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New Year, New Me is an ongoing series about getting healthy and staying healthy. Read the introduction article HERE.

Week One: Goal and Rewards

This week, I’m going to focus on setting goals and rewards. I realized that I do better at achieving my goals if I set more concrete ones. Since I’m focusing on making small changes overtime, I plan on setting weekly goals as well as weight-loss goals. Also, the last time I lost weight, it was helpful to plan rewards for myself (that didn’t involve food!).

There are many benefits to goal-setting when it comes to weight loss and healthy living. You are more likely to achieve your goals faster if you have written them down and they are concrete. Also, your motivation level will be higher when you set specific goals. If you set goals, you will have fewer opportunities for excuses. Lastly, and the most important for me, is that you see your progress and successes.

For week one, my goal is to drink 80 ounces of water daily and cut back to one Coke a day. We all know how good it is to drink water, but I know I never drink enough! Read this article Marcie wrote about the importance of water. To keep myself motivated to drink more water, I am setting a small reward:

  • If I drink 80 ounces of water for 10 days out of 12 days, I will get myself a new water bottle for work.

Take a look at your starting weight (Ahh! Scary-I know!). Mine was 179. I am making rewards for myself for every 5 lbs I lose until I reach my goal weight:

  • 174 lbs: I will use my clothing store gift cards from Christmas to buy myself sneakers for working out
  • 169 lbs: Get a pedicure for myself
  • 164 lbs: Buy a new pair of jeans
  • 159 lbs: Cut and highlight my hair

My weight fluctuates from day to day, so I am only counting Friday’s weight as my weigh-in weight each week.

This week, write down your goal for the week. Start small. Starting too many changes at once always sets me up for failure. That’s why I’m starting with drinking more water and less soda pop. Next week, I will continue to do the water goal and add a new goal. What is your personal goal for week one?

Also, write down your starting weight. Then, make small rewards for yourself for every five pounds you lose. Rewards can be anything that you want to work toward! What types of rewards can you think of that don’t involve food?