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Old 02-22-2006, 09:14 PM   #1
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Thought I would share one fun thing I do... when I accomplish a certain goal I reward myself with a prize... NOT food of course! Can be something very small... when I was on a tight budget it was often just something from the dollar store; or even pick a special flower and put it in a little vase. I used to do it a prize for each month I stuck with my plan... generally I don't do it for weight lost because that is not something I can really control.

But this time I decided a prize for each 10 pounds lost... AND I set a walking goal so for every 150,000 steps I do I will get a reward!!

Try it! It's a great motivator!
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:51 PM   #2
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I told myself in November, right before I started my plan, that if I could stick with it, I'd reward myself by going to a concert that I really really wanted to attend. 40 pounds later, and I've got tickets to the Birthday Massacre on April 1st in Chicago!
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:56 PM   #3
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It is indeed a great motivator!

I do this all the time. I typically do it in the form of clothes or shoes. Sometimes make-up though. I love it, it really makes me feel good.
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:52 AM   #4
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Yay Kayley... good for you! You will really enjoy this concert knowing you earned it!!

AquaChick... ya makeup is always good!!!! I also like neat things for my wall.
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Old 02-23-2006, 03:59 AM   #5
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An Urban Decay eye shadow for each 5lbs lost will be my new reward, now that the weight is coming off so slowly, I should get one by Christmas

I did perfume at first for every 20lbs, but the novelty has worn off now
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:01 AM   #6
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LOL Kykaree, you will make it LONG before Christmas!!
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:20 AM   #7
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Those are some great ideas to stay motivated.
I also saw the other day someone who posted that each time they lost a certain amount of weight they would put a couple of dollars aside. They were ultimatley saving for when they reached their goal weight they would have money to buy some great new outfits.
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:31 AM   #8
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Those are some great ideas to stay motivated.
I also saw the other day someone who posted that each time they lost a certain amount of weight they would put a couple of dollars aside. They were ultimatley saving for when they reached their goal weight they would have money to buy some great new outfits.
I saw that post too, Angel and am searching for it again and can't find it. I decided to do it for "blow" money on my cruise coming up in May!!! I created an Excel database to keep track LOL
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Old 02-23-2006, 08:54 AM   #9
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I bought myself the newest Kelly Clarkson cd. I figured I deserved a gift for myself after losing 15 pounds. I think I like this idea. every time I hit a goal, I'll buy myself a little something. Like if i hit my walking goal, i'll buy myself a gift, if i lose 10 pounds, i'll buy myself a gift. even if it is just a flower to put at my desk. good idea. thanks for the motivation to keep going.
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I'm buying myself a bottle of Vera Wang perfume when I get to 179 lbs. Expensive yes but under 180 is going to be a huge milestone for me.

When I get to 169 lbs I'll buy something else, not decided what yet!
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Old 02-23-2006, 09:57 AM   #11
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Before I was truly ready to commit to a weight loss program my dad offered me a $3k reward if I stuck to the program and lost my weight so I could buy clothes. I didn't do it but then he said, when I'm ready the offer still stands.


Other ideas might be a trip to the spa for any treatment.

How about a mini trip out of town 3-4 hours for some tourist attraction (this is better for bigger increments of loss)

A trip to your favorite hobby. Ex. Every 5-10lbs go camping, host a game night, scrapbook night, etc.

Every 10lbs a trip to the movies, bowling, girls night out, go kart riding, ice skating, etc

Add to your collection whatever they may be: every 10lbs buy a movie, music CD, stuff for your scrapbooking, new card game, excercise stuff, subscribe to a new magazine, a new book (I rarely buy new books, I just accept whatever is at a garage sale so it is a real treat when I do)whatever...

Put money in a jar for every pound lost and save up for REAL trip like a cruise.

If you want a challenge:

For Every 5 or 10 lbs buy something that cost the same amt as the amt you lost. Example: 20lbs=$20 You MUST buy something you normally wouldn't.

Another challenge: Get a suitcase and every 5lbs go to dollar store and buy 5 things, 10 things, 15 things, etc. It can be some for you and some for others. Put it in a suitcase. Don't touch it until you've reached goal. It can be simple things like a coloring book for your child, a new hairclip for you, a gadget you wanted, a book, some candy (not often), etc. Make sure MOST of it is for you. Really you can do it with any of the above ideas that are things.
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Old 02-23-2006, 10:11 AM   #12
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I think when I reach my goal I'm going to convince my mom to buy me a new dress as a reward. I'll have to sell my old pageant gown because it's a size ten and I really hope that I'll be smaller than that by then!
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I forgot, I rewarded myself for 12 months of consistent gym membership with extremely expensive professionally fitted running shoes, and membership to a sparkly new gym with much better facilities. I've not gone any fewer than 4 days a week for a whole year, amazing for me!!!
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:28 PM   #14
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I like the idea of buying a flower for yourself at each 5 pounds or so. It can sit at my desk and remind me the I would love to have a full bouquet!
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OK, this sounds really good, except I think that I might lean towards changing my goals if they get too hard towards the end. for example, my hubby said that when we both get to our goal weight, we'll take a second honeymoon. I've got my goal weight set at 130 (totally in the range for my height and still 15# over my high school weight), but I'm a lot older now, what if I can't lose that last 10 pounds. is it ok to change your goals?
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