Ok, so I am borrowing this idea from my 5 year old, who is in her first year of girl scouts. I'm sure you have all been hit up at some point in your life to purchase girl scout cookies.How can you say no to the thin mints or the tag-a longs?? Well my daughter Eloise came home from her scout meeting a few weeks ago, all fired up to get out and SELL SELL SELL! You see, the troop had set a goal, that if EACH girl sold at least 120 boxes of cookies, then the whole troop was going to get this big pizza party. Well everyone wanted to sell the 120 boxes, because if the troop didn't get the party and it was because of YOU, everyone would be mad. And no one wanted to be "that kid" that made the troop not get the party.
BUT, in addition to the goal that the troop had, each girl was asked to set her OWN personal goal, and was given a list of "prizes" that they earned, as they reached the next cookie sale level. For example, sell at least 12 boxes, get a patch. Sell 50 boxes, get a bandana. Sell 100 boxes, get this statue of a panda. Sell 125 boxes, get a t-shirt. Sell 150 boxes, get a stuffed panda bear, sell 200 boxes, get a t-shirt for the stuffed panda, that matches the one that you earned! And it went on and on, all the way up to 1000+ boxes, where you could get digital cameras and even an i-pod!. So, the more you sold, the more rewards you got. You had the pressure of meeting your own personal goals, and also the troops. Bottom line= work hard, get rewards!
So, I thought, why not try to incorporate this into the "getting active" program that I am embarking on. Ok, so I don't have a "troop", but I have a "team". Maybe there is something we can do if we all meet our challenges? I realize we all live in different states, so maybe we need to get creative here. Maybe everyone email me a picture of themselves at the finish line of their race, and I photoshop them , and put all of us together in one " Team photo" that everyone can get framed?? Ok, open to suggestions here.....
Alright, but what about my personal goals and rewards. The idea is to make sure the goal is achievable, and the reward appropriate. (no, I don't want a pizza party, a patch or even a stuffed animal!)
Here is what I came up with, breaking the 8 week training program into four 2-week segments.
Finish the first two weeks, never skipping a training day, never forgetting to fill out the log, never forgetting to blog, encourage my team mates, and lose at least 1-2 pounds. Reward= go get a pedicure! (cause my feet gotta be getting sore, right?)
Finish the second two weeks, (same requirements about not missing a day, etc), lose at least an additional 2 pounds. Reward= Get a massage! ( by now, my whole body would enjoy this, not just the feet!)
Finish the third two weeks, (same requirements as above), lose at least another 2 pounds. Reward = I'm thinking a new pair of jeans! You never know, I might be down by 10 pounds by now, and getting a pair of jeans in a smaller size would be AWESOME!
Finish the final two weeks of the 8 week program- are you kidding me? The reward is that I am going to cross that finish line, with a big smile on my face. AND I think we get a T-SHIRT along with our entry!
And to top it all off, when I reach my final goal for my weight loss, I'm going to buy myself a BATHING SUIT!!!!!!! Can you believe it!!
So, I challenge you all to join me, keep pushing yourself, set goals, and reward yourself for meeting and exceeding them. YOU CAN DO IT!!
p.s. in case you were wondering, my daughter was tied with the troop leaders daughter as the TOP SELLER for cookies, the troop exceeded their goal, and they get the pizza party! Lots of happy 5 years olds!