Celebrating your weight loss goals! Whooohooo! What an achievement! You go through many changes in a weight loss journey and its not only important to celebrate it when you reach your goal, but along the way as well.
Developing some short term goals along the path is pivotal. Chipping away at the big goal by reaching short term goals gives you the motivation to keep going. Just as important as reaching these goals are, celebrating them is pure magic! That’s why celebrating with a reward is something you should be planning for when you set goals. And just so you know…you don’t have to celebrate with food!
Celebrating Your Weight Loss Goals
Rewards come in different shapes and sizes. They can be something tangible that you can touch. Special moments that you would treasure. They don’t even necessarily have to cost you anything. The main thing about a reward is, is that it is a present. A gift to yourself for achieving something that is worthwhile to you. You also know if you achieve that goal, you will get that prize. When you are working toward the goal, the prize should be on your mind. Your reward should, therefore, be something that you definitely want. Something worth all the effort.
Choosing a celebratory reward that goes along with your goal can be worth working for. Something that keeps you inspired to keep up the practice of the goal you have just reached. For example, if your goal is to workout at the gym, Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for 2 months for an hour each time, your reward might be a new set of runners when you achieve that goal. Perhaps your goal is to complete a 21-day meditation sequence on your phone app. Your reward for that might be a personal journal. A
Rewarding Behaviour With Food
For the most part, the topic here is geared to losing weight. We have spent much of our lives “rewarding” ourselves for things such as meeting a deadline at work, raking all the leaves in the backyard, mediating peace between your children when they aren’t “playing nice” together. Much of that reward system has been with food (or drink). Those choices have also, in part, led to the weight issues we face today. Are there other rewards out there, besides food? Of course, there are! We have lots of things we like or enjoy besides food. Consider those things when choosing rewards.
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List of Rewards That Don’t Involve Food
- a new workout outfit or sneakers
- fitness equipment-yoga mat
- fitness tracking device such as a Fitbit
- a magazine you enjoy
- books e.g. fiction, non-fiction, self-development, cookbooks
- helpful kitchen gadgets
- journal and journaling supplies
- essential oils and diffuser
- bubble bath, shower gels, body lotions for self-care
- new clothes that fit!
Rewards To Engage In
- a music subscription service
- tickets to a concert, comedy show, or sporting event
- a trip to a museum or attraction, or special event in your town or city
- take a course of interest at a community college or online
- start or resurrect a hobby
- sign up for a 5K
- go on a walking tour of a town you are visiting
- have a “spa” day
- go to the movies
- enjoy a self retreat weekend
- a nature hike
- a bike ride
- a day alone
- a time and cozy place for reading
- have a nap, go to bed early
- play with your pets
- have a Netflix binge
- listen to music
- create some playlists for exercise and relaxation
Keep Moving Forward With Goals
Do you have “Your Big Picture” in mind? (Catchup with my article on that here). I know you are anxious to get there. Setting up some short term goals on the way there will give you the push and motivation you need to keep going! Picking a reward to earn after reaching those smaller goals will give you the mental picture of what you are working towards. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep striving for those goals. Those small goals will lead to some big-time changes in the long run. Ready. Set. Goal!
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!