Operation 25.5: The Right Kind of Reward
Rewarding advice for dieting.
Lately on my journey to loose weight and get in shape I have learned one big thing – rewarding yourself for loosing weight by eating indulgent food is absolutely counter productive. (Unless you like the insanity of doing the same thing over and over again).
Sounds like a simple conclusion to make, but for me – a lover of food – it was one I avoided making for many weeks now. So, at the suggestion of my trainer, I am now focusing on rewarding myself with different types of indulgences – a massage, a pedicure or buying something totally indulgent; meaning something I WANT – not something I NEED.
This was the case last weekend at my daughter’s school fundraiser. While strolling through the silent auction items, something that usually involves me strolling “past” to avoid indulgent purchases, I spotted this:
Yes, an over-the-top, bright and somewhat obnoxious Lilly Pultizer beach bag. I knew immediately – I HAD TO HAVE IT! Not only is is pink – bright, bright pink – it has huge flowers all over it and shinny gold edging. It also wipes off!! Ohhh … every self-respecting Florida mom has to have an over-the-top, wipeable, bright and huge summer bag for the family! Well, don’t we?
After showing the bag to Mr. Man, he let me go for it as long as I promised never to ask him to hold it … then following a silent bidding war, I WON! (Well, picked it up for half cost while helping the school’s scholarship fund).
And what a reward it is – not only for the school, but for me: the mama rewarding herself for 15 lbs lost, a key milestone along my journey in Operation 25.5.
So, if you’re strolling beaches of the best beach ever later this summer and spot this awesome bag on the shoulder of a mama chasing a crazy 2-year-old, say hi!
And, any ideas what I should do for my next reward? I’m taking suggestions as I look toward my next milestone of 20 lbs!