Weight Loss Support - How do you reward yourself?




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Delphi
05-13-2009, 10:58 AM
I don't know about you guys, but I am so focused on living healthy, that at times I forget to reward myself. I have plenty of things planned for when I hit goal and how I might reward myself, but I guess I struggle a bit with finding ways to reward myself for simply staying on plan. So I guess my question to you fine people would be, how do you reward yourself for staying OP or do you?


squeak351
05-13-2009, 11:14 AM
I used to reward my self with food. Which always back fired. So now I reward my self with a new outfit, a purse, some perfume, going to the salon. That's how I reward my self. I set little goals like 2-5 lbs and when I reach it I get to do something I want or buy something. It helps me stay focused.

rockinrobin
05-13-2009, 11:42 AM
I find staying on plan to be so very rewarding in and of itself. Really, everyday that I eat healthy and exercise is a true gift to myself.

That being said, the year I was losing, I did set up rewards for myself with every 10 lbs lost. First reward was a pocket book. Then a wallet. Then a pair of slippers.


losermom
05-13-2009, 11:44 AM
I too used to reward myself with food and too much of it obviously. But now shopping has become a dangerous addiction! I can't stop buying those super cute flats! I love shoes! I have also bought alot of new clothes because very little of what I had still fits. But I must stop because I'm not at goal yet and don't want to waste anymore $ on clothes that may not fit when I get there.

Glory87
05-13-2009, 11:47 AM
I never, ever reward myself for staying on plan with food - to me, that is hugely counter productive.

I have, however, been known to SHAMELESSLY bribe myself to stay on plan. Usually, the reward is a massage, I love them!

I set 10 lb rewards for myself as I was losing weight. I remember them all :)

180 - fancy sandals that were way expensive (they are now too big, who knew I would lose weight in my feet?) Oh well, I enjoyed them at the time
170 - massage
160 - new clothes (everything was sliding off me!)
150 - fancy cut/color at a very "ooh la la" salon
140 - massage (I had the same person! she noticed!)
130 - tattoo :)

beerab
05-13-2009, 11:49 AM
I reward myself with small things that I've been wanting, like a new eyeliner or new shirt or something.

shrinkingleah
05-13-2009, 11:53 AM
For my first 30 pounds lost I got two pairs of jeans because all my jeans looked horrible and saggy. I bought them on clearance and even though they are cute, I don't plan to fit in them for more then a few months. :)

chudge
05-13-2009, 11:54 AM
I decided at the beginning of my weight loss plan to reward myself at every 7lbs (half a stone) and my rewards were very similar to those already listed (massage e.t.c) But today i remembered i'd forgotten to get my last one so just bought 2 lovely bags and make-up!!! I decided that i'd try and stay away from buying loads of clothes as i want a new wardrobe when i'm at my goal but i did buy a dress in my ideal size to cheer me along. Hope this helps xx

Fox
05-13-2009, 12:24 PM
I've decided that I want my rewards to be something that will continue to help me with my weight loss. My first reward is actually a big one, not sure if I actually "deserve" it since I've lost only 11 pounds but it has to do with the summer season as well - I'm buying a kayak!

Another reward that I'm looking forward to is buying myself a pair of snowboard boots for the upcoming winter season.

Those will be two big purchases so as for smaller rewards I'm planning on new workout clothes, new gear to outfit my kayak (which I'll be buying "bare bones") and things like that.

Peep Smith
05-13-2009, 12:42 PM
This is a really interesting topic. I used to reward with food and like most of you, it just didn't work because I didn't stop after the reward! I kind of agree with RockinRobin...eating healthfully and mindfully is reward in itself now. I feel much better and more proud of myself, and I've made changes I can live with. That said, when I'm at goal, I will be taking myself shopping as I'll have nothing that fits! I promised myself a pair of nice sexy jeans and a snazzy pair of sandals.

losermom
05-13-2009, 01:08 PM
Fox, a kayak sounds like so much fun! I think it is an awesome reward and you deserve it.

PinkyPie
05-13-2009, 01:16 PM
Maybe this sounds lame but at this moment I see my weigh-in as the reward for all the times I exercised during the week, all the times I said "no, thank you" to junk presented to me, all the days I planned, weighed, measured, etc. Honestly, I love seeing my WW leader these days and I'm totally digging the results!

That said, I do have a reward of a proper pair of running shoes as soon as I hit 89kg on my home scale. I am not far from that goal :)

Devsmama
05-13-2009, 01:37 PM
I set up rewards based on 20lb increments. I have it written down.

Fox
05-13-2009, 01:48 PM
Maybe this sounds lame but at this moment I see my weigh-in as the reward for all the times I exercised during the week, all the times I said "no, thank you" to junk presented to me, all the days I planned, weighed, measured, etc. Honestly, I love seeing my WW leader these days and I'm totally digging the results!



Nope, doesn't sounds lame at all. Anything that makes you feel great about yourself is a reward! I absolutely agree that seeing that number go down on that scale is incredibly rewarding :carrot:

canadianwoman
05-13-2009, 01:59 PM
I love books and movies so I buy books, buy dvds and go to the movies now and then.
I also buy moisturizers I really love the smell of.

newleaf123
05-13-2009, 02:10 PM
10lbs gone: new underwear
20lbs gone: getting a ring resized (hopefully in the next week or so!)
30lbs gone: I haven't decided - maybe new bras??

freshmanweightorbust
05-13-2009, 02:17 PM
Glory87, you crack me up! "Shameless bribes," indeed. :)

I bought myself a ceramic flattening iron for fixing my hair when I hit fifteen lbs, and a few lbs after that I bought a wide-barrel curling iron (I have wavy hair that'll go either way). This week, if I hit my weekly 1.3lbs-lost goal, I'm going to buy a couple good quality fine-tooth combs and a bottle of shine serum to amp up my look. If I hit my goal next week, I'm buying a new blush, cause I'm out. None of my goal rewards have been expensive, the first two were 15 - 25 dollars and the last two are less than five bucks each.

I think it's important to reward yourself with things that make the journey easier, too. When I get off another five pounds, I'm buying a pair of ankle weights to ramp up my calories burned on my daily walks, but ONLY if I've been diligently going on my walk every day to get that five pounds off. A few pounds ago, I bought a pair of five-lb dumbells to use when I do arm exercises. From what I hear, using added weights, even such small amounts of weight, can almost double your calories burned during certain exercises.

Thighs Be Gone
05-13-2009, 02:28 PM
ooh.yeah..shopping!

I do other things too though...give yourself permission to watch too much TV..talk on the phone when you should be cleaning bathrooms...go for a long drive in the country with the windows down and leave your cell at home..go get a massage but don't tell anyone...these are the kinds of things I really LOVE

rocketbunny
05-13-2009, 02:30 PM
When I first started my diet, I discussed rewards with my boyfriend. He's going to get me new charms for my Pandora bracelet at 15 lb increments.

It was a while ago, so I thought that he'd forgotten, but a little package showed up on my nightstand last weekend. I was super excited, but since I haven't reached 15 lbs lost yet, I haven't opened it to see what he got me. It's pretty motivating to think of that little present waiting for me. It definitely helped me avoid the Godiva chocolates a product rep brought into work the other day.

yoursummerdream
05-14-2009, 12:23 AM
Rocketbunny - charms for your bracelet is the sweetest thought from your boyfriend! Aw, you can see your progress around your wrist every day!

Brown Eyed Staccie
05-14-2009, 12:40 AM
I definitely don't reward myself with food...it always leads to a binge. I am so trying to see food as necessary (like air and water) and not enjoy it (sounds weird I know). I can enjoy it more when I feel in better control.

Anyway, I just realized that I have set some great rewards for big losses but nothing really for small ones...I am going to go back to my blog and do that!

cfmama
05-14-2009, 12:41 AM
Books. Every 10 lbs is a trip to the book store. My last book was Dead in Dallas and the NEXT book is the next one in the series.

teawithsunshine
05-14-2009, 01:29 AM
cds, dvds, books, facial mud masks :cool:

SweetScrumptious
05-14-2009, 02:56 AM
I get myself a little something-something for every 10 lbs that I lose. Examples: teeth whitening, tattoo, bikini, etc

grneyedmustang
05-14-2009, 11:26 AM
Shopping has become an addiction for me, also. I usually reward myself with every ten pounds lost. Lately, though, I found that I needed new bras because of the weight loss, so I went to Victoria's Secret yesterday for the first time in 13 years and got some new bras.

Before my change in eating habits, I used to reward myself with food.

losermom
05-14-2009, 12:00 PM
GreenEyedMustang, I'll bet you look 15 lbs thinner now that the girls are properly supported! WTG!

My DD21 tells me that I am truly spoiled. Probably because I won an itouch at work, but still crave an ipod shuffle for my workouts. I think that I'm still going to buy one--I just haven't decided when.

grneyedmustang
05-14-2009, 12:20 PM
GreenEyedMustang, I'll bet you look 15 lbs thinner now that the girls are properly supported! WTG!

My DD21 tells me that I am truly spoiled. Probably because I won an itouch at work, but still crave an ipod shuffle for my workouts. I think that I'm still going to buy one--I just haven't decided when.

Buying new bras helped me to understand that "properly supported girls" can do wonders for your figure. I'm so excited about my new bras (and matching undies)!

That's also a huge feat for me...in the bigger sizes sometimes it's hard to find matching bra/panty sets.

Congrats on winning the Itouch, and I can totally see why you like the shuffle better for working out. I love my Ipod Shuffle for workouts...I think it's because I can't "see" what's coming up next, and it's just enough music where I don't get bored - but it's not overwhelming. It's also not quite as "big" - I guess I'm weird, but I like as little "in the way" as possible when running on the treadmill.