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Friday, October 05, 2012

So this first list of rewards is just unfiltered. They kind of discourage food as reward, but spending money is just out for me so I'm going to jot these down and evaluate them later.
Bubble bath
Buy mp3s
watch a movie
play a game
read a book
go to Pier 1
nature walk
fun snack
eat out
buy a piece of clothing
buy art stuff
Setting aside money for day trading (I don't day trade, it just seems interesting)

Those are from my imagination. What are some from the various articles on rewards?
Badges or trophies
A dollar jar
Prize jar
Massage (pffft husband does massage, just not on me)
gift certificate
me time
hire a maid
double prizes for 100% days

So here's the thing about food rewards. I already don't eat chocolate or most sweets, and if I do, I just track them like any food. But a granola bar or a proper portion of normal ice cream is a treat I can have without "blowing my diet". Eating out is more potentially a slippery slope. For a while my husband was celebrating losing 10 pounds with eating out, and he'd regain the 10 pounds. (He was juice fasting, so this is not as surprising as it may sound). I have come around to seeing a salad bar as a treat. Rubio's has that healthmex burrito, or at least they did in California. I'll have to look into that here. I can now feel satisfied eating 2 slices of Little Caesars. I have learned to enjoy food without having to overeat. A big part of this is knowing that I am getting enough and I will get enough next meal. That's part of the magic of tracking food.

Buying stuff: So many non fattening rewards are about buying stuff, and it's very distressing to me because overspending is as big of a danger to my family health as overeating was to my physical health. Still, I think there are things that fall under the "need to happen anyway" heading. I missed the whole MP3 revolution (when I really was poor) so most of my music library is ripped CDs, and I know there's a whole world of music out there. As many people point out, you've got to buy smaller clothes as you lose weight. I think learning to enjoy shopping for clothes is part of not being fat anymore, for me. And shopping at Pier 1 is something I used to love as a child, that could help me in decorating my house. Pier 1, not IKEA. IKEA is to shopping as Buca Di Beppo is to the diet. Though with IKEA, you walk a couple miles. ;)

So that leaves us with ways to spend time. My mom was a compulsive reader growing up, and so when I look at reading a book, playing a computer/video game, or watching a movie I have to keep in mind that historically, I am not so great at containing compulsive tendencies. But a bubble bath is definitely a variation on something that needs to happen anyway, and it's not something that once I start I can't stop. (retopping with hot water never works for me). Nature walks would be great to try. Photography, and other art projects as well are things I should be doing but don't make time for. Road trips are iffy, they take a lot of time and money. But we live near a lot of national parks.

So I guess that's what good rewards come down to, is doing something that gives me more rather than taking away from something else. So here's my revised list:

Buy a few MP3s
Shop at Pier 1
Nature walk
fun snack within calorie range
Catching up on SparkTeams
Photography outing
Eat out within calorie range
Stickers and badges: I would say these could be used to track toward a bigger reward
Buy a piece of clothing
Art time

Day trading? Maybe someday. Maybe when I get serious about my finances. Maybe for 2013.

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    These are great rewards!! emoticon emoticon
    1962 days ago
    I also realized I can work on knitting my dr who scarf as a reward. emoticon
    1963 days ago
    great reward ideas. Outings are good, and I like your idea of watching a movie - I sometimes have a free-for-all watching dvd's - so allowing myself to watch movies only as a reward would be very good. A couple things I have rewarded myself with are planned days off work and computer time.
    1963 days ago
    emoticon cool rewards!
    1963 days ago
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