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I need your help with suggestions on how to reward yourself when you accomplish your goal(s). My budget does not allow anything really extravagant, so any input you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Mon. Feb 27, 2:43pm

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I'm respectfully saying this...

but isn't your health and fitness worth spending on? Why won't people spend money for the most important area of their life? I've seen this a few times so I'm asking.

I usually buy a new pair of jeans when I reach a goal. I spend a lot on them.

Monday, February 27, 2006, 2:45 PM

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I don't think a reward has to be necessarily monetary...

Are you married? Single? Can you give yourself a "spa day"?
There's lots of home spa remedies--such as:
Using oatmeal & honey for a facial scrub
Taking a bubble bath with a few drops of essential oils
Even having a significant other give you a nice massage-- I think you can even use a little almond or olive oil. :-)

Maybe go to your favorite book store, get yourself a book from their bargain books table...
If you like the outdoors-- go to your favorite park (weather permitting) spread out a blanket and bring your favorite book and relax for the afternoon, etc... :-)

Monday, February 27, 2006, 2:52 PM

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I don't know if you like coffee but I certainly do. I love the international coffees and lattes. Unfortunately, I loved them too much and I'm where I am today. I allow myself one cup when I attain my goals. It's a real treat. I also think it is helping me learn "moderation". Pretty inexpensive and definitely a treat. Sometimes I splurge go out for one with a friend and spend the morning talking. That's a real treat. If you don't like coffee maybe you could substitute something else it it's place.

How about rewarding yourself with a new exercise tape or perhaps something new like dumbells that you don't have that will change your routine and help you look forward to your next goal.

Monday, February 27, 2006, 3:02 PM

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I also have a tight budget, and don't want to spend a lot of money on "rewards," because there's always something else I want to spend it on.

Some ideas I've had:

Throwing a "girl's night" and inviting all of your girlfriends over to watch cheesy movies is a good one - just be sure that it doesn't turn into a junkfood fest! Some microwave popcorn is okay, but skip the homemade brownies/cookies and ordering in pizza! Make it clear that the party starts after dinner! Or else just save up calories for it!

If you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, make a deal with them that they'll give you a full massage, oils and everything, when you reach goals. Of course, let them make some goals of their own, related to anything they want, and offer the same in return! If you have a close friend that you're comfortable with, you could do this too, just with more clothes!

I don't know if this is a possibility for you or not, it depends on everyone's situation, but, when you reach a major goal, call in "sick" for a day, and spend the day pampering yourself - take a bubble bath and read your favorite book, give yourself a mani/pedi, cook something that takes a long time (but is healthy), go to a museum (many have great deals on weekdays), etc. Just don't go back to work looking too happy!! If you can't do that, try and put a day or a weekend aside to do things just for you - no errands, no tasks, just good stuff!

Do you have any projects that you really want to do? Turn them into rewards. For example, once you lose 10lbs, you're going to re-paint your bedroom.

Take out your old clothes that are too small, if you have any, and put them in piles based on their size. Make a project of, every 5 lbs, or 10, or whatever, you'll try on the next-smallest pile and add things to your wardrobe. At the same time, go through your wardrobe and take the largest pieces out. Soon, you'll have a whole "new" wardrobe! And just fitting into your old favorites will certainly feel like a reward!!

Good luck!

Monday, February 27, 2006, 3:14 PM

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I like the idea of going through your clothing-- Plus, it's a good way to get rid of stuff (purging is good!) that you don't want to wear any more!

Monday, February 27, 2006, 3:22 PM

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