After a hard day at work where you managed to do something wonderful - do you grab yourself a nice carrot?
or do you go grab a beer and some chips? or a glass of wine with some cheese? or a cookie?
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about taking my son to McDonald's for a celebration see: The McDonald's Happy Meal Dilemma (And How to Solve It) . The discussion changed quickly into one about using food as a reward. And it got me thinking.
What about adults? We are trying hard to do healthy things with our children and teach them good habits. But, I would not say that my habits are so great.
Yes, on a Friday, I WANT a reward for all those breakfast, lunches, and dinners that I have made. A reward for all those noses (and butts) that I have wiped and, frankly, food makes me feel good. I look forward to my chips and beer.
On the other hand, is this really a choice that I am making? Or am I just in a habit that costs me 600 (or more) calories but tastes really good?
Right now, it is winter and I don't really like going outside. I'm tired of the cold and the skies are gray and I feel like sitting on my couch for hours at a time. Inertia leads me to the easy reward.
ummmm. On the other hand, I write this website and I want to be a role model for you, dear reader, and my children. So, it seems like I shouldn't be using food for anything but for feeding myself when I am hungry.
What else could I do on Friday to reward myself for a hard week and start the relaxation of the weekend? I'm going to break out the sparkling water and lime and throw out some ideas. Please add some of your own so we can all learn from each other.
1. A hot bath (if I can just get my kids to stop bothering me).
2. Music! How about an instant dance party to my favorite music? I'm falling for that Bruno Mars guy.
3. Hugs - lots of them - perhaps I could convince my family to hug me until I can't stand it anymore.
4. Silence for 10 minutes (probably not going to happen unless I sit in my car).
5. Shopping for underwear. Hey, a cute pair of panties might only set you back $3-$5.
6. Go to the library (or bookstore) and browse (this may cost you if you find a book you must have).
7. To get yourself laughing until you cry watch videos of your favorite comedians on YouTube. I happen to love this one (not appropriate for children or easily offended adults): Russell Peters.
8. Drop by your favorite thrift store and see if you can find a bargain on stuff that you need. I found almost brand new hiking boots yesterday for $3 (reuse!).
Okay, I came up with EIGHT things other than food that would help me reward myself for a hard week of chores accomplished. You see, I don't want to buy stuff because that doesn't seem like a good solution to the reward problem.
So, now you are using STUFF instead of food for a reward (and I hate accumulating stuff because where am I going to put it all). I like to only buy stuff when I actually need the item that I am purchasing.
Of course, this is a winter list - going for a walk is a great way to unwind. What do you do to reward yourself for your accomplishments?
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