My goals include decreasing my arthritic symptoms of SLE (lupus). This means increasing muscular strength, joint range of motion, and decreasing pain experienced by losing weight.
My weight loss goals: to weigh
182 lbs. in November, 2004
145 lbs. in September, 2005
130 lbs. in January, 2006
Losing the weight will help the arthritis.
My rewards? For my mid-goal of 145, I'm saving for a trip to Dallas/Ft. Worth: clothes shopping (at least one fab outfit from Neiman Marcus) and to have my hair cut, a manicure, pedicure, and a facial at a dayspa. DH has said he would spring for a facial acid peel if - no, WHEN - I make it to 130. (I'll be close to 40y.) I pay myself $10 for each pound I lose to save for my rewards. (I'm broke this week: I've already lost 5.5 lbs and Monday is weigh-in.) I don't plan on buying a lot in the meantime because, sadly, I have two closets full of 4 different sizes of clothes that I can't wear right now. I won't go naked while I'm losing.
"Everything we feel, think, say, or do [or do not do] is a choice, whether we make that choice consciously or unconsciously. Each choice we make has consequences, positive, negative, neutral, or all three, that we reap immediately or later, sometimes both, and sometimes repeatedly. You have more strength and control over your body and your life's path than you will ever know, all wonderful gifts from God. Choose with awareness and you can change your life forever!" - DMF
"Each of us is born with a base, fleshly nature. Whether we struggle with that base nature or commit to its gratification determines the essence of our character and our future." - DMF
"If you give in abundance without expectation and agenda, you shall receive in abundance." - unknown
My thread: http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/for ... c&start=30