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.
6/1 - 194
7/1 - 192
8/1 - 189
Turning 50 in 27 days.
Goal: be less than 180
| current weight: 188.4