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The Rewards System – Can It Work?

We reward individuals for a million different things.

It starts when we’re just toddlers, we offer rewards, like stickers or candy if you use the potty. That same process sticks around throughout life, rewards for doing the things you don’t want to do, or in the case of credit cards (for instance), if you use their card, you get cash back. Rewards get us motivated to do something, or making a dreaded activity more desirable.

If you’re a follower of this blog (or if you’re a new reader, welcome! You can read about my journey here), you know that I suffer and struggle with Binge Eating Disorder on a daily basis. Admittedly, over the past week, I’ve felt more in control of myself and my eating, than I have in a long long time. This is due, simply to the fact that I have been taking it one day at a time. I don’t think about what I’ll eat, or what I’ll do tomorrow, I focus ONLY on each day. It seems to be working too!

It’s definitely not easy, I have near constant internal battles, on whether I should eat something or not. Or there will come a time when I’ll tell myself that it’s okay to go ahead and go through a drive-thru, no one will know, plus what’s one extra burger going to harm. That when my “good” side wakes up and I tell myself that I don’t do that any more. That I am no longer the woman who orders enough food for 3 people. That I now eat healthy normal amounts, and it’s working. It’s been 11 days of being conscious of the choices I’m making. And each day that passes makes me feel stronger, more motivated to continue.

Back to those rewards…

So since I am slowly but surely making progress towards a healthier me, I thought I would institute a reward system for myself. In the past, rewards never worked, I’d create my reward chart but I’d never follow it. One of two things would happen, either I’d just buy whatever I wanted before I met my goal, or I’d meet the goal and never follow-through with the reward.

Here’s what’s different

I have a child and a budget, both of which monopolize almost all of our excess money. Now there are things I want and I can’t have because it’s not in the current week’s budget. I just can’t say I want to lose 5 lbs and reward myself with a manicure, and then not lose anything, but get the manicure anyway. I will literally have to meet every goal in order to get my reward. I’m excited because I’m going to be able to get some of the things I’ve been wanting and couldn’t justify buying, plus I’m going to be losing weight – it’s WIN::WIN!

My rewards:

I’ve decided to reward myself for ever 5 lbs that I lose. You can see the list of my rewards for the first 50 lbs below.

weight-loss-rewards---Baby-DoodahI’m really excited to get down to business and lost the weight and EARN my rewards!!

Your turn!

Do you think the reward system works?

What are some of your favorite rewards for when you lose weight?



January Joiners

A January Joiner is someone who, joins a gym or commits to being healthy in the New Year, a term coined by Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point.

As I had mentioned in my New Year’s resolution post, for the past several years I have not made resolutions and I have also not been completely successful with losing weight and getting in shape, so I decided this year I would try something different. I decided to be a January Joiner!  I was fortunate enough to be one of the few people that Caitlin decided to feature on her blog as a January Joiner (head to her blog to check it out) which is highly motivational because I know I will need to report my progress to her and her blog readers every few months.


I have someone else watching me too!

There are so many things that I want for myself that I am just not able to provide at my current level of fitness. Not only do I want to lose weight but I want to be fit, this is tremendously important since I have a young baby boy that I’ll be chasing around, eventually. It is hard to stick to healthy foods when there are so many other greasy options available but as my husband reminded me, I am in charge. If I want to say ‘no’ to ice cream at night all I need to do is say no and stick to that decision. I need to take charge of my life that I have let get out of control for so long.

You might have noticed that I haven’t been posting my Friday Fitness posts. Before you assume that I just gave up, let me set you straight. 🙂 I actually have been doing really well, tracking everything that goes into my mouth, even the worst items and I’ve  been walking again. The thing is, I haven’t decided how I want to share my progress with you yet, I’m still working on this part.

I want this to be the year that I finally get my head on straight as far as eating and fitness are concerned. I don’t expect to be at my goal weight by the end of the year but I would love to be very well on my way. I can do it too, there really are no excuses! There are plenty of people who have kids, full time jobs, a spouse and still find time to workout, so I can too.

I want to thank Caitlin for including me on her blog because not only is it fun to be “kinda famous” by being featured on her blog, but it is also helping to lead me in the direction of better health, which is so important for me, Seamus and of course Baby Emmett.

Friday Fitness

Sorry, this is late (again), life has just been out of control lately.

Amount Lost:


I don’t know whether this was due to my eating or the fact that I had a terrible stomach flu but I’ll take it!

Amount Remaining to Lose:


Goals for 12/7/2012 – 12/13/2012:

Food Goals:

  • Continue consistent tracking for all meals

This has not gone well but I’ll give myself a slight pass since I was sick and didn’t eat anything for probably about 36 hrs and then once I was eating again, it wasn’t much.

  • Measure or weigh out all food so that I’m eating only 1 serving of foods

I did a good job of weighing out and measuring all of the food I did eat.

  • Pack and bring lunch everyday except Friday

I was only at work for 1 full day due to myself being sick and then Emmett and that day was Friday, so I didn’t need to pack anything for the rest of the week but I did eat at home.

Fitness Goals:

  • Earn 10,000 steps on at least 3 days

This didn’t happen, in fact I had my lowest step day last Tuesday. I only took about 500 steps because I slept all day. lol

  • Do at last 3 other workouts

Also did not happen.

  • Swim at least once

Another thing that did not happen.


Goals for 12/14/2012 – 12/20/2012:

I’m only giving myself two goals for the next week, eat reasonably and walk LOTS! I want to be able to enjoy myself and not restrict but I also do not want to gain, so I will do my best to be as active as possible.

Merry MERRY Christmas!


Friday Fitness

I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life but even at times when I’ve been overweight, I was in pretty good shape because I’ve always been so active. Unfortunately I can no longer say that. I did not gain much while pregnant, it was pretty much all baby and water weight. About two weeks after Emmett was born, I was back down to my pre-baby weight but I had fallen completely out of shape.

I started taking short walks with Emmett at about 3 weeks out and I realized what poor shape I was in. I was pretty disappointed! I say all this not because I am beating myself up, I realize I grew life inside me and then birthed it out, but because I want to get back to where I was, that felt good!

With that being said, I do my best when I set hard and fast rules for myself. I want need to get back into the shape I was in last September. I ran (with some walking mixed in) a half marathon, I was on top of the world, so I know I can do it. So I plan on posting my weekly goals every Friday under the heading “Friday Fitness.”

I’m hoping that by sharing on my blog, I will hold myself accountable for everything on here so that I can only report success. Each week I will share the amount of weight I’ve lost, the amount I have left to lose, my food goals and my fitness goals, and I want you as the reader to feel free to join me by sharing your goals below. We can hold each other accountable!

Goals for 9/28/12 – 10/4/2012:

Amount Lost:

Since this is my first week I do not have an amount to share for how much I’ve lost.

Amount Remaining to Lose:

119.6 (Yep! I have a ways to go!)

Food Goals:

  • Snacks are my downfall. I need to work on cutting out all the snacks that have no nutritional value.
  • Eat more fruit and veg. By doing the above, this one should come naturally
  • EAT. AT. HOME. I have such a habit of grabbing food out while I’m running errands. I will allow myself to go out for 1 dinner and 1 lunch a week.
  • Find some new recipes that Seamus and I can make for dinners

Fitness Goals:

  • Get my butt to a gym and open a membership with them. I have two gyms in mind, one of them has a pool which is the one I’m leaning towards because I love swimming but I want to ensure the rest of the gym is in good condition before actually joining.
  • Walk! There is NEVER an excuse not to put Emmett in the stroller and hit the pavement, even if it’s for a short jaunt.
  • Make my fitness goals a top priority!

Alright, so next week, I will report back with how things went. I will be reporting back with success, just an FYI. 😉

You’re turn! – What are you health and fitness goals?


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