I was talking to Stephen Monday night after my ice cream binge about how I feel that I may as well have 50 pounds to lose, so daunted do I feel at the thought of losing only 20 pounds. I have been bouncing around the same weight range for so long that part of me is afraid I will never reach my goal and stay there. He suggested coming up with a reward system to help motivate me, and though he rejected my idea of a trip to SeaWorld as my ultimate reward, I did like his suggestion. 🙂 He also suggested that I set a specific time limit on my goal, and I decided that I would aim for my 32nd birthday, which is October 22. After deciding that, I realized that I only have to lose 4 pounds a month to reach that goal! Even though I have said many times how helpful it is to break weight loss goals into smaller chunks, I wasn’t doing that for myself. I’ve had this 20 pounds in my head for months and have felt so defeated by it, but 4 pounds? 4 pounds I can handle! So I came up with a list of rewards that I will get for each 4 pounds I lose until I reach my goal of 155. (When I came up with this list I hadn’t weighed in for this week, so I am using last week as my starting week.)
Last week’s weight: 175.2
This week’s weight: 173.6
LOSS of 1.6 pounds
Though it’s small, I am thrilled with this loss! I found it really hard not weighing every day, but it was definitely good for me, and it was nice in a way not knowing what to expect when I got on the scale.
4 pounds lost: $10 Amazon gift card so I can buy new workout songs
8 pounds lost: A new sports bra
12 pounds lost: The Zumba Wii game
16 pounds lost: A one hour massage
20 pounds lost: Goal reached! New purse and new clothes!
I’m really excited about this and think it will help me on days when I feel tempted to throw in the towel. Only 2.4 pounds until my first reward!