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PreciousMissy
05-30-2013, 01:22 PM
I know, food is not a reward, but I seriously just had the best lunch ever! All home cooked (because I'm too cheap to eat out every day, and I'm a darn good cook if I do say so myself ;) ), half a grilled chicken breast, grilled asparagus, and cottage cheese.

Months ago, "spoiling myself" would have been going out to a fast food restaurant and getting something from there. Now, spoiling myself is having flavorful healthier foods for lunch.

This morning I felt like I could conquer the world and thought "I think tonight calls for a walk!!!" (you know, get out, enjoy the sunshine/fresh air, and all that jazz)

What ways do you spoil/reward yourself? What things do you do as a treat that months ago you would have thought "That's not a treat!!!"


elvislover324
05-30-2013, 01:36 PM
Yay for you rewarding yourself!! And I feel like homemade meals are that much better as they are so fresh, prepared with love, and enjoyed in our home. Sounds so good!!

I love the feeling of being able to conquer the world. It's hard to put into words when I get that feeling but "conquering the world" is exactly what it feels like.

I feel like every day is a treat to myself, the rewards now is the weightloss itself. Summer weather is finally showing its face and the happiness (and not dread) of not having to be so embarrassed and fearful of going in public is a priceless reward. I was still over 300lbs last summer when the fall was approaching. This year I'm over 1/3rd less weight, I can't even believe it.

Your thread made me so happy to read. Enjoy your day, you deserve it!! And conquer some world while you are at it!! :)

PreciousMissy
05-30-2013, 01:50 PM
Yay for you rewarding yourself!! And I feel like homemade meals are that much better as they are so fresh, prepared with love, and enjoyed in our home. Sounds so good!!

I love the feeling of being able to conquer the world. It's hard to put into words when I get that feeling but "conquering the world" is exactly what it feels like.

I feel like every day is a treat to myself, the rewards now is the weightloss itself. Summer weather is finally showing its face and the happiness (and not dread) of not having to be so embarrassed and fearful of going in public is a priceless reward. I was still over 300lbs last summer when the fall was approaching. This year I'm over 1/3rd less weight, I can't even believe it.

Your thread made me so happy to read. Enjoy your day, you deserve it!! And conquer some world while you are at it!!

Thanks Elvis!

I am so glad you're able to go out and be comfortable in your own skin this summer, you've worked so hard for it! Now go out, enjoy the sunshine/fresh air, and all that jazz!


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kaplods
05-30-2013, 04:08 PM
I've always enjoyed healthy food, but there were many healthy foods I rarely bought because I thought them "too expensive," and foods I didn't try because I didn't want them to go to waste if I didn't like them.

I'm still very budget conscious, but I'm much more willing to spend a little extra money and time choosing foods that are both better for me, and better taasting.

Mozzy
05-30-2013, 04:19 PM
Good for you!!

joefla70
05-30-2013, 04:54 PM
Ah... I need to get back some of that passion and motivation that you have! I used to have it!

Just out of curiosity, if grilled chicken, asparagus and cottage cheese is a treat, what do you usually have for lunch? The only reason I ask is that grilled chicken or fish and some sort of grilled, steamed or roasted veggie is pretty much an every day part of my diet. (Granted, its usually a dinner menu item, while I usually have salad for lunch.) Was there something more special about how you prepared it?

Gonna Get There Soon
05-30-2013, 05:02 PM
I like to treat myself to sherbet or frozen yogurt....months ago, I wouldn't even dream of that being a treat. I never eat fast food unless I'm on a road trip with the kiddos and need the dollar menu lol...( five kids is expensive )

My husband and I are constantly looking for new recipes. We've really changed our eating habits not just with us, but the kiddos as well. A treat for me would be one of dh awesome grilled burgers with the works! yum!
I'm so lucky to have him because he LOVES to cook and loves to teach me...so we do all our meals at home and treat ourselves to lots of healthy goodies!! *sigh*...he's so great.. :)

IanG
05-30-2013, 05:12 PM
Cockles. $10 a tin. Low calorie. Very high in protein. Just what I need.

Also going for run outside is a real treat for me, because it implies time off from work to do this rather than having to use the treadmill at the gym.

joefla70
05-30-2013, 05:57 PM
Cockles. $10 a tin. Low calorie. Very high in protein. Just what I need.

Also going for run outside is a real treat for me, because it implies time off from work to do this rather than having to use the treadmill at the gym.

I sometimes do the same with jumbo lump crab meat.

PreciousMissy
05-30-2013, 06:03 PM
Just out of curiosity, if grilled chicken, asparagus and cottage cheese is a treat, what do you usually have for lunch? The only reason I ask is that grilled chicken or fish and some sort of grilled, steamed or roasted veggie is pretty much an every day part of my diet. (Granted, its usually a dinner menu item, while I usually have salad for lunch.) Was there something more special about how you prepared it?

I usually have a protein and veggie of some sort, or soup. I don't put much thought into lunch. I usually throw whatever into my lunch bag as I'm running out the door. I just happened to have some extra leftovers from grilling and decided to take my time this morning and really rifle through the fridge to see what treasures it held.

Nikel1979
05-30-2013, 07:12 PM
I spoil myself by running races. The feeling I get after finishing a race, I can't even explain how great it is.

elvislover324
05-30-2013, 07:17 PM
I've always enjoyed healthy food, but there were many healthy foods I rarely bought because I thought them "too expensive," and foods I didn't try because I didn't want them to go to waste if I didn't like them.

I'm still very budget conscious, but I'm much more willing to spend a little extra money and time choosing foods that are both better for me, and better tasting.

I have to try to be more like you, kaplods. My logic used to be that I wouldn't pay $3.99lb for asparagus (or whatever I was wanting that was out of my price comfort) but I'd pay $15 for a takeout pizza, $4 for a bag of chips and $2 for a 2 liter Coke. But the asparagus was too expensive....*shakes my head*

kaplods
05-30-2013, 07:38 PM
I have to try to be more like you, kaplods. My logic used to be that I wouldn't pay $3.99lb for asparagus (or whatever I was wanting that was out of my price comfort) but I'd pay $15 for a takeout pizza, $4 for a bag of chips and $2 for a 2 liter Coke. But the asparagus was too expensive....*shakes my head*


I know, right? But we're conditioned to think that way (it's not genetic). It took YEARS for me to undo the habit of buying the least expensive (everything) and when spluging, doing so with completely unnecessary items rather than higher quality versions of necessities. I learned the habit from my mother and grandmother and the other women in our family and neighborhood (and in books, movies, tv...)


Luckily, we can learn and teach. My mother taught me to be too frugal when it came to healthy food, and my sisters and I have taught her that healthy splurging makes weight management a whole lot more fun and less miserable.

I stil look for bargains, but I don't buy the cheapest just because it's cheapest. If it's something I like on sale, bonus - but to pick a variety of say apple that I don't like, just because it's the cheapest... I don't do that anymore.

SuperHeroTeacher
05-30-2013, 07:53 PM
I'm very careful to not reward or spoil myself with food, of any sort, because for me it perpetuates my unhealthy relationship with food.

I decided early on that my rewards would be to spoil myself with things that I would not normally buy or do for myself. Is it expensive? Yes, but I'm saving so much $$$ on food and eating out, I see it as a trade off.

My recent spoilings:

I just ordered a large selection of Amore Pacific skin care products for losing 25 pounds. I love the product, but they're super expensive, and normally I wouldn't spend that kind of money for something like skin care. But I'm all about taking care of ME these days, and I'm worth it.

Also decided as long as I'm losing and/or maintaining I'm getting my hair done every 6 weeks instead of every 8 weeks. I'm working hard to make my body look good and I don't want to feel like my hair looks like crap 1/4 of the time.

I just ordered myself a new sun hat and beach bag for poolside and vacation. Much more pricey than my old target hat & bag, but I'm worth it!!!

SuperHeroTeacher
05-30-2013, 07:57 PM
Couldn't get two pics in my post above???

Here's the sun hat:

alaskanlaughter
05-30-2013, 09:08 PM
I really enjoy my quiet morning time on a run outside or at the gym....it's MY time and no one would ever interrupt me at 5:30 a.m. because all work and family obligations are still asleep :D:D:D

I also like to buy more expensive things like cherries or asparagus or almond milk and I feel like i'm spoiling myself that way, instead of eating the cheap donuts that the rest of the family like

I also take a ridiculous amount of self-photos on my iPhone...almost like I don't believe that i'm smaller....like "am I still skinnier today?" and i'll take a pic to prove it LOL I know, weird

EmLay
05-30-2013, 09:09 PM
SuperHero, that hat is SUPER CUTE! I've got a honeymoon coming up in Mexico, and I think it would look fabulous with my new bikini... Hmmm lol.

I usually spoil myself with getting my nails done or having a HEALTHY treat. IE, my favorite thing in the whole world, a dark chocolate covered banana. Mmm.

elvislover324
05-30-2013, 09:11 PM
I also take a ridiculous amount of self-photos on my iPhone...almost like I don't believe that i'm smaller....like "am I still skinnier today?" and i'll take a pic to prove it LOL I know, weird

Awwww that's not weird! I think it's cute! I can't wait to be at a point to stomach a picture of myself. :)

SuperHeroTeacher
05-30-2013, 10:12 PM
I really enjoy my quiet morning time on a run outside or at the gym....it's MY time and no one would ever interrupt me at 5:30 a.m. because all work and family obligations are still asleep :D:D:D

I also like to buy more expensive things like cherries or asparagus or almond milk and I feel like i'm spoiling myself that way, instead of eating the cheap donuts that the rest of the family like

I also take a ridiculous amount of self-photos on my iPhone...almost like I don't believe that i'm smaller....like "am I still skinnier today?" and i'll take a pic to prove it LOL I know, weird

I WISH I could think of exercise (in any form) as a treat, I'm just not there! :(

And I'm a little jealous of your picture taking. I'm still very camera shy, and don't see a difference between me now and 30+ pounds ago when I started. I know I'm smaller, my clothes don't fit, I'm moving better, etc. I just don't SEE it.


SuperHero, that hat is SUPER CUTE! I've got a honeymoon coming up in Mexico, and I think it would look fabulous with my new bikini... Hmmm lol.


The hat is by Flora Bella and I've seen it at Nordstrom.com and everythingbutwater.com. ;)

kaplods
05-30-2013, 11:30 PM
I'm very careful to not reward or spoil myself with food, of any sort, because for me it perpetuates my unhealthy relationship with food.



I think there's an important distinction between using food as a reward, and using food you enjoy to do good things for your body and mind. I think spoiling is a poor choice of words, because by it's very nature it implies excess to the point of damage. Pampering, splurges, luxuries... though are concepts I have no problem with.

I too avoid food as rewards. I reward every five pound loss with a bead that represents those pounds. If I regain, I remove the representational beads, so I'm only wearing what I've "earned."

But there are healthy foods I love that are outside my normal budget. Blackberries, even in season, are (what I consider) extremely expensive. I normally allot 20-50 cents per serving of fruit, and blackberries run $2 to $6 per serving. Paying 10 to 30 times more than normal can't really be called anything but a splurge or luxury expense (unless perhaps you have no budget and shop without regard to cost - but that in itself is a luxury).

For me the benefit of food-splurges is the realization that foods that do great things for your body can taste great too, and some expensive food items (regardless of what you consider expensive) are worth the expense for tangible and intangible reasons. It's ok to buy foods because you enjoy them.

For everyday, I'm fine with my 38 cent per pound bananas and my 33 cent Ambrosia and Braeburn apples, but sometimes I want the 80 cent Honeycrisp apple or my $3 summer blackberries (I draw the line at $6 winter blackberries). And it just wouldn't be Summer without my July Ranier Cherries (I do go a bit overboard during cherry month, but I usually lose exceptionally well in July, even if it's in part due to overindulgence and paid for with some digestive discomfort from the extra fiber and fruit sugars.

chickadee32
05-31-2013, 12:26 AM
Every Thursday I have a babysitter so that I can go for a run. I desperately missed running during my pregnancy (it's my stress reliever), and at times I feel guilty leaving my infant with someone so that I can go do something just for myself. But that's my treat. Two years ago, when I thought I hated running, I NEVER would have thought going for a run would be a treat!