Friday, June 15, 2012
I like rewards. As my sister fondly makes fun of me, the phrase "we deserve a treat" is somewhat embedded in my vocabulary (don't judge, I learned it from my mother!). Not too long ago, I had two jobs and got paid every Friday. I would do a little "payday splurging", usually lunch (Panera was my favorite!).
At my new job, I get paid once a month and I don't really have the option of going out for lunch. Of course, the idea of treating myself every Friday is still strong so I have been known to get ice cream after work or go to dinner. This week I came up with a different plan.
I packed an extra special lunch for my "Friday splurge". All week long I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch. Today I left the spinach out of my morning smoothie (I know, not the healthiest choice, but it really does change the taste and texture a bit) and I packed a seasoned chicken breast with GUACAMOLE sandwich (usually it's just deli turkey with cheese). So hopefully, this will satisfy my need to treat myself.
I also have two rewards on the line for meeting actual goals. I should be hitting my 10lbs mark within the next week and I plan to buy a nice, cute pair of flat shoes for work. As encouragement to stay focused on a healthy lifestyle and not just the number on the scale, I'm also going to reward myself if I have four gold star weeks this month (working out five times in one week). That reward will be a stylish new bag to carry stuff to work.
I don't plan on having big rewards every month, and certainly not two every month, but this is the first hardcore month for me since January (and that one didn't include much work on the diet). Once I reach my 10lbs goal I'll think of a smaller reward for 15.
How do you all reward yourself? How often do you do it? What are your milestones?