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15
Oct

2014

5 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food

Helen Bush

Weight loss can be hard, but as long as we can hold onto our motivation and keep working towards our goals, then we can eventually achieve our dreams. One of the best ways to stay motivated and build momentum is by rewarding ourselves for a job well done; however, we need to ensure that these rewards do not undermine all of our hard work. When we constantly reward ourselves with food, we are actually sabotaging our weight loss journey. That fun night out or that extra dessert can really add up, especially when you are trying so hard to lose weight. Therefore, you should look for other ways to reward yourself than through food alone.

If you are one of the many who are struggling to come up with ways to reward yourself that does not involve food, then you have come to the right place. Here is a list of a few of my favorite things that you can reward yourself with that will not hurt your weight loss journey.

 

  • Get in some extra alone time. We all need some quality time just by ourselves every now and then. It is just natural to feel the need to step away from others once in a while to get a little down time, and this could be the perfect way to reward yourself for achieving a new weight loss milestone. You could take a nice, long, hot bubble bath, go shopping, visit a museum, take a stroll through the park or whatever makes you happy. It is your way of rewarding yourself for your accomplishments with something you like.

  • Buy some new workout clothes. This reward can also help build your confidence. You want your workout clothes to fit you properly, and as long as you are losing weight, then you will always need new ones. It will only make you feel better about your weight loss to look into the mirror and see yourself in a nice fitting workout suit and not something super baggy. So, get out there and buy something cute that fits you right in all the right places.

  • Go to the spa. You have been working so hard to lose that excess weight, so why not treat yourself? You want to look good when you reach your weight loss goals, so go out and get your hair and nails done or get a nice relaxing massage that will put you at ease. You could get a facial to make you glow or if you feel like splurging, you can get an entire makeover. Also, if you feel as if this may be a little too expensive, do not worry. You could do your own pampering at home. You can find many at home spa ideas online and even invite friends over for a nice pampering and socializing session.

  • Plan a night out with your friends. You can get in some extra socializing and show off your weight loss at the same time. Your friends may be amazed at how good you look, and you get to spend the night hearing them sing your praises. However, you need to be careful visiting bars and restaurants to avoid the whole excess food rewards damaging your weight loss journey. So, go out and have fun, but avoid overindulging.

  • Buy a new outfit. You are losing weight, so of course, your older clothes are not going to fit you properly. Therefore, you should celebrate your weight loss by getting an outfit that fits the new you. As an added bonus, you may begin to notice others staring at you because they can now see how much weight you have lost, and some may even compliment you on how great you look in your new outfit.

Trying to lose weight can be a long and hard journey, but if we reward ourselves for the progress we make, we are more likely to stick with it. Therefore, you need to recognize the progress you have made and find creative ways to reward yourself for every little inch you move toward your goals. So, try not to dwell too much on the setbacks you may encounter and celebrate the baby steps you make along the way.

Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.