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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mini-Goal Incentives for Weight Loss

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weight loss incentives by coachgaines featuring 14k earrings

I've been participating in a support group on Facebook made up of close friends as we all make an effort to establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle.  One of the things that my girlfriend (whose the brains behind the idea) did to help motivate herself was to create a board of rewards as she meets each milestone in her weight loss journey.

I decided to do the same.  I tried to take into account a few things when making my goals:
  1. Food is not a reward when you are working to get healthy.  We are not dogs therefore we don't get treats.  That is just counter-productive.
  2. I deserve things that I've been wanting for a while.  Losing weight is hard work!
  3. If I'm going to spend money on something, I want it to be something worth spending money on.
  4. I took into account my body/self image at each stage of the game (hence the reason the haircut which is much less expensive than the shoes is not my first incentive - I wouldn't be ready to rock that short haircut just yet after only 5 pounds)
  5. They are not unreasonable.  20 pounds puts me back at a weight I was at recently...not one from college or high school.  It is healthy for my body type/build and is one I feel comfortable in.
I'm about 13 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight so I don't think losing 20 is completely unreasonable.  It would put me back to what I was shortly after we got married when I was very active, healthy, and happy with life.  I also only need to lose 3 more pounds to get my first incentive!

For consistency reasons, I've been weighing myself first thing in the morning on Thursdays.  At this point, I've lost a little over 2 pounds so I'm well on my way to earning my incentives.

Once I lose 5 pounds, I get to purchase these tennies that I fell in love with upon sight.
At 10 pounds, I am going to go back to my favorite haircut: the bob.  I feel that it is really flattering on my face shape and it allows me to pull my hair back in a pony for running.
At 15 pounds, a pair of Kendra Scott studs (I love the dangles, but baby boy loves grabbing things) in CT's birthstone.
And at 20 pounds, I get to take all the money from my workout jar and go on a shopping spree for clothes that make me feel confident!

Do you need motivation to get back on track?  Let me know what your mini-incentives are!

7 comments:

  1. LOVE this!!! Might have to make a mini incentive list myself!

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  2. I'm so proud of you and your determination! I'm glad my rewards chart inspired this for you because as a new mom we always feel the need to put ourselves on the backburner and we need to remember to reward ourselves too! You are rocking your new goals!

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    1. and looky there.....your wedding pic is my response pic! crazy how that worked out!

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  3. I've been catching up on your blog. I miss talking to you girl, it's been a while. I love your new blog design and the pictures of your baby. How is the weight loss going now? I am absolutely love that picture of you on the right of your blog with the umbrella. SO classy!

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  4. I love your goal/reward ideas! Congrats on the weight loss!

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  6. Congrats on the weight. Sometimes it becomes a necessity when the extra weight puts strain on our joints.

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