Friday, March 23, 2012
Looking better and feeling great may be their own rewards when you lose weight, but it never hurts to reward yourself for reaching goals and sticking to your eating plan. Building in incentives is a time-honored way of helping keep yourself on track. Did you pass up that piece of cheesecake at lunch? Reward yourself with a pot of fresh herbs! Did you get out and exercise for your daily half-hour? Take a luxurious bath with scented oils. Went the whole week without falling off your new routine? That calls for a big reward! Treat yourself to an evening out, or buy that book you've been dying to read. Need some excuses for rewarding yourself? Try setting one of these goals to give yourself something to shoot for: 1. Weight loss goals. Pretty traditional here - treat yourself to something special whenever you can mark off ten pounds toward your goal weight. Get a manicure to make you feel extra special. 2. Look, Ma, I dropped a whole size! Well, that certainly calls for buying yourself something in that new size, even if it's just a pair of new exercise sneakers! 3. Whew! I made it ALL the way through the half-hour workout without stopping ONCE! Now that's impressive! Call your best friend or your mom and brag -or just chat. Even if it's long distance. 4. I didn't do it! That chocolate chip cookie dough sundae was calling my name, but I turned my back and walked away. In that case, don't you think you deserve fresh flowers for your desk? 5. I finally fit into THAT dress! I'd say that calls for wearing it out somewhere special, wouldn't you? Take yourself out dancing to show it off! 6. I lost weight for the third week in a row. I'm so proud of myself! Here's an ongoing reward - for every pound you lose, drop a dollar or two into a jar, and watch the money build up. Entertain yourself with plans on how you'll spend it when you reach your goal weight. 7. I got stuck for three weeks, but I finally budged from that plateau! I'll tell you what - sticking to a diet when you're not seeing results is one of the hardest things that you'll ever do. Get yourself something that will make it easier to reward yourself. For example, buy a blender for whipping up frozen fruit smoothies. 8. I'm halfway there! You deserve a Halfway Party, don't you think? Pull out all your old fat clothes and try them on so you can feel great about how far you've come. 9. I've been slugging away forever, and I'm starting to get discouraged... Okay, so it's not a 'reward' situation -- but it is. You deserve a reward for sticking to it this long. Want a quick pick-me-up? Pick up the phone and get together with someone you haven't seen in months.This will guarantee that you’ll receive compliments at how great you look! 10. I did it! I made it! I reached my goal weight!! Well, sweetheart, that calls for pulling out the stops! Remember that money you've been paying yourself for losing weight? Time to cash it in for something fabulous! Eating healthy and losing weight are gifts that you give yourself, though they may not feel like it at first. By rewarding yourself along the way, you’ll not only increase the chances of your success, but you’ll enjoy the process a whole lot more!