Here is a conversation that you’re not likely to hear:
Person #1: Hey, how are you doing with your weight loss goal?
Person #2: Great! I haven’t lost any weight since I started six weeks ago, but I have never felt more motivated in my life!
The biggest motivating factor behind continuing to work on any goal is seeing progress. And, once you see your progress by meeting your small milestones— you have to celebrate! Giving yourself something to look forward to on your journey will make it easier for you to stick with your new and improved habits.
And what is one thing that is often the center focus of a celebration?
Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, 4th of July cookouts, Christmas dinner…
Food is a HUGE reward in our society. And it starts at a young age.
How do you potty train your child? Most (if not all) of the people I know motivate their kids and celebrate their successes during potty training by rewarding them with an M&M. It’s inexpensive, instant, and it makes you feel good.
Assuming you want to stick to your diet long enough to reach your final weight loss goal, you need to recognize your efforts along the way, even if your wins seem very minor in the grand scheme of things. But–because celebrating with food pretty much defeats the purpose of your goal, it’s best to reward yourself in ways other than buying (and subsequently eating) a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
Still, celebrations are important because they act as a reminder that you can reach your goals. These small occasions will help you maintain your motivation on those days you want to lie in bed with a bag of chips and binge watch tv because things aren’t going well in other areas of your life.
So in this article, we are going to take a look at 21 ways to reward yourself without using food.
Let’s take a look.
How to Reward Yourself Without Food
1. Marathon your favorite show on Netflix.
It’s ok to take a relaxing break, even when it feels indulgent. Taking some time to enjoy yourself, get your mind off of life and into an intriguing or hilarious show will give you the respite you need from the everyday routine that you’re used to.
Along with the hustle and bustle of work, you’ve been working so hard with your new healthy eating and exercise routine, which can be taxing on your mental health. The last thing you want to do is to start feeling burned out, and studies show that taking breaks and doing leisure activities results in fewer symptoms of depression and more positive emotions.
2. Meet up with a friend.
I have found in the chaos of adulthood that I rarely see my friends in the same manner that I used to. Because we are all so busy, we may plan a playdate with the kids or get together to go for a run or something, but it’s always hanging out in some kind of way that is serving a purpose aside from just being together.
Because of this, setting aside time to spend with a friend with no kids around, no exercise involved, and no second agenda would definitely feel like a reward to me, and it may feel that way to you, too.
3. Pamper yourself.
Whether this means getting a mani/pedi or a massage or just taking a long bath, indulging yourself in being pampered (DIY or professionally) will always feel like a great reward. This will help make you feel good and healthy, relax your muscles, reduce pain, and increase your motivation to keep working toward your goal…Read more>>