Challenges and Rewards
Are you goal setters? I try to be. Throughout all my years of trying to lose weight, I’ve used setting goals, joining competition, etc. as a way to help myself be accountable–a way to keep my desired outcome in the forefront of my mind. I like a good challenge.
I’ve decided not to wait for January 1 to set a New Years resolution. Beginning today I commit to exercising 6 days a week, improving my eating habits, and putting my health first on my list of priorities. I know it will be a work in progress, but my intent is to see marked improvement weekly.
Because I tend to do better when I have something I’m striving for, I’ve decided to set up a reward for myself. Yes, I know. Getting healthy is reward enough, but on those days when I really want to eat a whole pumpkin pie or when the fibromyalgia is raging and I’m so exhausted that getting out of bed is a chore, I need something extraneous to get me through. Normally I would just set a goal of something like “I want to lose 4 pounds a week.” I’ve decided that setting a specific weekly goal is probably not in my best interest. I know from previous attempts that counting calories and knowing how many I burn usually can accurately predict what my weekly outcome will be….if I look at it over time. However, I have proven time and time again that a 16 pound weight loss over 4 weeks will not present itself as 4 pounds per week—even if that is what all of the number say. Week one might be 8 pounds with week 2 being only 1 and so on. So….I’m leaving those numbers to do what they may. While I may have a goal of losing 60 pounds over the next 90 days I will measure my success in the following ways:
- Did I log my food and stay within the 1500 calorie range?
- Did I drink my Shakeology?
- Did I do my scheduled Turbo Fire exercise?
- Did I get adequate sleep?
- Did I interact with my accountability group on facebook?
- Was I kind to myself?
If I can make it through the next 90 days honestly feeling like I could answer that I did my very best to do those things listed above, I’ve arranged a little reward for myself. 🙂 Exciting!
I’m not sure if any of you know that I LOVE piano music. I could listen to Jim Brickman, David Nevue, George Winston, John Schmidt, and Paul Cardall all day, every day. There is just something about listening to piano music that soothes my soul and reminds me that there is God and beauty in everything.
Well, Jim Brickman is coming to Logan in February—a few weeks after the end of my 90 day goal. I was going to purchase a couple of tickets and invite a friend when it struck me..this should be my reward. So, instead of purchasing two, lower cost tickets, I purchased a box seat. Just one. And….If I meet my goals, I will take myself to a fabulous concert. If I don’t, I will be giving that ticket away. Hopefully someone else out there won’t mind going to a concert alone (although that won’t really be necessary as I will be going to that concert—because I’m totally going to rock these goals).
As a side note, how ironic is it that I will be going to a concert titled “An evening of romance” all by myself? It sort of makes me smile. 🙂 I don’t really mind going to things like concerts or movies or out to eat alone. I also think it is a bit symbolic. It has been a really long time since I’ve allowed myself to entertain thoughts of dating or being in a relationship. I think that my weight has been one of those things I’ve used to protect myself from repeating mistakes and bad choices in that arena. I mean, I’m not really going to mess things up, get in abusive relationships, or choose the wrong guy if I never date, right? And I’m so much less likely to date if I make myself as unattractive as possible, right? (100’s of posts I don’t really want to write lurking in here). However, I’ve decided it’s time to get over myself and open up to the possibility of ….. more. Perhaps this will be just the stepping stone to get me moving in that direction.