I'm very motivated to lose weight that I've been carrying for far too long. I have been lighter before and I miss that feeling. To me, feeling looser clothing is a huge motivator for me and that is reward enough. My body is craving the feeling of being lighter. I'm already chipping at my goal and day dreaming about how great I'm going to feel. Seriously, there is no "reward" I can think of better than that at the moment.
"Success is holding on when you feel like letting go."
Motivation is hard to keep up all of the time - for the day to day, I rely more on building good habits and sticking with them. Tracking food & exercise actually helps build habits AND motivates me to keep going. Having goals, and tracking progress toward them is also motivating - and helps as a reminder of how far you've come when you're inevitably faced with a rough patch.
What are some things that you enjoy? What is your definition of small? Are we talking a gold star on the calendar or something under $50? You might try writing down a list of wants and picking from that or modifying as you need to. I will also note that finding stuff that you enjoy (both in the eating and the doing) somewhat eliminates the need to reward yourself for following through. If it is more the tracking and the visualization of what you have done then bullet journals are great and there are many ready made habit/goal trackers out there. They can get pricey, but I saw some smaller ones at Michael's for 4.95 and they are on sale for 3.49. Recollections Creative Year was the name and they had habit ( 10516478 ), meal planners, budget, fitness, spiritual and so forth. If you search the number then you can look in the you might like section at the bottom and see some of the rest. Another version of that would be something like habitica, where you can set up recurring to do tasks which, upon completion earn you gold and deal damage in quests. Join a team and you might find yourself getting stuff done so as not to kill the rest of your team.
Edited by: NIRERIN at: 1/2/2020 (19:37)
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My only motivation has always been health related. I reached my goal years ago and my motivation is to continue at the same weight, which has been stable since I reached that goal. I never felt the need to reward myself, because my reward was improved health and being able to buy clothes that easily fit me and were affordable .... the first time in most of my adult life.