As I forge on down my path of self-improvement and right choices, I am starting to recognize the importance of regular positive reinforcement. I am finding that a few small indulgences along the way reward me for my progress thus far and encourage me to keep pressing on.
I’d love to tell you that just taking better care of myself is reward in itself, but who are we kidding? I am a sloth at heart. Deep inside there’s a undisciplined, lazy woman just dying to prop her feet up on the ottoman and eat ice cream all day. It’s often hard to keep on keeping on.
Doing the right thing, over and over and over takes effort and energy. In order to walk, and keep walking, diet and keep eating well, and forego all the other bad habits I’ve let have their way with me, I need some tangible ‘at-a-girls’.
My special indulgence of the moment is to luxuriate with a mani-pedi combo! I love the wicked deliciousness of a couple hours stolen time, in which I am pampered and polished like Dorothy in the Land of Oz. I like it so much I’ve had to seek out affordable venues to get my new addiction satisfied. Our neigborhood Wal-mart has a nail salon with a great team that does fabulous work without busting a budget.
I justify my excursions with medical necessity. (So, I’m reaching, work with me!) See, all the walking has developed calluses on my feet and I don’t have room for them and my bunions too! I’ve found with just a half hour in the massage chair, coincidentally about the same time it takes me to walk two miles, I can keep them at bay, and I’m ready to walk some more.
I don’t know what demons you wrestle with or which minions would have you stray from the positive path you are on. One way to keep strong is to find some angels to help you stay in the battle. Keep your eyes peeled: Sometimes they come disguised as manicurists!
I'd love to hear how you indulge yourself to keep motivated and on track!