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corazonas
02-03-2009, 01:41 PM
I was wondering how everybody else support themselves? How do you give yourself a pat on the back for kicking butt and working hard day in and day out?

I have small, medium, and large rewards because let's face it- all achievements aren't equal! For example:

small reward: when i eat really well for a week or bust my booty working out (which i hate) and am really feeling like a treat- I indulge in that Smart Ones ice cream sundae (even though i really shouldn't reward myself with food- it works for me!) or splurge on a little something I want like new earrings or a pedi.

medium reward: when I meet one of those mini goals like 5lbs lost, or when i went down a clothing size, i celebrate! Usually I buy new workout clothes or new party clothes. Something that fits me really well and shows off my new bod or something that's going to motivate me to keep going!

and finally, the whole reason i thought of making this thread...
LARGE reward! It's been a long time coming... pregnancy, babies, just being fat but now i am a mere 7lbs away from my GOAL WEIGHT! the weight that i have no intention of going under but maintaining for a good long time. So i've waited and waited and when I hit that 130 mark I am going to get the tattoo I have wanted for 3 years! I'm finally at a place where I will love having it and love showing it off (i'm going with a very large tattoo on my rib cage) and i think this will be the very best motivator to get those last 7 lbs down! I am so happy with my body that i could get it today and be ecstatic- but what's a reward if you don't wait to get to your goal??

Anyway, I've rambled enough... what do YOU use for rewards?


junebug41
02-03-2009, 01:52 PM
I've never rewarded myself, actually. Being thin was always the "reward". It sounds trite, but it's true.

However, I've decided that when I lose this weight I regained, DH and I are going designer jean shopping :D I want a pair of butt hugging earth shattering jeans.

PiXiEgAL
02-03-2009, 02:09 PM
When I started last October...I told myself that I will get a cute tote bag when I hit my first weight goal. But I never got it eventhough I did reach my mini goal. LOL! I don't want to reward myself with food, but with stuff that I really want to get.

When I hit my 30lb-weight loss...ill be getting myself keyboards because I awfully miss playing the organs when I was a kid. It's a good reward and it wont be a waste =D and i really want to get one. In the 50lb-loss mark..i havent decided yet but i think i'll get this Kuro****suji Taeyang doll. Hopefully I will get to my final goal weight by summer but even if I don't I will feel good at rewarding myself with plane tickets to LA to attend the Anime Expo this year! xD


ronni62
02-03-2009, 02:17 PM
I'm just looking forward to new clothing. I had everyone give me gift cards for Christmas (if they were thinking about clothes) so I can go "splurge". One reward I have gotten already was a new ring to hold my wedding ring in place. It had gotten so loose it would come off with my gloves, so I got a beautiful ring in a size smaller to keep the wedding ring on!:D

ChefsGirl
02-03-2009, 02:22 PM
When I get into Onderland, I’m buying myself one of those fabulous diamond “O” necklaces. I’ve wonted one forever, but it just seems fitting & it’ll mean so much more if I wait.

I do small rewards often, like 5%, 10%, 5 lb goals, meeting a challenge goal. I get things for myself like a new haircut/color, candles from my fave candle store, coffee beans from the best place in town, a trip to the bookstore for a few new books, etc.

butterflywings34
02-03-2009, 02:28 PM
My large reward is going to be a tattoo too! :carrot: I've got 3 but have always wanted one from my hip to my armpit... I cant wait to get there!!:devil:

kitkatkitty
02-03-2009, 02:28 PM
I'm trying something new to reward myself..

I used to indulge in chocolate(before I started to get on track with my body), and I think I'm going to transfer that to another indulgence, like a full body massage..maybe once every couple of months, if I've done really well staying OP and working out.

I have a minigoal to get down to a size 16 by summer, if I reach it, I'm going to reward myself with a new bathingsuit and some cute summer clothes!


-katherynn

prepping
02-03-2009, 02:31 PM
my next goal is 170 where I'll be buffing up my professional wardrobe and get some very nice suits. (i've been rewarding myself with shoes so far)

It'll be hard to try not to reward myself with each pound lost after that! only because I haven't been in the 160s since I was 15 yrs old.

Beyond that my rewards could be any of the following (or a combination thereof): manicure, pedicure, facial, earrings, purse, new shirts, skirts, workout clothes, gym shoes, makeup

And ultimately, new jeans!!! and shorts! :o

I'm so happy you posted this because i needed to remember some of my motivation rewards! :D

WVUFan86
02-03-2009, 02:31 PM
5-10 lbs are usually new clothes. Right now I am holding out until 175 to get my new jeans. I know right now I could get 14's and have them be a lil snug, but I'm waiting

10-20lbs - I get a haircut and a pedi. When I get there and it's closer to summer I'm thinking about getting tips put on too (I'm also waiting for a certain ring that I know is in the process of being made so hey I wanna be ready lol)

Final lbs - the above two, as well as a tattoo on my foot. I know I could get it now, but it wouldn't be as special now :) I've wanted it for 2 years now and I haven't gotten it. Also, I am thinking about getting myself a small pair of diamond studs. My dbf got me amethyst heart studs for christmas for my first hole and I'm thinking for my second I will get the studs

You are doing great Corazonas! Post pics when you get your tattoo...i know it'll be soon :D

blackbutterfly
02-03-2009, 02:36 PM
for every 5 lb lost I buy a new piece of workout gear.

and when I hit goal I'm going to buy tons of new clothes on my credit card I just paid off lol

mandalinn82
02-03-2009, 02:48 PM
I've always loved rewards, from small to big, that encourage me to work out more or eat better. I can work toward the reward, and then the reward makes me want to keep going, so it works really well for me. I also like to make my rewards based on my actions, not on scale weight...because I like the control that gives me.

Examples:

Small (5 workouts in a row, 1 weekend eating on plan, etc) - 5 songs on iTunes for my workouts, a tasty but low-cal condiment or marinade, really good wild salmon.

Medium - (300 minutes of exercise over my minimum goals, reduce 5k time by 2 minutes, lose 2% body fat, etc) New workout clothes, resistance bands or exercise balls, a new workout DVD, food prep tools (like a food scale), massage

Large - (Run a 10k, meeting body fat percentage goals, etc) Really good cooking knives, heart rate monitor, new mp3 player, weekend getaway to go hiking, etc.

I really liked that my rewards propelled me forward toward acheiving even more goals.

jademarlene
02-03-2009, 03:10 PM
I bought a new very pretty cross this weekend for staying with my new lifestyle for one month. In March my reward will be a new purse. At the end of each month I plan on treating myself.

Lori Bell
02-03-2009, 03:35 PM
I never realized what a girly girl I am. My rewards have consisted of things like acrylic nails, jewelry, clothes, shoes, (I LOVE shoes!) and makeup. I don't really have a plan for my "goal" reward. It would be nice to have my hair cut and styled by a renowned professional though. I usually just go to cost cutters, or some walk in place and have it trimmed....

J Journeying
02-03-2009, 04:04 PM
My next goal is 210 - that will be 55 lbs lost. I am going to have a pedicure!

Sea
02-03-2009, 04:21 PM
Small rewards - CD's , trinkets

20 lb. - clothes

50 - We are going on a cruise!

corazonas
02-03-2009, 04:23 PM
You guys' rewards rock! I buy tons of girly stuff to reward myself too... I have so many new clothes and shoes right now and I deserve them ALL! haha

butterfly- that's funny we're both getting tattoos in the same place! i'm getting a phoenix... lower down than my armpit (so bra/swimsuit doesn't cut off hi head) ;) but down wrapping the front of my hip a little. I'm SO excited because I finally feel like I have the body to put it on and be proud of!

pbride- glad you got an reward refresher! it would be cool if just being healthy was enough for me but i enjoy the bribes to myself! haha

WVU- thanks for the kind words! you can bet your booty I'll be posting pics! Pics of the tattoo... pics of my new gorgeous legs... pics of me doing cartwheels for being 130!!... haha

everybody else- keep the idas coming! i'm totally going to steal some of your ideas for my own rewards...massage!!

MonteCristo
02-04-2009, 09:35 AM
I love rewards. Sometimes they are just for sticking to my plan, others are for little (or big) milestones. I usually have to buy clothes every 15lbs or so, and a new wardrobe will definitely be part of my reward for making my ultimate goal. My next reward is a calligraphy pen when I get out of the 160s.

inspired by you
02-04-2009, 01:26 PM
I haven't really considered small or medium rewards. They just never came to mind simply because like others just the thought of being thin again was reward enough for me. But I do have a reward in mind for when I reach my goal weight. I am going storm chasing. I have wanted to do this for about 15 years and have just never seemed to get around to it, so I'm hoping this fall in the heart of tornado season that I am chasing the biggest blackest tornado I have ever seen. And after chasing my first tornado I will commemorate it with a tornado tattoo.

fatmad
02-05-2009, 09:19 AM
what a fun thread, and what great ideas people have!
I think I will go with a pedicure for my next minigoal. Hadn't thought of it, didn't reward myself for the first one.
I am planning new clothes this spring and maybe I will go with a certain number of things per goal, or one per pound. This may be a real motivator since I have had the same work clothes for quite a while, and don't have a lot of opportunity to wear nice things outside of the office, so my clothes are a bit dated now.
If I go to value village, I could afford a new thing per pound!

corazonas
02-05-2009, 10:37 AM
ok so i've been working out every day pretty much... i have decided on my next reward-

A FREAKING MASSAGE!

ow i'm sore but it's awesome. so when i stay on track this feb (i'm logging it on another thread) and make it to the end i am getting the mother of all massages, boy.

sws19
02-05-2009, 11:46 AM
wow. i think i'm the worst person here. i was thinking of rewarding myself with a cheeseburger, like, next week or something.
sigh.

corazonas
02-05-2009, 12:16 PM
wow. i think i'm the worst person here. i was thinking of rewarding myself with a cheeseburger, like, next week or something.
sigh.

do it! right now! whole wheat bun, ground extra lean sirloin or turkey, tons of veggies, red. fat cheese.... there's no reason NOT to enjoy a burger!! :hug:

FB
02-05-2009, 12:33 PM
One of my favorite rewards was from my husband. No way I could ride this baby when I was heavier, and I always wanted one. I'm excited for it to warm up so I can use it again. It's been about 40 pounds since I last rode it - so this spring I'll get more speed out of it!

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tkm256
02-05-2009, 01:08 PM
When I hit 130 I'm going to get a haircut and new lipstick to doll up my pretty new face :D At 125 it'll be a new dress and heels. If I get to 120--i.e. if I'm not happy at 125 and keep going--it's time for replacement jeans. If I am happy at 125 I'll do it anyway; the ones I have were purchased at Goodwill three years ago anyway and they're literally falling apart.

JulieJ08
02-05-2009, 01:28 PM
One of my favorite rewards was from my husband. No way I could ride this baby when I was heavier, and I always wanted one. I'm excited for it to warm up so I can use it again. It's been about 40 pounds since I last rode it - so this spring I'll get more speed out of it!

Oh gosh, I thought you were starting to say something (before I saw the photo) that you weren't starting to say! Can I say that? :dizzy:

sws19
02-05-2009, 01:57 PM
Oh gosh, I thought you were starting to say something (before I saw the photo) that you weren't starting to say! Can I say that? :dizzy:

me too!!

ha.

oh and about the cheeseburger. i meant like a real red meat beautiful cheddar burger from the burger joint down the street.
i'm gonna keep waiting a little bit on that one. maybe when i get into the next decile.

FB
02-05-2009, 02:21 PM
Yee-haw! Ride 'em cowgirl! :lol:

rachinma
02-05-2009, 02:52 PM
This is totally random and perhaps more appropriate for the Alternachicks board, but I am going to get my nipples repierced when I get to 140# (my long-term goal). I had them pierced before, and they ended up having to removed because my body rejected them. So, I'm going to try again -- in a hypoallergenic metal -- once I reach my goal weight. The reason I'm holding off has to do with the fact that it's *a lot* of work to care for them and wearing a restrictive sports bra will be impossible.

Sorry if TMI...

corazonas
02-05-2009, 03:25 PM
me too!!

ha.

oh and about the cheeseburger. i meant like a real red meat beautiful cheddar burger from the burger joint down the street.
i'm gonna keep waiting a little bit on that one. maybe when i get into the next decile.

mmm i DO know what you mean... was just trying to help you trick your brain! haha I have the BEST burger place around here that makes a guacamole burger that could make my head explode. i'm not sure if i'll ever be setting foot in that place again though... hahaha it's been SO long!!

est1991
02-05-2009, 07:23 PM
at 160 i want to get some more piercings in my ears and i want to get my hair cut.
at 150 i want to get some new shoes!! i love shoes!!
at 140 i want to get some new party cloaths.
and at 130 i want to get my bellybutton repierced. :D

just 4 lbs from my first goal and reward! :carrot: