I am a very visual person. In the beginning of this journey I did so many things that involved NSV's and other outside motivation. As the journey has gone on, I stopped doing it. I loved my weight loss marble jars because it was a visual reminder of how far I had come. Not only that but it was motivating to move the marbles from one jar to the next. Well when you aren't losing weight, it's not really fun anymore.
I have tried so many things with rewards and that simply doesn't work for me, but the visual motivation DOES work. So I got some fun stuff today, and I am excited about it. The excitement might wear off after a month, but hey as long as it works for now I'm happy.
So fun goodie #1. Marble jars, but instead of weight loss they are going to be for good or meh days. I originally was going to put good and bad, but bad is just so harsh. So I found that meh was more appropriate and not as depressing. ;) At the end of each day I will place a marble in one of the 2 jars. I feel it will motivate me to make sure that the good days are far out doing the meh ones.
I found this cute box at the dollar store and I decided at the end of each day I will write one good thing about the day or about myself. Something I did right or a good spot in the day. I will go back and read them when I am feeling meh.
Now these next challenges come from Lynn-LovesLife7, not myself! Nothing bugs me more on Spark than when someone else takes credit for someone elses ideas, so I just had to make that clear straight off.
She has a video blog explaining the challenges that she was doing and they looked fun so I'm joining in. Her challenges were to use a ribbon for measurements. You cut the ribbon at your ideal measurement and you gradually watch as that ribbon gets closer and closer to fitting around you. She also said to pick some shorts or pants that were smaller and work on fitting into them.
So I have 2 shirts that I added, and 2 pairs of shorts. I also did the ribbon method for my waist and my gut where my belly button is. I have to tell you that with my hanging stomach, I am not sure how small I can get, but I do know that the weight has to come off somewhere.
So I cut the ribbon for my waist 3 inches smaller, and that will be my first big goal. For my belly button I cut it 6 inches shorter because I really feel like I carry so much of my weight there, that eventually it has to come off. I also didn't take into account how hard it is to take a picture of yourself with the ribbon, so in the future I will wait until my brother comes over to do it.
Goal shirt 1:
Yes, I can get it on, but it is tight and not one I'd want to wear to Disneyland just yet. That is the first goal.
Goal shirt 2:
^Sad face because it is just super tight, total sausage shirt ha ha!
These shorts are a 16, I don't put much value into sizes, but they don't fit but they could in the near future if I do the work. (I can currently wear a size 16 in some shorts, which proves sizes aren't consistent)
These shorts are a size 12. Yes they can not even be lifted over my gut, well of course not cuz they are way too small. This also shows how hangy my stomach is. I am not comfortable showing the flab in all it's glory, but with the tank top you can still understand where I'm at.
This ribbon is 3 inches shorter, I hope to lose 3 inches off my waist in time.
This ribbon is 6 inches shorter.
I think if I can really start to see the CHANGES, it'll motivate me. If I can pull up the pair of shorts a little farther each time, or not feel so sausaged into a shirt, that will be a great motivator. I have so many Disney shirts that I want to wear but am not there yet, but I know I can be. I also know that a ribbon doesn't lie, and as the ends move closer and closer together it'll prove I am shrinking.
I am very self conscious about my tummy (yes, that's why I'm obsessed with a tummy tuck LOL), so that was the best I could do with the photos, and even then I was not entirely thrilled to post them. But at the end of the day, that's me.