Yesterday, to celebrate my first five pounds, I decided to allow myself a little reward. While it makes complete sense to NOT make these things food oriented, I decided after thinking about it for most of the day that what I really wanted was an eggroll. Just one lovely, golden eggroll. I won’t lie and say it wasn’t delicious or that I ate it and immediately wished I hadn’t. It was good and I enjoyed it. But…
What I enjoyed the most was that I was able to eat it without losing control. I ate it (in place of my evening shake and protein bar) and then went back to what is becoming my regular diet and that was the end. I have been a good dietary citizen all day today.
Of course, this morning when it was time to step on the scale, I had a moment of regretful panic about my eggroll devouring ways. For a moment I feared I my five pounds would be back and I’d be instantly teleported to the room in hell where they keep the most heinous of gluttons – the eggroll eaters. To make matters worse, Richard Simmons was glaringly unavailable to absolve me of my dietary sins. I suppose that’s probably for the best, because it would probably be startling to have him spontaneously pop out of my shower in that tank top and striped shorts he favors.
As it turned out, even without Richard, it was all okay. My five pounds are still gone and I am still feeling good about the start of this journey. I do think, however, that I need to think about some non-food rewards.
What kinds of things motivate you? Here are ten ideas I came up with for the next time I feel deserving:
1. Buy a DVD and have a pajama day (I’m feeling Burlesque for my next reward!)
3. Theater/concert tickets
4. Bubble bath
5. Museum outing
6. New music for my iPod
7. A new hair color
8. New exercise clothes
9. A new camera (that one’s for a bigger milestone)
10. A trip (Hawaii anyone? I’ve never been and have always wanted to)