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Remember to Reward Yourself

How to Pat Yourself on the Back

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5/20/2016 4:07:56 PM

ICEDEMETER's SparkPage
Honestly, this whole concept is completely incomprehensible to me. I make choices which make me happy, whether for food or activities, so what would I need a "reward" for? I eat delicious foods, I do fun things, and I keep getting healthier and happier. No "reward" or "punishment" or "incentive" or whatever other psychological game wanted or required.
3/4/2016 11:13:23 AM

TWITCHYMURDOCH's SparkPage
I use a whiteboard in my living room to keep a tally of the number of days I've reached my goals for the week. I also make good use of stickk.com. It's very motivating to me, not just for weight related goals, but also for learning Hindi. If you haven't heard of it, check it out!
2/8/2016 11:58:10 AM

PUPPYBUG's SparkPage
I have star chart that I use for tracking healthy behavior like drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day, staying within my calorie range, working out, etc. I've been going strong for six weeks and just traded in some stars for three rewards! I love stuffed animals and collect Squishables and got three this weekend. Every time I look at them I'm reminded of my progress and to keep going.
4/2/2015 11:24:29 AM

MILLIE-MILOU's SparkPage
I reward myself for every 7lb lost buy buying a couple of CDs. Every 1lb I lose, I put 1 in a jar. I also put a smiley on every day (on the calendar) that I stick to my plan with no cheats. So far, it's working well and when I hit goal, I'll have a few pounds to put towards new clothes.
3/17/2015 10:03:56 AM

ALTRIA_FATE's SparkPage
My first reward will be going to the aquarium in town. My partner and I are figuring out as we go, but every ten pounds I lose, that's another reward. It's kind of exciting.
6/25/2014 4:18:38 PM

LORNE67's SparkPage
I guess I really need to brush up on this subject especially since I have Crohnes Disease. That way I might feel better more of the time.
10/8/2013 8:58:32 AM

KYLIECAT1's SparkPage
I do reward myself with food sometimes ! Before I lost weight I would think of treats as a staple not a reward and would mindlessly eat cookies or candy bars. Now I do think of them not as their own food group but as a treat ! I like the one about the mystery bag too. Buy little things and put them in a bag for later to grab one out ! If your anything like me you will forget whats in the bag !
THEHAPPYSUSAN
5/21/2013 5:20:02 PM

Great, great article, Mike! It's just what I needed today! I've set rewards for major goals but never thought about rewards for things like consistencies or small achievements. Achievements are achievements! I've learned on SparkCoach how important the WooHoos are to me because I go through and get all three WooHoos every day at the end of the program! I never knew I loved those "atta-girls" so much! Thanks, Mike!
5/17/2013 11:06:43 PM

JANLUCY's SparkPage
Mike, you write the best articles on Spark People! Thanks for the great ideas. :-)
Jan
3/20/2013 11:22:57 AM

KIKIMAV's SparkPage
I just set up my own rewards system! :) Yey!
2/19/2013 4:46:24 AM

MCLARKBLAINE's SparkPage
This article is just what I needed! Thanks!
10/18/2012 6:36:52 PM

JENNY888's SparkPage
This article has helped me with the idea of rewards. Thanks Mike. I think I will reward myself with a trip to the bookstore to spend a half hour reading and browsing. Finding the half hour will be difficult but it is a very meaningful reward for me. I will start with a reward for consistency. Can't wait to see how it works out.
9/21/2012 12:44:08 AM

JSTARK236's SparkPage
I reward myself with a new song for my work out playlist every time I work out.
KARATE_KID
9/13/2012 8:43:07 AM

PS - and when that DOESN'T happen, as it hasn't for a while now, feeling strong and healthy is a reward too. Being able to run for the bus without passing out, carrying the 40lb bag of dog food past the check-out clerk who is half my age, saying "no" to a treat because I really don't want it, those are all great rewards for me.
KARATE_KID
9/13/2012 8:39:24 AM

Just seeing the numbers on the scale get smaller is reward enough for me :)

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