It used to be that I would reward my weight loss efforts by indulging in a cheat day. That’s all in that past now because I’ve learned to offer myself much better rewards. You shouldn’t reward yourself with food because it is meant to keep us alive; it doesn’t provide any other value other than to sustain life. This was very difficult for me because I love food. I don’t like cooking, but I certainly love eating. Here’s what I’ve learned by rewarding myself with food.
It Thwarts Your Efforts
If you reward yourself with food, it’s not conducive to your weight loss efforts. What does that mean? It means that you’re undoing all of your hard work because you’re participating in a reward that’s simply not good for you. It may seem like a good idea to reward yourself with a cupcake or some other treat, but, believe me when I tell you, it’s not worth it. Do you know how much exercise you have to do to burn off those calories? Forget that!
It Keeps You in a Vicious Cycle
How is rewarding yourself with food any different than emotional eating? It isn’t! If you’re going to be successful, you need to change your entire outlook on food. This is so freakin’ hard to do! Since I was diagnosed with diabetes, I’ve cut a lot of food out of my diet but I kept a few things despite how unhealthy they are.
You’re More Likely to Binge
If you’re going to reward yourself with food, you must keep in mind that you’re more likely to binge. I know I would if I were to reward myself with pizza or anything else for that matter. You can tell yourself that you’re just going to have one of this or one of that, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to stop there. Sugar and all of that other crap have a way of tricking us into eating more than we need. Before you know it, you’ve binged on pizza, cake, cookies, or whatever. Don’t take the chance!
You definitely need to reward yourself for a job well done; just don’t do it with food. I have my rewards set up in 10-pound increments because that works for me. You have to find out what works best for you and go from there. Here are some ideas for rewards that don’t include undoing all of your hard work:
- Small shopping spree or you know, a trip to Target alone 😉
- A day off from housework (this is one of my favorites!)
- Girls day out (with a healthy lunch)
- Day trip to somewhere new with the family (get them involved as much as possible)
Like I said, you need to create a reward system based on what works for you. These rewards are things that I absolutely love to do so they work for me. I’ve even started to reward myself with a brisk walk/run these days. It’s amazing how awesome exercise makes me feel and I want to feel that every chance I get!
How do you reward yourself?