• Fri, May 11 2012

Do You Reward Yourself For Weight Loss?

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You do? How?

Is it by eating a cookie? Eating a cookie seems like a pretty good way to reward yourself.

Or you could buy an Herve Leger dress. But it won’t make you happy! Necessarily! A woman on Buzzfeed Shift notes that after losing 30 pounds she bought her weight loss reward dress and:

When the dress arrived, I was disappointed. I don’t know exactly what I’d been expecting, but there were no sparklers or confetti when I opened the box, no round of applause when I zipped up the dress. It was just a little black tank dress, not unlike others in my closet. In fact, it was a bit loose around the waist. So why didn’t this feel like a triumph?

Though, I guess eating a cookie isn’t the best reward, either. I mean, probably the best reward would be “feeling healthy and good about your body if you have lost weight in a healthy manner.” Maybe we should not see weight loss as something that we deserve a reward for?

Nah. Buy an ocelot every time you lose 10 pounds. That’s what I do.

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  • Jamie Peck

    I’ve been counting calories and exercising for a few weeks now, and I recorded my first ever intentional weight loss the other day. (I lost 2 lbs!) I could probably write several blog posts on all the complicated ways it made me feel as a woman and a feminist. I didn’t eat a cookie, but I did find myself in the city yesterday, and had been craving a hot fudge sundae from Lula’s Sweet Apothecary for a while, so I got one. (I shared it with my roommate.) Come to think of it, there were pieces of cookie in it.

  • Lynna

    I reward myself, but not with clothes or food (unless you count having to buy new pants every month because the previous pants no longer fit). I suck at taking care of myself in the going to the salon/spa grooming sense and if I feel pretty awesome I see no problem with rewarding myself with a massage or a pedicure. It’s really just a good excuse to get a massage or a pedicure.

    • Maggie

      That’s exactly what I did! Eating healthy and exercising are ways to reward your body, so for every 10 pounds I lost I went to get a mani, pedi, facial or massage, because I figured that was another way to reward my body.

  • Diana @PrecisePortions

    I personally don’t reward myself when i lose weight – i just feel good and besides – being overweight or obese is not a good thing so i don’t see why being normal (with balanced weight) should be something to get a reward for. However, as part of every successful weight management (not only weight loss) program, rewarding for sticking to your plan is a key motivational step. Here’s an interesting reading about the role of incentives in a weight loss or diet plan. Happy reading :)

  • Joy Esguerra

    Perhaps women reward themselves by buying skin care products because when one losses weight, skin tends to sag especially with a huge amount of a weight loss.

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  • Lauren

    When I reach my goal, I’m buying myself a necklace from Tiffany’s. I don’t feel bad about it at all.