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Do you have weight-loss "rewards"?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I go back and forth about weight-loss rewards, and these days I'm excited about my little treats for small milestones! They're kind of dorky, but read on if you're interested!

1 lb loss: An episode of a TV show. I don't have cable or internet TV or anything, so I can only watch DVDs. I borrowed a season of "Grimm" from my dad, and for each lb I lose at my weekly weigh-in, I can watch an episode that week. It's a fun, free motivator, and a nice treat to watch 1-2 hours of tv a week, and also kind of sad if I don't get to watch any!

5 lb loss: Earrings! I'm very lazy with accessorizing, but earrings are a fun reminder of what I've accomplished. I've lost 6 lbs so far, and right now I'm wearing my "5 lb earrings" as both a celebration and also a little bit of a tangible reminder of my bigger goals. Plus, they were only $5.99 at Target!

That's all I've got so far, having only lost 6 lbs! Maybe I'll do more, or get more elaborate, but right now I'm focusing on what's fun, inexpensive, and makes sense for my lifestyle. Some people treat themselves with clothes or fancy shoes, which I think is awesome, but that's not really who I am, so it wouldn't be a great motivator for me, you know?

What about you? Any rewards or treats? Or are the rewards of getting healthier benefit enough?
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    I like the idea of rewards. For me it is a tool to help keep up the motivation. I don't do it for weight loss but accomplishing my goals which is eat well and exercise. I have a "tip jar" and I give myself a dollar if I eat well for the day and 1 dollar if I exercise, I haven't planned on what exactly what i am going to do with the money. There are a few things that I want like the insanity video set, a new purse which is a couple hundred and an ipad mini. I figure I will keep saving until I have a down day then I can blow the money in the jar.
    1745 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    I don't think your rewards are dorky in any way. They are things you need/want for now. When I first started SP I really needed a new pair of walking shoes so I put away $1 a day for meeting my goals for that day. I used this as incentive to get those shoes. After that I wanted a new cookbook and used the same technique. Thanks for this blog....I really need to make up a new reward (s) for my new goals. Have a great day and let's get healthy together.
    1746 days ago
    I have rewards, but rather than attach them to weight loss, which can be unpredictable (you can do everything right and not lose) I attach them to doing my fast break action streaks, so when I exercise for 10 mins a day for 10 days, I'll get one thing, then when I managed 20, I get another etc etc.
    1747 days ago
    I have tried rewards in the past but found that they don't work that well for me. Maybe I need to give them another spin.

    I like what you have set up, especially that it works for you!
    1747 days ago
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