Weight Loss Support - Splurge as a Reward for weight loss?

Mama Whitty
06-20-2013, 03:28 PM
Does anyone else have a certain item in mind that helps them stay motivated? Of course losing weight and being healthy is a reward. For me though, I have something very specific in mind.

I really want two things that cost a fortune. If I can stay on track and lose these 25 pounds I am buying them. My 20 year high school reunion is next year. One would think that was motivation enough. Instead as shallow as this sounds, it's a tight fitting Herve Leger dress and a pair of black stiletto from Christian Louboutin. I am going to buy it as a gift for myself, if I can lose the weight. Currently (according to Nordstrom's dress size finder) I am too busty to wear a dress like that.

So I refuse to purchase either one of these things before I lose the weight. Otherwise they would sit in my closet forever. They are my motivation.

Do any of you have something like this? Has it kept you movtivated? I really need something to keep me on track. I tend to give up really easily. I don't want to be overweight for the rest of my life.

06-20-2013, 03:54 PM
OMG YES!!!! i'm hoping to loose most of my weight by september so i can buy all the new spiky shoes that i see on Neiman and Saks as well as 2 nice couture dresses when i'm done as a reward. And the spiky CL are one of the many i want!!! YOU CAN SO DO THIS!!!!

Mama Whitty
06-20-2013, 05:30 PM

I love this. :hug: Makes me feel like maybe I can. Love the spiky ones I see at Nordstroms, but think I am going to opt for a fierce black pair with the red heel. So far I am struggling to stay focused because I think I am so hungry. This is why I can't exercise a ton in the beginning.

06-20-2013, 05:56 PM
So far I am struggling to stay focused because I think I am so hungry.

What I've done is tape a sheet of paper with my goals written on it to the front of the fridge at eye level. Just looking at what I want to accomplish makes me ask myself if I'm really hungry, or if I'm going to the fridge because I'm bored. Maybe printing out a picture of your shoes and putting it somewhere you're going to be sure to see will help?

This site is a wonderful place to find support. I agree with fighterchic, you can do this!

Mama Whitty
06-20-2013, 06:17 PM
I think the dress is more of what I desire. I wouldn't dare wear it now with this huge chest & big belly. (I carry all my weight in these two places) I think your right that I need to have a visual to get me motivated. I really want it this time and I have no excuses. My boys are old enough for me to workout more. Thankfully. I need to stay committed. Thanks for your help. I think this site will really help me. I can't wait till July 1st, so I can start one of the challenges.

06-20-2013, 06:59 PM
I love this! I think it is awesome that you are using non-food rewards to motivate you. I love the idea of a vision board too. I even made one on pinterest and it really helped me to create my vision of where I want to be.

06-20-2013, 07:01 PM
I always feel like an elephant on stilts when I wear heels. I would love to finally get a nice pair of stilletos and actually feel sexy in them! This sounds like a very nice reward indeed when I hit goal weight! I've been actually thinking of getting lasik to get rid of the eye glasses and contacts. If anyone can share their experience, I would appreciate it.

Mama Whitty
06-20-2013, 07:13 PM
I own a pair of Jimmy Choos. I love wearing them, but hate how the rest of me looks. I have this amazing Banana Republic dress that would like great with them, if I could lose at least 15 pounds. I made the mistake of wearing it on a girls night out, I looked like a stuffed sausage in the pictures. It was so deflating. Maybe I should use those pictures for motivation? I want to feel sexy all over when I wear heels.

I can totally relate to your feeling like a elephant.

06-20-2013, 09:01 PM
I can relate. The things I want, however, are not typically high fashion names. I just... I love this store. And the clothes are super cheap. And nice. And I can more or less fit into the large size dresses.

I've decided to not buy any clothes for myself until I've lost weight. For every inch I lose, I can get a new article of clothing.

06-20-2013, 09:54 PM
I am so with you on wanting to buy a sexy dress and shoes for a class reunion!! Last year was supposed to be my 10 year anniversary, but our class couldn't really get together (they chose the thanksgiving holiday weekend....all but 6 people already had holiday plans), so I'm hoping my 15 year anniversary will come through.

I've always been chubby and overweight, all throughout high school, so I really want to arrive there weighing less than I did at graduation and looking smoking hot! Heck, if I can get even less than my goal (130 is where I'd be comfortable, 115 is the "ideal" weight for my height so I'm told, and it was what I weighed when I was in 8th grade :p), I'd really splurge and rent a really nice car, like an audi or bmw for the night lol!

You can do this, you are totally worth it!!! Just think of how awesome it will be to see all those familiar faces and say to yourself "D*mn, I look freaking HOT!"

Mama Whitty
06-20-2013, 11:49 PM
Thanks buffinlovin! We are all worth it.

I was very skinny in high school, now I would just be so embarrassed for most of them to see me. I met up with my Best Friend & this other girl we went to high school with for lunch. I hadn't seen either of them for years. They both were super skinny and looked so good. I ordered fish and a salad with unsweetened tea. It was at this hot new restaurant in Houston. I was so worried that they were judging me while I was eating. Ugh!

Arctic Mama
06-21-2013, 12:40 AM
Nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for weight loss, but do focus on longer term aspirations than just looking awesome for a night, or that weight is likely to come right back on when the main event is completed.

I have my own clothing goals - they're great! But it's just so easy to go full tilt for a single occasion and then go back to old habits when the time is done. Just something to think about.

My rewards, to respond to your inquiry, are a custom corset (LOVE! But about $850, so yeouch on the wallet if my size changes) and a whole new wardrobe made up of pieces I enjoy and not just whatever is on clearance/functional at the time. I keep refining my personal style to strike that balance of practical and attractive, which can be quite tough living in a climate like this, with a bunch of kids, and a limited budget. It's a fun challenge, though ;)

Mama Whitty
06-21-2013, 08:09 AM
I am not sure if I am even going to my high school reunion. Hasn't even been planned yet. I don't think any of us who want to lose weight are thinking in terms of just one night. (I hope) I live in a great big city where I can where fancy schmacy clothes out for date night & parties. I just think in terms of rewards it's nice to have a "prize" to strive for in the end. It is what is keeping me motivated. I certainly wouldn't want to buy a $1200 dress that I might get to wear one night. Envisioning myself in that dress makes me think I would never want to be this overweight again. I have been rather lucky. Until my mother died I was always in a healthy BMI range, it's just been the last two years that I gained the weight. My last women's well check I was told that if I even lost 10 pounds I am starving off meds for high cholesterol. So I want to stay focused on losing weight. I can't stand taking meds.

And yes girls we can all do it with support. Go get your corset. You are worth it.

06-21-2013, 09:21 AM
When I was close to the 75 pound mark, I realized that I'd lost enough weight that I could wear a watch again. I picked out a Stuhrling skeleton watch that is black and copper. I grew up in Arizona and I love copper. My husband bought the watch for me and I enjoy wearing it now. Not just because I love the watch itself but also because it's a daily reminder of how far I've come.

Here's the watch:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u32/Garnet2727/c7e2f1ec-0521-42ef-a635-6c85de1ec978_zpsab819abf.jpg (http://s164.photobucket.com/user/Garnet2727/media/c7e2f1ec-0521-42ef-a635-6c85de1ec978_zpsab819abf.jpg.html)

Now I'm thinking about what I want for losing 100 pounds. :dizzy:

Mama Whitty
06-21-2013, 11:17 AM
Excellent! Thanks for sharing with us actual proof that it's possible. The watch looks fabulous. You should be very proud of your weight loss. Inspiring!

06-21-2013, 11:37 AM
[QUOTE=Garnet2727;4776594]When I was close to the 75 pound mark, I realized that I'd lost enough weight that I could wear a watch again. I picked out a Stuhrling skeleton watch that is black and copper. I grew up in Arizona and I love copper. My husband bought the watch for me and I enjoy wearing it now. Not just because I love the watch itself but also because it's a daily reminder of how far I've come.

That is AWESOME!!!! and what a great daily reminder for what you have achieved and a motivation to keep it off!!!!

MAMA WItty: if you choose to do the picture motivation do look for someone that is close to what you wish to look like instead of the skinny pictures of models wearing the bandage dress. I just don't want you to set yourself up for failure by stressing on how the model looks as appose to you. I really want you to get the dress!!! and also start practicing on some alternative shoes of CL as they are so hard and uncomfy to walk in. I own some and they are definitely only my dinner shoes maybe light cocktail night. Definitely not an all nighter.

Mama Whitty
06-21-2013, 01:49 PM
Oh they are for sure my "night out on the town" shoes. I actually love to wear high heels. I have pinned some options to Pinterest to keep me motivated. I know I will never look like the Herve Leger model girls. I do still like to eat food. I have seen a few real women wear them, so I think I can be realistic. You have a great point though.

06-22-2013, 02:39 AM
I'm on my way to my 30th HS class reunion. I knew about this a year ago, and started my program (MRC) just shy of a year in advance of the event. In this year, I've lost 70 lbs. I've not been to a reunion or even seen most of my classmates since our 5th, since I moved shortly after that one, as did my parents. I weigh only 7 lbs more than I did for the 5th, not bad for 25 years.

I bought a really cute Calvin Klein color block dress at Nordstrom Rack and Ralph Lauren shoes at DSW, both for a great price (less than $110 total). I wanted to look great, but couldn't spend a lot with paying for the trip and also with sending DD off to college in the fall...

Anyway, I know I'll keep this weight off now, it was nice to have an event to plan for as a goal. Now, continuing to feel good is enough incentive for me to keep it off...

Good luck on reaching your goal!

Mama Whitty
06-22-2013, 11:16 PM
Way to go! I love that you planned to lose the weight so far in advanced. You stuck to your diet and succeeded. I love those colorblock dresses. Congrats for showing up and looking hot!

For me a lot of things are influencing my weight loss. Both of my parents are deceased & I am only 36. They both passed away at a young age. My mother had all kinds of health issues. It was hard to watch her pass away. So I am motivated by being here for my boys for a long time. A expensive dress and shoes are just one part of it.