So I have fallen off the wagon way too much since September 28 and have struggled to get back on track. I have tried everything I can think of to get back on track every day, but with limited success. But I think I have hit on an incentive that will keep me on track for the next 11 weeks.
Rewarding myself with food isn't right. I am, fortunately, ok financially, so a financial reward like a vacation won't work...I will do that anyway, and since you have to book so far in advance, you can screw up but still take the trip.
My weakness is animals. I hate to think of animal cruelty or animals going to shelters and not being adopted. So my challenge: for every week I stay on plan, I will set aside a very generous amount that will go towards cat and kitten food at my local animal shelter.
This contest has already helped. I thought about cheating this morning, and I told myself no, because I would be hurting the chance of homeless and abused cats. By putting too much food in my mouth, I would be taking food out of the mouths of unfortunate cats that need food more than I do.
Could I just write a check regardless of whether I stay on track? Yes, but I would still feel like I let the animals down.
Hopefully this plan works and I will be firmly back on track while potentially prolonging a cat's life and giving the cat more time and hope to be adopted.