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I am NOT a Dog

Monday, July 15, 2013

There was a time that when I would do something physical, a walk, a bike ride, really anything where I moved my body, I figured I did that, I can have a treat! The problem with that kind of thinking was that I needed to lose weight desperately (to date I've lost 78 pounds) not maintain the weight I had. I had to change the way I thought about food. It shouldn't be a "reward" for good behavior.
I am NOT a dog. I don't beg, sit up, roll over, or speak on command! Why would I want to give myself in essence, a bit of kibble as a reward for something that not only is good for me but makes me feel so good physically, mentally, and emotionally? Shouldn't the reward be that feeling?
Don't get me wrong, I can have the occasional cookie (can you say brownies with nuts?), but it's not the reward anymore. The reward is looking in the mirror and being happy with how I look. Feeling healthy and able to do things with my family without wheezing and thinking I was going to die from exertion is an amazing reward and I'll take it any day over a "treat". I am most certainly NOT a dog! humpf! lol! emoticon
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    Great blog!

    78 lbs. is awesome! You are doing great!

    You are also so encouraging to me and so many others. So glad you are my emoticon !

    1189 days ago
    emoticon Very good point. I do that. Think I need a 'treat' and it's usually late evening - Bad timing. I agree the reward is feeling lighter, feeling fit & being able to go on hikes w/the kids (youngest is 9 y.o.)...and I turn 51 soon. emoticon

    1192 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    1193 days ago
    I needed that, too funny...though true!


    1194 days ago
    Don't go overboard giving dogs treats for every good thing - (leads to overweight dogs!) -- dogs appreciate rubbing and chances to run, sniff and whatever they're good at. And if I treated myself like I did my dog (3 consistent meals and a few small treats after 2 walks a day), I'd probably be at a much lower weight!!
    1194 days ago
    Dogs may beg for food but most of them beg to go out for a walk too! Maybe dogs have achieved the perfect balance LOL. Thanks for the smiles. emoticon
    1194 days ago
    emoticon Great Reminder!! Thank You!!
    1194 days ago
    emoticon blog!! So true. I reward myself with music for my MP3 player & books for my Kindle.
    1194 days ago
  • BERRY4
    As dh and I were rounding our street for the 2nd or 3rd time last night, I asked him what animal walks around in circles for exercise!?! LOL
    ...As always, something is better than nothing!

    Thanks for the reminder about not using "treats" to reward good behavior. I am guilty of doing so far too often!
    1194 days ago
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