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Rewards are one of the hardest things for me.
I have friends that suggest setting up rewards and I hardly ever do.
I usually have most everything I "need". And usually the things I "want".
I have a couple things planned.
One -- at 250 pounds -- I want to visit a little historic community in our state.
Second -- I work at the state capitol building here in WV --- at goal weight I want to walk to the top of the dome -- from the basement. They hardly ever give tours to the top -- but my boss says he can get me up there.
Some folks say to put money in a jar and add money as you meet goals -- spend it on something you want.
I'm ending 2014 better than I started it.
I do believe in giving myself a reward but not with food. At the same time I wonder if it is bad to do that. Like I wanted to cut my hair short when I reach 160lb. I almost feel like I will only look good in that hair cut when I get to 160 so I wonder if it is unhealthy to set these rewards. I am going natural with my hair so I will not be cutting it short anymore. Need to change that reward now lol
From my experience I would agree with all of you. I have tried the setting rewards, but I must admit it did nothing to get me 'fired up'. It just takes me back to my emotional starved childhood of rewards and punishments/deprivation, and pushes my emotional eating buttons.
Just one of the many minions!
"By perseverance the snail reached the ark" - Charles Spurgeon
I agree as well. I would rather reward my body by following the Naturally Thin Program and whenever I want something that isn't food--like a new pair of jeans or to go on a day trip with my husband--we set aside the money for it and do it! Waiting on giving yourself something, when you have the time and resources for it, until your 5 pound less, is ridiculous in my opinion.
I totally agree with you, although those extrinsic rewards are a little different if they come from yourself! I think that permanent weight loss has to be intrinsic--listening to mybody and loving it is reward enough for me!
article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701440.html is an interesting article talking about psychology, rewards, and punishments. It says, "external threats and rewards made it less likely that people would feel internally fired up about the goal." (are you internally fired up??)
I am a vegetarian and currently striving for the vegan lifestyle, as well as no fried foods, no trans-fats, no sugar or sugar substitues, and no carbonated beverages. I have seen on many SP pages and 'signatures' these rewards that people have set for themselves. I don't do those. I think the simple fact of being healthier and the posibility of living a longer more quality life is a big enough reward for me. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
"... and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Heb 12:1