Real Housewife, Sarah: A Rewards System & Six Pounds Down

{This week is our first check-in post with Real Housewife Blogger, Sarah in Australia! Sarah weighs in Wednesday, then checks in with us Thursday to share what’s working and what’s not!}
One thing I am a big sucker for is the “I deserve a treat, I did a huge workout this morning.” Now that I am tracking my calories in MyFitnessPal (join me – LicoriceOlives), I can see that “treat” has actually just taken away all my good work that I did in the gym! I could not have the treat and not do the workout and still be in the same boat.

I dont want to be in the same boat!

So, I have to stop rewarding myself with food and instead here are the different milestones I have set for myself and when I reach them I get a little reward of the non-food variety.

  • 1 minute plank on my feet – new workout item (likely from Lululemon)
  • Run 5km without stopping – new lipstick
  • Under 80kg – pedicure and manicure
  • Lose 5kg – new workout item
  • Lose 10kg – to be decided
  • Lose 30cm from my measurements – workout headband
  • Lose 50cm from my measurements – new jewelery
  • 50 days continuous food tracking – new work lunch box

There are a couple there that I am not sure about, but I am quite excited about all of them! I am really close to getting a few (like 50 days tracking and being under 80kg) but I know I can achieve them all!

How am I funding all these expenses? I pay myself a dollar every time I work out. If I burn over 1,000 calories (or more than 2 hours) – I get $2! The idea came from a similar picture to this and it is a wonderful motivator!


{Image source: Brooke: Not on a Diet}

Now for my check-in!!

So last week was spent travelling a little and usually that means too many calories in and not enough out. I made a conscious effort to keep up my water, though, and at least do my walking for 20 minutes!

  • Monday – Walk (220 calories)
  • Tuesday – Morning and afternoon walk (685 calories)
  • Wednesday – Toning session and walk (493 calories)
  • Thursday – Rest
  • Friday – Gym Cardio Session (503 calories)
  • Saturday – Cardio Session (806 calories)
  • Sunday – Rest

Lucky for me, it went very well this week. Despite having 2 rest days and one light day, I was careful with my calories and some of my walks were tough!

I was in Perth and there are some fun stairs that are common workout stairs- there were so many people! The view at the top was definitely worth it though!



So this weeks numbers are awesome, not in whole numbers I guess, but in that mental figure- I am under 176 lbs! I managed to weigh in at 175 lb this week! So exciting!! My husband was standing in the bathroom next to me when I weighed in and I clapped! Just need to keep down here!

Weight Loss This Week: 1.8 lbs

Total Weight Loss (since Jan. 7th): 6.2 lbs

Readers, if you’ve missed something, check out Sarah’s Intro, and catch up on Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3! You can also follow Sarah’s journey over on Eating the Olives, her healthy living blog!

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  1. Hi there!
    Great job Sarah! If you wouldn’t mind linking the fitness jar pic to my site. I would appreciate it! It’s mine from my 6 Tips For Making Working Out A Habit post. ( It really helped me get my exercise to become regular! Woot! Good luck to you!!

    Posted 3.21.13 Reply