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Reward yourself for exercising

Establish a reward cycle when you start to exercise by showering with an extravagant shower gel that you ONLY use after exercise. I did this when starting out and I still love to stand in the shower basking in the wonderful aroma, exercise endorphins, and the feeling of virtue and nurturing from taking care of myself by exercise.
Add to the effect by smoothing on a matching body lotion and remember that feeling on into your day.

- Submitted by FIFIFRIZZLE 8/15/2013 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Pick one focused objective and a great reward

I've picked one objective to focus on for a few weeks. After a while, it just ebcomes habit. I like to pair it with a great reward. First, I gave myself a great fitness reward every week that I hit 210 fitness minutes (a new workout shirt or shorts, a subscription to a fitness magazine). After several weeks, fitness became a fun habit and something I would never miss. Next, I aimed for 8 servings of fruits and veggies a day, which went well. Now, I'm finally trying to hit my calorie range.

- Submitted by RENEEMG77 7/23/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Healthy Rewards

Reward yourself with a new type of exercise or sport, one that reinforces your weight-loss progress & fitness goals.

- Submitted by LAURA3543 7/16/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Use a reward as your motivation to exercise

Buy yourself an audio book you really want to read. BUT ONLY allow yourself to read it while you are exercising.

- Submitted by CALADRIANA 3/14/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Vision Board & GOALS

I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/8/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Rewards

I usually have a long to do list. I found that if I do something on the list, and then reward myself with something like a walk outside with the dogs, exercise on the treadmill, a chapter in a good book, or time on sparkpeople, I can work my way through much of my list without struggle.

- Submitted by ANNIEL617 1/5/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Off the couch, on the floor..

Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 9/2/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Follow Your Plan

When I follow my plan today I am always thrilled that I did when I wake up tomorrow. I love that thrill, that promise of a successful future, and use it to motivate me throughout the day.

- Submitted by GOTTAPLAN4U 8/18/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Plan Goal Reward Early

Having a reward ready for when you reach a goal makes reaching it that much better.

Also, if it's a physical reward knowing that you already have it will help motivate you to stay on track and push harder to reach the goal.

- Submitted by SHORTTOOTH1 7/28/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Play and win

I made a weightloss game board. It tracks my pounds lost and has random reward squares on it. It also has my BMI at certain wts motivational quotes food for thought and challenges plus I made my own little character to move across the board. my grand prize? A secret trip my husband is planning and a long wanted tattoo.

- Submitted by KRANEY13 2/11/2012 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Reward Yourself!

My plan is to get a massage after every 10 pounds lost. A great way to reward yourself for all of that exercise!

- Submitted by MANILAMOM 7/27/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Reward Yourself with Experiences

I'm learning to replace food rewards (go to the gym and you get a cookie) with experiences that help me feel good. Now, it's go to the gym and you get a bubble bath; walk an hour and you get a half hour to yourself to read; hit the next 5-pound goal and take yourself and a friend to the movies or on a hike someplace pretty.

- Submitted by AESERENA 7/14/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Mix up your routine without breaking the bank!

Visit daily deal sites and when you see something that even mildly interests you - buy it! This is how I discovered a passion for yoga, and also how I discovered that spin class is not my friend. Its a great way to try new things and mix up your routine - most offers are for 4 -6 classes, so even if you hate it its not a huge committment and still keeps you active. You can also buy things like massages and spa treatments to reward yourself!

- Submitted by GISPIN 7/7/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Reward yourself in your post-workout shower

I keep two types of shower products: upscale, nice-smelling shampoo and conditioner and perfumed bath gel, and normal drugstore stuff. When I have worked out in the morning before my shower, I use the good stuff, and when I haven't, I use the cheap stuff. Every time I take a shower after I work out, I'm rewarding myself for sticking to my goals, and every time I have to use the normal stuff, I'm reminded to get back on track.

- Submitted by ILIKEPUPPIES 6/28/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Enjoy a Treat!

One day per month, treat yourself! If it's food, clothing, manicure, book, film -- just take a little while to enjoy something just for yourself!

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 6/9/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Reward Yourself

I love the Spark awards. I rely on the MyTrophies & SparkStreaks to keep me on track and ensure that I do not undervalue my accomplishments. When they give me an award, I give myself a reward. For example, I just got a trophy for losing 25 lbs so I went to Amazon and purchased a $20 watch from my wish list. This watch is a reward & a tool, it has a bezel that will help me to track my exercise minutes. So reward yourself for all of your awards, weight loss, consistency, challenges etc. Itís fun!

- Submitted by ROWEENA 5/10/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Keep Your Head Up and Smile!!!

My secret to success is not being to hard on myself when I slip up (not exercise one day, eat something bad, etc.) I find that when I beat myself up I only get worse but if I take a deep breath and refocus I can keep moving forward without a set back.

My motto: Keep your head up and smile!!! (it just feels better)

- Submitted by LILREDKEVETTE 1/23/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Rewards

Take something away from yourself and make yourself EARN IT!

- Submitted by HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/2/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Reward

If I try my best 7 days in a row I reward myself with fresh flowers. I put them in a prominent place where I see them everyday. I also stop and smell them daily as another reminder of my hard work. If I didn't do so well then I do not buy the flowers for that week. Instead I leave the vase empty as a reminder to try harder. There is something about that empty vase that motivates me to do well.

You might think this is an expensive reward but most stores now carry lovely $5.00 bouquets of flowers.

- Submitted by SPARKINGMYWAY 11/20/2010 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Internet coupons

I print out my grocery coupons from both the MyPoints and Inbox Dollars sites. They carry the same as coupons.com and sometimes extras. You earn 10 MyPoints for each of their coupons, or 10 cents towards rewards on Inbox Dollars. They really add up and you get extra rewards in addtion to the grocery savings.

- Submitted by MRSBEANS57 11/9/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Reward Yourself

I reward myself weekly. On Sundays I allow myself to get a cup of ice cream and a burger (on wheat, not a bun) and I'll buy a new music video or a couple of songs for the next weeks workout. It keeps me wanting to go to the gym to work out.

- Submitted by MCINTYRECB 7/22/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Mini-Vision Board

Many people make a vision board/collage/goal-board or whatever you want to call it. You can put quotes and motivational images on it and hang it were you can see it everyday. Well, I created a "mini-vision board" I carry in my purse and look at any time of the day.

- Submitted by KSTYLEFITNESS 7/13/2010 in Motivation | 6 Comments
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Volunteer

I don't get "paid" to volunteer but I get quite a few "perks".
I get a "free" lunch (yes I know-no such thing as a "free lunch") when I volunteer at the hospital. I received a membership to the historical society because I volunteer there. Plus there's the volunteer recognition lunches, etc. each year.

- Submitted by BEBE2352 6/13/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Challenge and Reward Yourself

Set shorter-term goals for yourself that require you to work to achieve them. Attach a reward for yourself (not food related!) for achieving each smaller goal along the way to your larger goal. Keep track of those smaller goals you've achieved and review them frequently to see how far you've come!

- Submitted by BECOMINGDEB 6/10/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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