10lbs of baby weight
Fleshy, soft, covered in stretch-marked, caramel brown skin
Last seen lying low in back, thigh and abdominal area of muscular young mother
Answers to the aroma of baked goods
If found, DO NOT return to owner
**$75.00 cash reward**
It’s not uncommon to see a reward offered for the safe return of a lost item or loved one. But what about a reward offered for safely losing a not-so-loved-one? A reward for getting rid of baby weight sounds good to me!
When it comes to getting in shape, I hardly lack motivation. I’m fired up just knowing what my body is capable of. Every day I’m driven by the recollection of my pre-pregnancy self. Still, I like the idea of a fun treat to mark my achievement. A little extra incentive can’t hurt, right?
My ultimate goal is to weigh 140 lbs max and fit into my size 28 jeans. That will take time. By “expert” calculations, I shouldn’t count on sporting my old Mavis until early-mid summer. A season spent strutting in my “skinny jeans” will be a prize in itself. Until then, there are smaller goals I can aim for along the way.
Fitness professionals suggest breaking long-term goals into smaller chunks. They also suggest celebrating weight loss achievements with a non-food gift to yourself. Darn, scratch dinner at Chiado off the list. I would also add that the gift should be meaningful and enticing enough to keep you in pursuit.
So I’ve made a deal with myself. Upon reaching the half-way point, I will treat myself to a $75 mini shopping spree. Now I just have to determine what the half-way point is. When I started writing this, I set my target at 150 lbs (the mid-point between 160 and 140 pounds). Then I stepped on the scale at GoodLife. 166lbs. Okay, change of plans.
See, the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s possible to make good progress without seeing a big change in weight. For instance, the fit of my clothes says I’ve definitely lost inches while the change room scale says I’ve gained pounds. Stupid scale. It’s muscle, I knoooww. The scale is still stupid!
Okay so here’s the new deal. It’s all about my fitness assessment in April. I expect that assessment to reveal a few successes – lower heart rate, improved cardio, better body composition, smaller waist size, etc. These are all important indicators of fitness level – just not the sexiest ones. Can’t say I’ve ever faced the fitting room mirror and praised my awesome heart rate. In any case, if I hit any of the targets below, I collect on my shopping spree reward:
- 150 lbs
- 25% body fat (down from 35%)
- 32 waist circumference (down from 40)
- Comfortably and attractively fitting into my size 29 Twiggy jeans i.e. no muffin-topping and wearable waist-exposed in public
I haven’t decided how to spend my reward but there’s no shortage of options. Maternity leave has forced me to sacrifice a few fun luxuries along with my full-time salary. My esthetician or hair stylist might send a search party out to find me any day now.
Maybe I’ll get a much needed mani & pedi. Or perhaps an update to my make-up case. A new mommy make-over would be great. I could also go for new workout wear. Oh, but lingerie might be better since I’ll probably be spending hubby’s money hee hee. Whatever I choose, it will definitely be something to look forward to.
So that’s that. More baby weight will be lost. And come April, I will find myself looking svelte, feeling accomplished, and relishing my special treat. Check out my 3-month assessment post to see how I do.
How do you reward yourself for a job well done…New shoes? Spa day? Day off?
Would a cash reward (courtesy of someone else) help you reach your goals?