I totally have spring fever. I’m so tired of being cooped up inside. I miss my bike rides with Bug, and I miss my hiking out in Medora.
I have some goals for this summer. I’d like to do at least one–if not more–weekend hike on the Maah Daah Hey. I am learning that hiking is such a great form of exercise, and it’s one that I really enjoy. Beautiful scenery. The ability to go at my own pace. Relative solitude and peace.
I dabbled a little bit last fall with longer hikes but I have never attempted a solitary weekend, just me and Bug. That requires a little more planning and equipment. So I have started preparing for that. I’m sort of amazed at how much some of this stuff costs.
Sometimes I wish I could just quit my job and travel the country in an RV. Or do a long through-hike like the PCT. Since I enjoy being able to pay my bills, I don’t forsee that happening anytime soon.
But I can still do some adventures. I can keep getting fitter and fitter and see the things I want to see by foot. On weekends. And vacations.
I have set a goal for myself to lose 20 pounds. Obviously I want to lose more than that overall, but that’s a benchmark number for me right now. When I hit that 20 pounds I’m going to reward myself with the hiking pack I have been eyeballing.
I think it’s important to set goals for yourself and maybe even more important to reward those goals. I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels for so long on this journey, taking two steps forward and one step back that this goal/reward is especially crucial. I need to set a small, reasonable, easily achievable goal for myself (like 20 pounds) and then a big reward for when I hit that goal. And then I immediately need to repeat this.
So that’s the plan. Still doing DietBet too, but this reward system for myself is just a little bit of extra incentive!
What kinds of rewards could you line up for yourself to help you achieve your goals?