How Do You Reward Yourself?

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  • I thought this might be a fun topic. In addition to my body rewarding itself with better health, better posture and more positive moods, I’ve been thinking of small acts of kindness I can do to keep myself motivated.

    1. I reward myself by buying new jeans as my size drops. I’ve noticed that when I don’t wear baggy clothes I feel better.

    2. I love having a clean car to get into, so I either make time to vacuum it and wipe it down and clean the windows (of crazy amounts of dog slobber), or treat myself to a full-service car wash.

    I’m always looking for new ideas so please share…How do you reward yourself for sticking to this WOE?

    I just started fasting this week but I am a professional dieter!! My favorite thing to do to reward myself is to get a massage or get my hair done. Nothing better than being kind to yourself.

    New skinny jeans.

    @ynottoday, I love the idea of a massage or getting a new ‘do. πŸ™‚ Feeling more pulled-together really helps me. I had a pedicure yesterday in the hope that spring is actually going to come.

    @califdreamer, good for you! I admit that I just ordered a pair of my favorite skinny jeans in the next size down in anticipation of more pounds lost. And I’m not saving my “fat pants” either, they go into the thrift shop pile immediately. πŸ™‚ That way when they are gone, it’s as if they never existed.


    You are clearly deranged! You reward yourself for fasting by cleaning your car?!!

    No dog slobber in mine, but there is some chicken poo on the upholstery from last year. If you’re in need or extra β€˜reward’ at any time, feel free to come round and do mine πŸ˜€

    @happynow, Lololol! Dog slobber, chicken poo–clearly we’re living the dream. πŸ™‚ It reminds me of the book “The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. There is an anecdote about driving a baby goat to the Martha Stewart show in the back seat of his car. I made the mistake of reading the book on an airplane. I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face and my row-mates probably thought I’d lost my mind.

    I have other weird rewards too, like buying new boxwood shrubs for my garden. πŸ™‚


    The garden plants I can understand. Cleaning, still no πŸ˜€

    I transport hens in cat boxes, and learnt my lesson the hard way that the moulded plastic carriers are better than the open mesh carriers….

    A few years ago I had an interesting four hour journey with three hens in a large cardboard box. At hour three I began to gag on the β€˜aroma’…!

    The mind boggles about travelling with a goat!

    Second the car cleaning- it is satisfying when it’s done, but definitely not a treat!! Although I do try to keep busy on FDs!
    I think this is a brilliant thread from someone who until recently always equated treats with food! So recently I have bought new clothes, new underwear, some very luxurious (although still on a bit of a budget!!) body cream, & some nice hair mask products.

    Cleaning the car is something I pay others to do as they do a far better job than me πŸ˜†

    I’ve had to replace my whole wardrobe as everything was falling off.

    I used to loathe clothes shopping as nothing I liked looked nice, and that was if there was a size large enough to fit. I now love going out and trying clothes on.
    I hadn’t worn jeans for many years and the first time I ventured into a shop and tried a pair of skinny jeans on I guessed what size I needed and had to ask the assistant to fetch a smaller size. I was so happy πŸ˜€

    Having said that, the biggest reward is the confidence I now have. I used to hide at the back of group photos and decline offers to have photos of me taken but no longer, and I’ve lost my aversion to full length mirrors.
    I also joined a gym and am happy to be seen in public in sports gear or my swimming costume.

    Above all the rewards from others ie family and friends, that come in the form of compliments never fail to lift my spirits and inspire me never to allow myself to become obese again.

    I have loved reading through. Amazon, you sound so happy and positive, as do all of you. I am in dire need of going through my clothes some of which are vintage now! Carry on my friends, I am right with you!!

    Everything I’ve been doing since suffering a debilitating adverse reaction to a statin drug in 2016 has been focused on, first, survival (it nearly killed me by triggering premature ventricular contractions), and then recovery of the gift of simple motion. It’s required such hard work — more than I ever thought I was capable of. πŸ™‚ But I’ve done it! I’ve graduated from being virtually bed/chair bound 24/7 & needing a wheelchair, to needing a rollator, to a cane, and then I began walking solo late last year. Soon after that, I joined a water aerobics class for a heck of a workout three times a week. The prolonged immobilization from the devastating muscular weakness that the #$%! statin created makes every single step I take is a huge victory, a huge gift, now. Then I was delighted to discover early this year that I could help my muscles/mitochondria/body heal through a dramatically changed diet and I successfully eliminated refined sugars and wheat from my life. It was no small feat, so when my birthday rolled around last month, I was determined to reward myself for two solid years of hard and fruitful work. So I bought myself two things: a bottle of favorite perfume and..a kite! A big, beautiful kite!, that I’m putting together and hanging in my living room. It’s been decades since I’ve flown one and although I have not recovered enough to actually run and loft it, THAT is my next goal. And now I have my kite as incentive and at the ready for the day when I CAN run again. πŸ™‚

    Wow Robin, what a journey. Well done for not giving up- shame doctors can’t read your story before being so free with statins! I hope that you can carry on fighting & improving, & that it’s not too long before you fly that kite! πŸ™‚

    Thanks hedgehogs, I will remember your encouragement! Agree about the docs. Those who prescribe statins and claim the drug cannot kill or catastrophically debilitate their patients are ignorant and dangerous.

    Such marvelous ideas– @Robin55–a kite, that is brilliant. Perfume, luxurious body creams, new lingerie, haircare, beautiful clothes! You are all such great inspiration. There’s a whole other world of pleasures out there besides food rewards, gee, who knew? πŸ™‚ @amazon, I can relate to photo aversion. It occurred to me that if something were to happen to me, there would be pretty much no photographic evidence of my existence for the past 15 years. Congratulations on getting into those photos now. I hope everyone will keep the great ideas coming!

    Robin- GP has just tried to put my hubby on statins- he’s being referred for more tests for possible cardiac problems, his cholesterol is only 4! He refused, but it’s going to be an ongoing battle, I think… we know of others with less severe problems than yours, but it’s still caused pretty nasty side effects- my Dad can hardly walk now. Keep thinking of your kite!

    Hi hedgehogs — Good for your husband! He might want to give his GP a copy of The New Adkins for a New You, and point him/her to Chapters 13 onward (and the included 100+ references) where Doctors Phinney, Vokek & Westman provide info that will help inform and educate other medical professionals. I think we patients need to help our doctors understand that there are indeed other ways to successfully manage our cholesterol and cardiovascular risks than those damned dangerous and costly drugs. Sending wishes of good results on your hubby’s tests! (It’s SO hard to wait for test results!) Is your Dad still taking a statin? Oh yeah!…I’m flying that kite every day in my dreams!! πŸ™‚

    Um, Volek, not Vokek. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for that! Saw a reference to a study finding that there’s a massive increase in risk of developing motor neurone disease as well… Yes, sadly my Dad decided to stay on them, even though he’s not able to walk far at all because of leg muscle weakness. The docs scared him into going back on them, even though he noticed improvements when he stopped them…
    Sorry OnlyHermes for hijacking your thread!
    But I did treat myself to a trying on old clothes fest this afternoon, & I have virtually a whole ‘new’ wardrobe of my favourite things I can get back into again!

    Hi Hedge, no worries, after the first post the thread belongs to everyone! Plus, I find all of the conversations fascinating and helpful. Congratulations on your “new” wardrobe. I am so looking forward to getting into clothes I have not been able to wear in years. It must feel amazing! πŸ™‚ Yay you!

    On rewards, I am down 2.5 pounds after fasting yesterday and today I’m expecting delivery of a new pair of earrings. This is a whole new world for me because previously any reward for any accomplishment (if I bothered to reward myself at all) would have been something sweet and sugary like candy or cake. Now I have things to look forward to besides eating, and I’ve even made a rewards list that I can choose from when I want to do something nice for myself. It doesn’t always involve spending money, sometimes it is a long, hot bath with an interior design magazine, sometimes it is stopping by to see a friend.

    Hey, congrats on that -2.5, onlyhermes! It’s so much fun to envision these rewards, nothing like the weird head games we have to play with ourselves when we “reward” ourselves with food that we know is actually hurting us, killing us, and making us miserable in our bodies. Really, how weird is that?!

    And I can hardly wait to do what you’re doing, hedgehogs, the old clothes fest! More fun! As for your Dad, I am so sorry he’s been scared back onto statins and is in pain, but we have to respect a person’s right to choose their own poison. I just hope his adverse reaction remains, though painful, still (relatively) mild. Maybe your own example will, over time, be the thing that will convince him that there are other, more successful and safer, ways to manage cholesterol issues.

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