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.
*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!