I don’t talk about this much here because this is a PF blog and not a weight-loss blog, but occasionally the two intersect and I think this is a relevant topic. I’ve mentioned a few times that I used to be obese and I lost a bunch of weight in 2011. However, in the last nine months-ish I’ve gained about half that weight back and I’ve decided to get serious about returning to my goal weight. I’ve been “getting serious” for about two months now and am on the way.
Something popular with people trying to reach a goal weight (or achieve many other goals) is to set a reward for when the goal is achieved – some incentive to look forward to when the going gets tough. In my last successful weight-loss campaign I didn’t give myself a reward at the end because the challenge itself was enough, but this time around I think I would like a reward.
Of course, when you’re losing weight and trying to get healthy it’s not necessarily the best idea to reward yourself with food! Our budget is also not exactly flexible enough to have room for an expensive reward like a vacation or an entirely new wardrobe, which I know many other people plan for. But it is really super hard for me to think of a special reward that doesn’t cost any money!
I did think of something that isn’t terribly expensive that is fitting for this particular accomplishment – I’d like to do a couples photoshoot with Kyle. The only professional photos we’ve had taken were our engagement and wedding ones, and I don’t love love them because of how I look. My weight at that time was a bit above where it currently is (though thankfully not close to my high) and I’m not happy with how my hair and makeup turned out. (Kyle, naturally, looks gorgeous in all the pictures with his normal face and hair.)
As photos are so valuable to me, I’d like to have some really high-quality ones taken at time when I’m happy with my body. I would like to achieve this goal and have the photos taken before we start trying to reproduce in a couple years, because 1) I’d like to go into pregnancy as healthy as possible (I’m super nervous about getting gestational diabetes) and 2) I’m sure I’ll have another multi-year challenge to return to a healthy weight post-pregnancies. I’ve looked up some local photographers and it seems the cost should be a couple hundred dollars, which I think is quite reasonable.
I don’t think you have to set a reward ahead of you when you articulate a goal. I was successful before without a reward as I had a definite timeframe. However, since I’m not setting a deadline for myself I would like another method to push me forward. And it really is tough to find an appropriate reward that wouldn’t involve food or money!
Do you name a reward when you set yourself a goal? How do you reward yourself for free or cheap? Have you had professional photos taken of you outside of your wedding?
photo by Amy Goodrich Photography