Non-Food Rewards

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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 17:15
Now that I've reached my goal weight, I suppose I should celebrate with a little reward. When you are dieting, it is tempting to splurge on forbidden, junky foods once you reach your goal weight. This can lead to a diet-destroying binge session. So, I've decided that my goal reward will be a pedicure - especially useful now that sandal season is here.

Does anyone else have non-food rewards they use or will use to celebrate their success?

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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 17:21
A WEEK on a decadent strip of white-sand beach, anywhere.

Congratulations on reaching your goal--that's awesome!!!
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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 17:36
I celebrate with pampering-type things... like a manicure or pedicure, or a long bath with candles and oils. I don't have a lot of disposable income at the moment, so it limits my options, but clothes are ALWAYS a good reward, especially as more of them become available. and I strongly recommend underwear-shopping. Nothing punctuates how hard you've worked and how much you've achieved that a fun, saucy matching set. =)
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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 18:53
I can't wait to wear a white dress comfortably next summer with nothing covering my arms, that'll be the best non food reward ever! Until I spill tomato sauce on It anyway! Smile

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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 19:40
Keep the cake and junkfood for your birthday and buy yourself a nice bathing suit!! Why not a nice pair of jeans!! Congraltions for reaching your goal!

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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 20:28
Clothes. Nothing feels better than dressing your best Smile

Although the weight loss and improved health is the best reward in and of itself!

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Posted: 11 Jul 2010, 21:03
I'm unemployed so I'm not even thinking of "rewards". If I had to pick something... I say the clothes I have that don't fit at the moment. I have a lot of those.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2010, 09:23
There are not many things more rewarding than GIVING.

Why not donating to charity some (or all) of the clothes you don´t wear anymore?

This will be my reward once I reach my goal.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2010, 09:51
My first goal is 20 pounds - that's when I'm going to dye my hair again! LOL Gray is the new "thin"! I think that you should do something fun! I, too, will be donating clothes - and food. Each time I lose a pound I'm putting a 1 pound can of non-perishable canned goods to the side to give to Salvation Army. Also a good way to see how much you are losing! Fun and productive!

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Posted: 12 Jul 2010, 12:42
I just scheduled lasix eye surgery so I won't have to wear glasses anymore. This was one of the rewards I promised myself when I hit my goal.

Another was to buy clothes. Since I'm a guy, this isn't something I was looking forward to. I bought ten shirts the other day in about 2 minutes. Found the sale rack ($9.99 + 20% off) and picked out every medium shirt they had that I thought might look ok. Went from XL to medium. I haven't owned a medium shirt in many years.

I suffer from shopping anxiety. I'm good for about 15 minutes before I have to bail.

How women do it has always puzzled me. Shop all day, try on everything, don't purchase anything and purport to have had a great time shopping. Sheesh.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2010, 14:54
To me it is shopping. I feel thrilled now cause I am buying off the rack Smile
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Posted: 12 Jul 2010, 23:03
just being able to fit into my old clothes will be a big reward. and i'll def buy myself some new ones. esp jeans! and definitely next spring i'll be finally getting a new nice bathing suit. haven't bought one since i was thin in 07.
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Posted: 19 Jul 2010, 08:43
My reward is usually new yarn since I knit some of my own sweaters and buying a little less yarn is nice Smile

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Posted: 19 Jul 2010, 08:59

Shopping for women is kind of like hunting (shudder) for men. If you get something, great, but just being there is fun.

Exercise is like meditation. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

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Posted: 23 Jul 2010, 12:53
justbreathe wrote:

Shopping for women is kind of like hunting (shudder) for men. If you get something, great, but just being there is fun.

Laughing Never thought of it that way, but that's brilliant. I'll try to explain that to my wife next time she tries to drag me out to the store.
"So what if the knees got holes in em, these pants are comfy!"

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Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 08:48
I like the clothing idea, and will go one further and say lingerie...something that really makes you feel pretty and sexy!! Fun!!

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Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 10:12
I love all of the ideas from pp. I have donated all of my bigger clothes that were fit to wear. I am crazy lucky that my dear friend is also losing weight and is a bit ahead of me so I have not had to buy much.. but I love to try on her new cast offs and see that they are too tight.. then try them on later and see that they fit. Woohooo! Such a good reward. I love funny tee shirts so I have bought 5 that are a bit to small to wear.. and I am using them as motivation. Once I get into them it will be a reward. I am a huge star wars fan and one of the ones I ordered is patiently waiting for me to get small enough to get in it. This is the one I can not wait till it fits.. I will want to wear it every day. Smile I will be like my 5 year old and his lego Indiana Jones teeshirt


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Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 23:10
I bought myself a Radley handbag after losing 10lb. the next 10 gets me a day at the spa!
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Posted: 27 Jul 2010, 15:43
I asked my husband to get me a charm bracelet (presumably with one charm to start) at 20 pounds lost, and I get another charm each 10 pounds more that I lose. Once I reach my first goal (180 pounds) I earn a kid-free weekend trip with my husband, and I don't know what I'll get once I'm much smaller than that... probably new clothes since I don't think any of my old stuff will fit if I get back to a normal healthy weight!

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Posted: 27 Jul 2010, 19:23
My standard reward is a trip to the book store while the baby stays at home with his dad. And while I'm broke, and rarely buy a book, I find an interesting one and sit in a comfy chair and spend some time all alone! If I can't do it in MY LIVING ROOM, at least I can do it somewhere. =)

I have, when I had the money, treated myself to new workout dvds, wii games, and the ultimate gift (was for hitting -50 pounds, although i am still at -45, because i wasn't the one who provided the funds for it) was the bodybugg. I try to target my rewards to continuing to motivate myself.

I've also found that rewarding myself even when I haven't quite hit the goal is motivating. I reward myself for things like sticking to my workout plan for a month at a time, etc... cause the scale is a lying fickle witch.

As for giving - this first 50 pounds went to the Pound For Pound challenge that NBC does - meaning 50 pounds of food went to the soup kitchen that helped me out when I couldn't work at the end of my pregnancy due to complications, and all of my oversized clothing that didn't have holes in it from wearing it to much went to the salvation army that helped me out when I was starting my office job. Giving back really is a reward. =)

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