Friday, June 6, 2008

What Carrot is Dangling in Front of You?

My son turns 4 at the end of the summer, and he just got a new computer educational program called "Jump Start." When he plays games and answers questions correctly, he earns carrots. When he earns 10 carrots, he gets to pick a car and have a race on the computer. You better believe my racecar-loving son is into that! So he worked for over an hour, doing subtraction and putting together words like "CAP" to get those blessed carrots!

I had to laugh at the genius of the "Jump Start" creator! Without those carrots dangling in front of my toddler, I think he would have said, "Mommy, I can't do this" at his first math problem. But with incentive of the carrots, he says, "Mommy, I can do it. I have to get 10 carrots."

What carrots are in front of you? How will you reward yourself when you reach your weight loss goals? I think we're a lot like my son. We're motivated by rewards too! After my first baby, my husband said I could go on a shopping spree when I lost all my baby weight. That sounded pretty good since I was so tired of my big tops and elastic waistbands! What reward would motivate you?

Whether it's a mini-vacation, time alone, a nap, a manicure, a date night with your husband - plan something to reward yourself when you reach a weight loss goal. For instance, if you want to lose one pound every week, reward yourself with a hot bath at the end of the week if you do it.

You can do it mom! Time to collect those carrots and endure a little hardship for a greater prize!

Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. Psalm


Irritable Mother said...

Hmmm, it probably wouldn't be wise to reward myself with a nice slice of chocolate covered cheesecake, would it??!! LOL
Hope your son continues to enjoy Jump Start.

Totally New Moms said...

Super post! I think we are so hard on ourselves about weight loss and forget to reward ourselves. Or we reward ourselves with Dairy Queen! Great ideas. I loved the carrot analogy...hilarious!