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Minor Adjustments

Sunday, September 22, 2013

This week's challenge is to set up a reward system for reaching my goals. Rewards are difficult for me because I don't feel like I deserve them. I should be doing these things anyway. I also don't feel like I should wait to do the things I find rewarding, like taking a hike or going fishing with my daughter. I suppose getting a manicure would be a big reward. I've never had one because it's one of those things I refuse to blow money on because I can do it myself!

What sort of reward system do you use? Do you have weekly or monthly rewards or a big reward for a milestone?

Another thing I wanted to do this week is make some adjustments to my goals. I need to build in some wiggle room so I can take credit for improvement, rather than perfection. Here are my slightly adjusted goals for the week. Just adding the time element into my goal is already making me feel good about them. 3-5 times per week is more practical than daily. Yeah! I can do this!

Practice mindful eating at dinner 3-5 times per week. Limit meal to one healthy plate. Budget calories for an evening snack.

Healthy Movement
30-60 minutes of intentional movement at 3-5 times per week (Zumba, Walk at Home, free weights, stationary bike, etc.)

Sleep - Use CPAP 5-7 nights per week.

Stress management - Use dedicated ME (Move, Eat) time 2-5 times per week. Get away from the desk, take the stairs if the weather's bad.

Socialization - Blog 5 times a week. This is an incredible motivator to keep my streak going!
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    I love your new revised goals....very specific and very doable! Here's to a great week!!! Hugs...Robin
    1699 days ago
    If you list your accomplishments you will see many reasons to reward yourself. To me getting a manicure is like going out to eat. I can cook but it feels better having someone serve me. Same with the manicure.
    1700 days ago
    Great job adjusting your goals and setting yourself up for success Brenda. emoticon
    I've never had much luck using a reward system, but now I've realized that all my rewards were based on scale results, and when the scale didn't move and I couldn't reward myself it demotivated me. This time, I need to find rewards that motivate me, and acknowledge my effort. One of my new goals is to eat Paleo clean, and my husband said that if I cook Paleo meals Mon - Fri, that on Saturday, he'll cook us a Paleo breakfast. This from the man that has only ever turned on the stove to heat the tea kettle. emoticon Now that is motivating, and a little scary. emoticon
    Hope you have a great week!
    1700 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2013 1:06:51 AM
    I never did much with rewards. My big reward for losing the first 50 lbs was to get new family photos, then if I lost 50 lbs in 2011 I got to go on a cruise in 2012, then Jason took me on another cruise in 2013 for hitting 100 lbs lost. Otherwise, I haven't really given myself anything in the way of rewards. I buy new clothes as I get smaller, and that's about it...
    1700 days ago
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