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Day #55 Food as a reward

Write a praise letter to myself. (I did not on the day but soon afterwards!) Posting it on my Spark page blog today (feels weird and used Phyllis's ideas which are great, thanks Phyllis)

Non-food rewards:

*Thew away the tatty flowers and bought myself new flowers including my favourite ones
*Sit in the conservatory looking at the garden colours
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*listen to music that I enjoy
*read several pages of the book I am currently reading and enjoying
*go to my zumba class and did this on that Friday and really enjoyed it.
*meditation or a nap

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Day 55 Food as a reward


• Create a list of non-food rewards. At least once today, reward yourself with something from your list.
• Write a praise letter for something you’ve done. Email or send it to yourself.
• Give rewards such as hugs, cards or appreciation to others. Record your actions.


• Create a list of non-food rewards. At least once today, reward yourself with something from your list.

- a hike
- a cardio workout - cycle, swim, run
- a computer card game - this can be dangerous in terms of time consumed
- time to myself
- something new that I can use like outdoors gear
- a night at the movies with DH
- dinner out with DH

I need to think of some smaller ones that don't time-derail me from my routines

Okay I thought about it, and I have a couple of built-into-my-routine rewards to myself in my day, but they involve healthy ingestion. Staying hydrated is huge to my energy and mood, at around 11 each morning, I break my fast ( I am an intermittent faster, I eat between 11 and 7pm then fast from 7 to 11 am) with 3 cups of rooibos tea with a dash of milk and at 5 pm just before supper I have 2 cups of kombucha. This paces my day and if I have cause for celebration, I spend a moment thinking about my successes so far for that day.

I need to still think of some non-habitual rewards to dangle to enjoy when I have a good day sticking to my routines and plans for that day.

• Write a praise letter for something you’ve done. Email or send it to yourself.

Right now I am so very very happy that my brother, who is 12 years older than me and was not so good health and not able to walk a lap around the track without stopping twice to rest and catch his breath is now able to walk 4 times around the track without stopping and could probably go further but doesn't want to yet. In addition, he just started strength training last week, this week makes it the second time. He is doing very well with that, like a duck to water, no reluctance to do what the trainer is telling him to do, albeit she is a professional and starting light. My letter of praise would be that I had a huge role in this outcome, without the combination of my sister and my efforts over the last 6 months to encourage, arrange, direct, and participate with him, he would be in the same health condition or worse.
I am an encourager with a specific gift in encouraging fitness and health improvement.

• Give rewards such as hugs, cards or appreciation to others. Record your actions.

I tend to give verbal recognition more than hugs or cards. I thank people in person when they help me and appreciate who I am and what I am trying to do with my life. My niece for my last 2 birthdays has written me how she appreciates me, and my son does it all the time too and it really warms my heart to be appreciated for my efforts and I sometimes read the cards when I am feeling down. I will write a card to my closest near and dear to tell them what I appreciate about them. DH will probably not care as he is about doing not talking, but I will anyway and start with him.

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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DAY #55 FOOD AS A REWARD - ROUND 2

The thoughts that crossed my mind when I read this lesson the other day:

- I feel like I rarely get any positive feedback or appreciation
- Life can be so chaotic and busy that sometimes I just want a break
- Have I set up my own reward system by promising myself I can eat/drink afterwards?

This last one really stopped me in my tracks as I thought about my most common summer habit of relaxing with DH and a beer (or two) on our patio in the shade, and preferable with a gently breeze, after a busy day of doing house chores and/or gardening. All I really want to do is relax a bit, but I am not good at just sitting.

NON-FOOD REWARD IDEAS:
1. Sit on the patio in one of our reclining chairs with my eyes closed.
2. Prepare some ice tea.
3. Sit on the front porch instead of the back yard patio.
4. Shower right away and dress in comfy clothes..
5. Listed to some relaxing music.

WRITE A PRAISE LETTER TO YOURSELF FOR SOMETHING YOU HAVE DONE:
1. I'm not much for writing letters to myself. However, I could sent an email to a Spark Buddy to review the successful day I have had.
2. Another option which I learned from lessons with the Beck Team is to just give myself CREDIT for a job well done several times throughout the day or by writing a list at the day's end.

SHOW APPRECIATION TO OTHERS:
1. I called a good friend this morning. I left a voice message for our daughter. I wrote a Thank You note to a couple from our Small Group Bible Study.

Gratitude and kindness will always feel better for a longer period than food will!

Sue

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Day 55 - Food as a reward

In our busy, chaotic lives, we sometimes want a break from all of our demands and responsibilities. When we eat, we tell our hectic thoughts, “Here’s a small reward. It will help you get through the rest of your day.” But rewarding yourself with food results in a hollow victory.

Today


• Create a list of non-food rewards. At least once today, reward yourself with something from your list.



Love this list I found:

1. New dress, outfit, or work-out clothes
2. A piece of art or décor that represents meeting your goal
3. An exciting activity like ziplining, amusement park, or escape room
4. Fresh bouquet of flowers to put in your living space or office
5. A walk in the park with a loved one
6. Find a local event that you haven’t done before
7. New pair of shoes
8. Facial or massage
9. See your favorite band or musician
10. Go to a comedy show or theatre performance
11. Do an activity you were unable to do before you improved your health
12. Take a day off work to do something enjoyable
13. Get yourself a nice new lotion, shower gel, or cosmetic product
14. Sign up for a class you've been wanting to take
15. Hire a cleaning service for your home
16. Manicure and/or Pedicure
17. Plan a vacation or stay-cation
18. Sign-up for a charity event or race
19. Sleep in
20. Try a new sport or hobby
21. Plant a garden
22. Ask a loved one to plan a non-food reward for you
23. Make a bucket list and cross something off
24. Get a nice water bottle
25. Download a new music playlist
26. Update your hair style
27. Go out to the movies
28. Get a new high-speed blender
29. Book a session with a personal trainer
30. Sign up for a magazine subscription
31. Get a new fitness tracker
32. Arrange a family game night
33. Donate your old clothes that are too big
34. Get a new quality undergarment
35. Relaxing visit to your favorite bookstore or library
36. Planning a visit to see a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while
37. Pick out a potted plant for your home or office 
38. Try a fun new exercise class
39. A new lunch box or tote bag
40. A new piece of jewelry
41. Buy a lottery ticket
42. Plan a get-together to celebrate your success
43. Professional photo session
44. A relaxing bath or home spa day
45. Do something nice or encouraging for someone else
46. A new yoga mat or other workout equipment
47. Upgrade your phone
48. Get a subscription to satellite radio for your vehicle
49. A new kitchen appliance or tool to help continue your healthy lifestyle
50. Make a special retreat spot inside or outside of your home for just you

Today, I picked out a potted plant for my home.

• Write a praise letter for something you’ve done. Email or send it to yourself.
Done.

• Give rewards such as hugs, cards or appreciation to others. Record your actions.
Talked with my Son about how much I appreciated spending Mother’s Day with him and his family in their home. Told him that here it is a week later and the beautiful flowers he gave me a week ago are still fresh and lovely and I continue to enjoy them.







~~~MARILYN ~~~
Virginia - Eastern Time Zone
The worst thing to be without--hope.
The most effective sleeping pill--peace of mind.
The main reason my past diets failed--lack of motivation.
The greatest "shot in the arm"-- encouragement.


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Great ideas

I think for me it's light a candle, soothing music and meditation. I do love to read too. That's always a great way for me to feel rewarded, special and relaxed.

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Day #55 Food as a reward
Write a praise letter to myself. (I did!)
Non-food rewards:
*Get out on my new bicycle
*Sit in the porch swing and just swing without phone, book or I-pad
*finish a knitting project
*listen to soft music
*read something inspiring
*work a jig-saw puzzle
*meditation or a nap
emoticon Today I rode my new bike with my best friend AND took a short nap!

Phyllis ~~
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For completing healthy habits
1. Every Section of 10 days ~ Days 51-60 ~ Fix the real needs ~
2. Green dots 75% or above each month
3. Take a long walk and notice nature (my favorite reward, hot bath)

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I'm travelling on a train.

I have my breakfast packed in my bag - plus an emergency apple, and an emergency protein bar.

I am going to see my family.

I don't need a reward!

Those railway food trolleys can just roll on by! When I arrive at my destination I might feel like rewarding myself for getting through the journey - and I've planned to actually have a 'proper lunch' in a cafe I've already checked out on-line.

Gill

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100 More DWL - Day 55 Food as a reward

In our busy, chaotic lives, we sometimes want a break from all of our demands and responsibilities. When we eat, we tell our hectic thoughts, “Here’s a small reward. It will help you get through the rest of your day.” But rewarding yourself with food results in a hollow victory. In reality, you would much rather be noticed by the people you worked so hard to please.

Today

• Create a list of non-food rewards. At least once today, reward yourself with something from your list.
• Write a praise letter for something you’ve done. Email or send it to yourself.
• Give rewards such as hugs, cards or appreciation to others. Record your actions.

Food as a reward is a non-productive action for me and I no longer use it that way. I use my planner and have done so for months. I am pleased that I've taken action on that.

Here is a partial list of non-food rewards. I have numerous activities I do to keep myself comforted and content. Doing online jigsaw puzzles, or computer games, doing mazes, crafting cards, crocheting, taking a walk, playing or simply petting the dog, talking to Hubby, clearing out my email, coloring, organizing office, looking for ideas on Pinterest. Brushing or braiding my hair. Putting on a pretty blouse or dress. Finding motivational, uplifting quotes, using scented lotion or essential oils on my body to smooth my skin, deep patterned breathing, praying, taking a shower, getting in the pool and floating, calling a friend or having a cup of herbal tea while I read a good book. Giving myself a manicure. Asking for help with a pedicure. Listening to music or dancing. Making a special greeting card for a friend or loved one. Finding a labyrinth to trace. Writing haiku or journaling.

I just bought an inexpensive pair of earrings for a reward for having a good August. Good for me.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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Today

• Create a list of non-food rewards. At least once today, reward yourself with something from your list.
new journal, new pen/pencil/marker, new book, new art supply, hot bath with candles, new candle, glass of wine, pedicure, face mask, new incense, time.
• Write a praise letter for something you’ve done. Email or send it to yourself.
I practice positive self talk by writing in my planner and journal notes to myself.
• Give rewards such as hugs, cards or appreciation to others. Record your actions.
I give hugs all the time!!!


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Day #55 Food As A Reward

I immediately related to this lesson!

Using Linda's words - "Every day I work hard. After my efforts I feel like I deserve a reward, but no one gives me one".

One of my frequent habits during the summer which I have been working on controlling is my intake of a cold beer ( which leads to 2 or 3) after a hard day's work in my flower beds. The other example I have for this lesson is more elusive and has to do with my DH. As women we are always told how tender the man's ego is and how careful we have to be to make sure they feel appreciated. This idea just makes my skin crawl. The poor babies! They are all so abused, taken advantage of, and unappreciated! Well, what about us women! ! ! There has been more than one heated discussion in our family regarding how I Thank my DH for many of the things he does for me/us and how I never get any Thanks in return for all of the mundane chores that befalls a woman. UGH! Now that I have gotten that off my chest -

We frequently hear about NSV as rewards for out weight loss efforts. in the Beck Solution book she tells us to GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT FOR EVERY CORRECT BEHAVIOR YOU DO. Ate my breakfast - Good Girl, Sue. Tracked my food - Good Girl, Sue. You get the picture. It is hard to remember to do this. We go through our days so automatically. There have also been articles here on SP about ideas for NSV and rewards, but I have not found any of them very motivating. Why? Well, I suppose you could say because I am spoiled. It I want a Latte coffee I get one. If I want a new book or magazine, I get one. If I want a new outfit, I get one. I do not have the time or financial restrictions on my life that apparently so many other people have.

This puts me in a pickle to find a reward that is motivating for me. I do realize, however, that "rewarding myself with food results in a hollow victory and only leads to unwanted pounds when in reality all I want is to be noticed by other people and appreciated for how hard I am working to please others and reach my goals at the same time"!




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Something for myself as I usually do for others. Praise letter I send encouragement to others daily but hard to do to or for myself
Send an appreciation letter to motel manager

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Coffee is a special treat for me also, and as I drink mine black it's an easy calorie free reward. I also enjoy flavored teas, orange spice or fruit flavored, also without sugar or cream.

We buy our coffee beans at a store about 20 minutes from here that roasts them in house, mix several varieties together before grinding. The smell when I open the coffee canister is a treat in itself.

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One day at a time!


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I am very much entangled in a reward mindset. I'm not sure this is a bad thing - it's about gifting myself, self-love etc. But making those rewards non-edible is the thing!

I bought myself flowers when I went shopping after work. That felt nice. Susan, If you lived nearby, I'd be round with flowers for you! Congratulations!
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My neighbours upstairs are noisy (not in a nice way) so I put music on loud enough to stop me hearing them.

Then, I decided to prep my food for tomorrow - I will be at work from 8.30am on Sunday until 9.30am on Monday. I put my apron on and got creative. I haven't done that in a while - my food prep is usually quite functional! Prep, cook, eat. I enjoyed putting some courgettes in a dish to marinate; I cooked a smoky sauce for a patatas bravas type dish, I made some vegan gluten-free chocolate muffins (prunes, coconut oil, cocoa, ground almonds, vanilla, g-free flour) which have turned out well. One today, one on Sunday - freeze the other three.

When I was shopping I also bought some whole coffee beans for that fresh-grind experience tomorrow morning. Thanks!



Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 8/11/2018 (14:23)
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Non-food rewards: candles; books; art supplies; music; Hallmark movies; coffee!!!

This morning I made another pot of coffee after grinding coffee beans. Smelled heavenly! As I sat in the sunroom, the fox ran through the backyard. Now that's a reward that I always enjoy.

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non-food rewards:
manicure
pedicure
thrift shopping
estate sales
new earrings or charm for my bracelet
reading for pleasure
listening to music

Dear future Mrs. W is how my letter to self will start today. (wink) We set our wedding date last night, for the 4th anniversary of the day we met, 9-13-19.

For praising others, at work call those creating "moments that matter". Today Tom is going on a most of the day "guys outing" with a group of friends to see a car race. I will spend the day organizing some areas of the house I've been wanting to get to and clear out, and will take the time to wash his favorite afghan and pick up some fresh flowers from our local fruit market for our table.





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emoticon TODAY'S VERSE Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

emoticon TODAY'S THOUGHT Some days are harder than others. There are so many things that can get us down. Long hours at work, strained relationships, financial difficulties, medical conditions, emotional stress and family responsibilities are just a few of the pressures that can overburden us. Jesus knew the human condition. All around Him was suffering. He worked tirelessly to help those that were sick and oppressed. More importantly, He left behind a system to replace His efforts and to expand His influence. He gave us the church, sent the Holy Spirit and took His rightful place at the right hand of the Father. The church works on His behalf to equip us, the Holy Spirit indwells us in order to guide and comfort us and Jesus Himself intercedes for us with the Father. So when Jesus said "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest," He meant it. What burden do you have? What is weighing you down? Bring it to Jesus. He will comfort you, He will guide you, He will give you rest.

emoticon TODAY'S PRAYER Lord, I bring to You my burdens. You know my situation. I cannot make it without You. Comfort my heart today. Guide me. Give me strength. Help me carry on. I give You my burdens; please give me Your rest. In Jesus' name. AMEN

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Oh, yes, I see myself reflected in Linda's words today - I love me a reward!I

I am off to work now, and will come back and post later, but want to share this 10min yoga video with you - the power of hugging yourself is awesome!


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Day 55 Food as a reward

In our busy, chaotic lives, we sometimes want a break from all of our demands and responsibilities. When we eat, we tell our hectic thoughts, “Here’s a small reward. It will help you get through the rest of your day.” But rewarding yourself with food results in a hollow victory. In reality, you would much rather be noticed by the people you worked so hard to please.

Today

• Create a list of non-food rewards. At least once today, reward yourself with something from your list.
• Write a praise letter for something you’ve done. Email or send it to yourself.
• Give rewards such as hugs, cards or appreciation to others. Record your actions.

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