Last week I shared some of my goals for the new year. So far, so good. I’m doing more miles than planned, but could not get to my favorite strength training class (car troubles) more than once. I practiced my French twice but had to rush through, not fun. And, I am actually getting this post out before the end of the week. So, the next question is: How will you reward yourself?

As you can see, many things can get in the way of our plans. I suggest that you focus on rewarding your efforts, not just the comnpletion of a goal. For many of us, just seeing the results from having worked the steps can be enough reward. I still believe that having actual rewards makes the journey more interesting. So, how do you pick rewards?

First of all, I make a list of things that I enjoy that are not too expensive , must still be practical. If you feel guilty about the price of something, you are more likely to sabotage your own efforts so keep the price low. Some of my favorite items include: 1) fresh flowers from the grocery store; 2) new music on ipod for running; 3) a free hour roaming in the bookstore checking out new magazines; 4) a new item for workouts, like a top or socks.

It is most important that if your goal includes weight loss that you do NOT make food or treats your reward. Yes, we must use common sense and allow our rewards to keep us motivated, not cause a setback. So, are you planning to reward yourself with anything specific? Let me know.

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