Introducing the workout reward jar | get fit and fashionable at the same time

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, PinterestΒ or Sweet Relish, you’ll know that I have a ‘thing’ about shoes.

A love of funky, chunky, fashion-forward, high-heeled leather footwear. Shoes, boots, sandals, I love them all. (Exercise shoes too, of course, but it’s Fluevogs that really get me excited!)

workout reward jar

I’m not alone in this obsession. Many women (particularly women, cough, cough, my age) have a fascination with shoes, handbags and jewellery.

I have a theory about this.

Accessories always fit, regardless of the size of your body.

A killer pair of boots can cheer you up when your favourite skinny jeans won’t zip up. Sparkly bracelets never make your wrist look ‘puffy’. And handbags can divert attention from your body (as well as provide you with something to disguise your belly; remember Elaine’s giant purses when the producers of Seinfeld were trying to hide Julia Louis Dreyfuss’s pregnancy?).

Upon some self-reflection (and a frank look at my own naked profile in the mirror), I realize that the level of my interest in footwear varies inversely with how satisfied I am in my own skin.

When I feel fit and strong and lean, my shopping trips focus on jeans and curve-hugging sweaters.

When I feel not-so-fit and have put on a few extra pounds, my tastes gravitate towards shoes and boots.

I’m in a ‘shoe’ phase right now and I’m doing something about it (something other than just buying shoes, that is).

My solution? Dial in my nutrition (bye bye sugar), kick up my workouts (more intensity and consistency) and reward my hard work with a new pair of shoes.

Introducing my workout reward jar, AKA the ‘Fluevog Jar’!

workout reward jar

Since January 1st, I’ve been tossing a ‘toonie’ (that’s Canadian-speak for our 2 dollar coin) into my workout reward jar every time I complete a workout, with the goal of rewarding my efforts with a new pair of Fluevogs this summer (Fitbloggin’, Portland, June; will you be there?).Β 

It’s only mid-February and I’ve already saved $70. (Do the math! That’s 35 workouts in 7 weeks). If I keep it up, I may not only be able to buy the shoes I’ve got my eyes on, I may also be able to afford a new pair of jeans; in a smaller size!

Do you reward yourself for making fitness a priority?

How would you spend YOUR workout reward jar money?



  1. You just pinned me perfectly!!! That is exactly the kind of “lift the mood” shopping I do. And if you ask any one they will say I have always been more of a BAG lady….and I will always add….”Because bags always fit my shoulder size!”

    Starting to cut the sugar and increase fruits and veggies around here too….I want to be set for summer shorts and swim suits this year …FOR ONCE! (Or maybe I should say confident in shorts and a swim suits this year for once?! πŸ˜‰
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    • Love the term ‘bag lady’! What a lovely visual πŸ˜‰
      Great goals for summer Kathy, as long as you get to it NOW! June has a way of sneaking up on us. And up that protein intake! Always makes you feel fuller.

  2. I caint wait.
    Im so so so earning my pinks.
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    • Can’t decide between pinks and blues. There’s a lovely pair of baby blue wedges that I’m loving too…

  3. Great idea, and Fluevog is an excellent choice. I will at FitBloggin as well.

    • Hooray! You know that there’s a Fluevogs in Portland AND no state sales tax??? See you there Sylvia!

  4. Accessories notwithstanding, if every an, woman, and teen on Earth were paid a toonie for each workout, we would be a healthier, more fit planet — with a much more vital economy.

    True story, and relevant. As a professional fitness trainer, when I wasn’t getting it done myself a few years back, I actually hired a trainer – me. Paid myself for two months, 1099’d myself (US tax form) and caught back up with myself!

    • So true! And I LOVE that story Roy! If we don’t think our time is valuable enough to pay ourselves for it, why should our clients!

  5. Well.. my feet don’t fit in normal shoes due to width & than BAD bunions on top of that so shoes are not in my picture BUT I like workout clothes! πŸ˜‰ I am a What Not to Wear so I really am not great with fashion & all that… πŸ™‚

    I am so regular with my workouts that I would be rich by now! πŸ˜‰ Any money here , for now… goes to bills but the future may be something different. πŸ™‚

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  6. Love this idea! I was going to reward myself if I won the last DietBet with an Athleta purchase. That is my big slurge. I love wearing comfy but stylish clothes that I feel good moving in. Well, I met my goal and it didn’t happen. Maybe the jar will be more tangible! My kids will love because they keep their money in jars as well: Savings, Now and Charity.

    • Love the jar idea for your kids! We have used jars for many things over the years; gratitude, chores, marbles (to reward good behaviour) and jam, of course!

  7. reward jar? brilliant. i might do something similar once i get past my injuries.
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  8. I love to work-out but I still really like the idea of a reward jar. Shoes (all sorts), boots, purses, jewelry….so many weaknesses!!! I have always said the same thing you did – shoes always fit no matter how the rest of it is working out that day!!!
    Great motivational idea!!!
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  9. I’d say women of any age shortly after puberty have that fascination πŸ˜€

    Hm, how could men cheer themselves up? A power drill? πŸ˜‰
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    • I guess I really did target this post towards women πŸ˜‰
      Are power tools the male equivalent of high heels? My hubby prefers duct tape…

  10. I don’t reward myself, but perhaps I should. I’m not a shoe person though. I’d probably treat myself to more workout DVDs or some new books. πŸ™‚
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    • Carrie, you SHOULD reward yourself! Nothing feels as good as a little pat on the back for meeting your goals. Books are a great reward too!

  11. Being a teacher, and standing/walking all day, I’ve given up on finding cute shoes that are still comfortable! But I love seeing what other people wear and how it can totally make an outfit. Love the rewarding yourself idea!
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    • Michelle, you really need to try Fluevogs. They are absolutely the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn right out of the box. Their online reviews are full of stories of women wearing them for 7 or 8 hours straight, directly from the store!

  12. Fantastic idea! I’m a sneaker head BUT I love to also workout. So maybe I’ll donate to my sneak jar every time I help an old lady cross the street!
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  13. This is brilliant. Such a good idea! I have a bit of a shopping problem πŸ™‚ This would help immensely!
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