I was really surprised at the response I got from my last post. If you haven't, you should go back and read all the comments. I had some very opposing viewpoints on me rewarding myself with a phone.
I agree that I can't keep myself perpetually motivated by an endless stream of rewards. When I earn a reward, what motivation do I have to keep going? I've got to lose weight for real reward, my health.
There's a very good book out there called Punished by Rewards that makes the point that rewards are bad for intrinsic motivation. The author sites a number of studies that all indicate decreases in performance when rewards are involved.
I almost decided not to follow through with this incentive, but I'm still going to move forward with it. Agree or disagree, it's something I feel will keep me focused for a little while. I'm going to show myself I can follow through with a goal.
Mr. Scott is helping me get started with a new exercise plan. I'm still going to continue C25k, but on the other days I'm going to start lifting weights. I'm excited to get started.
My last point tonight is that I'm starting to come to the realization that I'm terrible at eating healthy. It has been by far the weakest part of my weight loss journey. I know what to eat (sort of) but I need to be a lot more informed about how to consistently eat that way.
Does anyone know of a good book about eating right? I know there are a ton of books out there, but there's also a lot of crap out there. What have you read that's changed your way of thinking about nutrition?