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SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (45,888)
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10/17/13 12:16 A

I just try to get some time for myself, Pamper myself, take a relaxing bath and splash on my favorite scent!!

KYLIECAT1 Posts: 814
10/16/13 8:48 P

I like to go hiking , go to the library , same as someone else said check out the clearance rack!
Listen to Rainymood.com while having my favorite music in the background. Have a great fantasy about whats its going to be like when I achieve my goals !

STARMONICA SparkPoints: (91,341)
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10/16/13 11:05 A

new skirt, shoes, book or small stuff.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (106,400)
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10/16/13 5:53 A

I love treating myself to the clearance rack at the department store. And a new magazine is fun too.

HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
10/16/13 4:29 A

Going shopping and picking up small things like a fitness magazine or a cup of decaf.coffee at Starbucks!

PFARRAR65 SparkPoints: (31,827)
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10/15/13 11:24 P

There are several ways for me
1. a good book
2. time with friends
3. a good movie
4. a favorite tv show
5. time with my grand kids
6. surfing the net
7. a hobby.
just to name a few

BRENDACDB SparkPoints: (213)
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10/15/13 11:08 P

Yes you can get caught up and or hung up on treating yourself with the food celebration scene but what i do now is treat myself to a pair of to die for earrings or I treat myself to a new pair of shoes. It works for me.

NOMOREGODDESS Posts: 677
10/15/13 7:56 P

This one is hard for me. I don't have much time by myself due to young kids and a very affectionate hubby. Feelings get hurt if I want "Me time". We don't have much xtra $$ to buy treats either. Both the hubby & I work for the government. I am already not getting paid due to the government shutdown & we are worried that he will be in the same boat soon if congress does not raise the debt ceiling. We will survive. It is just stressful because of all of the unknown.

MHARDWICK15 SparkPoints: (689)
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10/15/13 1:52 P

Toe polish, hot tea, library time, rest, walk, retail therapy, nice long shower or bath. So many ways to treat myself I better do some activities worthy of such rewards. Laundry, ertands, prepare dinner, after that I definitely will treat myself. emoticon

KHARRIETOFF SparkPoints: (3,717)
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10/15/13 1:16 P

I buy myself a new book from my Amazon wishlist, or for my nook via barnes&noble.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,558
10/15/13 11:29 A

Shopping, inlcuding window shopping; taking some extra "me-time"

WHEELS54 Posts: 492
10/15/13 11:24 A

I am no artist but I like to draw. It's my Zen time. I also like to walk around the mall for exercise and people watching. It is sometimes necessary to shop for shoes....

PT.JEFFGIRL SparkPoints: (126,648)
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10/15/13 9:11 A

Reading, using my iPad, shopping (not that often) and visiting my son and daughter and her children.

PENNYSAVER2 SparkPoints: (66,918)
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10/15/13 8:53 A

Since I've loss 55 pounds, I'm going to treat myself to a foot massage. Along the way, I've been replacing clothing items. I've been getting rid of the clothes that are too big and purchasing clothes that fit. I shop at second hand stores for the clothing.



SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,010
10/15/13 7:45 A

Love this topic! I buy new music for my Ipod, download a new book, buy a scented candle; all great ways to treat myself!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 5,826
10/15/13 2:25 A

Plastic horses!? I like!!!!! You're not the only one, I would love to go horseback riding but I can't bcoz of my health condition. If I can find a cute and well-made plastic horse for an affordable price, I might get one too!

Do post pics if you do get one or several! ;)

Edited by: EOWYN2424 at: 10/15/2013 (08:57)
GRAYLADY13 SparkPoints: (8,612)
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10/15/13 2:05 A

I found some great mini plastic well detailed horses at the tractor supply store. Oooheee! I have my goal set to get to 240, then I will go buy one. I know I'm weird but getting a plastic horse makes tears come to my eyes and puts happy in my heart. I so want one, two, three! I like squirrels too. My family knows about my squirells joy but I've never told anyone how horses affect me. Shh! Secret!

AMAYABLUE SparkPoints: (21,036)
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10/14/13 6:52 P

Shoes are a great treat! I also reading, so knowing I have a good book waiting helps me avoid snacking mistakes.

LBURGDORF SparkPoints: (2,161)
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10/14/13 5:15 P

I like shoes so my plan is when I reach my major goals to buy a lovely pair of pumps....
For smaller goals i treat myself to a new lipstick or earrings...

I still do an occasional ice cream sundae but not as a reward so much but I like ice cream so if I have been maintaining my healthy living... working out, eating whole foods, avoiding soda... I just incorporate it into my day out with the girls or dessert with my boyfriend... I don't deny any food... just use moderation and healthy living ideology.. has taken a long time but I now feel I have a healthy relationship with food... no more emotional eating... which has left me feeling better in so many ways... even around "that time of the month" since I have been eating whole foods and healthy foods my cravings have disappeared... emoticon

SOUTHGOINGZAX Posts: 305
10/14/13 5:00 P

I like getting my hair cut or highlighted or colored as a reward. Also, buying an item of clothing or shoes. Also, I like to go to the gym just to sit in the hot tub. Ooh - and sleeping in is a good one, too. But maybe my favorite non-food reward is getting a massage.

HEALTHY-SPARK SparkPoints: (41,159)
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10/14/13 3:11 P

There are lots of great ideas here -- I love the new playlist song idea for reaching goals. After reading this board, I think I should set some specific rewards for my upcoming goals. I like this!

COPPERFIRE952 Posts: 119
10/14/13 1:47 P

Thank you for all the amazing suggestions!

One thing on food...I don't haven't anything celebrating with food - it's obviously an integral part of most people's culture (including mine). I also know that when I'm truly following an exercise and workout plan that 1 piece of cake or lunch out at work won't derail me. That said - I realize personally, to maintain a healthy balance I have to lessen the association between food and emotions. Especially eating when I've had a bad or stressful day.

I love the idea of buying yourself a new song for your playlist when you've had a bad day. Having new music always makes me look foward to working out the next day. I actually made this one of my weigh loss goal rewards - a new gym playlist when I reach my next milestone!

FUNZ81 Posts: 453
10/14/13 1:30 P

I just ordered a Spark Fit to celebrate reaching my first goal. I love electronic gadgets, but feel I am really splurging when I buy them, so they make an excellent reward for reaching benchmark goals.

REBIRTHDIVA SparkPoints: (59,384)
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10/14/13 11:43 A

massage! new smaller clothes, music, makeup, books, workout clothes/shoes emoticon

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (158,043)
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10/14/13 10:38 A

A new BELT! Yay! I didn't wear them before, now I CAN! Brighter, fancier, sexier belts!

HAPPYLISA17 Posts: 213
10/14/13 9:58 A

Shoes (for larger milestones)! Hair clips, fabric for making skirts, stockings, ladies gloves, ANYTHING that makes me feel fancy and deserving of the hard work.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (27,678)
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10/14/13 5:57 A

I still do food-based treats, only now it's something like out of season fruit, or a beautiful tin of tea. I bought 15 dollars worth of asparagus recently, because I really wanted asparagus, and well, it's cheaper than a couple McDonalds meals. I'll have a really nice glass of wine out with dinner once in a while, if it's a special occasion.

As for non-food treats, mani/pedis, books, and music, like other people have said. Lipstick is good indulgence too.

KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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10/14/13 5:44 A

Go for a massage - or buy something cute in the new smaller size that I'm now wearing :-)

EOWYN2424 Posts: 5,826
10/14/13 3:07 A

Lolling about in bed with an interesting mag or good book! Sometimes even on my tab!

PHX459 SparkPoints: (10,898)
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10/14/13 2:17 A

Main/pedi

MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 6,702
10/14/13 1:32 A

Mani/pedi, budget a beauty school
New book or on budget a new used book
Music/relaxation tapes
New movie rental with healthy snack, i.e. popcorn or veggies or sugar free jello or pudding
Make a dream board or scrap book
Crosswords (I love People magazines ones)
Knitting/crocheting/cross stitch/ needlepoint
New clothes (budget go to second hand shops)
Magazines for new recipes, positive articles, etc. Love Woman's World/Taste of Home Healthy of Home Healthy
Go buy a special mug or tea cup that makes you happy for special coffees and tea ( budget try dollar stores) I love Sleepy time by Celestial Seasonings at nite
That being said...I do not give up food celebrations...I just make sure it is at a place with healthy options such as grilled fish, baked potato and salad or steak and salad or if it is a home gathering ask people to bring healthy options like veggie tray, salad, broiled meats, veggies, and deserts like angel food cake and fresh fruits! I feel I have mastery when I do this and prove to myself I can eat in moderation and I can eat healthy!
Good Luck!


CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (32,884)
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10/14/13 1:05 A

I reward myself for sticking with my food and workout regimens by allowing myself to continue to purchase my workout packages. They are fairly expensive and definitely something I consider a splurge. I have allowed myself to continue to purchase classes because I do them!

IMREITE SparkPoints: (257,183)
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10/14/13 12:12 A

Food has always been a part pd celebration for me. even things like visiting family involves overeating. i like to bake sweets,
non food ways to treat myself tend to be more expensive. but i do like things like messages, manicures, new toys - gadgets. i guess it is hard for me to think of what i want. i have more then i need.

when i break 200lbs i want to buy some new clothes, but untill then i save cash by shoping discount racks and goodwill.

Edited by: IMREITE at: 10/14/2013 (00:27)
LADYCJM SparkPoints: (34,466)
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10/13/13 10:03 P

I do agree that food celebrations are part of our culture. Those are events that I plan for and enjoy. We have a musical revue steakhouse that we only go to on special occasions. They have great food, I order what I want and take half home for another meal.

For a special reward I will on occasion buy a bag of Lindor chocolate or Godiva. I find that the really good chocolate is a treat and I don't need more than 1 or 2 pieces to feel rewarded.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (92,959)
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10/13/13 9:19 P

Those are many great ideas, and they may help during certain times, but food will always be in the back of your mind. I allow 200 or 300 calories for a snack in the afternoon and evening, things like Skinny Cow frozen bar, or cheese, certain fruits cut up, cool whip, etc. and I know I can have those and I like those foods, helps to keep you eating well the rest of the day. All those little tips to use up your time, get you outside and away from the kitchen, are helpful, but they just won't satisfy what is within you that needs certain kinds of food for comfort..........so allow for lower calorie versions of some of your comfort foods each day. It is awfully hard to try and "talk yourself out of eating", it's ingrained itself. Lord knows I've tried since age 12 and I'm a Senior now!!!

BLUEANNIEDOG Posts: 321
10/13/13 9:01 P

I like black dark roast coffee, so a nice cup of some new dark roast coffee is always good. Or fancy tea. Trying to stay away from Diet Coke, but that works, too. No calories and very relaxing.

Paint nails, do a facial. Buy a nice pair of pretty panties.

Relaxing run or walk in a special place.

Buy a new book or magazine and actually read it.

Suggest non-food activities to do with friends and family.

Good luck! Not an easy habit to break, but worth breaking.



EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
10/13/13 7:29 P

I treat myself both with and without food. From the dawn of time it has been a central part of the human culture to celebrate community, events, relationships, and spiritual life with food. Because I lost weight does not negate my need to connect with that.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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10/13/13 4:59 P

Yes I go to Chapters which is the Canadian equivalent to Borders.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (65,099)
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10/13/13 4:47 P

Oh, I forgot about music! For a while when I was having a particularly hard time, I was buying myself a song from iTunes every day that I stayed on track. $.99-1.29 is still less than you would spend even on a coffee drink.

I also bought myself a new iPod touch when I reached a particularly hard goal.

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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10/13/13 4:38 P

So, rewards for me are new music for my phone or pod. I do most cardio by dancing so new music keeps me from getting bored and it makes me happy too. After New Years, I probably will reward myself with a few new items of clothing that can shrink with me. In other words some items that wont look idiotic if I lose another twenty pounds. I think I'll hit the nicer discount stores so I don't spend a fortune on things that won't fit in another 6 months. Oh yeah, a nice new leather purse, size won't matter. But, I also want to learn to deal with food treats since I think that learning to deal with such things sensibly is part of what this journey is all about. My son (who is on this journey with me) and I decided to allow ourselves some treat each month. I mean a big treat not something like one Hershey's Kiss. There is a place near the college that has wonderful Apple Pie. We are going to get a piece with ice cream but, we will share it. It's probably about 800-900 calories, but shared it's not so bad and none of us got here because of a 400 calorie treat once a month. Anyway, I know this thread is about no food treats but real life throws food treats at us now and then and I want to learn to find a strategy.for coping so I can maintain my proper weight. Meanwhile, I'll get a few new mysteries for my Kindle and maybe treat myself to a perm. My son did want a Margarita every 20 pounds but now he's decided on an ACDC album for his collection. He's at 19.8 pounds now, so I guess I'll have to pay off next week. So far, it's been six weeks and we haven't got around to collecting on the apple pie, maybe next month. Neither of us are really tied to 'bad foods' as much as we're just careless and not active enough. That's embarrassing to admit, but it's true.

emoticon Alyssa

Edited by: IRVING666 at: 10/13/2013 (16:43)
FORESTGHOUL Posts: 569
10/13/13 3:30 P

It depends on a person's hobbies. I've been a crafty person my whole life so maybe I'll get some new yarn, fabric, beads or some neat scrapbook paper. But I always love new clothes too, or a new pair of shoes.
I also love coffee so I might find a new flavor or go on an online spree and get a bunch of K-Cups. or a new flavor of Tea. And I RARELY drink so I might actually occasionally have a good craft beer. And of course I'm always a sucker for expensive chocolate.

JWASHINGT1 SparkPoints: (9,130)
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10/13/13 3:14 P

New clothes, a movie since I can fit in the seats better, a new book to read.

SGFLAUTIST Posts: 621
10/13/13 2:21 P

I get together with some of my friends and we all play flute duets. I also take the subway and walk to the bookstore or library to see what is on the shelf that I would want to read. I would go to eat occasionally, but I would mostly do something that would be non-food related

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (65,099)
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10/13/13 2:02 P

I still entertain and cook for people because that is something that makes me very happy...but I don't do it very often and I make them eat most of the food!

I still go out to eat with friends sometimes too, but I don't do it more than a couple of times a month and I try to choose quality over quantity. Plus most of my friends are dancers, outdoorsy people or fitness fanatics, so the majority of my going-out-social-time revolves around actively doing stuff. I can choose to eat or drink if I want to, but it isn't the crux of what we are doing.

MISSJANE55 SparkPoints: (42,188)
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10/13/13 2:01 P

New clothes, Mani/Peds, facials and buying really good products for my hair and skin.

Edited by: MISSJANE55 at: 10/13/2013 (14:01)
LADYCJM SparkPoints: (34,466)
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10/13/13 1:51 P

This is a great topic Azulvioleta6. And great work getting rid of 92 pounds! That is a reward all by itself!

Like everyone else here, food has always been a reward, a comfort, a go to for entertainment and socialization. And disassociating food from those things is really hard.

A few things that I have done are to try and have social events that do not revolve around food. Several community groups hold nature hikes and dance lessons so I invite friends to go to those with me. Of course, the hard part is to not go and eat afterwards!

Rewards for me have included new books for my Nook, massages, mani-pedis, new clothes, videos, a kitten and hiring some one to do some yard chores that needed doing that Ireally did not want to do.

Other ideas could be movies, a weekend away, a cruise or a trip to an amusement park.

I started off by putting my fast food money in a jar to pay for my treat at the end of the week. My goal was no fast food equals the money in the jar. If I ate fast food the $ went back into the budget. It really helped to see how much money I was wasting every week. Once that goal became easy to meet then I switched it to junk food at work. Then my frou-frou coffee habit.

I also set up positive rewards like if I ate a fruit I got to put an extra dollar in the jar. Same for vegetables. Exercise for an hour was 5 dollars!
I don't do this as much anymore but it really helped when I was trying to make new habits.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (65,099)
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10/13/13 1:35 P

I buy myself nail polish--it costs about the same as a small food reward but has no calories. So I've lost 92 pounds and now have a huge drawer full of more nail polish than I could ever use in my lifetime. :)

Nice soap, hair conditioner or beauty products are also good treats. I think that new clothes or trips can be great rewards too if you can afford those things. I also like fancy tea, an exquisite cup of coffee from a local roaster, etc.

I guess that I still reward myself with food a little bit, but those rewards are very tasty, very high quality food--for example a homemade risotto with wild mushrooms, not a McDonald's milkshake.

FAITHP44 SparkPoints: (52,430)
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10/13/13 1:29 P

I do occasionally reward myself with food - but only if there's something really fancy. For me a biggie is being able to take a bag of clothes that are too big to the Oxfam shop and then, if I need to, buying something new. (I still don't need many new clothes as I kept all the clothes that were too small, but I bought a new coat on Thursday and that was nice to do!)

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,754)
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10/13/13 10:50 A

Paint your nails, it takes a long time to dry and you'll good looking hands when you're done.

COPPERFIRE952 Posts: 119
10/13/13 10:35 A

For my whole life, food has been a huge part of my life. Every celebration, good time, bad time, need for comfort and self reward has been food-centric. Special occasion? - go out for a big dinner! Had a bad day at work? - Have a beer and some chips.

In order to be successful in being healthier I'm having to change my mentality about food. I know it's "okay" to splurge, but I don't think it's okay for my brain to continue to NEED food to celebrate, reward or provide comfort.

All that said - what are some ways you "treat" yourself that don't involve food. A couple things I've started:

- Taking a long soak in the whirlpool tub with a good book
- Sunday morning relaxing and doing the crossword in the paper (exercise for my mind!)

What are some other things you do for yourself?

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