Do not give up on what you want MOST for what you want right NOW

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Today is a serious lesson in the above quote. I have plans to go out with some lady friends tonight to experience "Restaurant Week". For those of you unfamiliar with this idea, it's a two week period where more than a hundred classy restaurants offer a predetermined menu for a set price (much cheaper than you would usually run into, in Denver it's $52.80 for two). I signed up for two different nights (one ladies night, one with my beau).

I started pretty severely limiting my calories this week (for me anyway, trying to stick to 1400 most days, I'm usually closer to 2000) because I know I have a few dates where I don't want to worry so much. So, for the last two days, I have had to keep dining out in mind when cooking my healthy but slightly more boring dinners and lunches to keep on track. I have wanted a cookie here and there now (or a beer after work) but I want to be thinner most of all so I haven't touched the Girl Scout cookies. This morning was difficult again, I wanted SLEEP right now, but I want to be thinner most of all, so I woke my butt up and got myself to the gym. After going to the gym, I thought I should reward myself with Starbucks for breakfast right now, but I want to be thinner most of all (and seriously self, you're going out to a dinner tonight that includes fancy dessert! surely you want THAT more than a silly Starbucks?) Think of all the other useful areas of life that you can engage the skill of not giving in to instant gratification? I could use a little help in my financial life (though thankfully not as much as the food part of my life!)

I'm tracking all that I can (tonight is all guesses but educated ones I hope) and reaching for water when I want anything else. I have also decided on my rewards for the 5% Challenge.

1. Every week that I lose (no matter how little): download a few new work out songs
2. For completing the challenge having truly given it my best shot: a new cute gym bag (I became obsessed with this idea at the gym last night)
3. For actually losing 7.6 lbs in 8 weeks: $100 worth of fire spinning clothes without one bit of guilt!
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    Great rewards for yourself!!! I love your mantra
    2919 days ago
    Great rewards!! Will be cheering you on! emoticon m emoticon emoticon
    2920 days ago
    You picked the right rewards. We'll all be watching to see if they motivate you as well as you want.
    2920 days ago
    I love that mantra! we have restaurant weeks here too, I've never gone in for one though.
    2920 days ago
    You've got a plan--work it! :)
    2920 days ago
    Great mantra, and just the sort of advice I need right now.

    Hope you enjoy your nights out!
    2920 days ago
    I love your rewards!

    What you have written in the blog is something I need to apply to myself, too. I like the concept of reminding oneself that they want to be thinner, so they have to do A to get to B. Thank you for sharing! I needed to hear that!
    2921 days ago
    Ooo I love what you picked for rewards! Awesome!

    I LOVE Restaurant Week! Where are you going?! (ps - totally jealous that you live in Denver!)

    One of the areas of work on instant gratification that I am focusing on is MY MOUTH. Especially with people I love. I know a TON of people who should really think more before they speak, so I'm checking myself a little bit to make sure I am not one of those people! It really DOES cover many aspects of our lives!
    2921 days ago
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