"Motivation for what?" you might ask.
Well, you see, I've been actively, seriously, intently tracking my WeightWatchers points for 3 weeks now. I've done it in the past half-heartedly and it always worked for me, and I decided this time is the ONE! This is the time I am going to reach my goal weight. I am going to meetings (something I've never done in the past). I'm tracking every single bite I eat. ("If you bite it, you write it.") AND it's been working. I'm already at 6.4 lbs. down. Slow and steady wins the race, ya know - at least when it comes to weight loss.
"But WHY is a bracelet with a CLOCK charm motivation for losing weight?" you're probably asking yourself.
Well, this past Saturday, I went to a meeting in Carrollton, as I was there visiting some of my favorite peeps in the universe (Nan, Mark, and my Tooter Booter, aka - Laura Kate). The idea of rewards came up and everyone kept mentioning all the rewards they used for a good week, for losing weight, adding exercise, etc. But every reward mentioned was FOOD!!! Now, this is logical to me in my tummy because I've ALWAYS been a food rewarder. Got a good grade on a paper? Ice cream it is! Survived a horrid day at work without physically harming anyone or throwing the computer out the window? Let's get some Tiramisu! It's always worked - for my head anyway. For my waistline? Not so much!
So I mentioned that I was working on a list of rewards for small goals that did NOT involve food - shoes, iTunes gift cards, etc. To which the class leader replied that when she was losing her 66 pounds, she bought a bracelet early on and for every 5 pounds she lost, she bought a charm. Each charm served as a fun, creative reward for the 5 pounds AND a physical reminder of her journey. She said it's also great now that she's maintaining her goal weight because on hard days, she can put on that bracelet and it reminds her of how hard it was to make the journey, how long it took, and just how worth it it is to maintain her good habits.
I mentioned it to Drew (and I'll be honest with you, Drew's usually not a "buy yourself something that's not absolutely necessary" kind of guy) and even HE thought it was a GREAT idea. A physical reminder while I'm on the journey. Contemplating a milkshake? Check out all those 5 pound charms. Do I really want to risk them?
So we went yesterday and got me a Pandora bracelet and I picked out my first 5 pound charm (as I've already passed the 5 pound mark).
I picked this little clock charm. It has 3 meanings.
1.) It's about ding-dang TIME that I get serious! :)
2.) If I begin practicing good eating habits all the time NOW, it'll be just in time for them to come naturally to T so she won't struggle her whole life (hopefully) with weight.
3.) This is the TIME that I will reach my goal weight!
So, what are YOU trying to do and what is YOUR motivation?
Love & Shipoopies,