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I Am Not A Dog

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I love animals. LOVE THEM. I have a particular soft spot for dogs. My sister has a chocolate lab puppy (I call him my four-legged nephew) who is the HAPPIEST dog I have ever met. When I was over on Saturday for the 4th of July cookout, I went in to visit the puppy. I asked him to give me "paw" and he happily obliged. After praising him with a "GOOD BOY!" and head pat, I gave him a treat.

Then I had an epiphany.

I am not a dog.

How did I come to have this epiphany? Well, you see, I have this nasty habit of thinking to myself "Congratulations Brooke, you did so well this week that you get to have this extremely high sugar/fat/carb/absolutely-nutr
ient-lacking meal as a reward!"

Oh yes, you read it correctly. I reward myself with FOOD. Bad food at that. I AM NOT A DOG. Because apparently unhealthy food is the reward for eating good food all week. The irony isn't lost on me.

I'm sorry, I'm still trying to get my head around this:

emoticon I give myself treats. Like a dog. BAD GIRL! emoticon

How many other people struggle with this? I know I'm not alone!

So here's a thought. Maybe we should take that money we would use to eat unhealthy food and sock it away for a nice, well-earned vacation or a new outfit when our other ones get too big to wear. Even a new haircut or color when we reach a mini-goal is sufficient. Its important to reward yourself for sticking to your routine and achieving your goals. My point is, don't reward yourself with food.

You are not a dog.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PGHP31CK 10/1/2013 9:56AM

    Hi, Brooke!

I have struggled with the same problem. Up until 3 weeks ago, I used to "reward" myself on Saturdays, and eat whatever I wanted --"Fatterday". Then I stopped tracking my calories on Saturday. Eventually, "Fatterday" became a two day event.

You're right. You aren't a dog, and neither am I! It's hard to think of non-food rewards, and I like your ideas!

I found a great mini-reward at the SparkPeople Secrets of Success tab (located under Community on the top bar). Each time I exercise, I use my favorite shower gel when I shower. I use that specific fragrance only as a reward.

Keep pushing! You've got great attitude, and I know that you're going to reach your goals!!


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RITEEBEE 7/9/2013 10:08AM

    I LOVE this blog!! haha

I am not a dog either!!

Rewards are important but shouldn't be food orientated!! You are so right!

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JUST_BRENDA 7/9/2013 12:47AM

    I totally relate to what you are saying about rewarding myself with food. I guess it's not a problem when it is in limited quantities as part of my overall eating plan and I'm still within nutrition goals.

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BRADMILL2922 7/9/2013 12:43AM

    Glad you had your light bulb moment! You are right on, you should not treat yourself for sticking to your diet with something that you wouldn't even make it on your diet plan if you wanted to stay in range! You aren't the only one who feels like that so don't think you are alone! It is something I figured out and had a light bulb moment a while back. It really doesn't make a lot of sense so definitely save for the new, smaller outfit! Save up for the vacation you should take when you make your goal! Those are much better ways to spend your money than going out for pizza or something! Good for you for realizing what you were doing!

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LILLITH32 7/8/2013 5:04AM

    That was a great blog! I absolutely agree with it. Yummy but bad for you food shouldn't be a reward - it should be a punishment! I wish we could all change our minds and reward ourselves with nutritious things instead...

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EXOTEC 7/7/2013 11:57PM

But even dogs shouldn't be rewarded with off-plan treats!
Labs especially are inordinately susceptible to exactly the sort of weight problems we are prone to. Save the puppy, and yourself! Eat *real* food, and make rewards something not inclined to contribute to dietary delinquency

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JULIEPIZZ 7/7/2013 11:31PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I gave myself rewards when I reached goals at first! Early on I just felt like I was always giving up something or not doing what I wanted to do!? So I gave myself some motivational rewards...but I wrote this out beforehand and stuck to them. I bought sunglasses when I lost five lbs. Perfume at 10 and a night out with my hubby at 15lbs. I looked forward to earning the presents and I noticed these were things that drew some attention to the new me! Nothing expensive. Just little I give myself sp goodies!

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OUTTATHE200CLUB 7/7/2013 11:06PM

    Congratulations on making that connection. I made the same realization three days ago. Bad food as reward for eating well. Crazy, huh? I have opted instead to try these rewards instead: pedicure, going to bed early, a new book, and indulgence in anything that will make me, stupid tv, time with good friends.

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LUANN7 7/7/2013 10:47PM

    I always have 1 cheat day a month and I eat everything in site but your right I should save for an outfit or something else fun. emoticon
Lu Ann

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