I don't know about you, but I don't just think exercise and eating right is a ball of fun. I need motivation, or there's no way I'm going stick to it. Yes - eating right needs to be a lifestyle change, not just a "fad" diet. But who doesn't enjoy making weight loss more like a game?
I saw this idea on Pinterest a few different times and decided to give it a try. While I was at Target, I picked up some of these marble-like vase fillers and 2 mini-buckets from the dollar section. I wrote on the buckets with a chalk marker "Pounds LOST" and "Pounds TO GO."
I filled the "Pounds TO GO" bucket with marbles to represent the amount of pounds I want to lose. I placed them by my scale and will move a marble over to "Pounds LOST" for each pound I lose. As small and trivial as it may seem, I am excited about moving those marbles!
My husband suggested that maybe I pay myself for working out. I like it! I picked up an extra bucket at Target and am using the leftover marbles to keep track of the money I earn for working out. I get a $1.00 per day that I workout. When I've saved up a sufficient amount, I'll get to use my reward money on something that I will enjoy! A movie? Shoes?
Another idea I am trying is to have some reward envelopes ready for when I lose 5 pound increments of weight. I took some time and really tried to pick some incentives that motivate me. We just had Christmas, so I went through my wallet and decided to use some gift cards I already have.
-5 pounds = Panera Lunch & Book Date!
-10 pounds = New MAKEUP!
-15 pounds = Manicure & Pedicure
-20 pounds = Shopping Spree! (Giftcards for Limited, JCrew, & Victoria's Secret!!)
What motivates you? A new outfit? A new hairdo? A trip? When deciding how to reward myself, I had to keep in mind that rewarding myself with food would defeat the purpose. (I have always heard the saying - you are not a dog! Don't reward yourself with treats!)
How do you get motivated?