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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!


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

  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!

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

  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!

  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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