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Week Seven – Rewards

It’s been a good exercising week — at least I think so! I recently purchased a Fitbit and I’ve been having some inaccuracies with it and so I’ve had to estimate how I’ve been doing each day in terms of mileage and calories burned. From the looks of Google I’m the only person who didn’t like theirs. In all honestly, I should’ve done more research before purchasing it but I read countless reviews where people raved about them. Now I’m back to my $14 pedometer that works pretty accurately out of the box and gives me the exact information I want.

With only 3 pairs of “workout” bottoms I have to do laundry a couple times during the week, and since I’ve been busy every day this week I’ve fallen behind. There were a pair of workout shorts I bought earlier this summer that have been sitting in the bottom of my drawer barely worn, because they were too tight to be seen out in public in. I couldn’t even be bothered to wear them just around the farm because they reminded me I really needed to lose weight. I reluctantly put them on Thursday morning and they fit really good! They were no longer tight in the hips, stomach, or legs. I could actually sit down in them and breathe! I haven’t taken many photos of myself as I’ve been going along but this needed to be documented! And I didn’t care about the fact I just woke up and hadn’t showered before taking the photo. And I didn’t care too much about the fact I posted it to my public fitness twitter account! (@GeekToFit) I was really happy!

When I woke up yesterday morning I remembered a vague dream of running continuously. I’m not sure what that means. I did go back to bed for another hour, I suppose the dream wore me out. When I got back up I was thinking that today would be my lazy day since I’ve been doing something active a couple hours a day for the past 6 weeks. I laid around for a while, had a shower, made lunch, and opted to go for a walk out of boredom. Ha. I left without my iPhone this time. It was a nice day, the sky was a nice blue with puffy clouds, and it would’ve been distracting and less enjoyable trying to find the perfect song to walk to. I didn’t do my usual 2.8-3 miles but it was still a brisk 35 minute walk. It was better than nothing especially when I planned on taking the day off.

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to reward myself along the way that doesn’t involve food. It’s so easy to use food as a reward or a way to console yourself when you’re having a bad day. I’m definitely guilty of the latter but that hasn’t been the case lately. Now that I think about it, I haven’t had too many bad days since I’ve been exercising more often. In terms of rewards, Monday I got a pedicure with Matt and Lindsey before leaving Cincinnati so that was something nice to do for myself that didn’t involve food. Last night I had a coffee date (that turned into dinner as well) with a cute guy so I guess that’s another reward, but I guess that did involve food. Hopefully the latter doesn’t happen as sporadically as pedicures or require me to hit certain milestones to do. :-P How do you reward yourself?

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6 Comments

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    Roy
    October 15, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Go you! I really don’t have a reward system for exercising/losing weight etc. When I was going to school and working full time I tried to make one of my weekend days a day off and just do nothing. Sleep late, watch a movie etc. Sometimes I couldn’t do it but I tried.

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      Pam
      October 16, 2011 at 11:33 PM

      That’s a nice reward! Others have suggested new workout clothes or clothes in general as time progresses.

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    Chris
    October 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    One nice reward would be an iPhone 4s

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      Pam
      October 16, 2011 at 11:34 PM

      Bleh! Not enough new features for me to consider spending the extra $ – I’m not up for an upgrade until next year. Maybe that needs to be your reward!

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    Dan
    October 15, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    A reward system… That is indeed a good question. But wait a second. Isn’t hard work it’s own reward?

    Hey! You didn’t have to slap me for saying that! (Okay, okay, I am currently a few hundred miles away. You didn’t really slap me. But I know you briefly thought about it! Don’t lie!)

    Being serious for a moment, that is actually an interesting dilemma. We may need to bounce ideas off each other the next time we talk.

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      Pam
      October 16, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      *grumble-grumble* ;-) But I would be up for bouncing those ideas off one another.

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