Rewards are a big part of the whole diet and weight loss cycle. “If I do X then I can have Y.” Which doesn’t seem that bad but a lot of people rely on food or drink as their rewards. “If I workout all this week, I can have fries this weekend!”
I’m all about rewards but feel like we should start moving away from food/beverage rewards and start focusing more on non-edible rewards for our hard work. Maybe a massage? Or a new outfit or pair of shoes?
Setting rewards definitely helps keep us focused and to stay on track. I don’t think it’s bad or counterintuitive to set rewards. I do feel that we should make these rewards something that are also going to make us feel awesome and keep us on track with our goals.
I have set up several rewards for hitting my weight loss goals. There was a time when I didn’t even think that I would make it to any of those rewards. It seemed so far down the tunnel that I didn’t know if there was light at the end.
This month I have hit one of my goals and was able to reap the reward. It was amazing!
I have always wanted purple streaks in my hair but never pulled the trigger and got it done. Lots of reasons why but the most recent one (and most silly!) was because I thought that I was too chubby to pull it off.
Because of that reasoning, I made it one of my rewards. Something to work towards because I really wanted that purple!
And I made it! I’m down 25 pounds thanks to working out and eating well. That was my goal, once I was down that amount, my reward was to go and get some purple in my hair.
Now I have awesome purple hair (it’s hard to capture in a picture but it’s rad, I promise) and I feel amazing thanks to all the hard work I’ve been putting in.
Do I have more goals? You bet! I have several for when I reach my happy weight and I can’t wait to get there because I will get to do all these awesome things.
So do you have a reward for hitting a weight loss or workout goal? If not, set one today and keep a note of it somewhere so you have a visual of what you’re working towards.