Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rewarding Yourself

A couple of weeks ago on Weightloss Wednesday, I talked about motivation.

Today’s topic, Rewarding Yourself, ties in with motivation.

I spent this past weekend in Austria. I signed up for a spa weekend as a reward for losing weight and finishing a manuscript. At the time of departure, I’d lost 17 pounds. This happened over a period of 2 months. I was quite pleased with myself.

After enjoying a Swedish massage and the thermal pools of the Aquadome, I decided that another weekend there was in order for reaching my 30 pound goal.

Then it dawned on me (I know, duh!) that having set rewards for your milestones are a great way to keep your motivation level high. And while big rewards like a spa weekend are nice, smaller rewards for smaller goals reached are important too.

So what would be a good reward? For me, I can think of lots of things. A new music CD, a movie night with the next must-see, a special night with just my guy and me, new makeup. These are all rewards that don’t have to cost a lot of money.

I think 5 pound increments are great milestone markers. I know I get excited every time I hit that next 5 pound mark. It would be even better if I knew I’d earned a new CD or book too. So I’m going to make up my own reward system. Every 5 pound milestone gets a small reward and 30 pounds gets a big reward.

I haven’t decided on my rewards yet, though. I’ll work on it over the next couple of weeks and then share with you.

What do you think of creating a reward system? Would you create one for yourself? Do you think it would help keep your motivation level high? Would it be enough to make you stay on track?


Mimi Barbour said...

Hi Riley,
Loved your blogsite photo. It's great. Also decided that I needed to follow your advice about rewarding myself. I,too, have been working on losing weight...the 10lb challenge with Dr.Oz and am 5 down now. I have to lose a lb a week. So...I think I'm going to promise myself a whole bag of marshmallows when I make my goal...just kidding!
I'll give myself an editing workshop I've been wanting to take and it comes up in Nov.
Thanks for sharing...

Indigo said...

I don't why I haven't thought of the reward system. I'm already thinking of possibilities to encourage me to get through my revisions. Thanks! (Hugs)Indigo

Shelley Munro said...

Riley, that's a great idea and perfect timing for me. It's almost summer here in New Zealand and I could use a reward system for both weight loss and writing.

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