March to Blogher – Setting Up Goals and Rewards

8th March 2012

If you have no idea what March to Blogher is about – please check out the first post here.


I’m going to talk about how the first week went below, but first, I decided to offer myself some incentives.

The fact is even when you have people supporting you, if you can’t get over that voice in your head telling you can’t do it, you won’t.

Let’s just say that for me personally, that voice is STRONG. I’m such a self-doubter in the weight loss thing, and it’s my biggest downfall by far.

So, I thought that perhaps if I gave myself some goal/reward incentives it might help.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this on their blogs when trying to lose weight and I thought it was a good idea, so here goes.

Personal Goals: 

  • First Goal: 10 pounds (Reward: Magazine subscription)
  • Second Goal: 20 pounds (Reward: New perfume)
  • Third Goal: 30 pounds (Reward: Sephora!)
  • Fourth Goal:  40 pounds (Reward: Cute flats)
  • Fifth Goal: 5o pounds (Reward: Some new clothes)
  • Sixth Goal: 60 pounds (Reward: New Glasses/Sunglasses)
  • Seventh Goal: 70 pounds (Reward: Massage)
  • Eighth Goal: 80 pounds (Reward: Get my hair done)
  • Ninth Goal: 90 pounds (Reward: Weekend away with my girlies)
  • Final Goal: 100 pounds – GOAL WEIGHT! (Reward: An overpriced, obnoxious handbag)

A couple of these may change or get switched around, depending on when I actually reach them. I’ve also been promised a shopping extravaganza when I reach my goal weight, so that’s some additional incentive for me to do this, once for all.


So, what has happened in the last week?

It was a bit of a lunchbox letdown.

I wasn’t 100% prepared to start on Friday, because I didn’t have the groceries I needed. Big mistake of course. And with the husband gone for two weeks on business, I was kind of exhausted by the end of his trip which coincided with this past week. Excuses, excuses I know.

A bigger problem I had, is that I had some issues with some of the foods that I was supposed to eat. Following the dietician’s suggestions from last week, I tried to eat from Canada’s food guide and stick to the food groups. However, all of the fruit that I ate (except for bananas) gave me unbearable heartburn and acid reflux. It’s not the first time that has happened, but it usually involved drinking juice and not eating the fruit. I also had a lot of stomach pain/bloating, etc (I will spare you the details), when I ate starches and dairy. I don’t really know what’s going on but I had to basically avoid all those foods in order not be in pain. It was weird and uncomfortable, to say the least.

So, for this week, I think I’m going to have to switch the plan up a bit. I still plan on eating healthy and drink a ton of water, but I’m going to focus more on protein and vegetables and see how I feel. Since I’m deviating a bit from the original plan, I’m still unsure on whether I should in fact count calories or keep track of how much I eat using Weight Watchers points (small confession here: I’m actually an online WW member).

Uncertainty does not bode well for me clearly, so I’ll push the restart button and go from here.


I’m adding a linky below as I will each week. I would love for you to link up so that I can stop by your blog and support you on what you’re doing to get healthy. You don’t have to be following a certain diet or anything like that – it’s just about supporting each other for these next five months before Blogher NYC!!! If you’re not going to Blogher, you are more than welcome too!!

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18 thoughts on “March to Blogher – Setting Up Goals and Rewards

  1. Sasha

    Good for you! I started around the same time too. I love because you can pick your diet, low-carb, low-cal, low-fat, Mediterranean, vegetarian, diabetic, and some others. I like the low-carb. It’s not Adkins low, its low compared to the daily recommended allowance, it’s still around 115 (for me).

    The best thing about it is that doesn’t just track calories, it tells you what key nutrients you’re missing, what you’ve had too much of, and what foods it came from. It’s free so you should check it out, log your foods for a day and see the nutritional analysis they give you. I love seeing what I had that had too much X and what I had that was nutritionally empty. You can add your own meals, recipes, and vitamins.

    Anything you do, do it well and do it right. Good luck to you, and to me and all trying-to-be-healthy women. Happy International Women’s Day!

  2. Lindsey

    Good for you! I already eat pretty healthy (thanks to the Cinch diet) but I just started a new at home fitness program a week and a half ago. Let’s all get healthy!

  3. carol@thedesignpages

    I just found you through Stephanie’s blog and I”m SO glad I did. You’re going to be one of my daily reads from now on. Hilarious:) Best of luck in this ongoing battle. I love blogging about my goals because it keeps me honest.

  4. Renee Bouillon

    When I started my diet the first few times I had issues with fruits too. I think it has something to do with our bodies loving the junk and having to figure out how to use the good stuff again.

  5. Amber

    Baby steps, right? I’m going to link up tonight – I’ve been trying to get back on track. Maybe we can motivate each other!

  6. Katrin

    I really like your goals that you listed. I have been doing the pedicures every 10 lbs,but never really thought of doing different goals each 10 lbs. I still don’t know what I will do at goal. Enjoyed your blog.

  7. melissa

    I really need to do some goals like this too. My post today is about how I had a REALLY bad week on the weight front and I’m a little discouraged today. Maybe working on a list of real goals will help get me back in a positive mindset.


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