Rewarding yourself

Updated on July 23, 2019 in General Support Thread
9 on July 9, 2019

How do you congratulate yourself as you reach certain milestones in your weight loss journey? We’re not talking about cheat days, of course.

My top reward these days is buying new clothes. Normally, I don’t shop for clothes that often since they can be quite expensive, but it’s very motivating to see that I’m looking for smaller sizes as I keep up my effort.

 
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0 on July 9, 2019

I usually buy an ebook or a bottle of nail polish.  I like your idea of treating yourself to new clothes though.  Where do you like to go clothes shopping?  

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0 on July 10, 2019

Both of you sound like you’re having fun with the rewards! I guess I’m not at that point yet, so I’ll just pat myself in the back, save the ideas I find here for later, and keep on working hard!

What do you think of food-related rewards, though? Is it a really bad idea?

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0 on July 10, 2019

I haven’t done the surgery yet as I’m still saving up and looking for sponsors for the surgery. Treating self with a reward after reaching a goal is a good way to motivate ourselves to keep going.

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I have a specific monetary award that I work towards rather than a specific thing.  Right now I’m limiting myself to blowing $10 at each milestone.  In the beginning of my weight-loss journey I set that budget much higher because I desperately needed the motivation.  

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0 on July 11, 2019

@Misty62 food rewards are off the table for me because I know it will just zap my willpower to resist treats in the future.  I’m trying to break my bad habits of associating foods with comfort, fun, and rewards.  It might work for you though.  You never know.  

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@Misty62, something like a pickle might work for you.  I’m just trying to think of something tasty that isn’t loaded with fat and carbs and a pickle is all I got.  I’m pre-op and I’m struggling to get through any sort of diet.  No way could I tempt myself with a food reward.  I wouldn’t stop.  

I haven’t given much thought to how I’ll reward myself.  You guys have given me some good ideas!

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0 on July 13, 2019

@BeyondObesity That’s interesting. What do you do with the money, though? I bet you have a lot by now!

@Misty62 I agree with Emma. You’re probably different, but I used to be quite an emotional eater. It took a long time to understand that and change my eating habits.

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0 on July 14, 2019

Thanks, everyone. I’d like to believe that I’m not eating emotionally, but now I’m not so sure anymore if I think of food to motivate and reward myself. Maybe I need to correct my mindset first.

Quill, I’ve just started soft food phase, so I think I’ll try pickles once I get the green light to try harder stuff. Thank you!

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0 on July 23, 2019

I went for a one-week holiday when I reach the anniversary of my surgery. I visited European countries as a treat for myself. I was amazed by the different ways of how people stay fit depending on their culture.

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