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Jared responds!(Subway Commit to Fit Giveaway)

Fri, Oct 8, 2010

Exercise, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Many thanks to Jared for taking the time out of his hectic life & running schedule to answer two of our questions.

Are you enjoying the marathon training itself?

Answer:  I am enjoying some of the training, lol.  I actually like the runs up until about 12 miles or so.  The longer runs I have done past 12 miles are tough.  My legs feel like lead pipes from that point forward.  The weather makes a huge difference as well…this summer has been brutally hot in the midwest where I live and has made the training more challenging because of it.

What are your pre and post marathon eating plans….do they include Subway???

Answer:  I tend to eat Subway a couple of days a week.  The night before a long run (anything more than 12 miles or so) I tend to eat more carbs, like pasta and lots and lots of water to hydrate properly for the next day.  I usually eat Subway after the runs when I have a chance…and I usually eat a footlong because I need the nutrition!

*cue musical interlude as I commence awkward segue with common thread of  Subway’s Commit to Fit*

We’ve talked a lot up in herre about goal setting, goal achieving & the importance of (waitforit) goals.

What we’ve not yammered about as of late are the various & sundry ways we reward ourselves as we make our way to our bigbigultimategoal (living a healthy, vibrant life).

Im renown for my rewards.

Im the first to treat myself (hello new!book!on!Kindle!) for a job even semi-well done.

Over the top or not I find the promise of treats spurs me on to additional success.

Im all about chasing that new book carrot on on the end of the proverbial stick.

Today, thanks to Subway and their Commit to Fit program, I have a reward to bestow upon you & you can be entered to win for the lowlow cost of a comment below.

Are you like I am and ALWAYS sure to reward a goal nailed no matter how seemingly small?

Or do you, like so many of us women, barely acknowledge your small steps along the way & focus too much on cheering for/encouraging those around you?

As a reward (rimshot!) for sharing you’ll be entered to win A $50 gift card to Lululemon, an amazing Gaiam gym bag/yoga mat combo! & a Subway gift-card.

(and yeah. as a woman who has never SEEN an article of lululemon clothing let alone worn any Id have to say Subway ROCKS for sending this treat our way.)

Please to hit me up, with your reward of choice BIG or small, in the comments.

Winner announced 10.11.10

USA only

FTC: Rumor has it I, too, will receive said giftcard, green bag & yoga mat (!). Please to know Im scampering to the mailbox daily in anticipation of it.

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116 Responses to “Jared responds!(Subway Commit to Fit Giveaway)”

  1. Kat says:

    Great giveaway! Thank you for the reminder about rewards, I think it might be time to start looking at milestone rewards again…

  2. Loretta says:

    Well, let’s see:
    -I’m not dinky enough to fit into lululemon clothing
    -I don’t belong to a gym
    -Guess it’s SUBWAY for me!

    Yep, I LOVE rewards. I have one I won last Christmas, a rock salt light, and every day I turn it on and grin and say “I EARNED that!”

    Thanks Mizfit!

  3. Aliza says:

    I am strapped financially so my “treats” these days are moment of quiet away from the twins :)

  4. Nan says:

    So Jared does eat Subway :)

    My treats are always pedicures.


  5. JourneyBeyondSurvival says:

    Me? I need some new exercise pants! Thanks for the Jared info, the giveaway and all you do!!!

    (I will now cold turkey sugar my life)

  6. Lisa says:

    Now that you mention it, I have NOT been rewarding myself lately! And in the past 10 weeks, I’ve lost 20+ pounds!

    Money’s tight right now, but I need to come up with some ideas for small treats for myself. Hmmm…

  7. BK says:

    LOVE IT!!! Lululemon items are to die for.. love them.. I received a pair of yoga capris as a gift from a friend.. my fav pair!!

    but yes I believe it mini rewards.. and I use them as incentive to keep me going. I’m now using the incentive to get my s/o to ugh get moving.. he starts then loses motivation and I try not to nag but he asked for help :) he has never done that before.. so we are on!! for myself I usually set the goal and a cute workout top or outfit that is a smaller size OR a fiery hot color to wear in my next race..

  8. Jess says:

    I’ve been rewarding myself with clothes. Oh, a new weight achieved? Let’s get a cute dress.

    I’ve also been rewarding myself with an upgraded sound system and better record player. It’s taken awhile, but I’m getting there.

    The thing about rewards is that sometimes they become very materialistic, and since I’m definitely lacking in funds, I have become very thrifty at stalking Freecycle, Craigslist, and just overall sales.

    What have I rewarded myself for? Being able to do a certain amount of push-ups. Bosu ball squatting 200 times. I’m going to set my goal at an 8 minute mile now. I need to get back into goal-setting. It’s been a tough few months transitioning into having school but I’m going to do it.

  9. Debra says:

    Jared Q&A! Very nicely done Miz. To answer the question, no, I don’t think I acknowledge my own successes/small steps. And I think if I did, I might be making more headway on the long term goals. Food for thought. Thanks! Happy Friday!

  10. Debra says:

    Jared Q&A! Nicely done Miz. To answer your question, no, I don’t think I acknowledge the small steps and maybe that is why I don’t make much headway on the long term goals. Food for thought. Thanks Miz! And Happy Friday!

  11. Alissa says:

    I reward myself for every 10 lbs lost and sometimes even less if it’s a milestone. I love rewards because they’re motivating. What a great giveaway!

  12. Roxie says:

    Very cool, Miz. And good luck with your training, Jared.

    Other than the very big reward I am giving myself for no other reason that I am old, I’ve never really used the rewards system. I try to treat myself well all the time - not in a “pampered and prissy” way because I’m not a toy poodle, but in a good self-care way. Everyday that I get to live life as a fit and healthy woman is reward in itself.

  13. Erica says:

    WOW- what a prize pack. I think I do a little of both- sometimes I take the time to congratulate myself…other times I’m too focused on helping those around me. I think its the group fitness instructor in me always wanting to help/push others. Hope you have a fantastical weekend

  14. dragonmamma says:

    I’m still patting myself on the back for coming in 1st in my age division in my first race last Sunday. 5K in 29:01. (You do remember that I hate running, right? That part still hasn’t changed!)


  15. Fab Kate says:

    I think, in most cases, good health is it’s own reward, so is the sense of health and accomplishment. That isn’t to say that I’m adverse to getting some goodies now and then. For the most part things like new clothes, new shoes, being able to DO something new and different are more consequences of reaching milestones, rather than rewards. I see having some sort of (what other people would call a) reward as just the natural consequence of doing something good.

    That said, there are always big and little rewards, whether it’s getting an entire new wardrobe (imagine if I didn’t “reward” myself with new clothes as I lost 200 lbs… I couldn’t be seen in public!) or running that race (which would have been physically impossible before) or buying a new workout video (because working out to fresh activities keeps me on track), I don’t hold myself back because I’m off by a pound, didn’t run at the time I’d set for myself, or because I still have that extra inch around my hips.

    Sure, I can’t go out and buy myself “treats” every day, but I do make a point of doing at least one thing for myself every day… and keep in mind that these “treats” are expressions of self love… and that I DESERVE to express my love to myself every day. So for me, these “treats” are maybe for the little things: not always associated with a goal (other than, hey! I made it through the day!). They may be as simple as having movie night, throwing something “special” together for dinner, or painting my toenails bright red. Last night, for instance, I declared it TACO NIGHT and let the girls cook.

    So while I can’t always afford the “big rewards” (I know one blogger who is going on a fabulous vacation when she hits goal, something I could never afford) I’m always sure to express my pride and self love in some manner.

  16. debby says:

    I treat myself pretty good in general, so don’t think so often of treating myself for a goal. Maybe that would work for me-I’ll have to try it. Haven’t been meeting too many little goals lately. Am working on one big one though…

    I’m mostly stuck on the fact that Jared uses LOL. Makes me like him!

  17. Joanna Sutter says:

    I’m not great at celebrating my successes…but others peoples success? Indeed!

  18. Joy says:

    I tend to give myself (and friends) little rewards presents! I think something acknowledging a small success is so important (I got my favorite lemonade for going to the doc yesterday and am planning on another little something for after I finish 3 weeks of taking doxycyline)

  19. Reen says:

    I do try to treat myself when reaching small and large goals. I bought myself a beautiful amethyst ring 2 months before reaching my Weight Watchers goal, then placed it in the jewelry box and did not wear it until I reached that goal.

    I also treat myself for small goals reached, sometimes with new music from iTunes, sometimes with something as small as a new roll of “hoop tape” for my hula hoops, sometimes with a new book, or something new to use at the gym, a new headband or new workout clothes, but it’s always something.

    Goals are a big deal for me! In fact, trying to reach a mini goal now. Have two weeks left, but struggling. Think I need to think of a reward for when I reach that goal.

  20. Misty says:

    i think rewarding yourself for your success is so great..now if i was just better at doing it for myself :-/

  21. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman says:

    I’ll be honest, I kind of forget about the little milestones on my way to the big goal. This is a good reminder, though, that every accomplishment matters, regardless of its size or importance.

  22. Brandi says:

    Treats to myself? Massages. I LOVE THEM!!! Since they ARE so expensive though I tend to do them only for major accomplishments…

  23. typelittlea says:

    It depends on the goal, I guess. If I’ve finished a work deadline without procrastinating, I might have a treat (like 5 hershey kisses) or a weight loss goal might be a new pair of jeans. And if I get a certain credential (that will add letters after my name) I might just reward that with a trip to the bahamas!

  24. charlotte says:

    ohmygoodness LULULEMON! Seeing as I buy 95% of my workout apparel second-hand (is that gross?), I don’t think I’m a workout snob but there is something special about Lulu. Only own one thing of theirs but it’s my favorite piece in wardrobe!! And in case it isn’t abudantly clear: I use clothing as my reward:)

    PS> Jared is in the midwest? How did I not know this?? Awesome.

  25. Robin says:

    I like treats and rewards! I’m big on feedback. Right now I’m tracking my workouts on the President’s Challenge website. When I get enough points, I get a medal (that I have to buy myself, but whatever!)… I figure I never got a Physical Fitness Award as a kid, so I darn well want one at 45! ;-)

  26. melissa @ the delicate place says:

    i treat myself to a facial if i’m feeling particularly stressed out. it’s a 30min time commitment but i leave feeling so refreshed. wow i would love to win that giftcard and see what all the lululemon raving is about! i don’t own anything but i swear the way people talk about it you’d think it was spun with gold!

  27. Susan EB Schwartz says:

    Good luck with your training jared! I think whatever works, works! I ran the NY Marathon a couple of times and never tried the Subway diet after a long run. But I too love the idea of treats and rewards. AFter the marathon, I would recommend Chinatown for a large and amazingly delicious — and well earned — feast with friends.

  28. Karen says:

    Does it count if I want to win the Subway gift card for my cash-strapped teen who would love it?!

  29. Vee says:

    I’d originally planned on specific goals and their corresponding rewards … every 10 pounds. But they were costing money that we just don’t have. Like the new book I was supposed to get 27 pounds ago, or new underpants 37 pounds ago (just got this last week because my drawers were dropping to the floor!). So, yes, I have rewards but can’t always follow through.

    I could definitely use the clothes and gift card and my Hubby could use the gym bag! (I have no where to go).

    Thanks! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

  30. Kimmie says:

    I love Jared he was my first weight loss inspiration.

    I am still trying to lose ;)

  31. Lila says:

    Clothes. Clothes. Any clothes!!

  32. juliejulie says:

    I used to reward myself more, but someone that got pushed to the way side. Nice reminding! I think massage is always a good reward. A pedicure at a nice quiet place where they rub your feet for a long time rates, too.

  33. Beth says:

    Good morning!

    I am a HUGE believer in rewarding myself along the way - it not only motivates me, I choose rewards that make me feel great about myself.

    If money’s tight one month, I may opt for a home pedicure - it takes discipline to schedule time for yourself to sit and relax and wait for your polish to dry. I love this “beauty day”.

    When money’s not as tight, I treat myself to new workout wear to motivate me even more - it’s so fun to have something cute to workout in.

    Here’s my latest treat splurge - vintage lingerie, found at reasonable prices on Ebay. It’s so fun to OWN the body I work so hard to have and having the opportunity to flaunt a little or a lot is not only fun, it’s such a treat to know you’re wearing fancy pants under your sweats as you run errands.

    It’s so simple to enjoy life’s little luxuries - the challenge is taking a moment to breath, figure out what makes YOU feel happy and fulfilled and then GO FOR IT!

  34. jennie says:

    Rather than celebrate the little steps, I beat myself up for how much further I have to go. But I am planning on treating myself to some lulu pants for my bday next month. Would LOVE the giftcard! It would be so much more fun to go to the gym if I was swathed in some booty slimming threads.

  35. meeyeehere says:

    I think I am good about rewarding myself.Not with items but with a pat on the shoulder type thing.I tell myself I am doing a great job and taking care of myself which feels great,ya know?
    Jared is awesome.I love the guy!
    all the reward stuff sounds great! If I had Subway card I would give it to my sister who is super busy and never gets to eat! HA!!She is broke like me so she doesn’t get to eat out.I love all kinds of stuff.Clothes,food,all that is terrific.
    Thank you,I read ya often.You are such a doll,and you seem like a great person!
    [email protected]

  36. Brooke says:

    I am good at giving myself rewards for big things, but not at acknowledging all the little (and sometimes more difficult to overcome) steps and accomplishments that enabled be to get there. And often lose motivation as a result. Something to think about….

  37. Nita says:

    I don’t reward myself enough. And considering I’m in a “nothing” rut right now, I should reward myself for any small step I take! Right?

  38. Jody says:

    I’ve been in maintenace mode for a few years now and I don’t really reward myself anymore but I should. I work just as hard maintaining and I did losing, I’m thinking its time to make myself a massage appointment.

  39. Theresa @ActiveEggplant says:

    Sadly, I rarely reward myself for reaching milestones - whether the little ones or the small ones. I’m just now getting to the point where I comfortably say “I’m proud of myself for..XYZ”. And it feels good to be proud of my accomplishments! Maybe someday I’ll get to the point where I reward myself too.

  40. Shelley B says:

    I didn’t reward myself very often along my weight-loss journey - I bought a ring for 50 lb.s lost and boots(!) for 100 lbs. lost, but boy oh boy am I needing the whole carrot-on-a-stick for doing these long runs! It gives me something to focus on while I’m running…instead of thinking how much further I have to go, I think about what I will give myself that afternoon (after I’ve had an ice bath and a nap, lol). It really helps, and I feel completely justified in enjoying my reward, be it a ginormous bowl of frozen yogurt, or a new shirt, or who knows what will come out of tomorrow’s nine mile run? New puppy? LOL NO.

    BTW, lululemon’s clothes are GORGEOUS. I have been coveting a jacket since I tried it on last April, when I was at their store in the Woodlands. I would love to win this amazing prize!!!

  41. Kim @ One Fit Mama says:

    Pursuing my various fitness goals can take a toll on my body. Because I am training to run a 5K and possible walk a half marathon, my feet look horrible. I have decided that after my 5K I am rewarding myself with a pedicure. My reward following the half-mary will be an hour long deep tissue massage!

  42. Peggy says:

    Treating myself to small rewards is motivating. During the winter when it is so dreary outside, I like to give myself fresh flowers for remembering to eat healthy and excercise. I love the burst of color and daily reminder as I walk past my kitchen table. Sometimes I will also set aside some kid free time for a home done pedicure or facial.

  43. Aine says:

    I don’t always remember to reward myself, but I’d love the Lululemon. :)

  44. Nancy says:

    BTW your blog kept timing out for me.

    It took forever to get in.

    I’d love to win this as I need to start focusing on the small stuf and not just ONEderland.

  45. Betsy says:

    I would use this giftcard and mat all the time!!!

    Does that count? :)

    The site kept timing out for me too, MizFit.

  46. Evan says:

    I am great at celebrating my successes.
    My wife is not.

    I would give this to her to celebrate her.

  47. tj says:

    wow great giveaway! :)

    I used to use a reward system more regularly- but I think I need to set it up again to see if it helps kick this girls butt into gear! lol :) Maybe CASH per pound? humm gotta discuss this idea with my financial advisor (sean ) lol :)

  48. RunToTheFinish says:

    hmm you always make me really think. I truly only set large goals, but then my focus is on enjoying the entire journey regardless of the final outcome. A lot of the time that is my reward…uh but yes I justify new running shoes by hitting certain mileage or a Whole Foods meal for a solid tempo run :)

  49. Colleenzo says:

    When I reached my BIG weightloss goal, I treated myself to an entire new wardrobe of workout gear. I’m talking like, $200 worth of spandex. Nowadays, I let myself buy something small, maybe go to a book store or something similar, if I kick butt at a goal.

  50. Stephanie says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks! Subway’s the greatest.

  51. Ann says:

    I’m all about the rewards!! I wait to buy things I need, like new runnings shoes or even a hair cut, until I’ve accomplished some little goal. It motivates me and makes me enjoy those little treats even more feeling like I’ve earned them.

  52. Shannon says:

    Guilty! I usually forget to acknowledge the small steps. And now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t really reward the big milestones either. I should work on this :)

  53. SeattleRunnerGirl says:

    Holy wow what an awesome giveaway!

    I used to reward myself for every 5 pounds I lost. Somewhere along the way, I quit doing that and just took care of my needs (and some of my wants) as they came up and as our budget allowed.

    I definitely plan to reward myself when I reach my healthy weight goal (still not quiet sure what that is!) with a new wardrobe and maybe a day at the spa with my sister.

  54. Rachel says:

    I had a terrible habit of rewarding myself with cake/chocolate/meal-out/etc etc.
    And it would derail and backtrack me!
    So I stopped with the rewards.
    But these comments have given me some great ideas!

  55. I have tried to teach my children to value their time, enerrgy and all efforts. It seems to be working because my oldest daughter sent me a text the other day asking why, after helping her to learn to value and reward herself, I do not take my own words to heart. Her suggestion was for me to tell everyone no, for everything, and go do something just for me. I had earned it many times over, she says.

    So I am learning. Rewards are good.

  56. @TKeep123 says:

    Sounds odd, but my treats are to take a trip, Vegas is a fav, so I have to save up as well as watch what I eat.

    My biggest on-going reward is making my way back thru my closet and getting into smaller jean sizes!!!

    Love Subway and Carry-bags, so I’d love to win these prizes!

  57. Shelley (@momma_oz) says:

    I am totally motivated by bribery :) never has to be a big treat either - I love the idea of new clothes when I hit a goal weight but even a small change in my life gets rewarded. Sometimes it’s as simple as allowing myself a long bubble bath with a book I like or new music from iTunes. the bigger the goal, the bigger the treat for me. Self-motivation thru rewarding good behavior is soooo important! Love your blog! Love your Tweets! LOVE YOU! you are awesome!

  58. Greta says:

    I’m getting new sports bras and maybe some nice cute workout clothing for doing a duathlon last week! i have to remember to reward myself. Thanks for your message: Be Your Own Superhero. Where do I get that t?

  59. Lacey Q says:

    Yes, I make rewards for myself all the time for achieving anything :) I just try to not make them food related too often.

  60. Lorinda says:

    Thank you for the great reminder on rewarding ourselves. I’m about to run my first half marathon (less than a year ago I wasn’t able to run half a block!) and all I can focus on is the runs I haven’t done.

    And thank to Jared and the amazing give away.

    And thanks for all of the amazingly inspiring work you do!

  61. LisP says:

    I am not very good at actually rewarding myself (though I always tell myself I will) along the way. In the past most of my rewards were food based,so it’s been difficult finding items that are reward worthy/not food or drink based/not expensive.

  62. Karyn says:

    I am great about the rewarding Mizzy—I just need to focus on the LOSING more :)

    Have a great weekend.

  63. Cellabella says:

    I’m, unfortunately, one of the people who isn’t aware of my own small steps, but do like to encourage other people because that’s inspiring as well. I’d like to continue to encourage other people, but also treat myself the same way for a job well done. And I LOVE lululemon!!

  64. John says:

    I love subway … Tastes great and nutitious

  65. paula says:

    Celebrating success… I think the blog allows me to brag a bit about those milestones I complete along my journey to a healthier self. I’m always boasting about that and I guess my new ipod touch was a reward… but a reward that will help me on my path.

    Yea, so I guess I do reward myself but I try not to with food… however sometimes I think I deserve those salsa and chips.

    Yea, I’d love to win some subway.

  66. Lisa says:

    I am inconsistent in rewarding myself. I have rewarded myself with a pedicure (love to have pretty toes even if it is winter and I’m wearing closed toe shoes all the time), a new book, smaller clothes (this one was very exciting), but haven’t really done any self-recognition/rewarding lately. It is a good reminder that rewards can be very motivating. Thanks Mizfit!

  67. Ashley H says:

    Whenever I hit a new fitness goal I reward myself with new fitness dvds or clothing.

  68. ShootingStarsMag says:

    I definitely try and reward myself for all types of goals. it helps you keep going.

  69. Julie B says:

    For a long time I tried to fight hard against the desire to make my rewards food. But recently I’ve decided who cares! I love food, I love the atmosphere at restaurants, I love cooking - if going out and eating delicious food is what I want the most, that’s what I’m going to reward myself with!

  70. Jennifer@ knackfornutrition says:

    Oh how I would love some gift cards. I tend to reward myself for the little things. I kind of figure, why not!? Usually, it is taking some time to do my nails or read some blogs.

  71. Caroline Calcote says:

    I’m not very good about rewarding myself, usually until way after the fact. Then I’ll see or think of something I want, and be like, “I deserve that! I just .” I definitely don’t plan rewards beforehand.

  72. suganthi says:

    Umm.. I don’t really reward myself, at least I don’t set up goals that way. It just never occurred to me. I want to be healthy and not be a burden to anyone as I grow old. In my current situation, my reward would be to inspire my family to start taking care of their health and well-being. No amount of words will help, I just have to be the example.

  73. Linda F says:

    I have not been rewarding myself at all because I feel that good health is its own reward. Thanks for the giveaway.

  74. screwdestiny says:

    Oh my golly, I would rock that lululemon clothing so hard! Haha.

    As far as rewarding myself goes, it just depends. I often feel I don’t have the means to do rewards all the time, but I try to when I can. I’ve been exercising six days a week for about 8 weeks now, and that was a big deal for me considering most of the year I’d only been exercising like, 1-3 days a week (pathetic, I know). So far I’ve rewarded myself with a new Nike shirt that I really wanted, and I got a massage one week for all my hard work. I haven’t been able to do much else, but seeing my butt much higher than it used to be is enough of a reward for me right now!

  75. Cynthia (It All Changes) says:

    Ooooo Lululemon. Please yes, please! Their Tata Tamer bras are the best I have ever found for vigorous cardio or running for us “well endowed” girls. No more double bras for me :-)

  76. Katie says:

    I always intend to treat myself…and then forget. But, at least I acknowledge it, right?

  77. Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) says:

    I am a firm believer in mini-rewards…whether it’s a few quiet minutes with a good book, or buying myself a little something…small rewards keep me motivated!

  78. Kim says:

    When I started my weight loss journey, I decided on small rewards - Massage when I got to 25% of my goal, a weekend trip to NYC when I get to 50%, another massage when I get to 75% and DH and I will go on a weeklong trip somewhere amazing when I hit goal.

    I will probably also get myself something after I run my first 5K which I’m training for right now.

  79. Katie J says:

    Thanks Miz for the opportunity! I have only oogled at LuLu Lemon stuff and it is SUPER cute!

  80. Sagan says:

    I’m somewhere in between, I think.

    And I find it hard to get behind Subway. To me, the restaurant focuses too much on nutrition facts table stuff rather than ingredients. I’m not a big fan of a lot of their ingredients (such as in the bread).

    But that’s just me, and I must admit that they’re food is tasty :) (I’m a party pooper. Sorry).

  81. LissaL says:

    I am planning on rewarding myself with a new haircut & color when I finally reach my goal..Also I am going to spend more time with my friends. I am a SAHM and tend to put everyone else first. So every little pound or 2 is an hour or 2 of mommy time! Great interview & giveaway!

  82. Rebecca says:

    Carving out time to workout and get fit is my reward. There seems to always be a nagging voice in my head that I could be using that workout time to do something for someone else. I’m learning to take time for myself, and oddly enough, taking care of myself does help me to take better care of those around me. Hmm, think I read that right here on your site. Thanks again for being here!

  83. Beth says:

    I enjoy running races, so for me the reward is crossing the finish line! Nothing compares to the satisfaction I feel the moment I’ve put forth all my effort into running my best race. Training for an event keeps me motivated to be consistent with my workouts.

    That being said, I know it’s generally not recommended to bribe yourself with food, but I frequently indulge in some sort of ice cream treat after a race. :)

  84. Katdoesdiets says:

    Wow, I drooled a bit on my keyboard over that prize. That’s pretty cool swag. I used to be bad about buying anything for myself ever…for any reason, lol. Just wanting to stretch our budget as far as possible. I am definitely getting better lately though. I still haven’t gotten my hair cut and colored since setting it as a reward for reaching 170…I’m stubborn like that.

  85. Patrick says:

    mmmm,subway. My kids love it. Sure helps stay away from the other fast food places which just plain suck when it comes to healthy options.

  86. erin says:

    When I was losing weight, I set up a bunch of rewards for when I reached certain milestones (25, 50,75, etc), but then when I actually reached those milestones the reward didn’t seem so important as the fact that I actually REACHED A GOAL.

  87. Osa Morena says:

    My four-year old AARP gym/tote bag is wearing out, so my choice is the Gaiam gym bag/yoga mat combo. One to take out, one to use at home, would be very good.

  88. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    Miz, I don’t have the $$ to reward myself right now BUT I do reward myself by acknowledging a job well done or a goal accomplished or working friggin hard to do something new in the gym… but also, I reward myself each day by eating to live a healthy & fit life!

  89. sian says:

    LOVE LOVE lulu…I would adore this whole gift…but in the mean time I reward myself with getting my nails done : )

  90. Pippa says:

    I love, love, LOVE rewards, Miz, but reading this post I’ve just realized that it’s been ages since I rewarded myself for even the big accomplishments. Thanks for reminding me, I’m off to think about how to bring this back into my life.

    (from outside the USA … but so totally inside this wonderful world!)

  91. Linda says:

    I usually set a goal with the motivation of knowing I feel guilty if I don’t complete it, but I think your idea of rewarding oneself is more effective. :-)

  92. Linda says:

    I don’t reward my goals, big or small, and am more motivated by feeling guilt if I don’t complete them. However, I think rewards for all goals is more effective. :-)

  93. Gretchen says:

    I never really got the “reward yourself” thing. If I want something, planning for, budgeting and obtaining that thing is a goal in itself.

    Usually my rewards were food-based when I did have them, but now that I eat more intuitively I’ve realized the idea of “earning” food is really unhealthy. I’m a human being and I get to eat when I’m hungry - I don’t have to earn it.

    Of course, I have trouble goal-setting to begin with. I’m much better at just focusing on the big picture. If my big-picture goal is something I truly want, it’s usually easy for me to do the small steps. If I’m struggling beyond just breaking inertia, then maybe my big-picture goal isn’t truly right for me.

  94. Jennifer S says:

    While I do reward myself in little ways (new song for ipod, etc), I don’t know if that is more of “a given” and less motivational… I do know that the achievement of the goal usually overshadows the mini-rewards. Nothing can touch the euphoria after running a race!

  95. s says:

    i’m all about the small rewards. they aren’t always things; scheduled downtime can also be rewarding, e.g., half an hour reading a book or listening to the radio.

  96. Tricia says:

    I’m one of those who doesn’t really reward myself until I think about it. At some point, I realize I’ve made some accomplishments and hit a major goal and THEN I reward myself, but I do it big! Not necessarily expensive, but I’ll treat myself to something I’ve been wanting for a long time.

    This doesn’t happen often, especially since I’ve been at goal weight for a year. I have a hard time finding goals to set now.

  97. anita b. says:

    I am just like you I like to reward myself with little things (a couple bites of Whirled Peace ice cream by Ben & Jerry’s) and big things (a massage or pedi)

  98. Beauty me says:

    Each new day, I get closer and closer to my goal of 120lbs. When I reach my goal, I will reward myself with eating deliciously healthy food.

  99. Lori K. says:

    I do reward myself, too much I think. I need to write down specific rewards for specific goals because I seem to always have a reward! Pedicures, clothes, crafting stuff - now today I did a PR in a 5K race and my reward sadly enough was a hamburger. Yes, a hamburger. I don’t eat them anymore like I used to (5 days a week practically - love them!) now just once in a while. I know food rewards are bad for people with weight control problems! So that’s my awkward system I need to reevaluate.

  100. Josie says:

    I set up rewards for myself, but to date haven’t been able financially to follow through with the actual rewarding. So I just tell myself that being healthier and more fit is reward enough, whether it’s true or not. It is what it is.

    Have never heard of lululemon either, but they seem like top quality apparel. Love Subway too.

  101. Josie says:

    I’ve planned rewards for myself, but have never been able to follow through with the actual rewarding. Must. change. that.

    Have never heard of Lululemon either, but their apparel looks top notch. And I love Subway!

  102. Katie R says:

    I try to reward myself, but it is definitely a challenge to recognize the good things that I accomplish…it’s so much easier to focus on the ‘opportunities’. But my favorite reward is ‘me-time’. No work, no chores, no-one else to take care of…just time for me to do whatever I want: read, watch reality TV, run, yoga…just time for me.

    I was in a Lululemon for the first time last week, and I saw some gorgeous clothes…unfortunately, my pocketbook was not quite feeling large enough to buy anything, so a gift card would be amazing.

  103. Mary Beth says:

    My reward to myself is getting back in shape after my baby is born in about another 5 weeks suppose to be having a scheduled c section. ugh so dread it!! so my reward is to get back in shape.

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  105. Tammy says:

    I tend to plan rewards and never follow through.

    Thank you for the reminder.


  106. Heather @ Not a DIY Life says:

    I bought myself a new swimsuit when I lost 20 lbs this year. It’s a great reminder of my success every time I wear it! I’d like to reward myself with a pedicure or massage at my next weightloss goal met. :-)

  107. Caity says:

    Soooo, with my summer of training behind me, i have to focus on new goals for the next few months. My goals are as follows:
    -be in the gym 4 days a week.
    -be able to touch my toes (improve my flexibility)
    -reduce sugar intake (this one will be the hardest)

    If I can stick to these goals I plan to treat myself to a massage, or possibly a lululemon jacket! of course, the mental achievement is award for my achievements alone, but a tangible thing is just a bonus.

  108. Karla says:

    I always feel like a reward is me just explaining away over spending, then I feel guilty

    So I guess I am not one that rewards myself

    I think it sounds nice, maybe I will work on my attitude about this

  109. Lisa says:

    i don’t reward myself for good behaviour. Mostly, because I’m not sure what the rewards should be. A bowl of ice cream was my usual.

    But (as usual) you’ve given me something to ponder. And pondering is something I am good at ;)

    thanks Miz!

  110. Cynthia says:

    I’m laughing because of the “new book carrot” line! The last four weeks, I’ve been giving myself new ebooks as a reward for losing weight and exercising and boy it is working like nothing else has for achieving actual results. I guess I found the right trigger! And I created my own fad NOOK DIET! (Details on my blog, LOL!)

    I used to plan rewards, but either my goals would be too lofty, or I’d just never bother to reward myself if I earned it and, needless to say, that didn’t work. Thinking smaller is working wonders though.

    E-books are inexpensive enough and totally instant gratification with my Barnes & Noble NOOK, so it’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s creating space on my crowded shelves as I replace hardcovers with digital content. I’m being consistent and doing what I need to do to safely lose weight. I’m even happy about it, while I’m hungry and sometimes a bit headachey from the deficit. Who knew?


    Anyway, cool to hear from Jared… it’s always nice to see someone lose it and KEEP IT OFF! Not to mention go for new goals!

  111. Taya says:

    I agree with some other posters: financially, I don’t feel I deserve to treat myself. After all, I feel guilty for spending the money afterwards! Exercise is definitely a treat though!
    On the other hand, I love material rewards on the rare occasion that I treat myself. I hope I’ll someday be able to show myself more love!

  112. addy says:

    Been a busy week - catching up on blogs now. My goals are very general in nature. I don’t set specific goals… probably should. And like many others my rewards are more likely to be a pat on the back and “moving on.” I always find something more important than what I “want” as a reward that we “need.” Great response from Jared. Very cool.

  113. cammi99 says:

    I use scare tactics instead of rewards. I sign up for a race and then I’m terrified that I won’t make the cut-off or I’ll totter in last (after those in the 75+ group).

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  115. Cynthia says:

    I guess I’m one of those people who don’t give themselves too many rewards. If I do..it’s often something food related and indulgent:)


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