Since writing my last post about weight loss and trying to get healthy I had some setbacks as well as some triumphs! We moved which was very stressful and I spent most of my time packing instead of working out. So even though I didn’t gain anything I also didn’t lose for the month of January. I recently realized this when I was all unpacked and I thought ugh I want to get started!
So, this last week I came up with a great system for me to stay motivated and help encourage myself along the way without using food as a reward. I made a chart that I can add stars to when I work out for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or when I track what I eat and stay under my allotted calories for the day. I needed to do this to hold myself accountable every day and not just have weekly weigh ins and not know how I am doing throughout that week. I use a free app called Lose It to track my food intake and it tells me what my allotted calories are based on my weight, age, and how long I want to take to lose the weight. I have quite a bit to lose so I chose a year to give myself some grace.
Now with this new chart I mark stars each day, if I earn 10 stars or more during the week I get to reward myself by having one treat on Sunday, so I don’t go insane. If I do not get 10 stars then I don’t get a treat. That is for my short-term accountability. Then for my long term I have a chart taped to my bathroom mirror with my current weight on it and then all the numbers counting backwards until I hit my goal. Every Sunday I weigh in and if I lost I get to cross off the numbers until I circle my current weight. I am a visual learner/motivator so this really helps me and makes me happy when I get to cross out numbers and see my circles go down the page. Now every 5 lbs. are highlighted in pink and my reward for losing 5 pounds is an extra star on my paper. Every 10 lbs. I lose are highlighted in green. I get a big reward that does not involve food every time I get to a green number. This could include new clothes, a Disney subscription box, or even a trip! That way I reward myself with things that I would want to work towards without it being food to celebrate with.
I am a very emotional eater. When I am happy I eat, when I am sad or stressed I eat. So, to try to break my habits I thought this new reward system would be perfect! Now this is the first week that I am using this system and I have lost 3 lbs.!!! Now I posted my pictures of my charts and I am not blocking out the numbers because I am not ashamed of them! I am losing weight and i want to be accountable. So publishing this info will hold me accountable and accurately track and document my weight loss journey. I am so excited that it actually worked that it motivates me to keep going! Now I am not eating any specific plan or diet. I am making better choices but I can still eat what I want if I stay under my calories for the day. I can’t wait to continue with this new plan and hopefully hit some big goals by summer! Thank you so much for reading and I will catch you later!