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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How Do You Reward Yourself? Plus a Little Reward From Me

Do you reward yourself for reaching weight loss goals? I am pretty sure I rewarded myself with food, bad food, in the past. I remember friends saying "You deserve to have dessert tonight" and now I think, "No, I actually deserve much better than that".

I set lots of milestones for myself on this diet and a few times I setup a reward for myself when I got there. They helped motivate me to get there and helped me celebrate a little bit when I did. Here are some ideas to get you motivated!

Music - For my 1st twenty pounds lost I rewarded myself with an entire Mp3 album from Amazon (I prefer buying my music there instead of iTunes mostly). The new music really amp'd up my workout for a few months and it felt like a splurge to get the whole album, instead of a new song here and there. (It was John Mayer's Battle Studies, perfect for running on the rainy spring trails). I am ready for all new music again! Read to the bottom to see how to win your own iTunes gift card!

Perfume - For some reason as the weight started coming off I wanted to feel prettier and, ummm, smell better. I can't explain it really! Maybe I hadn't felt pretty or like I wanted to even be smelled in a long time. but I got a bottle of nice perfume that I spray on almost every day now!

Clothing - I know a lot of people like to buy a piece of clothing that doesn't fit and make it a goal to fit in. But I had a closet full of things that I never made it in to, so that idea doesn't appeal to me. I waited until most all of my clothing was completely falling off and then had to buy a new wardrobe! It wasn't as fun as you would think, because I needed everything: underwear, bras, shorts, pants, jeans, shirts, a dress and a bathing and I'll even have to get a new winter coat soon! Exhausting, but at least I didn't cry in the dressing room like I've done in the past.

A Night Out - A sitter for the kids and an adult night out is a real reward. At first this was more difficult, resisting all the food and drink choices, but my Husband is really helpful and we go to places that make it easy on me. He used to ALWAYS get the giant bucket of popcorn at the movies and I'd graze off it, but he forgoes it a lot now (and I'm secretly disappointed).

Trip - I love the idea of a reward trip, something that requires bathing suits. I've never done a Girls Weekend and thought maybe I could plan one with my Sisters and Mother as we are all losing weight. Gives you all a goal to work towards.

How do you reward yourself for reaching milestones? Do they help motivate you? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this idea to win a $10 iTunes gift card! I hope you will use it to download new music to jump start workout!

Entry Rules: One entry per person. Leave me enough info to contact you with. Entries will close Tuesday day 8/24 at 8pm Pacific.
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*Winner* - Michelle Bader Comment #20 is the winner, according to random.org! Send me an EMAIL ME and I'll send back the iTunes gift card. Congrats! And thanks to everyone for sharing your ideas. I am celebrating with a pedicure this weekend!

26 comments:

  1. I like to reward myself with a pedicure ~ especially nice during the summer!!

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  2. Sometimes a pedicure but my favorite if I can afford it is a massage...so blissful!

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  3. I like to have a pedicure, then something new to wear. Even thinking about a new swimsuit, since our warm weather is coming so late.

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  4. Hi Amber,
    I reached the 50lb weight loss mark and my husband rewarded me with Lasik eye surgery.
    I feel GREAT and now see GREAT too!
    I have a whole new outlook on life......;-)
    Thanks for always thinking of us.
    Candy

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  5. I love reading your blog it is very motivating. I am just starting out but I plan on treating myself to a haircut and some highlights! Maybe a pedicure for a smaller milestone. I liked your idea of a date night too!
    Thanks
    Brenda
    brenda406@gmail.com

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  6. I've mentioned this on my own blog, but I buy a Pandora bead for my bracelet for every ten lbs. I can look at it all the time, and it's a great visual reminder of the hard work I've done. I can turn just about anything into a reward, but this is my favorite one!

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  7. Enjoy getting a pedicure then putting on great looking sandals and going out with my husband

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  8. A reward! WoW! I'm excited! I never thought about rewarding myself! So glad I read this during my first week...sure don't want to lose out on any rewards!!! I love all the great ideas too!

    As an artist I believe I will reward myself with a $20 gift card to my fav Art Store for every 10 lbs I lose...then I can either spend it right then or save it up for a larger item later!

    Can't wait to share this on my blog tonight so my hubby will be prepared when I ask him for the big bucks! Thanks!

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  9. I love rewarding myself with every 10 pounds lost :) Any excuse, right?! ;) Usually something to make me feel prettier - a piece of jewelry (on sale, of course), or a pedicure, or I really need my hair done - maybe I can look forward to that when I hit 20 pounds lost :)

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  10. Just feeling good about taking control of my body is reward enough, but for something a little more tangible, I love pampering - a pedicure, a salon haircut & color and soon - New Clothes!!!

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  11. Thanks for always giving us that nudge...I used to reward myself with food...still did for the 20 I've lost on BFC and realized I am an emotional eater. So reminding me to reward myself by other means sounds great! I like the music idea, or a book on tape, also, a massage and pedicure/manicures...hmmm now the choices seem endless! YEAH!

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  12. Amber, I am so glad you wrote to me. Your blog is awesome! For that matter so are you. You look amazing! I am so excited to have found your blog. You have so many great things going on. I can't wait to read more! Maybe we can do a guest post on each others blog sometime soon. I'm sure my followers would love you and it would be great I'm sure for both of us to get some more followers. Let me know what you think!

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  13. Mani/pedi and massage are the best rewards! Great ideas ladies!

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  14. I like the idea of a spontaneous trip once you hit your goal.

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  15. I really enjoy your blog! I have been doing BFC for a little over 3 weeks and I can definitely notice that my stomach is much flatter than when I started. As a reward, I purchased one month of personal training, to keep my motivation alive.

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  16. For me, a trip to Barnes $ Noble for a couple new fun reads OR a massage. Until I get closer to goal, any clothes I buy are just to get by. :)

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  17. I just started the Belly Fat Cure this week and after reading your blog on rewards I was thinking about what I really love and what makes me feel good. I really love going to New Seasons grocery store and splurging a bit on foods that have a really great S/C ratio for the BFC. When I do good, I treat myself to another trip.. it is so much fun and has kept me going this week as I find more things I want/need.

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  18. Great ideas! I might reward muself with a new IPOD if I win because mine is full and I really need some motivation music to start walking. Kari
    ksafieddine@hotmail.com

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  19. I reward myself with lotions from bath and body. Silly I know, but if I can't eat a cookie at least I can smell like one.

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  20. Hi there! I rewarded my self with a new Ipod touch 3G...this is actually my FIRST Ipod/Mp3 player ever!!! I absolutely love music and it inspires me in so many ways and I think it can help motivate me to get up and move!!!
    I am so glad I have found your blog because it inspires me also, I just downloaded the food tracker and put it on my home screen of my Ipod touch!! Now I can update it on the go when I am connected to the Wi-Fi. Technology is awesome!!!

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  21. I like to reward myself with buying clothes in a smaller size! I also like rewarding myself with new workout equipment or enter in a race!

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  22. Amber, thanks for the great blog! I would love a girls spa weekend reward!

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  23. Great post, Amber! I reward myself with music or maybe a new bottle of nail polish.

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  24. Hi Amber, My favorite reward is spending time with my friends. Sometimes my 3 best friends and I hit a happy hour and movie; sometimes we walk the mall; sometimes we play bingo at the local church. It doesn't seem to matter what we do, or whether we spend money. We laugh and enjoy eachothers' company, which is the best reward because they are such an encouragement to my dreams.

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  25. I buy myself new heels (who doesn't smile over new shoes?) And I usually go and buy myself some post its... I have a weird love of office products. :)

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