This is a FAT Quarter. All the sewing and quilting readers will
know what this is. But, I thought I would use this illustration for
those who might be reading and not know.
AND???? ...you are saying...
What the heck-i-tations do these pictures have to do with
Well... these are two things that have helped me, tremendously,
to stay on track with my weightloss and desire to be more healthy.
The First thing that has helped me, was to use a... Fat Quarter.
So, how does a Fat Quarter help me on my weightloss/health journey?
Here's how it works.
One of my good friends and I keep track of our individual weightloss
each week. We weigh in first thing Saturday mornings. It's not
to know each others weight...but, we do compare losses and gains
(down to the 10th on the scale). Based upon what we did the previous
week we will owe a fat quarter, or we will win a fat quarter.
If, I am down 1 pound from the week before - yet, my friend is down
1.4 lbs, from her previous week...then, I OWE her a fat quarter.
I could be up 1 pound from the previous week, but if she is up more
than a pound, she would OWE me a fat quarter. We aren't competing
with our actual weight. Instead, we compete with our progress or lack
of it. We are, in a way, competing with ourselves...
The Second thing -that helped me,
A month or so ago, I was having a hard time making a commitment to
6 days a week on the treadmill. I was dragging the old tush on the
treddz for a few days each week. But, I could NOT get motivated to do
the 6 days straight. Oh...you betcha ...I had some really good excuses!
After talking with another friend on the phone one day and complaining
about my lack of treadmill motivation...I made a deal to pay her
... $2 for any week that I didn't get on for 6 days straight.
I didn't commit to how long...just getting on the treadmill - even 5 minutes
...would thwart my having to pay the $2. IT WORKED!!
yep...this is me!
I'm sooo grateful for those good friends that are willing to hold
the carrot out there.
Maybe YOU have some creative ideas for a "carrot" that motivates you?
It doesn't have to be expensive or big.
But, something that I've found (for me), is that it really doesn't work
unless someone ELSE is holding that "carrot". If, it's me that rewards
myself...or "charges" myself..., well, it's just not enough motivation.
What are YOUR thoughts about being accountable to someone else?
being accountable to just yourself?
My "Starbuck" version of ...Cafe Mocha
(I know...there's no whipped cream or marshmellows. But, it's still good.)
Premier Protein Drink (chocolate) 11oz (at Costco)
Wal-mart's instant Arabica coffee
1 1/4 cup of hot water
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
4 oz (approx) of protein drink
(50 calories, 10gr protein...and many other vitamins)
This drink last me about half the morning...
You could add less coffee or decaffeinated. And, if,
you like a more chocolat-eee taste...add more protein drink.
~~ Ruby's Report ~~
Treadmill - 6 days, with one day of 3 miles...more days with at least 2.5 miles
Still working on going farther and at an incline.
Food - I didn't do as well with veggies/fruits as I would've liked. But, I'm going
to work harder this coming week. I didn't write down...will recommit to
this for next week.
Weight(loss?) - down 2 pounds....this was a HUGE boulder to get over. I
hope that I don't have to go over it again. I broke a number on the scale that
I haven't seen for quite a few years. I NEED to hold ON!
We'd LUV to hear how YOU did with your goals for
this last week. Or maybe, you'd share some new ones
that you have for this coming week?
"...even a half step forward, is better than standing still"