I try to pick things that I will need to buy eventually anyway, and having to reach a goal before buying it often SAVES me money because it delays the purchase, rather than just getting it when I decide I need it. Things I've gotten as rewards have been:
Minimalist running shoes A new kettlebell DVD A hydration belt Ski jacket
I do try to space them out so that they are big rewards every few months for meeting milestones, and that helps keep the expense reasonable, and allows me to scout for the EXACT item I want, and then keep a lookout for special offers or coupons to keep the price down.
As a very low-cost motivation, I bought some multi-colored pushpins, and every time I lose a pound, I add one to a row across the top of my bulletin board at my office desk. This way I see how far I've come every time I look up and see 58 pushpins. I have the last 12, representing the weight I still want to lose, in a little cluster lower on the board, waiting to get moved up to the top row.
Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every mornings breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache 5K PR: 23:40 10K PR: 48:57 HM PR: 1:59:37 30K: 2:57:44
7/20/12 1:55 P
manicure, pedicure, even if it's done by yourself and/or a friend
I was doing some hunting online for ideas and really liked this one:
Whenever you are tempted to buy an "off limits" food, instead of eating it, put the amount of money that you would have spent on it in a jar. After you skip enough "bad" purchases, you'll have a jar of savings that you can spend on some other reward!
(ok ok, I know it's still kind of a "money" reward - but I know that it can be a way to help keep me from spending on junk food! And maybe the money can go to something that's both pampering, as well as somewhat useful - like a new running water bottle, or paying to have a favorite dress tailored to my NEW size!)
My husband and I have also tried to come up with other "immediate" rewards - something to distract/motivate me right then and there when a bad craving is hitting hard. These are some of those ideas:
Treat myself to going to bed early/taking a nap (plus, I know willpower drops when I'm tired) Take a hot bath Play a Kinect game (or any game really) Make a favorite tea that I don't use often because it's expensive Read favorite health blogs to regain motivation Go to our favorite cafe (mmm, small soy chai latte, how i have missed you!) Work on a Vision Board Watch Ninja Warrior (yeah, I'm a dork - but that show totally motivates me to workout!)
I love the idea of volunteering! Though, I don't think I'll only do that once I hit a goal - but i Think that's a great thing to do anyway! And the idea of just getting up and getting out when a craving hits will help, too.
Fitness Minutes: (39,120)
7/19/12 7:42 P
I found this new website called beautybar.com. They have a thing called sample society. Where if you join ($15 a month) you get 5 deluxe size samples of the more expensive beauty products. They will be big enough to actually try the product then if you decide to buy a product from the sample box you got, you can use $15 voucher enclosed to get well $15 off your order. You get a whole new box of samples every month. I just signed up so I don't know how it'll turn out. But I'd only be spending 3 dollars a sample for products I wouldn't normally buy because of the price tag. That's gonna be my reward since my clothes still fit. Plus I get the thrill of not knowing what's in the box before I open it. Well that's just me, lol.
7/19/12 4:15 P
I love health & beauty aids stuff: get a new lotion, lip gloss etc.
This is a great question as I'd love some of these options myself! Here are some thoughts:
1. Go to the movies for a "guilty pleasure flick" and sneak in your own healthy popcorn or snack choice. 2. Go to a clothing swap and trade the clothes that are now too big for you to wear for something your NEW size. 3. Go out for frozen yogurt and treat yourself to a yummy topping!
7/19/12 7:24 A
sort through your clothes and create outfits you hadn't seen before (or haven't been able to fit into in a while).
Clean out your closet, your shoes, your underwear drawer for things that have stains, stretched out of shape, or are useless.
Donate anything worthwhile; throw out the rest. Repair anything that needs it.
Create a fresh environment for your new lifestyle.
Paint your toenails, if you wish
Hang out in a library, a museum, or some other place that will give you a visual vacation Volunteer to walk an SPCA dog or help at food bank or soup kitchen
I am making a list of possible rewards for meeting goals. I know I don't want to use food and am looking to other motivators. It is so easy to instead turn to Money type rewards (new shirt, new iPod, pedicure, take windsurfing lessons, etc) and they would pile up too fast! It will be too expensive to meet my goals! *lol*
So I am looking for more non-food, low-cost or no-cost rewards!
Some ideas I've had so far: Read a favorite book that i haven't let myself take time to read Go site-seeing at some of the free gardens/paths in the area Buy flowers for my meditation room $5 of iTunes song downloads
What other kinds of things do you like to use to reward accomplishing your goals?
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