Sunday, February 21, 2016
I am taking part of the Realistic Resolutions Challenge here on SparkPeople. They have some great, motivational, and educational challenges on here. If you haven't already I urge you to check them out.
Anyway, my challenge today was to choose some "non-food" rewards and set them for 30 and 90 days. It got me to thinking about rewards and it made me realize just how many times in the past my reward for "being on plan" has been food related.
Looking back, I can tell you exactly where it comes from. In my life food has always been offered as a reward. "I had a rough day," get some fast food. "I am sad, or depressed', let's eat our way to happy, content, satisfied. You get the picture.
My Mom used food as a reward. I grew up thinking of food as a reward. So I am not surprised that, even though I am here to lose weight, my first thought is to use food to celebrate my victories. No longer, thank you very much. :)
The beauty of these challenges is they make you think. Question the "just because I have always done it" moments and, if you are lucky, cause a light bulb to go off that says it doesn't have to be the way it "always" was.
So for my 30 days, if I lose my pound a week, it will be a book for my Nook. For 90 days, a pound a week, will be a new, smaller size, summer outfit.
NO LONGER WILL FOOD BE MY REWARD OF CHOICE!.! (Deliberately shouting here)
Just because it "always was" doesn't mean it has to be.