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Rewards and mid-week update

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I know that it's important to reward yourself when you reach certain goals. I've been thinking about what sorts of rewards I'd like to promise myself, and for what goals.

I'm hesitant to reward myself for weight loss, because to some extent, what the number on the scale says is not exactly under my control. I mean, it's possible that I could reach all of my other goals and not see the weight loss that I'd hoped. So I think I'll focus on rewards for behaviours or specific accomplishments that are within my control.

I really need to give some thought to what types of rewards I would value, and find a way to tie those things specifically to behaviours. Small, material things (e.g. books, music, movies, etc.) are unlikely to feel like a reward to me. If I want to read a book, I'll buy it no matter what. I think what I really crave is guilt free time. I find that I don't have (take?) a lot of time for myself, outside of when I go running or to the gym. At home, there's always someone hovering over me, asking for something, asking what I'm doing, wanting me to do something with them.

For May, the biggest goal on my list is running 5K. When I run 5K, I will take the time to use the spa gift certificate my ex-husband gave me for my birthday last October.

In other news, the week is going reasonably well. I've been eating the way that my doctor (the wonderful Dr. Bishop, for those of you in Ottawa -- he is the best www.drbishop.ca), a bariatric specialist, has prescribed. A protein shake for breakfast, a protein shake for lunch, reasonable portion sizes for dinner with an emphasis on lean meats and vegetables. In between meals, high protein snacks like cheese, almonds, eggs. I've added a little fruit into the mix as well. I'll also have up to 2 more protein shakes per day if I'm hungry. I've been feeling surprisingly good doing this. Not overly hungry, and I've had plenty of energy to work out. My downfall is wine. I like my wine a little too much, and I'm not sure I really want to give it up.

I've been writing down my cravings as per BOGUSANNIE's "chore" of the week. Interestingly, I've only had one significant one this week -- garlic bread. And that was when I was walking through the grocery store and saw it. I've had other cravings, but they were fleeting -- just a few seconds, so I haven't bothered to write them down. I crave diet coke a lot. But I'm just drinking water instead.

My kids came with me on my run the other day. My daughter biked, my son ran/walked. That was interesting. My son kept up, but man, was he tired at the end. He can run really fast -- no way I can keep up with that kid in a sprint -- but I guess he needs to work on endurance. Don't think I'll let the kids come with me again on my real training runs, because I found it stressful to keep track of them. We tend to do one long bike ride or walk a week -- maybe I'll add in another one.

I'm plagued a little bit by injuries or something this week. I have what feels like a calf cramp that at times has me in a lot of pain, limping around. It hasn't stopped me from running and doesn't hurt when I run, nor does it hurt all the time. Not sure what to do about it.

Anyway, overall a better week than last week -- my mood is starting to improve. And the weather looks good for the weekend. I'm hoping to spend some time lying in my new hammock, reading the new Charlaine Harris novel (I love vampires).
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    It's hard for me to pick rewards that aren't food. I haven't cut anything out, but there are foods I avoid like the plague. When I hit a milestone, that's the first thing I want, ugh! Glad your food choices are working out for you, that's half the battle right there. Enjoy the hammock!
    3129 days ago
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    You are doing GREAT. My son used to walk with me. I had five at the time but if I really wanted to workout I could only take the one. He did an excellent job of keeping up. It was also a time we worked on his math. My kiddos were home schooled so that was a non-pressured way to help him.

    Rewards are fun. My first rewards were workout clothes. Now I reward myself with treats, but don't tell. I know you are not suppose to use food as rewards.

    Hope you continue to have an awesome strong week. emoticon
    3129 days ago
    I haven't written down the diet coke, because I let myself have 2 a day anyway. I should probably be writing down the wine cravings though emoticon

    That was exactly it with the kids. The route I was running wasn't familiar to them, and I was concerned about them keeping up, getting lost, getting hit by cars etc. Right now, running is for me and I want to keep it that way.
    3130 days ago
    I like your reward....

    Nice work on the chore...did you write down the Coke too??

    I remember when I was running taking my kids ONCE....it was more stressful than it needed to be that's for sure...I didn't like having to focus on them getting hit by cars, etc...I like running alone because you can pay attention to YOU, and focus on your breathing your rhythm, etc...damn kids...get in the way of progress I tell ya!!!

    3130 days ago
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