Bloggers’ Challenge – Week 2 – To reward, or not reward, that is the question….

The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a primary school teacher, so I spend an awful lot of time every day giving out rewards – both verbal and token. I can claim stamps, stickers and certificates on my income tax. It’s an integral part of my job to provide extrinsic rewards to others, in order to recognise their achievements and encourage them to go on doing their best.

So in this week two challenge, I’m asking you, my fellow bloggers to think about how important rewards are for you on your 12wbt journey. Do you think they are a necessary part of the journey? Do they hinder or help?

Awards are so unnecessary, because I think we get so much out of our work by just doing it. The work is a reward in itself.

Natalie Portman

Question 1. (For everyone doing the challenge)

What are your goals for this week?

What is/are your main goal/goals for week four of the twelve weeks?

What is/are your main goal/goals for week eight of the twelve weeks?

What is/are your main goal/goals for week twelve of the twelve weeks?

What is/are your main goal/goals for one year in the future?

Now you’ve answered the question about your goals, there are three ways you could respond to this week’s Bloggers’ Challenge. Remember though, there is no right or wrong, what you believe is right for you is right for you. This week’s challenge is about exploring how you think about this and considering what is the best thing for you to do for yourself.

So, do you agree with Natalie Portman and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Or not? 

If you do agree……..

2. Why do you think extrinsic, or external rewards, for achieving goals on the 12wbt are not an important part of the journey?

3. If you don’t reward yourself when you achieve goals – do you still recognise your achievements somehow?

So, if you don’t agree with Natalie Portman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, then here is your questions 2 and 3.

2. Why do you think its important to reward yourself along the way as you achieve your goals as a  12wbt?

3. What rewards do you have planned when you achieve the goals?

And if you both agree and disagree with Natalie Portman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, then you can answer both question 2s and 3s.

Remember, your answers can be as long or short as you want them to be. They can be answered in sentences or in point form. You can add photos too if you want to illustrate your point of view, or share how your journey is for you visually.

If you’d like to join in with the challenge then create a post on your blog to answer the questions – or just the ones you’d like to answer. 

Then copy the link for that blog post – not the link for the entire blog – just this one post. Then paste the link in the Linky Tool below. Everyone who wants to – whether you are writing a blog post for the challenge or not – can then click on the links in the linky tool to read all the responses to this week’s challenge.


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Having a treat, then flexing the will power muscle

This morning I had an appointment with my hairdresser.  It is a great salon. The chairs at the basin fully recline, and they are vibrating massage chairs, and while you are waiting for your colour to take, you get an iPad with wireless connection to play with.

The other treat is the little individual Tim Tams you get with your cup of tea or coffee.  Last time I was there – my first visit – I had two cups of tea and was given a Tim Tam with each – and of course I had to be polite and scoff both!

I decided before I walked in the door this morning that if I had a second cup of tea, I would decline the Tim Tam – only one for me today.  Before I ate the Tim Tam that cam with my first cuppa I took a look at the ingredient panel.  About 400kjs from memory.  My division skills leave a lot to be desired – and I guessed it would be about 100 calories.  I decided to eat it and enjoy it.

When I was offered the second cup I decided to be proactive.  I knew if the second one was placed on the counter in front of me it would be hard to resist.  So I asked if I could just have the cup of tea without the Tim Tam – that one was my limit.  No problem.  Of course a salon that has iPads and massaging chairs would accomodate your request to hold the Tim Tams.

And here is a photo of me with my hairdresser fresh hair.  Walked in with a big humidity frizz, walked out all sleek and soft.  Now, going to the hairdressers is not a priority for everyone one.  For me though, prior to late 2003 I used to go on a regular basis – I loved it.  But once I started gaining weight I didn’t feel like I deserved to treat myself to visits to the hairdresser – I felt I wasn’t worth the trouble.  My mum used to be a hairdresser before I was born, so between 2003 and December 2011 she would trim it for me – and the last year or so I got her to colour it for me, and I always wore it scraped back into a ponytail.

All that changed during Round 3 2011.  At some point about half way through the round I decided I was worth the pampering after all, and I made an appointment with my local hairdresser for the day before the Finale Workout and Party.  We are working on a total transformation – one step at a time.  Today more came off the length, the colour was made one shade lighter and she started to layer and shape around my face.  Rachel said that getting rid of the excess hair I didn’t want or need was like getting rid of excess baggage.

So, how are you going to treat yourself well this week? In a calorie free way of course!

12wbt Blogging Challenge – What brings you joy?

The challenge this week is to name the things which bring me joy – without resorting to that four lettered word – food! 😉

1. The way I feel after exercising

2. Listening to my daughter read out loud.

3. Listening to my son play the saxophone.

4. Going on bushwalks.

5. Indulging in crafty activities.

6. Spending time with friends.

7. Looking at flowers.

8. Watching my favourite movies.

9. Listening to music.

10. Spending time with my husband.