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How does everyone reward themselves?

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Created June 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

So I have been having some great success with Paleo since kicking this thing off. I forgot my lunch this morning...I know...dangerzone, right? So I needed something. I got a mediterranean chicken salad with no dressing and very little feta. They sent two pieces (relatively small) of pita bread, lightly toasted. I decided to eat them since I was doing so well and feeling so good. They were very tasty and a nice treat.

So it got me to thinking, what do people do to treat themselves occasionally?

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11048 · June 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Which isn't chocolate! Blech =)

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840 · June 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Who needs dark chocolate (which is disgusting! ;) ) ... when you have white chocolate?

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3043 · June 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Oh come on, where's the dark chocolate.

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20 · June 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

i hope they are using real fruit and not some who knows what's in there weirdo drink mix

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753 · June 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If I say I read Playboy for the articles, who will believe me? Ha.

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1178 · June 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM

@Jen Yes. Its this http://www.amazon.com/MRM-Gluten-Free-Consumption-60-Count/dp/B002OXCKX6 It still causes intestinal damage but eases the symptoms. I use it mostly to try new products I carry at work (beer and wine buyer)

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1178 · June 29, 2012 at 4:18 AM

@Ralph Not so much that a pint lingers, but haunts me from the fridge.. If I buy a scoop, I only eat a scoop. Plus, its a nice treat to enjoy by myself out and about.

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4413 · June 29, 2012 at 2:06 AM

lol... not exactly buying Playboy here - although my husband might like it if I did!

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14877 · June 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

+1 for massage and new clothes as rewards. Books work too, as do magazines- as long as it's the Economist or Playboy.

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14877 · June 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

+1 for a massage and new clothes as rewards. Books are good too. Magazines are great too, as long is it's the Economist or Playboy.

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11048 · June 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Your post just made my mouth water. Next day chicken biscuit...oh, how I miss thee...

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664 · June 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

I love it!!!! That is the coolest reward ever!

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664 · June 29, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I love some red wine myself. I also found that sparkling Desani and Captain Morgan make a for a nice treat some nights...and very low cal!

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3049 · June 29, 2012 at 1:07 AM

I want to know more about this gluten blocker!

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752 · June 29, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Good point, MathGirl72. That's the only Weight Watcher's point that makes any sense - do not use food as a reward. Other than that, WW has very little going for it. ;)~ And I can say that as a Lifetime Member 4 times over. LOL

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4100 · June 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Math girl, I am the same way

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2053 · June 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

A pint lingers at your house? I think those little pint cartons are one serving per.

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1608 · June 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Slight exaggeration. But wine is my one weakness :) Other than that I am pretty strict paleo.

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4413 · June 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

oh my. Several? as in a bottle? lol hope you are taking some liver support supps. :)

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664 · June 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

One pt for MathGirl for knowing her weak spots! :-)

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664 · June 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Oh yea, I would totally fall into that category if I was ready to reward myself and went into a Dunkin Doughnuts. A Mani-Pedi sounds like a great reward. My wife has been after me to get one! I may have to try it when I loose another 10 lbs.

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664 · June 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

And I stress little feta. I have lactose intolerance issues so I really have to keep myself away from cheese...for everyone's benefit. :-)

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11048 · June 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I get a pedicure or a manicure. Unfortunately, my relationship with food is still horrifyingly precarious and if I reward myself with food, I will spiral out of control very easily.

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752 · June 29, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Good point, MathGirl72. That's the only Weight Watcher's point that makes any sense - do not use food as a reward. Other than that, WW has very little going for it. ;)~ And I can say that as a Lifetime Member 4 times over. LOL

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4100 · June 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Math girl, I am the same way

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664 · June 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

One pt for MathGirl for knowing her weak spots! :-)

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664 · June 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Oh yea, I would totally fall into that category if I was ready to reward myself and went into a Dunkin Doughnuts. A Mani-Pedi sounds like a great reward. My wife has been after me to get one! I may have to try it when I loose another 10 lbs.

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4875 · June 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

First rule: it must not be consumable. Feeding my disordered dopamine reward centers with sensory stimulus in response to positive feelings is NOT something I can perpetuate in a healthy sense.

For me that looks like: taking off early to make it to a yoga class, taking some time alone to relax and regenerate, getting a massage, generally making time for myself in whatever form may be desirable: writing, hiking, reading, talking with a friend, calling my mom, laying in the hammock, sewing, cooking, going dancing...

I think that unstructured time to pursue whatever feeds one's inner sense of happiness and contentment is an extremely valuable (and overlooked, in modern society) part of the human experience.

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3221 · June 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Looking in the mirror, i consider that my best reward

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664 · June 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

I love it!!!! That is the coolest reward ever!

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5949 · June 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Ice cream is my cheat food.

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825 · June 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM

I booked a spa day last time, and also treat myself to smaller things as rewards e.g. nice workout gear. Like MathGirl, I don't go down the path of food treats. Therein lies disaster for me. :)

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1178 · June 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

A scoop of fancy ice cream at a shop, no pints lingering about in my fridge. Or, a regular beer, which I have to take a gluten blocker for. But, I don't think of it as a reward, just as a special treat once a month.

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1178 · June 29, 2012 at 4:22 AM

@Jen Yes. Its this http://www.amazon.com/MRM-Gluten-Free-Consumption-60-Count/dp/B002OXCKX6 It still causes intestinal damage but eases the symptoms. I use it mostly to try new products I carry at work (beer and wine buyer)

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1178 · June 29, 2012 at 4:18 AM

@Ralph Not so much that a pint lingers, but haunts me from the fridge.. If I buy a scoop, I only eat a scoop. Plus, its a nice treat to enjoy by myself out and about.

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3049 · June 29, 2012 at 1:07 AM

I want to know more about this gluten blocker!

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2053 · June 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

A pint lingers at your house? I think those little pint cartons are one serving per.

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1187 · June 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Scotch, a nap, then Doctor Who.

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1608 · June 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I reward myself every night by drinking several glasses of red wine.

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664 · June 29, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I love some red wine myself. I also found that sparkling Desani and Captain Morgan make a for a nice treat some nights...and very low cal!

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1608 · June 28, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Slight exaggeration. But wine is my one weakness :) Other than that I am pretty strict paleo.

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4413 · June 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

oh my. Several? as in a bottle? lol hope you are taking some liver support supps. :)

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4413 · June 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Never with food, then again there is nothing I want that I don't eat... I just don't crave junk or grains anymore, ever - which is nice!!

If I need a reward for myself I will buy a magazine or a book or a massage or a new top!!!!!

EDITED for full disclosure..... I do have buttered popcorn now and then!!

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753 · June 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If I say I read Playboy for the articles, who will believe me? Ha.

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4413 · June 29, 2012 at 2:06 AM

lol... not exactly buying Playboy here - although my husband might like it if I did!

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14877 · June 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM

+1 for massage and new clothes as rewards. Books work too, as do magazines- as long as it's the Economist or Playboy.

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14877 · June 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

+1 for a massage and new clothes as rewards. Books are good too. Magazines are great too, as long is it's the Economist or Playboy.

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1127 · June 29, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Go to my favorite restaurant, try to order as Paleo as possible and have as many fucking margaritas as I want to.

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20 · June 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

i hope they are using real fruit and not some who knows what's in there weirdo drink mix

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1567 · June 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM

My treats happen when I go home for holidays or vacation. I never, ever, EVER pass up mama's cooking, even when it's homemade biscuits, cornbread & chicken and dumplings.

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11048 · June 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Your post just made my mouth water. Next day chicken biscuit...oh, how I miss thee...

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840 · June 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Green & Blacks white chocolate!

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11048 · June 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Which isn't chocolate! Blech =)

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840 · June 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Who needs dark chocolate (which is disgusting! ;) ) ... when you have white chocolate?

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3043 · June 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Oh come on, where's the dark chocolate.

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11557 · June 29, 2012 at 2:42 AM

My rewards are generally a) not food based, because the concept of a "cheat" makes me go all eating-disorder-y b) cheap, b/c je suis broke. So usually a BATH with plenty of epsom and a sock full of oatmeal (the only good use for it, as someone who has never liked cereals). Alternatively, a one-hour no-interuptions stint of reading a novel with a glass of wine.

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90 · June 29, 2012 at 1:47 AM

It probably sounds cheesy, but how I feel regularly now, and how I'm beginning to look is seriously the biggest reward.

Long term rewards for really sticking with my life changes (diet, exercise, really taking care of myself) will be tattoos that I've wanted for a long time.

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1867 · June 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

My fav rewards that are healthy:

a lazy day on the couch a lazy day outside napping in my chair hammock walks long bike rides a cup of Starbucks coffee dark chocolate sitting in my portable infrared sauna watching netflix stuff

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1018 · June 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Those coffee mug cakes are my current treat. Still fairly Paleo, even though it's a treat.

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789 · June 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Chocolate covered banana bites XD A few times I tried to reward myself w a regular ol' mocha frap (no whip, smallest size) - but every time I have found myself running for the bathroom. Even once, at a family function they had lumpia (basically an egg roll) and just ONE had me nauseous for the next DAY! - Other than that, I'd say sushi ( :

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