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What a great question!
Chocolate is my favorite, and that just doesn't work as a reward, since it has often been my 'escape'.
I'd like to share something that I tried once, that was kind of motivating because I could see my progress. I wrote up a list of things that were positive steps and defined a value. Most of them were a dime. I kept a jar on my desk, and when I did one of those things (every five minutes of exercise for example), I would toss in a dime. Every pound lost was $1. After 5 pounds it was $2 per pound. After the next 5 it was $3.
I also defined some things that I could do with the money. Buying clothes doesn't do it for me, but a little pampering would. Pick what might work for you. Some of mine were a pedicure (just for the foot massage really), a new book, lunch or a movie with a friend.
I'm in a different place in my life right now, but I've been thinking I should go back to that. It was a fun way to see my little successes literally start to add up. And then you don't have to beat yourself up so much either.
3/1 - 180
4/1 - 185
5/1 - 170
Ahhh...you are on a roll with the great topics!!
Rewards do not have to be a tangible thing. I reward myself daily with positive and encouraging words! I reward myself every day when I come to this site and get to see other's stories and feel motivated by their success. I reward myself every day by participating in all that life has to offer with joy and enthusiasm that I did not feel a few short months ago. I reward myself every day by getting to spend it with wonderful people like you!!
Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
William A. Foster
I don't either. I just can't get my mind to think I did something well. Even when I was only few lbs from my goal weight (years ago), I did not buy the nice expensive dresses I always wanted because they were just too expensive for me. I wonder if I might do better this time around with my weight if I did reward myself. I walk at the mall a lot during my lunch hour and I always see things in the windows that I would tell myself I would buy if I loose the weight, but it never happens.
You know, this could be an interesting experiment. People say you would do better with rewards. Hmmmmm.....
It maybe too late to go back and make a new start, but it's not too late to make a new ending.
I eat to live. I don't live to eat.
I don't. I have never figure out how to see the positive thing I do. When I do something for myself I pay for it later.
" The ground work of all happiness is good health"-Leigh Hunt
* Words that soak into your ears are whispered ... not yelled.*
How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
If You're tired or starting over stop giving up
Tema - Matteson IL
"Tenacity is the quality displayed by someone who just won't quit -- who keeps trying until they reach their goal. Anything really worth doing takes persistence, perseverance, and stubborn determination! I AM a Tenacious Jungle Tiger and these are my survival skills!!"