So, my 3rd BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) from the other day was to drop 4% body fat and 10-15 pounds. I’ve been yo-yo-ing these 10 pounds for a few years now, so it’s not like I don’t know how to take it off, but this time around it just seems harder. Whether age is starting to play a bigger role or perhaps I’m just not being as strong (perhaps cookies now have some sort of addictive substance in them??), it occurred to me today that I need a better incentive.
Not that looking hot in my bikini isn’t incentive, but I want to up the stakes a bit and this is what I’ve come up with:
Until I lose 6 pounds (to get down to a nice, round number), I am not allowed to buy anything non-essential. Nada. Nothing. The idea came to me when I came across an article outline singing the praises of some sweet-smelling bath products and I wanted them. Was about to click through to purchase and stopped. Thought, I don’t really need that. And the rest followed: why not allow myself to buy them once I’ve reached a midpoint goal?
(of course, this was also triggered by a year-end review of finances … and let’s just say that 2011 was obviously the Year of the Impulse Buy…)
Once I hit the 11 pound loss mark (another round number, of course) and stay under that number for at least 2 weeks, I’m splurging on a big running clothes/shoes shopping spree! Maybe I’ll even buy some fun things for the workout room in the basement.
So, that’s what I’m going to do. And the fun side effect? I should save some money towards that last BHAG of mine — the apartment in the city. Maybe I’ll even be able to afford to buy a futon to sleep on once I get there!
The important part? The incentive isn’t food. And once I hit the goal? There’s incentive to stay there.
(tangent: I’m watching the actual Biggest Loser show and a father says of his son when his son was confronted with running a 40-yard dash: “he has a hard time running long distances like that” … 40 yards, people. 40 yards. Really – “long” distance?)