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By HarmonyStarr Latest Reply 2010-09-23 09:14:27 -0500
Started 2010-06-30 06:06:03 -0500

I'm just full of them today! (Okay, sometimes I'm full of it, but we won't go there!)

As we all know, for a lot of us, losing weight is a big part of getting levels under control or maintaining the levels we've got. So, I know a big part of losing weight is rewarding the small goals so as to not get discouraged on your way to the big goal. What kinds of rewards, if any, to you give yourself and at what intervals? Do you reward when you lose 5, 10, 15, 20 pounds? Do you reward when you add and maintain a new exercise for a week? Just looking for some ideas, as well as, hopefully, helping someone else out who might be stuck in a rut or overwhelmed by the amount of weight they need to lose. Sometimes, the small rewards are more exciting to look forward to and helps keep you on track.

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tabby9146 2010-09-22 12:22:37 -0500 Report

I used to have a special snack like once a week. I would buy some new clothes whether it was one pair of pants, or a new dress, etc. It's great to do that, so be sure to reward yourself.

Ann1804 2010-09-22 12:20:15 -0500 Report

I have also lost 43 pounds. I am finally getting out of plus size clothing. I have increased my walking. I don't walk very fast, but I am up to 2 miles in the morning, and 1.5 miles at night. Since loosing this weight I am no longer taking Insulin or Metrormin. All I have to do is follow my diet. Which I write down everything that goes in my mouth. If I can do this, so can you!!

CaliKo 2010-09-22 12:10:13 -0500 Report

OK, here's a girlie answer. My first year I lost 45 pounds. At each 15 or so pounds, I pretty much had to go buy new clothes. I tried not to over-do it since I was still losing, but it was the most fun clothes shopping has been in years. Still enjoying it. Still trying not to over-do. Good luck!

RAYT721 2010-06-30 17:18:00 -0500 Report

I believe in rewarding yourself when you need or simply want the reward. It shouldn't be a cut in stone plan. We all need a break from routines now and then and as long as they are sensible rewards, do it as frequently or infrequently as your mind, body and soul requires. Sometimes a great reward is simply a hug from someone you love … go get em!!! :)

monkeymama 2010-06-30 12:56:26 -0500 Report

I allow myself a "special snack" once every other week. I set a limit of nothing over 40g of carbs total and make sure I compensate for it through my insulin pump. I like doing verbal praising and maybe go out and rent a $1 movie from red box. I really do not like doing food rewards. Because it goes back to something I have posted before about calling/saying things like "splurging, treating, spoiling…" My team has got me retraining my thinking on this.

Kirla 2010-06-30 10:00:12 -0500 Report

I reward myself everyday. For lunch I eat a small piece of low carb chocolate cake, I make out of soy flour or TVP. When I get home for supper, I have what I call chocolate water. Its low carb. I make it with no sugar chocolate syrup. 2-3 tablespoons of low carb nut milk 1-tablespoon sugar free chocolate syrup, stir well then add about 8-10 ounces of seltzer water and top off with a little low carb whipped cream. Taste great.

I have been making low carb pancakes and waffles and have added them to my diet recently. Also started to eat my low carb Greek yogurt ice cream I enjoy every day at supper. I think it taste great. With the help of soy flour and TVP I have been pretty much able to eat like I used to eat before being diagnosed.

Years ago my mom bought me a pasta machine to make fresh pasta. A couple of weeks ago I started to make low carb pasta. I used to like to eat macaroni with just butter and grated cheese. Well the soy pasta wasn’t to good with just butter and cheese. I found a low carb pasta sauce in Save a Lots a few weeks ago, only 4 net carbs per serving. When added to my soy pasta with a little hot sauce and grated cheese it tasted pretty good.

The only thing I haven’t made low carb yet, that I still miss sometimes is bread. I have a recipe I found online. I think I’m going to try making it soon. I figure even if it doesn’t come out right, it may make good toast. I may even be able to make breadcrumbs out of it.

I found that having a little bit of something everyday helps keep the cravings away. Instead of having only one day a week, I have the foods I like everyday. It helps with getting down the salads and vegetables, if I know I’m having cake and ice cream.

Good luck

LennyDenny 2010-06-30 07:16:41 -0500 Report

I asked the same questions years ago of a couple of my doctors. They tell me that you try all week to keep all you numbers and weight under control that you need a break. He said to spoil yourself at least once a week. Do something or treat yourself to something that you wouldn't usually do, within reason. I usually give up some exercise or find something to eat that I know won't throw off my numbers. I did find that it works. Pick a different day each week, for some variety. On that day just have a blast and forget all the problems for a while. It makes things a lot easier and it's fun and we all need that on a regular basis. Oh and by the way, they tell me I'm full of it all the time.


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