Allison submitted an Ask Roni question about this not too long ago and I agreed that it would make a great question of the week! So here goes…
I think we are “trained” at a young age that food is a fun reward and we use eating as the main way to celebrate big events. How many times have we heard, “If you’re good we’ll get some ice cream” or “If we win the big game well go out for pizza” how about, “it’s your birthday, let’s bake cupcakes!” I’m guilty of this myself, recently bribing the toddler with a piece of chocolate if he goes on the potty. There is just something special about an editable treat!
Now I’m not saying we can’t/shouldn’t celebrate with food and I don’t think we should outlaw birthday cakes anytime soon. But overall, I think we need to break the food/reward connection in our brains. There are other ways to celebrate and sometimes food really isn’t an appropriate choice.
Case in point… How many times have you wanted to celebrate a weight loss success with food? Have you said to yourself, when I reach x-number of pounds I’m going to have a slice of pizza? or when I get into those 8’s I’ll celebrate with some hagen daaz.
Come on… I can’t be the only one, can I? Admit it, you’ve done it TOO! (please admit it)
To help break the food/reward connection I ask this weeks question in hopes of coming up with a great non-food list of rewards and celebration ideas for everyone. Soooo here goes…
How do you reward yourself?
Me? Well I have a massage waiting for me when I climb that darn rock wall! I was so close tonight I think next week may be the week! (those that don’t know what the heck I’m talking about check out my goals)
Some of my other rewards include…
- buying a new piece of clothing to help celebrate a size,
- taking a sick day to spend with the toddler. (taking a sick day to spend with myself) ;~P, and
How about you? How do you reward yourself?