Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Here's Mine:

"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,


Rebekah said...

Congrats on the 6.4lbs down!! That is awesome!!

I also love the idea of the charm bracelet. I have an incentive for each week that I meet my goal and it really has helped.

Danielle said...

Congrats on your new commitment to health and fitness! I love the charm bracelet - I am definitely going to share that with my group fitness classes!

Whitney said...

congratulations on the first mini-goal. I really have to get back in a routine of exercising. Thanks for the motivation.

I have a pandora too. I got mine back at christmas and i NEVER take it off. I have been thinking about doing a blog on it. I like the idea of add the charms as rewards.

Jen T said...

I'm so proud of you! And I love your bracelet & new charm..that's so encouraging! Hopefully, I'll be right behind you in the WL dept!

McCrakensx4 said...

I LOVE THAT IDEA!!! I need need need to lose weight and have seriously thought about joining weight watchers. This is great motivation!! And what a great way to track your accomplishments! Weigh to go on the 6.4 lbs by the weigh!!! lol

ps...did you get the emial I sent you this morning??

Brandie said...

Such a great idea! I would reward myself for each month I survived Ryan being gone by buying a "needless" accessory to make my life easier in the house (a swifter sweeper that had the vaccum attached, one of the shower cleaners, a day of house keeping, etc).

I tend to reward with food (especially with my girls, I should probably find a better way), but with Kaelyn she earns points for a prize (dollar tree trip and movie night with popcorn).

I might have to copy your idea and make it work for when I get ready to workout post baby!

Natalie said...

I have to say how great I think WW is. I lost 30 pounds before I got pregnant and stuck with some of those good habits I developed.
I am trying to find a way to be at work less because I am seriously motivated to be with my baby more. Trying to figure out a vision for a part-time opportunity or a career change that would give me more time with her and keep us comfortable financially. We'll see...