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Sunday, April 07, 2013

When I got on the scale this morning, I think my jaw literally dropped.


I stepped off, waited a sec, and got back on just to be certain there were no problems with my scale. I was able to lose four pounds in one wheat free, binge free week. What the heck, Wheat?! Didn’t realize you had such power over me and the scale.

Obviously, the binging over Easter Weekend ( wp.me/p1N36Q-3C ) had a bigger impact on last week’s weigh-in than I thought (Hello, Water). Given that I haven’t been feeling so well and my exercise hasn’t been up to it’s usual time and distance standards (no, I was not able to do 8 miles yesterday - wp.me/p1N36Q-4b - had to go with the elliptical instead), I wasn’t very optimistic about getting on the scale today.

I got to thinking about my weight loss goals. Technically, I’m in a normal BMI range, even if it’s at the high end. I know that writing about losing ten pounds isn’t going to inspire legions of people who have 50+ to spare to get on a treadmill and stop eating bread.

This blog isn’t about weight loss. It’s about change. It’s about replacing self-destructive habits – that have lingered with me my whole life – with good, healthy behavior. It isn’t easy, it won’t happen overnight, but there is a path to health and happiness, and I’m hoping I’m on it.

In the past, I would set rewards for myself for achieving certain milestones – always based on weight. (For example, I got a massage when I hit 127 lbs. I might get a mani/pedi when I get to 122 lbs. I know I want to do something big when I hit goal weight, I just don’t know what that’s going to be yet). This tactic hasn’t worked. It’s not immediate enough for me to stop a binge in its tracks. On top of that, the scale doesn’t tell me how my anxiety is doing today. Or whether I’ll continue to have bad skin.

So I was interested to see a new perspective here:


Instead of rewarding lost weight, reward the behaviors that you know will lead to weight loss. I know weight loss will come as long as I continue my wheat free, binge free streaks. So why not give myself something when I hit the 14 day mark? I know exactly what date that is going to be (Sunday, April 14). If I screw up, I’ll have to delay my reward. Might make me think twice before eating that cookie.

Now, I have no idea when I might be 122 lbs. Having a cookie or twelve has no real immediate consequence. No big deal.

So I will be celebrating numbers next week, but not what’s displayed on the scale. Any suggestions for a good reward for being 14 days wheat and binge free – a full four days beyond my last streak?
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    I just had a really fun thought for a reward: Get yourself a Pin-Up Girl makeover and photo shoot! I had a friend who never got back to her pre-babies body, and her consolation was that she took pictures of herself in her favorite outfit on the day she found out she was pregnant with her first. Her take on it is that she has proof that yes, she was that fit, hot, and happy with her body at that time, and nothing can take that memory away.
    Plus, I always thought they sounded like tons of fun.
    1897 days ago
    I loved that blog about re-doing the reward system as well, and I'm trying to figure out what I want to be my reward when I achieve my 400,000+ steps this month. I'm thinking a shopping spree to replace the clothes that don't fit well any more.

    Maybe you can find a gluten-free gourmet cooking class? Yes, it is about food, but it also helps keep you on the way to your goals. Or maybe a concert of an artist that you really love?

    Congrats on a great week! I hope your knee pain is on its way out, and better health and wellness are on their way in.
    1897 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2013 9:56:45 AM
    I had to take EXACTLY the same reward approach you are! I couldn't control what the scale said. I could only control my behaviors, so that's what I focused on. (Yes, I CAN eat an extra serving of fruit today. Yes, I CAN add 10 minutes to my workouts this week.). Eventually all those behaviors I did have control over led to the changes on the scale I was looking for!

    Hang in there!
    1898 days ago
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