Whenever I have attempted to lose weight in the past, I do really well in the beginning but as soon as I have the smallest setback (a cheat day that turns into a cheat week or an unexpected plateau on the scale) I give up. Since I am the type of person who responds extremely well to positive reinforcement, I decided to tie my fitness success to earning things I like. I have a list of rewards that includes Jamberry nail wraps, LipSense lip color, books, kitchen accessories, jewelry, and several other things. I have a chart posted on the fridge and I give myself a point each day that I meet my calorie goal, drink the recommended 64 ounces of water or exercise at least 30 minutes. I also give myself a point for every pound lost and take away a point for every pound gained back. Once I reach 50 points, I can redeem them for an item on my rewards list. Here is my rewards chart:
As you can see on the bottom, I randomly chose my first reward to be an item from Perfectly Posh. I haven’t decided exactly which item but I think it will be something for pedicures. As I write this, I am at the end of day 3 and have earned 8 points. Hopefully, in addition to the long term reward of a healthier, happier me, the short term reward system will help me stay motivated. We shall see.