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Weekend Quote: You are Not a Dog

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I love when people leave me awesome quotes in the comments. Christina shared this one on my recent podcast post..

“Don’t reward yourself with food, you are not a dog.”

Fess up. Who’s guilty of this? I know I am!



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    karen F

    January 20, 2012

    Love it. Guilty! Its a total rewiring that has to occur in our food hungry brains. Its hard, but so is life (<; Bring on the new clothes and pedicures! See ya twinkies!

    Lisa (sunnystl)

    January 21, 2012

    LOL!! thats fantastic! I should share that at my Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow morning! HA! What a great way to look at it.

    Karen

    January 21, 2012

    Awesome quote! Love it. :) Thanks for posting Karen P

    Leah

    January 21, 2012

    I LOVE this quote. I saw it on Pinterest a while back and have remembered it ever since. The other one I like is “Your stomach shouldn’t be a waste basket.” So incredibly true!

    Rachel @RunningRachel

    January 21, 2012

    OMGoodness… LOVE This!! I totally reward myself (and even my KIDS *gasp*) with bribes of sweets/food/treats. Yikes.

    Thanks for the giggle this morning… and a great thought provoking reminder :)

    Valerie

    January 21, 2012

    Totally guilty of that. That quote is perfect!

    Sharyn

    January 21, 2012

    Cute quote and very true. So many of my friends would lose weight only to turn around and reward themselves with food. I decided early on, I would only reward myself with cool stuff. Snow skis, a kayak, running shoes…Not only did I lose over 100 pounds, I also gained some cool new activities to keep the weight off. Win-Win for me!!!

    Nina

    January 21, 2012

    So guilty! And Christina is even biologically right, we only share 30% of genetic material with dogs, which isn’t really much. ;9

    Heather

    January 21, 2012

    I have to say, this saying bothers me a little bit. I see nothing wrong with rewarding myself with certain special foods. We all know there are some foods you shouldn’t eat regularly, but if I’ve been making good and healthy choices most of the time, I totally consider it valid to “reward” myself with a food I try to limit. Besides, my dog thinks the best food reward is something smelly, so… no. :)

    roni

    January 21, 2012

    For me it refers to the more unconscious rewards..

    kids in bed… I grab the cookies.
    Finished a big project… open a bag of Dorritos.

    Having a conscious snack and enjoying it because you simply WANT it is fine. Why doesn’t it have to be a reward?

    Heather

    January 21, 2012

    I totally get that. I try not to eat unconsciously any time. I think it’s just a matter of semantics really. Sometimes I think I DO “deserve” a food or have “earned” it, and I totally don’t see it as a negative. Like anything else with food or healthy living though, it’s so subjective and personal. I certainly think you’re fitter than me and eat a more balanced diet, so maybe I should think about changing the way I think about food rewards… Thanks for always giving me something to think about!

    Christina

    January 21, 2012

    Haha–love the picture with the post too!

    Sarah

    January 21, 2012

    This is me 100%! I used to think that any celebration was centered around food. Now I’m trying to find other ways to reward myself. After losing 45 pounds (and still going) that old doughnut or cookie reward just isn’t as satisfying as it once was!!

    Lou

    January 22, 2012

    First that dog is cute. I got two and that one looks like a combination of them both. Second, I am on the same page a Heather with this. The fact that food is the reward for a behavior is not the issue for me. It is the over rewarding, mindless behavior or over indulgence that is what sabotages us not the for White Castle hamburgers I get after a weigh in, the hot dog after a good workout day or the ice cream for a accomplishing a special task. For me that is part of my plan. Now making an excuse to eat is another story. I got out of bed today so I deserve to eatT

    Lou

    January 22, 2012

    First that dog is cute. I got two dogs of my won and that one looks like a combination of them both. Second, I am on the same page a Heather with this. The fact that food is the reward for a behavior is not what got us where we are or were and is not keeping us from getting to where we want to be in our weight loss journey or management.The issue is the over rewarding, mindless behavior or over indulgence that is what sabotages us not the White Castle hamburgers I get after a weigh in, the hot dog after a good workout day or the ice cream celebration for accomplishing a special task or milestone. For me that is part of my plan and I allow for it and track it. Now making an excuse is not a reward. To eat the wrong thing all the time is another story. Saying that cause I got out of bed today I deserve to have a four portion bowl of Coco Puff for breakfast is another story. Can we reward ourselves with other things than food? Sure, I have done that many a time as well. But let’s face it food is not the enemy, we are our own worst enemy. It is never going to be what we eat but, how much of it that counts. Just my two cents worth.

    Lou

    Tom

    January 22, 2012

    I quit smoking 10 months ago and started rewarding myself by eating and now I am 30 pounds over weight and my doctor told me to lose it or else and I have found it very difficult to do.

    Patty at A Day in My NYC

    January 23, 2012

    I love it! So brilliant and true! I’m working on this all the time! :)

    Kate

    January 23, 2012

    So guilty. This is one of my big challenges. I have yet to find something to use as a reward that is as immediate and not time consuming as food (i.e. I can eat chocolate while I work, but I can’t read a book or take a bubble bath).