Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done
By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, Special to Lifescript
You’ve managed to set some healthy weight-loss goals and you’re really going for it, congrats! So what’s your reward? No reward? Oops.
We always want a return on our efforts, and we want it now. Sure, getting fit is a healthy return for all of your hard work, but let’s be honest, it can take a long time to notice any improvements. You want more, don’t you? Few people would be satisfied with just waiting patiently for the weight to drop off. Instead, we want regular pats on the back and constant reminders about just how hard we’re working. So instead of jeopardizing your ability to stick with your program long-term, develop a personal reward program that will benefit you today.
Rewards can be just about anything, but they should always focus on helping you reach your goals rather than making you take a step back. So instead of an ice cream binge to reward your recent 5-pound weight loss, plan for a weekend trip away or splurge on a new pair of shoes.
Whatever you choose, just be sure that it motivates you enough to keep you heading in the direction of your weight-loss goal.