences, like needing new clothes :)

    I read about your bike seat adjustment and I remember that way back when I used to be nuts about biking, I had my seat pulled all the way forward on its track so I was kicking somewhat with a backwards motion instead of an up and down vertical motion to be more efficient. Think about this as a reward to yourself: get your bike tuned up and fitted to you by a pro bike shop. Both a reward and a motivation, you will be biking faster!

    Way to go!
    3625 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/13/2009 9:29:02 PM
    Glad to hear you have made a decision and I still have faith that in the future there will be a better and faster bike in your future, that will go swimmingly with a tangerine shirt.

    :) Love your list of goals and I must admit I too, cannot wait for the movement of the Obese BMI marker to the Overweight BMI marker. I feel the anticipation with that one.

    Spark on my friend, spark on!
    3626 days ago
    That Simple. The Goal IS the Reward. Agreed. A dollop of SP tangerine wearable is in order though. emoticon
    3626 days ago
    im with you i don't reward myself or healthy living because that is what i am supposed to do.getting up in the morning is my reward.if you treat yourself well everyday saladman you don't need a reward. 40 lbs emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3626 days ago
    I've never had too much success with rewards. Probably because I've been too much of an impulse shopper to begin with and if there's something I really wanted and could afford it, I'd get it. I never waited for a special occasion or milestone. But recently I started budgeting to try to save money to buy a house and a new computer and a bunch of other bigger things and I need to rethink the idea of rewards. I agree with you that the weight loss itself is a pretty awesome reward!
    3626 days ago

    I swim for a month . . . I lose weight.

    I bike for a month . . . I lose weight.

    I eat healthy . . . I lose weight.

    I'm with you.

    P.S. I'm happy you chose the reunion!
    3626 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2009 1:32:24 PM
  • SPARROW147
    How about a nice new haircut and beard trim? Complete the whole package when you get those new clothes for your reunion. You derserve it for all of that hard work.
    3626 days ago
    mmm beer...uh what? sorry, yes rewards! rewards are good, builds up the tolerance for delayed gratification. I had a hell of a time coming up with non-food related rewards for myself..telling isn't it? and while there are certainly many items on my rewards lists that I normally would buy myself anyhoo I'm holding off until I hit that goal. Works for me. I like presents emoticon
    3626 days ago
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