When you jump off the scale and see that you’ve had success, is your first instinct to reward yourself with a food choice?
While your efforts to reward your success are valid, rewarding successes with food just furthers the cycle of associating eating with good behavior. Think about it – you work so hard during the week making better choices and then the scale shows you what you’ve been striving to see and then you turn around and hit Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts on the way to work and grab a pastry because you, “…did a great job this week!”
“WEIGHT” for your rewards! Part of the behavior change that has to occur in order for your lifestyle to change is rewarding yourself with something other than food. It can be a new article of clothing, getting your hair done, a new golf club, new shoes, a new exercise outfit, smaller weight-lifting gloves, etc.
If you’re going to work so hard to take weight off, don’t repeat the habitual behaviors that put weight back on! Appreciating your success in new ways is worth every pound you leave on the scale!
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