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the dangling carrot

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I've been kind of AWOL the past week or so. I've not gone completely off of the deep end with my food choices. I haven't made the best choices either. I had my 40th birthday to celebrate in that time frame. That included pineapple upside down cake. And meanwhile, I felt the desire to treat myself to ice cream, fast food, what have you. Now it all sounds like I went way off of the deep end. But I did well to keep most of the above in moderation. As a result, I didn't gain any weight in my time away from spark people. In fact, I lost another pound. Yay me.

Yesterday I reminded myself that the longer I stay away from spark people, the further off track I get. I can't let that happen again. I refuse.

I seem to lack motivation at times. I see so many people share rewards that they give themselves for reaching certain goals or milestones. I've never been good about rewarding myself. Maybe that's part of the reason I haven't stuck with the program.

One of my birthday presents was one of those bracelets that you can fill up with beads. It's so pretty and there are so many different pretty little baubles for these bracelets out there. I've decided that I'm going to use those beads as a dangling carrot to keep myself on track. For every ten pounds I lose, I will allow myself to buy one bead. So right now I'm halfway to my first bead reward and I'm really looking forward to getting there! Whatever works, right?

In the meantime, I've been focusing on little steps. Yesterday I watched my posture. I don't feel positive about myself much of the time and that shows in how I carry myself, which in turn makes me feel worse about myself. Not any more. I'm making a point of standing up straight and tall, shoulders back, head up. I want to be proud of who I am! Today I added water to the equation. I've been enjoying my water all morning long. I consider myself lucky that I enjoy water so much. It's really one of my favorite drinks! Crazy, huh?

Anyway ... shoulders back, bottoms up ... and off we go ...

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  • ANGELME28613
    That Bracelet idea is Great! I need to do that. Great Reward System. Thanks Sooo Much for Sharing This.

    3642 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2063988
    I'm looking forward to seeing a picture of your bracelet and celebrating with you as you reach the goal of getting a new bead for it.

    3643 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5127867
    It's amazing how important the tracking feature is.
    3643 days ago
    Great job! I like the bead idea. I've been using gallons of water to show how much weight....each one is 8.35 lbs. But a beaded bracelet is a great idea.
    3643 days ago
    I love the bead idea! Fun! (I would need a bead every 5 pounds...) but I don't know how much they are. Could get expensive... (Hopefully!)
    I'm going to come up with some rewards for me!
    3643 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday emoticon

    Glad you had a great B'Day and glad that you are back on Spark.

    I agree if I was away I would NOT be tracking and I would not be on track.

    Good for you for realizing the changes you need to make.

    Congrats on the water..and the reward system you have set up.

    I was told little changes at a time..and Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

    I agree with the shoulders back... I have to work on this one also..

    emoticon Keep at it and you will be purchasing one of these beads very soon.

    3643 days ago
    Good for you!!! Whatever we need to do to feel better about ourselves and that we are worth the effort to become healthier.

    You go girl!!!!

    3643 days ago
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