Sorry for the lack of postings lately – work has been crazy and life has been even crazier.  I have a post about accountability rolling around in my brain, just no time to put words to keyboard.  Here’s a question for you that I have been thinking about lately – do you use food as a reward?  I know the current wisdom is to say never never ever use food as a reward, but I like food, and I like to be rewarded, so is a weekly splurge after weigh in a boon or a bust?  I would loooove to know everyone’s thoughts on this one – should make for some interesting discussions!  And if you do use food as a reward, what kind of food?  Do you go for chocolate or ice cream, or chocolate ice cream?  How about alcohol – do you use a glass of wine as a reward (my preference would be a margarita, but that’s just me).  All you lurkers out there, now is the time to make your voice heard on this oh-so-very important issue!  And I promise to deliver a real post next week when things have slowed down a bit (I hope). 


Have a great weekend y’all!! 


6 thoughts on “Reward

  1. I don’t cut any of those foods out of my diet, so I don’t need to “reward” myself with them. But, when I have ice cream, it is a tiny dish of amazing home made ice cream at my dad’s once a week. And I don’t have wine in the house, but I do enjoy 2 glasses (or one and a half when we go to the place that serves half glasses) when I go out with my friends once a week. That way, I never feel deprived so there is no need to “reward” myself with food.

    What I do reward myself with is workout clothes from lululemon ( Those last much longer than food, and make my butt look a lot better!

  2. I . . . ahem . . . pick a glass of red wine aka mommy juice (maybe a little too often ) for rewards. Nothing feels better than walking on the treadmill for 90 minutes, taking a shower and relaxing with the juice afterwards.

    I know Body For Life (the book) has one cheat day and I have read that having the extra calories once a week can help your metabolism and keep you in maintenance/or losing weight mode. I will google and see if I can come up with some articles and will post them for you. I hope you get lots of responses, because I think that is a very interesting topic.

    Oh, and Fang was a huge dugout daddy until the fall when the coach made it clear he didn’t want the daddies hoovering in the dugout. (That coach was the best, a sociology professor at the local community college – he too said the boys were too old to have snacks and a team mom). Anyway, I don’t want to sit next to him because he claps too loud and spits sunflower seeds constantly besides all his arm chair coaching.

  3. Helen used to have a donut every other week. I loved that concept and just wrote a note to her about it this week.

    I loved what Deanna wrote (above) because – if you notice – they were all OUT things. Not things in the house. They were measured, they were out, and they were planned. Good choices.

    I have a little taste bud thing – that I am well aware of.

    cindy said it nicely:
    “That’s usually the trouble with allowing for some foods that I normally avoid. It is hard to let go of the taste for them, especially sweets, in the following days.”

    That is exactly what happens to me. She said it well.

    For me – more blunt – I think of it as banging my head against a brick wall. I personally avoid the blood in my eyes.

  4. I know some people say not to do it, but I use food treats as rewards pretty regularly. I figure I’m going to have some anyway, as part of a long-term plan, so I might as well get some good behavior out of them.

  5. Yes in the past I have often used food as a reward — far too much. Which is why I now way over 320 lbs and have *just* started my weight loss / life change journey and my blog!

  6. Hi Jill, Well you really made me think. I think I celebrate with food more than reward myself with food. However you define it, if you do it too much, or with the wrong things, you’re never going to lose weight. Cause really, I can celebrate anything. Like the other day I came home from work, noticed I had made it through the day and only eaten my 22 points, and so while pondering your question, celebrated by eating a little ice cream bon bon (delicious, and very worthy, 1 point from Trader Joe’s) even though I wasn’t hungry at all. Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm…I think I’ll celebrate Sunday afternoon with one of those little lovelies!

    All kidding aside, since I do like sweets, and I do like to treat myself well, I have tried to moderate the sweets I choose over the years. I try to choose a treat with fresh fruit, like a big bowl of sliced strawberries with some lite cool whip, or cool whip/cottage cheese with fresh cherries, or something like a W.W. snack bar, or any of a number of baked low-fat high fiber goodies I keep in my freezer. has some great recipes, and I really like a lot of Hungry Girls’ recipes.

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