I'm back to sleepless nights, apparently. At 4:45 this morning, I decided to just get up and get some stuff done before the kids woke up, because I couldn't sleep for the life of me. I started some laundry, and then decided that I might as well get my run over with as early as possible, too.
Jerry was at work, so I had to do the treadmill. I haven't run on the treadmill in a while! It was kind of a pain to drag everything around to get my set-up the way I like it (I put the cat tree in front of the treadmill, and then put my laptop on the top of the cat tree, so it's at eye-level).
I rearranged my schedule a bit this week because of yesterday's race, so today I was scheduled to do five miles easy. I wasn't sure what to set my "easy" pace at, because the last time I used the treadmill my easy pace was 6.0 mph--and I've been going faster than that outside. After testing out a few different speeds, I settled on 6.5 mph.
I finished 5 miles in 45 minutes, and then took a shower, dressed, and blew my hair dry before the kids even got up. It was strange to be up that early and have gotten all that done. Once I got the kids off to school, I went to the post office and then to shop for some prizes for the virtual 5K.
I've been so unsure of how to do the prizes, but I knew I had to get a move on it because I'm going to be insanely busy with Christmas and then the Ragnar. I've decided to that what I'd like to do is get 31 prizes (because I'm turning 31), and all of them will have a theme of "my favorite things". While I wish I could actually give away some of my truly favorite things--Garmin Forerunner, Under Armour clothing, etc.--there is no way in hell I can afford that.
I went to Ollie's, a discount store, first, and I actually had a lot of luck there--I bought a few books that are perfect for prizes. I'd also like to make some of the prizes, since I love to craft, so I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some supplies there. I also made a stop at Dunham's.
When I got home, I got to work on some of the crafty stuff. I spent all afternoon working on it, and I was happy with how they turned out. I'm being vague, because I think I'll wait until I have all 31 prizes ready before I reveal what they are :)
A. I was always really bad at this while losing weight. I would write down rewards for certain goals, but once I reached each goal, I felt guilty spending the money on things I typically didn't need. I didn't want to splurge on clothes as I was losing weight, because I knew they'd soon be too big.
I did buy a few things as rewards, however. Most recently, I bought those muscle tights for getting back into the 130's. When I lost 100 pounds, I got a new laptop (but that was really needed at the time--so I just used the weight loss as an excuse to finally buy it). When I kept 100 pounds off for a year, I bought a fancy schmancy bike (which was stupid, because I've only put about 10 hours on it in a year and a half!).
My family has been super supportive of my weight loss. My sister planned something really great for me when I reached 100 pounds lost. She took me to a nice salon to get my hair cut, highlighted, and blown out (my first (and only) blow out, and I was super impressed). Then we went to Macy's, where a woman did our make-up, and my sister bought me the make-up she used. It was so fun! We spent the whole day together, and I felt like a new person afterward.
Many years ago, when I was in college, I told my family that I wanted to lose weight for my wedding. My dad told me he'd give me $5 for each pound I lost. Well, that never happened. Fast forward to 2010, when I had lost 100 pounds, I asked him if his deal was still good. After some hem-hawing, he said yes--and he paid me $500! So I took that money and used some it to fly out to Minnesota and run the Ragnar Relay with my brother.
When I reached the 120's (for a minute back in 2010), Jerry bought me an iPod Nano so I had something to listen to while running.
Those are all kind of extreme examples, but there are lots of things you can reward yourself with for each goal--new clothes are an obvious choice (maybe new workout clothes?). Anything that may help you reach your goals, like a food scale, exercise equipment, a gym membership, or a race entry are good ideas.