Rewarding Yourself

FINALLY!!! Plateau over! I feel like its taken FOREVER just to lose 5kgs!!  I started this blog on 14 August.  Its been nearly 2 months.   But all the hard work is finally paying off.  You know what this means??  REWARD TIME…yes I’m using capitals because its completing the first short term goal…and its a BIG DEAL…for me.

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So I began thinking about the different ways I could reward my success.  The one thing I definitely do not want to do, is reward myself with food.1343786240148_9853049

This is one of the worst things ever!  When I was growing up, being good at something or achieving, meant a trip to Sizzler, Tim Tams, a McDonalds ice cream.  While at the time our family enjoyed every mouthful, it was teaching that food is a reward.  Don’t get me wrong.  I loved spending time with the family and I dont see anything wrong with doing it occasionally.  But families should focus more upon having fun together doing activities going to the pool, trips to the beach, bowling, flying a kite, kicking a ball at the park, watching a movie.  Food should be the last thing to consider.  If you do decide upon food, it should be healthy and clean.

When something went wrong in life, a failed relationship, missed job opportunity, it was easy for me to eat because it felt good.  It was a reward for the effort I put in, or a reward for the sacrifice I had made for trying to accomplish something.  I would stroll down the shopping aisle and grab whatever was chocolate, fried, or sugary.  I would have the best time bringing home all my spoils, sitting in front of my favourite TV show, and binging on the best crap money could buy.

I would do this for a few weeks.  I didn’t regret it until a few months later I would be trying to button my jeans and they wouldn’t fit.  I didn’t have enough cash to buy more, because I had spent all my savings on junk food…then hits the depression.  

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Of course now you are overweight, have low self-esteem, cooking good food becomes hard work, you don’t ever go on a date, you start to feel uncomfortable in public, you become a social recluse…GAME OVER YOU LOSE.  At least that’s how it felt.

When I first completed this goal, I Googled all the different rewards people use for weight loss.  People said things like spa day, a nice hair cut, new kitchen appliance, etc…these things can be quite expensive.  I have a lot of weight to lose, and I dont want to be spending $50+ dollars every time I lose 5kgs.

After much searching I found nothing still!  And then the other day, I happened to be speaking with my mum, and she suggested a fairly inexpensive way to acknowledge every 5kg goal.  A charm bracelet.  I have many silver bracelets and one of them is perfect to use!!  Charms are pretty cheap too, I have found them from $5.  So this week I will have to go out to some jewellers, and find my first charm, I’ve earned it.  I think I will wear this bracelet constantly as a reminder of the hard work I am doing to achieve my goal.

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While this week has been full of accomplishment, lets move onto the challenges.

Last Weeks Challenge:

Week 3: Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish.

This was probably the easiest challenge so far.  I am not much of a big meat eater, and I find myself eating a lot of soups, and veggies.  However I have been eating a bit when it comes to spaghetti and chicken.

With spaghetti, I usually have a small bowl and fill the rest up with Mum’s homemade pasta sauce recipe. I know what your thinking…PASTA?!!! you eat PASTA?!!  Yes, Yes I do.  Not often, but I do.  I LOVE pasta in every shape and form, so to come off of processed pasta is hard work.  Fortunately I can get the wholemeal pasta.  Which isnt the same but its a pretty good substitute.  Certain members of my family refuse to eat wholemeal pasta so I compromise and get the high fibre pasta instead.  Of course I only eat a small bowl.

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With chicken, beef and the rest, I usually have these for lunch in a sandwich, salad, curry or stir fry.  I love having tons of veggies in the mix so that the meat isn’t the ‘focal point’ of the meal. Beef brawn is sooo yummy.  I love to have this in a sandwich or sometimes as part of a snack.

This weeks Challenge.

Week 4: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

Easy Peezy!!!!  How did I lose 5kgs if I was eating fast food?  I have been doing this now for  almost 2 months.   Though I have snuck in a whopper once or twice, it was few and far between.  It wont be hard to eliminate it completely…bahahahahahahahaha listen to me.  A year ago NO FREAKING WAY!!!!!  I would have struggled and struggled and given in and then felt so guilty…
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A year ago I would have thought I was nuts.

Look how far I’ve come in almost 2 months.  Very slow weight loss, but I’m glad I’m taking the time to learn new habits that will last me the rest of my life.

Signing out

A xo

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