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7/7/13 10:29 P

I reward myself with reading & writing even if I find working out its own reward~

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7/7/13 4:58 P

If I workout, I reward myself with a hot whirlpool bath that evening. No workout, no bath.


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7/7/13 11:15 A

Rewarding yourself no matter what form it takes can be very motivating, especially for those stuck in a place where they cannot get out of a rut. Don't knock those who use tangible rewards as a way to keep themselves on track.

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7/7/13 8:50 A

Whatever works, right!? That's excellent that you've found a system that works for you! Enjoy! :)

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7/7/13 8:28 A

I try to have weekly massages.

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7/7/13 2:20 A

I always treat myself good anyway, so to me, getting exercise that makes me sweat, the cold shower afterwards is reward enough for me!

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7/6/13 4:00 P

Rewarding ourselves is always good. It reinforces the positive healthy behaviors that we are all trying to make habits.
I reward myself with a new book every week if I work out for 6 hours. If I stay within my calorie range I can buy a new clothing item. I treat myself to a manicure and a massage once a month because I deserve it as I work hard, both at my job and at home.
Keep up the good work!

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7/6/13 3:04 P

Great idea. I will save 10 dollars a week and buy myself new clothes since everything is getting to big.

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7/6/13 9:58 A

To quote AMARANTHAQ "Regarding diet and exercise, I find them to be their own reward and don't need anything else."

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7/6/13 9:46 A

I am praying that I will find the cause and cure for my anemia and edema. Maybe I will get my legs strong enough for my enjoyable neighborhood walks.

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7/6/13 9:41 A

I used to use stickers on a calendar to identify meeting small goals and then a big reward after so many stickers. Right now I am working towards badges on my Fitbit for meeting goals.

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7/6/13 9:09 A

books and cosmetics

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7/6/13 9:08 A

new clothes!

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7/6/13 8:51 A

Regarding diet and exercise, I find them to be their own reward and don't need anything else.

In handling depression and social isolation issues and things like that I sometimes deal with, I find a lot of phone apps that help me out by clicking to reinforce happier behaviors and increasing good feelings about myself.

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7/6/13 3:06 A

Great incentive program. Think ill do something similar!
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7/6/13 12:49 A

Amen. Great incentive program!!!!

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7/6/13 12:46 A

Knuckles145 I love your reward system. That's a great idea!

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7/5/13 10:46 A

Luv it! In my mind I know at the end of the month for such hard work there's a light at the end of the tunnel. emoticon

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7/5/13 10:42 A

not sure if I'm "rewarding" or "reinforcing" :) (and not exactly sure of the distinction lol)

I have a glass jar on my desk in my home office. that I put quarters in for healthy behaviors. Last month I bought myself a pedicure using the quarters. For July I am aiming for $50 in my jar, then I'm going shopping for some new clothes.

some of the things I get a quarter for are:

15 mins of exercise
making my bed
putting on makeup
remembering to take vitamins and meds
tracking all my food
staying within calorie range
7 hours of sleep
doing something different for exercise.
resisting specific food temptations. (such as when the boys order pizza)

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7/5/13 9:00 A

So I started an incentive plan for myself wondering if anyone else does this. I workout very hard and would love a massage after every workout. One day I thought, if I eat clean & workout 6 days a week I'll pay myself $15 at the end of the week. At the end of the month I'll treat myself to a spa day. This incentive gives me something to look forward to. It doesn't necessarily have to be a message it could be anything your heart desires.

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