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Vacations: The Perfect Reward?
Planning a Quick Trip Can Hold the Answers
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I love vacations, but after the 1st day, i'm ready to go home. The fun is in the planning. I get home sick to quickly
I think this would be a great motivator!
I love vacations because for us they almost always include visits with friends along the way-we have an old dog now (photo) so our vacations are driving so he can go with us. It also keeps us closer to home. We are reasonably active so self-guided walking tours are a highlight especially when architecture is involved.
I'm not a big vacation person, too many expectations. I don't like to just relax. But a day trip to go hiking or something can be nice.
Planning vacations always put me in a good mood. I have a family vacation coming up at the end of the month and it's going to be in NYC so I know there is going to be lots of walking in store for us. I want to do a bunch of site seeing and a little shopping and I don't want to spend it feeling tired.
I am going on a three-day vacation next month. Keeping my goaks at a normal track.
Heading down to Miami and The Keys in March and hoping to be 15 pounds less by then. Looking great is just a bonus to losing weight...I want to be able to walk all over with my kids and not feel tired! I don't want to dread the holiday pictures coming back only to see me hiding behind somebody in the pic...I hope to be front and center!!!!!
Hmmm... makes sense. I will reward myself with a weekend away if I keep my nutrition and fitness goals for the next 2 weeks.
Vacations are HUGELY motivating for me! Here's how I am working it out as a reward: I have set up an online savings account that is only for travel savings. I get to transfer $25 to it each Saturday if I have met these conditions during the previous week:
1. stay within calorie range at least 6 days
2. exercise at least 150 minutes
3. avoid sweets at least 6 days
I'm staying honest with myself--there have been one or two weeks when I didn't abide by the eating standards, so no $$ was transferred those weeks.
Saving $25 per week is a stretch for me, so I'm having to be frugal with things like clothes & eating out. I value frugality, so it works for me!
There's the short-term reward of seeing the savings grow & anticipating the trip--& each trip will be a long-term reward! I'm hoping to take an international trip every year or so. I'll be staying with friends or relatives in most cases, so $1,000 will be a reasonable budget for many of these trips.
Meanwhile, I'm losing weight & fitting into my clothes better, which is super-rewarding in itself of course! Win-win. :-)
I'm planning on a vacation as my ultimate reward for reaching my goal weight! Europe, here I come. I won't start planning it until I actually get there though. :)
Maybe it's the teachery side of me, but I think with a reward there should be the real possibility of not getting it unless or rather until you've actually reached your goal. Is anyone going to cancel a holiday that's been booked and paid for or pay more for it to be rescheduled just because they haven't reached their goal? I doubt it. And if you reward yourself without haying earned it, what kind of message does that send? I agree with CAMILLAPARIS that a holiday can be a great motivator, but a reward? For rewards you should choose something without a fixed date, something you can do spontaneously if and when you reach your goal.
I think it is a great motivator vacations even a daycation or a staycation can be fun and your goal doesn't have to be to reach a certain weight. Your goal could be anything you want to achieve.
it is important to recognise the goals that have been met and celebrate all the little victories.
I dislike this article and the line of thinking. I think it should have cautioned against putting your life on hold until you reach a mythical weight goal and unhealthy pressure to look great on a deadline. Motivator and Reward are not interchangeable words. Getting in shape for vacation is a great motivator, but life is too short to make yourself "earn" your adventures. Additionally, being a healthy balanced person is learning to roll with the punches. Sometimes you will fail, sometimes your body won't cooperate with your efforts. Why tie all that negativity to your fun time?
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