That's a good point, Josie! I have a limited number of ways to self-soothe without comfort foods, and I want to be able to do it without spending a lot of money. So I scoured the internet for ideas and added a few of my own; hopefully some of them will appeal to you (and to me).
* Take a bubble bath. (OK, you have to invest in bubbles. But they last a while.)
* Pick flowers and put them somewhere you can look at them.
* Do the DONE GIRL dance!
* Find somewhere pretty to go take a walk.
* Say "no" to something you normally would feel obligated to do.
* Have some alone time for yourself, doing something you enjoy. (I read.)
* Have a picnic, with healthy food, somewhere pretty.
* Get a hug from someone you love.
* Listen to music (good) and sing along at the top of your lungs (better) while making up new and better lyrics (best).
Not free but not expensive:
* Rent a movie.
* Buy a couple of MP3s to listen to.
* Get a cup of coffee from a cafe you like.
* Put $1 in a jar every time you meet a goal. When it gets to $50, treat yourself to something fancy.
* Go on a long drive, nowhere in particular. (Easier if you've got nice scenery nearby.)
* Go to the zoo or a museum -- be a tourist for a day in your own town.
* Take a day off. (This one's free if you have paid vacation, expensive if you don't.)
Maybe expensive, but I want to include it, because some of it appeals to me:
* Manicure or pedicure. Or facial.
* Spa day (whatever that is - it sounds potentially relaxing, though).
* Get some lotion or perfume you really like.
* Get your hair done.
I should also say, I have a list of reward items, spaced 10 pounds apart (so I don't go broke
). So I already have a reward system for weight loss. But making this list of ideas was super useful for celebrations of other achievements, or just as pick-me-ups instead of treating myself to that ice cream cone...
Edited by: ERRANTMAGPIE at: 6/23/2013 (02:36)
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results"
- Ken Blanchard
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