Rewards & Recognition

31 Aug

The WRONG way to reward yourself!

How are all my healthy people doing?  Exercising?  Eating well?  Feeling like machines?  Can I get a hell yeah?!  HELL YEAH!

Leading a healthy lifestyle has its many rewards in terms of physical and mental benefits however sometimes we really WANT something tangible.  And so we should!  We have worked hard – we deserve a reward!

Often the first thing people think of is food…

"Eat me! You have worked so hard! Go on! You deserve it!"

Don’t you dare listen to that ice-cream (burger, fries, pizza, chocolate…)!  It is evil and it wants to hurt you!  It doesn’t want you to succeed in your weight loss goals.  It wants to BRING.  YOU.  DOWN.

And if you worked out that day you can say goodbye to all those calories you burned!  Say goodbye to all that hard work!  Because by rewarding yourself with food you are undoing every last minute of that training session.

All you need to do is remember all the sweat, the aching limbs and the red face and that should help you say no to food rewards!

So, what are some ideas for weight loss rewards?

When I lost my first 5kg I bought myself a lovely Guess watch.  I worked so hard and I had that watch in my mind the whole time.  It felt so good to go to the jewellers and finally buy it.

Here are some other non-food suggestions:

  • A relaxing facial
  • Clothing in your brand new size
  • A massage
  • A weekend away
  • New training gear
  • A piece of jewellery
  • A night at the movies (bring healthy snacks!)
  • Dance lessons
  • A new pair of shoes
  • A new pair of sunglasses

There are so many non-food rewards to choose from so why not make a weight loss chart reward chart?  This will really get your motivation soaring!

Whilst rewarding your efforts with food is a big no-no, do remember to ‘treat’ yourself weekly.  A couple of squares of good quality dark chocolate, a scoop of ice-cream,  a couple of biscuits with dip or cheese or (note: do not consume all at once!) a glass of your favourite wine are all perfectly acceptable occasional ‘treats’.   Savour them, eat them slowly and thoughtfully.  Consider the texture and the flavour.  Stop what you are doing and do nothing but focus on that treat and make it really count.

What is your favourite non-food reward?


3 Responses to “Rewards & Recognition”

  1. Michael Merry August 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    Sure its okay to pig out, reward yourself, occasionally. Chocolate & ice cream? Yummy ..but scares the bejesus out of me.
    Think I’ll pig out on something else

    • Amanda August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

      I hear ya! Occassional is key.

  2. leashieloo August 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    I reward myself with something pretty to wear 🙂 I like your watch idea since it’s a constant reminder to yourself of all your hard work.

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