Thursday, May 21, 2009

Celebration Ideas - Your Assistance Needed

Today, this Journey's end seems impossible to reach. I had the roughest week I've ever had at the scale, and for reasons I mostly cannot explain. The numbers were so aberrant that I actually weighed on two different WW scales and questioned them thoroughly about their calibration processes. I don't have any idea how I gained so much weight in a week. Actually, I'm not sure I did; my scale and my clothes don't tell the same story.  I'll have to wait and see how next week's weigh-in goes.

However, even though I don't think I actually gained all that their scale said I did, I am still discouraged by the number...and by the distance it puts between me and my goal (It tripled my pounds-to-lose.). So, to combat the discouragement, I am focusing on a future celebration (kinda like thinking about heaven when life here gets really tough).

It is a common thing for WW members to plan rewards for reaching certain goals. And the reward should NOT be food related! :-) I've not really done that throughout this process, but always thought that I would do one big(-ish) thing at the end of the Journey. So many ideas have come and gone through my head--and frankly, I'm not sure how I will afford any of them. But, today is about dreams not reality (unlike heaven!), so let's dream a little.

I'd like your feedback...and suggestions! Here are some ideas I've had along the way:

** Viking Stand Mixer ($$$) 
** iPod w/Nike+ Sport Kit (running system) ($$)
** Wax Job (sorry guys!) & spray tanning session ($)
** Dutch Oven (like this Le Creuset one) ($$)
** Professional Photo Shoot (I love what I see here) ($$$$)
** A New Wardrobe (though my new-found hobby of thrift shopping has pretty well fixed me up!) ($)
** New Running Shoes (but I had to go ahead and get these before I reached goal lest I hurt myself) ($)
** A Giant Party (so everyone can celebrate with me what Christ has done!  Perhaps in conjunction with another reward.) ($$)
** A Trip to _______ ($$$)
** A Digital Camera ($$)
** Some Other Fabulous Reward You Are Going to Think Up for Me! ($$$$$$$$$$$--send cash!)

Of course, I've forgotten many of my ideas--because I wasn't bright enough to write them down when I thought of them--but this is a start.  So what do you think?  What kind of reward should I plan for reaching my weight-loss goal?  Or should I plan one at all?  After all, this was more about God's work in me than it was about the weight itself.  Perhaps I should just let the marker roll, and continue walking in the truths He has carved into me in the process.  Perhaps I should set up more of an Ebenezer*.  Or, perhaps, I should go get a pedicure and a massage.  So many options...

Anxious to hear your thoughts,


But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.  --Philippians 3:20-21, NIV

...what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God.  --Isaiah 49:4b, NIV

*Ebenezer: lit., stone of help.  A physical reminder of God's intervention on your behalf.

(c) 2009


t said...

I really liked the party idea and have been rolling it around my head since you mentioned it. It hits both reward and testimony which is crucial I think. Not saying you can't reward yourself for the discipline of the effort, but I think you'll be disappointed with only that. Just my .02

Although, I still price digial cameras for you every time I'm at Ritz, Best Buy or anywhere else that sells them. Thought of you just yesterday with a sale I saw. :)

Beth@playinwiththepaulsens! said...

OF COURSE!!!!! THE DIGITAL CAMERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want an ipod too.

Rachel said...

You should go on a trip to Chicago of course. We can party hard, you know coffee and board games.

Suzann said...

Ooo! I like the trip to Chicago idea! :) I was initially thinking of an active vacation - something you'd have the energy to do!

I'll keep praying for you & your journey!

Suzann (again) said...

I thought of a Wii + Wii Fit as a reward. But depending on your TV, that might also require that you upgrade your TV too! So, that could be a mixed bag! :)

t said...

OK - I have the perfect active vacation ... I hear a friend of yours has ALWAYS wanted to go to Disney World with you. Loads of activity points right there baby! And all the stuff made of sugar and air don't have ANY points - cuz, you know, air has none. And sugar is 100% natural :) .

Anonymous said...

You should have a party with your family :) When we come down in July!! (Call for more info)
A for JT and Baby K