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Reward system?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Do you use a reward system to keep yourself motivated? I've thought about this before, but I don't have the funds to treat myself to many things that cost a lot of money.

A few things I've got on my list so far...
--a massage (purchased through Groupon)
--a special dinner
--a relaxing weekend in the country, working in the garden

Now, this next one may sound weird, but I think it may be something that will keep me truly motivated for the long haul because, frankly, I'm obsessed.

I think I'm going to make myself "earn" my TV watching time. Specifically for one of my guilty pleasure shows -- the UK's EastEnders. I've decided that I must complete 20 minutes of exercise to earn one episode of the show. Here goes!

How do you reward yourself? Do you set up any challenges for yourself before you get your reward?
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    rewards are great- they don't have to be expensive and NO reward if I don't meet my goal. I have a running list so I can pick from the list if I meet the goal. Earning TV time, I think is a wonderful reward! Some of the things on my list are....
    weekend away, hair color, mini trampoline, Spark t-shirt, 8# weights, book, Wii points......that way if I meet a goal on a week that I can afford a cheap book I can pick that but if it's a week where I can actually afford the mini trampoline then I can get that. The "tramp" and the weights can only be bought once of course then I'll put something else in that place but things like a weekend away or a book or a new t-shirt can be rewards over and over. Good luck!
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    Comment edited on: 5/11/2011 8:31:04 PM
    You Bet! I have a reward system for EVERY week I reach ALL of my goals. They are NOT food related though. I gave myself the first reward of a diamond necklace for making the promise of weight loss to myself, & for taking the first step. I just bought my second one today, diamond stud earrings to match the necklace for losing 4 lbs this week. I will continue to reward myself ONLY if I reach my goals. If not, well no reward for me till next week! I think rewards are important & how you choose to give them to yourself is even better. emoticon
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    Jonica, yes, it is exercise, but for me it's a reward because it means I get to go home and visit my family and I find it very relaxing.
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    Sounds like a lot of rules...isn't gardening exercise? Don't be too hard on yourself! Rewards, yes, every day. It helps take some of the stress out of weight loss.
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    I'm just getting started so I haven't set up a reward system. I think the personal pampering is ideal and may copy your mani/pedi/massage and add in facial to my list of possible rewards.

    Thanks for the ideas!
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