I really, really, really like rewards. I used to reward myself with things like chocolate chip cookies or a trip to Starbucks for an upside down venti caramel macchiato with 4 packets of brown sugar (really, really, really bad for you (albeit tasty) rewards.)
Once I started getting in shape I had to switch my reward mentality. The first 10 lbs. my reward was throwing away all my size 14 jeans. That was a no-brainer and a lot of fun. Also, I got to go shopping in my closet. Hello, size 8 jeans! I missed you! You’re awesome!
When I hit 20 lbs. lost, I started pulling out the big guns. A massage. Yeah baby, bring it. And not a wussy 30 minute dealio either, I’m talking 90 minute Swedish massage with oils and candles and CDs playing raindrops falling on stones type massage.
But the biggest reward I gave myself? When I lost 30 lbs. I got my belly button re-pierced!
I am one of the few people alive it seems without a tattoo. When I was 23 and on tour playing Anne Frank I decided to get my navel pierced while in San Francisco. I thought it could be hidden easier than a tattoo, would encourage me to stay slim (so as to avoid looking like a Purdue done-it turkey) and, let’s face it, tattoos hurt a lot more.
I loved that little ring. It was blue and pretty and sexy and about as close as I came to be rebellious. I never took it out either, but that’s only because I didn’t know how to remove it. But then I got pregnant with Rylee and, sure enough, it looked like the timer went off on my womb. After my OB-GYN laughed at me one to many times, Henri figured out how to remove the thing.
For the next five years I was either pregnant, on a diet, fat, or pregnant again, so the hole closed up. And honestly, at size 14 I was none to eager to reveal my mid section.
But with that 30 lb. milestone we made a day of it. We got a babysitter for the afternoon and went to a Affinity Tattoo in downtown Austin. It was so much fun! I got to relive my youth a bit and then Henri and I enjoyed the warm Texas sunshine laying out on a pier near Lady Bird Lake. It just made the entire day spectacular.
What about you? How do you reward yourself when you achieve a fitness goal?
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