I told you last week that I started a 3-month journey of weight loss and increased fitness with diabetes. I successfully have logged my food intake for 8 days and I have joined the YWCA Maintain Your Weight program. I have lowered my basal rate by almost 15% and I am keeping my blood sugars in range over 90% of the time! I am happy to report that last week I exercised slightly more than 7 hours over 7 days.
The bummer is that I keep hitting the NO MOTIVATION WALL. It’s not that I want to eat more or exercise less. It’s just that logging every single thing I eat along with tracking my insulin intake and blood sugar results is a big pain in the patootie. It’s VERY difficult to stay motivated and engaged. I find that I imagine giving up as much as I imagine dropping 21 pounds by January 31, 2017.
To move myself through my NO MOTIVATION WALL, I have implemented a short-term motivation technique. Turns out my top three Love Languages are Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts and Physical Touch. I am going to use these three love languages to reward myself for sticking to my goals.
- Give myself a cool coloring book journal
- Get a haircut
- Buy myself a new swimsuit
- Ask 5 friends to send me a handwritten card
I got rather excited as I brainstormed the list!
Then I decided to figure out a reward system.
Here it is:
|Date||Days into the Plan||Reward|
|November 12||12 days||Get a massage|
|November 26||26 days||Give myself a coloring book journal|
|December 1||31 days||Schedule another massage|
|December 19||49 days||Get a new swimsuit|
|January 15||76 days||Ask 5 friends to mail me a handwritten card of encouragement|
|January 31||92 days THE END!||Schedule a haircut and a massage|
The agreement I have with myself is that if I do the following things, I get the reward.
The things I have agreed to do are:
- Every day write down everything I eat and all my exercise on MyFitnessPal.
- Get at least 7 hours of exercise every week.
That’s it. Just TWO things!!!!
The thing is, not 50% of the time, not 80% of the time. For three months, the goal, which I CAN achieve, is to do these two things 100% of the time!!!
That’s how I shall stay motivated! Rewards here I come!
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