It was very hard when I had to face that few other things had the same immediacy of reward as food. Even now, there are some hours that are hard to fill with any other activity, never mind "treats." I found that I just had to face life as it was, though sometimes just lying down for a few minutes can be a treat. In fact, I have worked many quiet activities in, such as even just rubbing my feet! I think our fast lives has sometimes ruined the simple pleasures and we have to relearn them. The good news is good habits can become the norm, but it takes longer than we'd like.
You'd actually be surprised how much even just putting a sticker on a calendar to acknowledge a binge free day can be rewarding. One of our members on the 21-day streak used to let herself pop bubble wrap as a reward! She has also just listed the behavior she wanted to exhibit, such as walking a certain number of steps, and then used a cute icon to check off her success, or burned a candle. I think it also helps just to concentrate later on how glad we are when we don't give in, and remind ourselves of that several times a day. All these can be our new treats.
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/
*Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
|1,575 Days since: I began the NO S lifestyle