Rewards – you have earned it!

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OK, so I told you about setting baby goals yesterday. Today is when I suggest rewarding yourself. Yep, rewards. Those things you get when you have achieved something great or have won. If you have reached a goal, baby or grown-up, you have won. You are a winner. You deserve to be proud of yourself and enjoy it.

I am sure that some of the people (out of all 6 of you that read this blog) are the type that think you are not worthy of rewards. You think you are just doing what you are supposed to or that what you have accomplished is nothing compared to others. All I can say is that is a load of puppy poop! If everyone could lose weight, would The Biggest Loser be a hit or the weight-loss industry be a multi-billion dollar business? If everyone could jump up and walk or run for miles there would not be a gym on every corner. You have made changes that have changed you. That is awesome and you should enjoy it!

On to the rewards. I am not thinking big and crazy, just a little something to think about when you want to eat doughnuts or skip a workout. Mine include a new pair of shoes and a haircut. They can be whatever is important to you. Whatever helps you celebrate the milestones you have reached. I am setting mine based on weight loss and one on race times. Here is what I have set so far, but they may change.

Lose 5 lbs – Home mani-pedi
Lose 10 lbs – New dress (nothing crazy, just colorful)
Lose 15 lbs – New shoes
Lose 20 lbs – Cutting my hair. (My husband is a little nervous about this one!)
Run a 5K in under 30 minutes – Cute running outfit (Think I already picked one out at Walmart)

OK, so most of these have to do with clothes. I am a girl, what do you want?! And I love that my husband loves to shop with me. That is the best reward ever!

So take your goal list and write rewards next to at least some of them. Foot massage, new lipstick, date night at your favorite restaurant. It does not matter, as long as they are something that you will enjoy. One note, I am not a fan a food as a reward. When we do that it becomes one of two things. First we get so stuck on NOT being able to have that item until we “earn” it that we feel like what we are doing is a punishment. Or second, we overdo it. Food is fuel. Don’t deny yourself or it becomes the center of your world. But that is another conversation.

I would love to know what you think are great little rewards. Maybe I will change mine…

Journal
Workout:
4 mile walk/run. in 54:47. Today was hard! No fuel and I felt it.

Diet:
10:00am – Cup of coffee with cream and sweetener, vitamins
2:00pm – Gyro with cucumbers, tabbouleh salad, med sprite
5:00pm – Most of a Peach Chibani yogurt. Shared with hubby.
9:00pm – Ceasar Salad, Grilled squash, Homemade Chicken Gyro
11:00pm – small bowl of mac-n-cheese, few bites of chicken

Weight:
161.0 (-4.4 lbs)

2 thoughts on “Rewards – you have earned it!

  1. I think that we don’t reward ourselves nearly enough. Keep up the great work!

  2. Thank you so much for the encouragement. And you are so right about rewards. What was your reward after finishing the 5K last year?

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