Carrot in Front of the Horse

My little weight loss journey has actually been going quite well. Which is surprising since in the past, I would have given up by day 2.

About 3.5 weeks in and I am down about 13 pounds. Lots more to go, but it’s definitely a start.

In the past, I wouldn’t see the results quick enough and I just quit, but this time, I’m giving myself the time I know it’s going to take and I’m very determined for this to happen. Not only am I tired of the way I look, but I also know I need to do it for my health. Even when I want to have children (years from now people. Don’t be thinking those thoughts on me. I don’t need it to rub off please) it is more difficult and sometimes more dangerous if significantly overweight. My mom’s labor and delivery didn’t go well, and if anything about being pregnant is genetic, then I need to give myself the best chances possible.

Also, I want to wear shorts this summer because jeans in 100 degree weather with 98% humidity is pretty miserable, let me tell you.

But, sometimes you need a little motivation.

So, Mr. A and I have set up a few little treats, or carrots, for me as I reach some milestones. And no, I’m not doing this for presents. I’m doing this for me. I actually don’t talk about this much with Mr. A because in the past, I would talk it all up and then it would fall through and I would feel like an even bigger failure because now other people knew I hadn’t held up my end of the bargain. This weight loss journey is all me. No one else. (But I do have a pretty sweet support group, both through all of you who read and comment, and with 2 wonderful women who have been a god send.)

tiffanys (Source)

You see that little blue/turquoise box?

Yeah. I’ve been dreaming of one of those for as long as I knew what it meant. Something beautiful and shiny and not something everyone has. I used to joke that he could buy me something cheap and as long as it came inside a real Tiffany’s box, I would be happy.

Well, and I didn’t ask for it- he came up with it all on his own. Promise. Mr. A has said that when I reach my goal of losing 85 pounds, this little box, along with something from the amazing store, will be mine. Eeep!!

I couldn’t be more excited. And no, probably no diamonds will be involved because after looking over their website, anything with diamonds is way more than I would ask Mr. A to ever spend on me. But I love their inital charm necklaces and they have a few bracelets that I like and not too pricey.

Also, my husband has said that once I lose the weight, he would take me on a shopping spree to Victoria’s Secret. Again, all his idea. (He is a guy.) I think he always sees me walk by the windows and wish I could wear some things from there and not look ridiculous. I could get bras there I guess, but if I don’t feel comfortable walking around in it, no use paying the money for it.

Something else I’m going to do for myself once I hit 50 is to buy a custom, or at least personalized, blog design. This one is just from WordPress’s backgrounds and I want something more fun and more me. So if you know of any company or person that does this, let me know. This blog has become pretty important to me and I’m ready for it to look a little more like me.

And this last one may not exactly be a reward and more of another motivator, but Mr. A has something up his sleeve in the way of a trip to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. And while I may not be in a 2 piece, I hope to feel more comfortable walking around in a swimsuit and not crying in the fitting rooms because nothing fits or everything just accentuates the bad parts. I think feeling comfortable in my own skin is going to be the greatest reward.

Of course, new clothes will need to be bought here and there. Tonight I bought a new (and first) pair of skinny jeans in a size smaller than I had been wearing. I also bought a new top and can’t wait to wear it with my boots I got a couple months ago. (I had store credit and a gift card- only reason I bought it because I’m trying not to spend too much money on things I hope I won’t be wearing for too terribly much longer.)

I can’t get too excited because this is going to take some time, but it’s nice knowing there will be a few rewards for my hard work at the end.



Rewards for losing weight.

Tiffanys, Victoria Secret, blog overhaul, trip,



Filed under Life After College, Wannabe former couch potato

10 responses to “Carrot in Front of the Horse

  1. THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! I want rewards from my fiance for something 😦

    13 lbs in 3.5 weeks?!? For real?? That’s amazing!!!! Get it girl!!!

  2. That’s so exciting that you’re getting healthier! 🙂 It’s a really good idea to give yourself goals and rewards for reaching them. You’re gonna do great and be at a new blog design wearing a great Tiffany necklace in no time!

  3. I think that’s a great idea to give yourself presents at different milestones to keep yourself motivated. Especially if one of them is that turquoise box!

    Regarding designs, I used Sweet Blog Design ( for my header, and I loved them. They are currently taking a little break, but when they’re back they are worth it.

    Good luck!

  4. Sarah

    Wow, 13 lbs is amazing! You rock!!

    I love the idea of little rewards for achieving a goal. Sure the big reward (being healthy/feeling better in your own skin) is a pretty good reward on its own. But it’s even better when there is something shiny in a little blue box to go with it!

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

  5. Great work! I am so proud of you! Can’t wait til you get that little blue box – wonderful!

  6. Wow – 13 pounds already? You are doing awesome!! It already seems like you are more positive – keep it up!

  7. You’re doing so great!! I love your gifts too. They will be such nice rewards for all of your hard work. Awesome!!

  8. Congrats on losing weight already! I am impressed! I lov the Tiffanys box as more motivation to lose your goal pounds. It would definitely motivate me!!!

  9. that is so freaking exciting! keep it up, lady!

  10. I think this is fantastic!!

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