I’ve been thinking a lot about rewards lately. And not just with fitness.
Whenever I did thing something “hard” or accomplish something, I used to think “Ah! This deserves a cupcake!” (Sorry I use cupcakes all the time guys, I LOVE THEM) Then I would eat said cupcake and it would all be over in 5 minutes (or less if I shoved the whole thing in my mouth).
But why does it always have to be food?
When I changed my diet last year, I didn’t let myself cheat AT ALL for the first few months. I couldn’t trust myself. I knew if I had a little piece of cake or a Richmond Station Burger (DROOL), I knew I’d fall back off. So how was I going to reward myself when I measured myself and lost a half inch in my waist?
I decided that I was going to make a reward Goal. If I lost 2.5 inches in my waist, at least 1 in my hips (the hardest place for me to lose) and 1 inch in my chest and thighs, then I would go out and buy myself a new outfit(s).
And that’s what I did!
2 Months later, I went shopping I bought 3 dresses and a couple of tops. And the best part? The shirts were a size small and everything else was a medium! (I was a large or or more before) I still have those dresses today and still love the way I look in them 🙂
This is one of the dresses! (Matt’s favourite)
And this is another one of them! I LOVE how bright it is 🙂
When I started 80 Day Obsession, I didn’t really think about rewards. I just jumped in. But after the first week, I saw a lot of progress in my strength and began thinking of what would push me harder.
The problem is, with so many successes, I don’t have the money to go shopping all the time!
So I decided on a long term reward. This may not work for some people but I think it will work for me! When I finish 80 Day Obsession, I’m going to get part of costume I want to cosplay for Fan Expo in September. Now I haven’t decided on which cosplay yet, I have a few in mind and they are a little pricy for me so I’ll have to do it little by little.
So after I’m done 80 Day Obsession at the beginning of May, I’ll decide on a another program and make my reward goal from there.
I’m just using my planner to map out my days and tick them off. But you can use whatever format works for you! Example: A calendar on the fridge, an app etc.
Everyone is different and everyone needs different motivations. Some people need constant gratification for each step they take, while others are just madly driven by personal motivation. While some, (like me) are driven to better themselves but would work extra hard if there was something waiting for them at the end.
Goals also don’t have to be finishing a program! It can be like what I did before with losing inches or it could even be doing 20 push ups everyday for a whole week straight.
Whatever works for you and what you want to see progress in! Rewards also don’t have to be shopping. It could be a day with your friends, or maybe a movie or even taking the whole afternoon just to sit on the couch and watch Netflix.
One of the first things I ask my clients is “What are your goals?”
Ask yourself that, then ask yourself, “How are you going to get there?”
Please feel free to message me if you want set some goals for yourself, have questions about rewards or if you have questions about 80 Day Obsession! I would love to help and I swear, I’m a nice coach. (Not like the one I got at my old gym who just yelled at me to “PUSH HARDER!!” the whole time… anyhoo) But I will still give you a kick in the butt if you need it! 😉