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Treating myself like a child!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lately I've been feeling like this is NEVER GOING TO END.
I feel like I have been on a diet for a thousand years, and this weekend I realized something needed to change.
I've had more cheat days in the past two months then I did from January to May of last year all together. Clearly something about my plan isn't working anymore if I can't go more than a week without pigging out. And so yesterday, on a long drive home from a doctors appointment, I decided that if I cannot show self control like an adult, maybe I need to treat myself like a child!


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MOTIVATIONAL TECHNIQUES!

Yesterday I spent 3 hours making this elaborate calendar/star chart.
For the month of March my goals are to eat in my calorie range 7 days a week, and workout at least 5 days a week. At the end of the week if I have at least 12 total stars for that week, I earn one more! (The bottom 2 goals do not earn stars, but I figured if it's going to be hanging on the wall everyday, I could always use an extra reminder!)

At the end of the month I have point brackets which earn me prizes based on how well I did. I've never been the type to reward myself because being a lower weight has always worked in the past, but I figured a little incentive couldn't hurt!

Unfortunately I am completely broke, and even when I do have money, I always tell myself "I don't really need it" and end up saving. So far, I have come up with a few inexpensive ideas though:

- New song or app
- A new ingredient or spice to make a special healthy recipe
- New measuring spoons/cups
- Flowers or a plant

I'd really like to avoid buying clothing, because if I haven't changed a size by the end of the month it might depress me, and I'd rather wait until I'm closer to my goal weight so I can wear the clothes for more than a month.

So here's where I need your help!


What do you guys do to reward yourself? I hope everyone is having a great week so far!
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JASHBYS 3/11/2012 8:19PM

    I love your goal board. How clever.

Do you currently knit? I've found it to be a great way to keep my hands busy so they aren't feeding my face. A great reward might be a pair of needles to get started and an inexpensive (but soft) skein of yarn. There is no shortage of free patterns on the internet as well as basic stitch instructions (don't forget about youtube for better visuals). Knitting is a wonderful therapeutic thing to do and you produce amazing wearable art. Ravelry.com is a great resource for free patterns.

With each goal you reach, buy yourself yarn for a new project and another pair of needles (if you need to). Watch out for the yarn boutiques, they do have superior quality yarns but they come at a hefty price. You can find perfectly good yarn/needles at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.

If you are interested in knitting, let me know. I can email some good beginner pattern to you from a book I have.

Stay strong and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Joy emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/11/2012 8:20:02 PM

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 3/4/2012 2:02PM

    Hair accessories is a good one too - those can be cheaper.

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 3/4/2012 2:00PM

    I love it! I've made goal posters for myself this month too.
A lot of people mentioned this on the Message Board topic but for me a great small reward is a magazine, or something that I wanted to buy anyway, but now I can't buy it until I reach my goal (e.g. DVD). I also put new shoes as a reward because I won't "grow out" of them, and a particular type of perfume that I really like. Those might be a bit more expensive, but they are ideas of non-food and non-clothing reward items at least...

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FLUTTEROFSTARS 2/29/2012 7:13PM

    Great blog! I responded with free and cheap rewards on your chat thread:)

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TOMALLE 2/29/2012 2:03PM

  Cheap costume jewelry is fun, too!

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SUE_SCRAPS 2/29/2012 11:46AM

  I love it! Treating yourself like a child can be a good way to bring the "fun" back into life. Reminds you about when all of life was fun.

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DFROMTX 2/29/2012 8:21AM

    Your ideas sound good to me...whatever works!

Good luck. emoticon

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DREAMNSCHEME 2/28/2012 3:41PM

    I think it sounds like fantastic motivation! Good luck!

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LISMORENUS 2/28/2012 1:56PM

  I treat myself with nail polish in funky colors and new hair bands for working out. Cheap and fun!! Love your idea!

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ALLIEALLIE2 2/28/2012 12:41PM

    Your calendar is excellent! emoticon

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CHACKER2 2/28/2012 12:34PM

    I just enjoy feeling better. It is really tough when you don't seem to be making progress but you just have to continue on. Try doing something different and change up your exercise routine. I think that your calendar and goal reminders are great. What ever it takes to get you where you want to go.

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