Today is Valentine’s Day and thoughts of love typically turn into flowers and chocolates on this occasion. With all that said, I have a confession to make. I love chocolate! No, that’s not the confession but I don’t know too many people who wouldn’t trade in their grandmother for a case of Hershey’s. That’s not the confession either.
For those of you who read this column on a regular basis, you might recall that back in 2010 and 2011, I lost right at 100 lbs. simply by watching what I eat and working out regularly. Now for the confession…slowly put surely over the last 7 to 8 years, I’ve put back on exactly 18.8 pounds! What to do!
Those pounds creep up on you. At this rate, it was only about 2 pounds a year but if I keep this up, in 30 years, that will be 60 extra pounds and I will be right back in the position that put me into the hospital originally.
One day I woke up and realized that my pants that I bought for the brand new me were getting tight and decided that I was going to take matters into my own hands instead of putting a fork into my own hands. Now to the part that will hopefully help you.
I started my rededication to a lower weight by analyzing what motivates me and then decided to set three goals. Two intermittent goals and then a final goal of the total loss of 18.8 pounds. The first two goals ended with a reward (no food rewards) of just a little extra spending cash in the budget.
After looking at the budget for a couple of weeks, I am going to save more by snacking less and eating less food than the cash rewards. Then, my big prize at the end is a big screen TV. Do you know that Costco sells a 65” big screen TV for $689. I figured this prize wouldn’t put the family into poverty and as mentioned earlier, by eating less it should pay for the prizes over the course of a year.
That’s what I’m saying to you. We must play games with ourselves in order to achieve the results we want. If I look at a chocolate bar now, I ask “do I want a chocolate bar or a big screen TV?” That makes the choice easy because every time I deny myself the chocolate, I get one step closer to that big TV.
Big TV’s may not do it for you and you may have more cash than Daddy Warbucks, but there is something out there that will motivate you. Once you figure out what it is, then use it to reach your goals. You goal may not be weight loss but may be to get in better shape, lower your resting heart rate, drop your blood pressure, or simply to be able to walk up the stairs without being winded.
Whatever it is, use the psychology of rewards and for the love of chocolate, put down that Valentine’s Day candy and get working out!