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Rewards: Maize Mountaineers Style

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

This week started with a smile from my scale and I'm thankful for that. I revived my old lunch stand-by of tuna salad, and discovered that my sweetie loves tuna salad. Well, after almost 19 years, he can still surprise me. Changing my lunch menu was part of getting beyond comfort last week, trying out new recipes. I have room to improve in menu exploration, but this week's topic turns to Rewards. Easy, eh? Well, maybe not, but let's think about it.

Preparedness: I already decided that I'll splurge on practical rewards every time I drop a pound. Practical means I need it or think I do instead of the usual pampering strategy, which just doesn't do much for my motivation. I'm focused on my goals this week for the purpose of gaining new cross training shoes. It's only been 14 years since I bought my current pair. emoticon

Fitness: I'm reminded I'd need new shoes every time I lace up my old ones. My feet will feel better and I've noticed that they get a bit cranky after an aerobic workout. It couldn't be I'm aging (roll eyes). I'll continue to mix up my workouts, although the ST may have to be on hold. I have somehow hurt my right hand, and I need to let it heal or go to the doctor.

Nutrition: I'm still experimenting with new recipes. Other than that, I intend to keep tracking everything I eat and to keep an eye on the carbohydrate intake. I hesitate to plan on a reward for nutrition because my rationalization gene will kick in and say I EARNED a food goodie. Nope, not going there.

Self Reflection: I like these because they reflect a mental reward system I need. I value these more than a physical reward:

I am filled with energy.
I think before eating.
I release all fear of failure.
My written goals are helping me to achieve my healthy lifestyle.
I am releasing excess weight.

I especially like the affirmation to release fear of failure. Too many times I gave up because I hit a barrier to my healthy lifestyle. Spark People helped me to re-program that stinking thinking. I don't give up, I start over again the second after I hit the barrier. My barriers can be sickness, hurt muscles (ahem, like a hand), overeating, celebration of any kind. You name it, I can rationalize it. emoticon

Accountability: I'm not sure how to fit rewards into this. I enjoy catching up on the threads, so checking in and sharing how my day has gone is a treat. Well! Problem solved - I get my reward when I learn how you're doing in addition to sharing my day.

My personal goal for March is to surpass 1000 minutes of fitness. My tangible reward is new race walking (or running if I can't find those) shoes. My NSV goal is to comfortably fit into my 2012 Easter dress again...even if it's too cold on Easter to wear it! emoticon
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    Rewards are difficult for me. I'm just too overwhelmed by messages that I'm not doing enough to deserve it.

    I hope you find the perfect shoes! You've waited far too long for them.
    1572 days ago
    Wear the Easter dress anyway. You can always peel the sweatpants you put on under it off in the car :)

    Those are some fantastic goals, rewards and affirmations. Isn't it sweet to learn new things about the person we think we know so well?

    1573 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    New shoes will not be rewarding they will help you on your journey to good health!
    1573 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Yes, that tuna is packed with protein,, more bang for your calorie buck eating that with a leafy green salad.. add crunchy celery, onions, green bell peppers and you have a very filling addition to your lettuce salad.
    Wash the whole thing down with a huge glass of water and you will not feel hungry for awhile!
    1574 days ago
  • BETRHO48
    emoticon Wow. I am sooo impressed with your discussion of the concerns and activities in your life and the outline of your goals. What a well-written blog! I appreciate that!
    And how down-to-earth you are when choosing your rewards. I like that, too.
    emoticon You are a great role model.

    You should be doing very well following these plans.
    emoticon Thanks for sharing.

    1574 days ago
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