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Goals & Rewards: My Personal Manifesto

Friday, January 22, 2010

I've finished reading THE SPARK, and realized although I have my Beck cards, I have never written down my short-, medium-, or long-term goals. They are in my head, but as we ALL KNOW, WE NEED TO WRITE THINGS DOWN.

So I've done quite a bit of thinking about this, and here's my public declaration.

My Daily Goal:

WARRVESTS continues to work for me. I track these 9 things daily on a calendar I keep. The letters stand for Water, Alcohol use, Read my cards, Record everything I eat, Vitamins (daily!), Exercise, Slow down when eating, Table (eat dinner at), and Snack sensibly. For the past week I've scored at least 7 out of 9 each day. Weirdly enough the two I tend to skip are read the cards and take the vitamins.

Reward: For completing these mini-goals on a daily basis, my reward is the satisfaction of marking them off on my calendar. And trust me, I DO consider that VERY satisfying.

Monthly (medium) Goal:

My monthly goal is to lose 5 pounds per month. I've decided to treat this as a business deal. If I complete the job on time and under budget I'm going to reward myself. In other words, if I lose MORE than the 5 pounds at the end of the month I'm going to put $20/pound in a separate "reward" fund for myself.

Reward for meeting the 5 pound monthly goal: A manicure, pedicure, or fun outfit.

Long term goal:

Weigh 145 OR LESS by cruise day, May 19.

Reward: get a spray-on tan, or my hair streaked. (those girly things I'm usually WAY too practical to bother with!) Post my AFTER-PHOTO on Sparkpeople! Get a new bathing suit (but you won't see me in that on Sparkpeople!)

This weekend I will work on my vision collage.

I have to tell you that for some reason everything seems to have finally "clicked." I feel exceptionally motivated -- like I've found a roadmap that will absolutely get me where I want to go, as long as I follow it.

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    Great post! I love your focus!!
    3922 days ago
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    What an inspiring post TG! I feel like you're leaving me behind with my poor little overworked and overwhelmed posts!

    I've got the sparkbook and obviously have to get it read!! I hear so many great things about it.

    Glad you're in the grove - it will be so much fun watching you get ready for the cruise!!

    Keep it going!

    Oh and by the way PM is not doing sparkpeople - she really hates computers and to see her on a website like this would probably cause the internet to go down!! I don't know what she's planning but I'm glad since that makes planning meals easier if she has a vested interest.

    I also have to find a subway to see that hand - maybe I should sue them for using my trademark!!

    Take care!


    3922 days ago
  • NANCY-
    WTG TG!!

    Earlier I went back in your posts searching for your WARRVESTS and what it stood for. (I couldn't find it) So thanks for posting it again. I was looking for it because I knew that it had worked for you and perhaps it could use it to "spark" some ideas for me.

    It is great that you have clear goals and great rewards for achieving them.
    3923 days ago
    Your plans have that ring of "can do, will do" about them -- confidence!
    3923 days ago
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