I know there have been lots of threads started about this topic. I'm really not expecting any replies, I'm just stating it so it seems more "real" to me.
Last night I sat down and really thought about things that are important to me in life.... and also things that I've always wanted but either can't afford or was too self concious about my body to do.
Although these rewards are great, I want to emphasize that I really think rewarding yourself along the way of life (weight journeys aside or involved) is important.
Here's what I came up with (approx. 160 lbs to lose):
For ever 10 lbs. lost I plan to buy a charm. And when I reach goal, I will purchase the bracelet (or necklace) to put them all on. Most of the charms will resemble things from my past or present that are very near and dear to my heart. Such as, the letter "M" for Michelle, the letter "K" for my daughter Katelyn, a clarinet, a volleyball (I actually played sports in school!), a dolphin, the sillhouette of a little girl, a hope chest, a flower, a rainbow, a Michigan State University Spartan charm (work's mascot), a Lansing Community College charm, a Petoskey High School charm (already received this at graduation), a saxophone, a sillhouette of a mom and daughter, a charm with my birthstone in it, and a butterfly.
For every 20 lbs. lost I will buy a new top or pair of pants.
Last time I lost 50 lbs I sent myself a dozen roses. I still LOVE the idea of getting roses, so I plan to do that again.
At 100 lbs. lost I'm not sure what my reward will be.
At goal weight (approx 160 lbs. lost) I want to get a professional family portrait done (right now we just use Kmart or Walmart... which are nice, but I would like to have a professional one too).
I have also ALWAYS wanted a dolphin tattoo (location I haven't decided on- probably hip). A realistic looking dolphin jumping out of the water in front of a sunset.
The other thing I have always wanted to buy is a full sized hope chest to go at the foot of my bed.
It's going to take me a very long time to save up enough money for most of these things... I figure if I put $10/week in savings (I downsized my phone service and cut back on other "fluffy" bills, so that's where the money is coming from now) I can afford to do these things for myself.
Anyhow, thanks for letting me post this and make it seem more real. But the first reward I'm going to give myself is a 30 minute areobics tape tonight!!
Be good to yourself!