I do think that looking in the mirror, etc and all that are great rewards, but I too am of the tangible reward school of weight loss and working out.
New swim goggles and a new gym bag were recent rewards; both of those were for making it to the pool a certain number of times a month. I also like make-up and pedicures as rewards for meeting my goals.
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OP, I laughed when I saw your second reply because I was also thinking that all the commentary about the weight loss being a reward in and of itself was probably not that helpful to you ;) I do agree that losing weight and getting healthier, in and of itself, is a great reward, but I also one hundred percent motivate myself with more tangible rewards for all milestones. You gotta treat yo' self!
For my initial big goal, I rewarded myself with a tropical beach vacation and some new clothes for the trip. For smaller goals, I like to book massages, which are also great for your health and can help you recuperate from all the physical activity! Clothes are also one of my main rewards and I've also rewarded myself with things like new pillows - basically anything I want and then I just don't let myself buy it until I get to my next goal.
I'm getting a facial after I drop 10 lb, and a full body scrub after 20. After that rewards will include: new jewelry for a wedding, new clothes, new workout gear, pedicures, etc. Clothing etc will coincide with trips we're planning on taking :)
I had read that someone kept aside canned goods for how much weight they lost and then donated it to a food pantry when they reached a goal- I think that's a really nice reward, too!
Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
The first reward I ever gave myself was the star on the calendar. .. One each day I took a walk. So nice to see the calendar full of stars at the end of the month. Fitting into my smaller clothes was another reward, and then new clothes. Myh final reward when I made weight goal, Was a trip to each coast since I'm landlocked. Pick something you'd like and make that your goal reward..
Relate them to your motivation if they are to have any meaning.... If putting a dollar in a jar towards your next vacation works, or 'waiting to buy' something works for you... then do that.
Personally, my motivation is health related parameters. SEEING my blood pressure drop over time; watching my glucose be in control; charting a slow drop in weight; not having my hip or neck hurt so much... More than enough reward!! patti
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i have never used rewards other than self praise of my accomplishments. i know that this will not work for others. you want to make sure than it is not a negative effect on what you are trying to accomplish but makes it feel good about yourself.