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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 12:42
What advice can people give of other rewards (both daily and weekly) that I can use if I've done good instead of food?
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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 12:59
That's a difficult one as its down to you as what reward you would like. A day out. See a play. Walk in the country. New shoes. Best of all smile in the mirror when you see the results of your endeavours. Smile

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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 13:19
Maybe not a daily reward, but I like to reward myself with things like a manicure, a massage, new outfit, new workout clothes, new shoes, haircut, blow out, etc. But those might be things for reaching particular milestones (e.g. losing 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs, etc.; running x miles without stopping; finishing 6 weeks of a fitness class).

Daily or weekly you could allow yourself more time to watch tv or waste time on the computer, let yourself sleep in a little later one day, or skip a chore one day.

And I don't think food rewards are all bad, but you have to make them special. Like allowing yourself a piece of really good dark chocolate, or splurging for shrimp or a good cut of beef for a dinner one night (just be sure to track and account in your calories for it, most likely won't be any more what you normally have).

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 06:26
Massage, definitely!
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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 06:51
I used small frequent rewards during my weight loss. I set small achievable goals & rewarded myself with great skin care (really important during weight loss) hairstyle...kept to things that would "still fit after weight loss" or not be a financial waste. My favorite...a new book & time to read it!

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 08:37
Interesting post. What about a reward chart that you decorate with colourful stickers. Once x amount of stickers have been placed pull a surprise reward out of pre-determined reward box, like a spa day, or a new outfit.
Good luck the possibilities are endless.

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 08:44
I use scratch lottery tickets daily. I buy about ten at a time, if I follow my plan for the day, I get to scratch one of them. It motivates me because they could be winners just sitting there.

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 09:06
Last time I lost weight, I put a 3 dollars in a jar every time I lost a pound. My husband then decided to "match" my contributions. In the end, I had over $300 to put toward new clothes that fit. It became very motivating towards the end (when it usually gets harder for me) since I really needed new clothes and I already had a budget for it.

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 10:44
I love the idea of the scratch offs! Thank you for sharing.
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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 09:57
You're welcome and good luck! Smile

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Posted: 13 Jan 2013, 00:54
danihyde wrote:
Last time I lost weight, I put a 3 dollars in a jar every time I lost a pound. My husband then decided to "match" my contributions. In the end, I had over $300 to put toward new clothes that fit. It became very motivating towards the end (when it usually gets harder for me) since I really needed new clothes and I already had a budget for it.

great idea, I might have to steal it.

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Posted: 13 Jan 2013, 07:17
Once you've started to lose some weight, you can always use attractive new clothing. It can be a real treat to throw away something old and ugly, too.

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Posted: 13 Jan 2013, 14:01
Woo eKatherine - 46 lbs thats fantastic!! I can't wait to be able to say the same. This is only my first weigh in this week - 6 lbs so I;m happy. So, what I did before I even started was make a list of weights from where I started down to my goal. I put a different item/or thing to do as a treat. None of them include food. It goes from a new pair of earrings to a bracelet to a massage. Whatever makes me feel good. It isn't necessarily a 'bigger' treat as I lose. My only rule is that I have to maintain that particular weight for one week. Good luck!!

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Posted: 13 Jan 2013, 15:56
I know this sounds crazy but no one ever accused me of being sane so there, LOL. And Paula, if you read this, I'm not talking about 'dog treats' here, LOL!

For the small day to day stuff, one of my favorite daily mantra's taken from a book I read is 'Food IS my friend, I just have to choose my friends wisely.'

If I can remember or find the book I'll come back and edit this to add the title (if I don't get yelled at too much in following posts, LOL).

In summary, the writer compared food to people and while we may LIKE some of our wilder buddies, we know the whole time we're hanging out with them, letting them borrow money, keep us up late, and get us in trouble, they aren't that good an influence on us in the end.

Yet, we can't be without friends, completely. No more than we can go without food. So how to combine the two?

So for me, while trying to change my life so this is the last trip I have to make to healthyville, I make it a point to keep finding better friends. So shopping for food is fun and doesn't become the same boring meals day after day (minimizing the risk of binging out of deprivation). I read recipes and find ways to prepare meals that I can eat and enjoy the rest of my life.

It's just a thought and I know nothing works for everyone. It is just how I finally found a way to make peace with food and not feeling like it's 'out to get me' all the time and it has been very rewarding in many ways. And as I have to eat daily, it's how I reward myself daily for eating better.

The shopping is activity, reading nutrition labels is educating, and I find enough 'good new snacks, foods or beverages' to last a week to enjoy on a day to day basis while I reinforce my 'eating for life' plan.

When I reach and maintain goal health for two years I have this dream of getting a complete makeover and have a truly skilled stylist show me how to dress. So I'm asking everyone now, please, submit me to that 'what not to wear' show and get me on the waiting list.

While I have very little wardrobe to discard now I'd love to have someone say 'Bella, for your age, lifestyle and body type... you would look really good in(this)thing' and it actually be true - not some salesperson at HighDollarBoutique working toward a new summer pool on my commission.

I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 13:47
Every day that you work out put a doller into a jar.. once you reach your goal (i do $50.00) i buy myself something. First was a massage, second was new clothes, etc. I have been doing this for over a year now. it helps!

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 15:32
For myself I created a spreadsheet. When I hit my next goal I would get my reward. I set a reward at 5 lbs down. so every 5 lbs I would get to celebrate.
To be honest, this didn't work exactly as I had planned. It took a long time to start getting my rewards. and I started buying my rewards becasue they were super on sale. The plan was to hold on to them until I hit my goal. but are you really going to wait util you have dropped 15 lbs to get those running shoes? or are you going to use those running shoes to get 15 lbs down? All in all, I may have rewarded myself out of sequence but it was all a part of hitting my over all goal.
Here was my list: new work out pants, new work out shirt, new bra, new jeans, new jacket, new running shoes, overnight at hotel with Pool, retreat with BF, Garnet Necklace, Wii, massage, Night out dancing, yoga day, new bathing suit, hair cut
IF you are looking to give your self a daily reward that may be hard. I had a hard enough time with this one. and affording it! so the $1.00 in a jar is a great idea!

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 21:42
a pedicure!

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Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 14:25
Thanks everybody! These are AWESOME ideas!!!!
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Posted: 23 Feb 2013, 23:28
Lots of good ideas here. I'm thinking about putting a dollar in a jar for every day that I stay on plan. And I'm thinking I need to put in $48 to start since I'm on day 48. Smile But I don't know what should trigger the spend? Maybe a certain weight goal. I don't like to set weight goals, like x pounds by such and such date because I can only change my behavior, I cannot control my metabolism, sadly. But it would make sense to get to spend the money at a certain weight because I could set it to a time that I'll need some clothes. And, the longer it takes me to get there, the more I'll have to spend. I don't know, though... I'll have to think about it, but start the jar now. Smile

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Posted: 24 Feb 2013, 08:02
I put money aside in my savings account- not a set amount, but anytime I had extra. My mother also matched my savings, which provides a different level of motivation and incentive, as I would not want to disappoint her. Then when I hit my original goal and had $1k in savings, I went on a shopping spree. Bought name brand clothes on sale - that is my ongoing motivation. I want to be able to continue to where my name brand clothes (other clothes are fine, but might not provide me the incentive, if they are cheap to replace). I still want to lose another 10-15 lbs and have been working on this since October. I have some new found motivation and have set up new goals and rewards. My next reward is when I drop another 4 lbs. - I will buy a new scrub top for work and some shorts for summer. Then when I drop 5 lbs from there, I will buy another top for work and when I reach my ultimate long term goal which is 14.4 lbs. away, I plan to buy the Keurig Rivo (if I still want it at that time). I want to be able to make low cal lattes with almond milk!

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