I have reached another weight loss milestone. Yesterday I was down 60 lbs. I wore scrubs that actually fit and everyone at work really noticed the difference in my appearance. My ID tag has a picture on it from 2 years ago and that woman does not even look like me anymore. I should get a new one made but I think I will wait until all of the weight is gone.
My mom came up with a brilliant way of commemorating my weight loss incriments. She started giving me carefully selected collections of rocks, which she weighed with a scale down by the river. I think this is a cool way of visually representing the weight loss. I have two big piles of rock in my garden and I will be eligible for another now. I look at the pile of rocks and think there is no way I could pick them all up and carry them for any distance. HELLO! You used to carry all that weight around everyday, no wonder it was hard to walk up stairs without gasping for air!
However you choose to do it having a visual reminder of the weight you have lost is very valuable. Some other ideas are.
:: buying bags of flour that represent the weight you have lost and in the end donate all the flour to the food bank.
:: bags of potting soil that represent the weight. You will have all you need come gardening season and the flowers you grow will remind you of your accomplishments. A new beginning.
I have also tried to buy myself flowers for every 10 lbs I lose. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Treat yourself to the flowers. They don’t have to be expensive, buy yourself a bouquet of tulips or daffodils. Try to take a picture of yourself holding the flowers each 10 lbs and you will see the progression.
Along with these medium term rewards it is important to have long term goals with rewards attached to them. For a major milestone I decided to buy myself an iPod. I could have justified the iPod earlier by saying I need it to exercise. The reward meant so much more because I resisted and earned it.
My ultimate reward in the end will be tattoos. I am still trying to choose the area of my body I would like to put the tattoos. I do actually like the look of the star tattoos on the foot in my previous post. I have been thinking a sprinking of stars along my side would look cool and I don’t need to have them on show all the time. I might get one star in my inner wrist to be a small constant reminder of my journey.