Success and Rewards
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Lately I’ve been unsuccessful in sticking to my eating plan and it has been really frustrating.
So much so, that last week, I got my Beck tools back out and began using them on a daily basis. My Advantages card – which I updated to prioritize my athletic goals – my response cards, and my checklist with all those great Beck habits listed so I won’t forget them and can track whether or not I am doing them... reading my cards, remembering to give myself credit, ALWAYS eat sitting down (rather than mostly)… you get the drift. So, off to a good start.
But while I was improving, I still was not doing the critical thing: staying under my calories goal every day. And I asked myself, “ What in world is wrong with me?” And promptly decided that really isn’t the most productive perspective, and turned it on its head, instead. I’m doing a lot of the right things already (lots of x’s on my checklist!) but what could I do to make myself take that next big step?... Hmm… maybe I need to reward myself more. So I decided to put a few dollars aside to go towards clothes or a pair of shoes each day I meet my calorie goals. And to strengthen the incentive, I added it to my Beck checklist so I see it every single day.
And the first day I implemented it, I achieved my goal. So I am off to a good start. Now, I can’t afford to do this program forever, but for now – maybe for the next month – it’s a good short term incentive to get me back on track.
In other news, I went to the doctor yesterday because my neck has been hurting for the past couple months and nothing I’ve tried has helped. I got a new pillow, switched out our mattress (we had a newer one in the guest room), adjusted my swim stroke and got a bike fit. To no avail…still hurting.
The doctor prescribed PT and a precautionary X-ray, and suggested that if biking and/or swimming were aggravating it, that I might want to take a break from those things for now. And being completely honest, I had to admit they were.
So, I’ve decided to skip the September triathlon I had planned and instead train only for the 10 mile running race on the calendar for October, and mix it up with some strength training, stationary bike and maybe some easy swims (breast stroke only), and yoga. I need to take care of this body, so it can keep going for a long time. The doctor feels pretty sure that once I’ve done some PT and am feeling better, I can go back to triathlon training. I feel good about the decision.
Thanks for listening, my friends! Wishing everyone a happy day and success in all you set out to do today!