Putting in work? Reward youself!

I have been trying to lose weight while exclusively breastfeeding my newborn son. It’s been tricky since you can’t just start a diet without sacrificing your milk supply. I have had some success with simply substituting white with wheat and adding lots of fruits and veggies to my diet. What I eat has not been a problem, I love fruits and veggies and have found many recipes to satisfy my taste palate.

Working out is where I fall short. It’s hard to get motivated to work out, and when I am up for it the timing isn’t right. My newborn needs to eat or my toddler is in the middle of having a melt down and I am needed at home. I know that if I can squeeze in 3 workouts a week, it would really boost my weight loss efforts!

I recently joined a “Biggest Loser” challenge with a few Facebook friends. Each participant will pay to the winner, $20 in the form of a money order or cash. So far, we have 10 people, so there is a minimum jackpot of $200! So in addition to me desperately wanting my old body back, I also have this incentive to get moving! I decided to also start a rewards system, so that I have so pampering to look forward to as I move closer to my goal. This is so very important, when you have a good amount of weight to lose. When you’re just starting out, you don’t see results right away. In fact, it can take up to 12 weeks for you to notice changes in your body. That’s a long time, when you’re working hard and eating right every day. If you set up rewards for yourself, you will be more likely to keep with the regiment you’ve set for yourself. I suggest setting “mini” goals and rewarding yourself each time you meet one of those goals. If you have 15 lbs to lose, reward yourself every time you lose 5 lbs. It can be something small like a mani/pedi or something like buy a new workout outfit or pair of running shoes. As long as it gets you excited, it will work!