You are so right about the volunteering and giving yourself to others as a reward! I volunteer at a retirement home where one of the ladies makes beautiful quilts to supplement her medicaid income, which isn't much, poor thing. I have decided that when I lose my first 50 lbs. my reward for myself is going to be to have her make me a lap quilt. She'll earn extra money and I will have a special gift from a sweet lady! I really look forward to it! (It also means I've got to lose about 10 more lbs.!).
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13 Pacific time zone
I love it. Yours seems to be a truly pure, selfless reason why you've done it. You didn't do it to win the kudos of some committee or to try and win some humanitarian contest, you did it for the horses. This is such a simple and caring reason to do it. Sure, you might want to pick a horse that is stronger to accomodate your weight, but I say go for it!!! I want to go too if they have a horse big enough to carry my fat butt. Right not I have a broken foot, so I have a bit of a challenge.
Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know!
I wanted to let folks know about a reward I gave myself, which has given so much back to me. When I reached 25lbs down I decided to reward myself by finding a way to get involved with horses again. I chose to do this by volunteering at a riding stables where they serve disadvantaged kids, and they need volunteers to help clean the stables, do office paperwork, and help out with lessons and lead the kids around on horses during special events. This is the best idea I ever had! I not only get to be around horses, but the people there are so friendly and welcoming, I look forward to every time I go. Helping out the little kids in particular is a HUGE reward for me.
So next time you are trying to think of a reward, think of a cause you would like to help out with, and find a way to volunteer. You might find there are special rewards for focusing your attentions away from yourself for a few hours a week and giving them to someone else.
"He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him." – Dutch Proverb
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