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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

So I've never actually done the "rewards for weight loss" thing in the past. The two successful 20-30lb losses over the last few years, I set rewards and then promptly forgot about them. The results were all I needed. Plus, I buy clothes when I need something new that fits or when I'm using retail therapy instead of emotional eating. And massages and pedictures are nice, but that wasn't what I was interested then.

This time, I've set some different rewards that might actually be fun and motivating - they're events more than "things". To get each reward, I have to be at or below the level set on days at least one week apart. So if I weigh-in at 130 on Monday, I have to do it again next Monday...then I get the reward. I've spaced them out a bit funny, knowing that it's really hard for me to lose when I get down in the low 120s.

An, btw, everything gets an exclamation point because I'm excited about ALL OF IT. I'm finding ways to make everything more affordable (through informal classes at the university, groupon, etc), so I think (given that this will take quite a while) that I can do all of this in budget too.

130lbs: Mani-pedi. I know, I said I didn't care, but I do now that I'm older. Who knew.
125lbs: Pole dancing classes! I bought the groupon for one of the studios in town today, so it's already paid for - I just can't use it until I hit this goal!
121lbs: Horseback riding lessons!
117lbs: Trapeze classes!
115lbs: Discovery flight!

When I can do one full body weight pull up: Rock Climbing classes!
When I feel super-confident about a 5breath v-sit: Bollywood dance classes!
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  • OTA_2012
    I love this thought process and your rewards! Let us know how they go.

    I'm doing similar things. I bought an aerial exercise Amazon deal but can't take class until I'm down 15lbs total!! I can't wait to hang off fabric:-) LOL
    1976 days ago
    smart! however, many of your rewards are classes which entail physical activity, which will probably help you lose weight in a nice way since they will be so much fun. Pole dancing, horseback riding, trapeze, rock climbing, bollywood dance-- all are pretty intense physically. i say go for it now on days when you don't feel like doing your normal gym/fitness routine.
    1976 days ago
    As you know, I just started the rewards two weeks ago. I like it because it feels good to get reach a goal and celebrate it. I think your rewards are terrific and they motivate you to do more exercise! I love it! emoticon
    1978 days ago
    Awesome rewards.
    1978 days ago
    That is an excellent idea! I try the rewards thing also, but most of the time I either give in and reward myself early because I decide I will never get there, or just give up entirely and skip the reward. I almost never do it properly.

    Anyway, those sound like some great rewards! I can't wait til I'm fit enough to do stuff like that.

    Good luck reaching all your goals. You've TOTALLY got this!

    Have a great Wednesday.

    1978 days ago
    No really, I was just thinking last night that when I did this the first time around I set rewards, but never really did much with them.
    I also have no new goals to drive me (vacation, etc) Mostly because I am broke.

    Still I was thinking I really should structure some rewards, if I can only find a way to afford them (will start watching Groupon more closely)

    I love the rewards you have picked for yourself. I would love to do all those things except the pedi part of the mani-pedi.
    I have to admit I have always wanted to try the Pole-dancing thing but really, I have no balance.
    Sounds like you have some serious motivators ahead! Many of them actually tie into your fitness instead of just indulgence!

    1978 days ago
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