Hit Your Goals Without Going Out: Celebrating Weight Loss Goals Without Food Or Drink
Is there anything as satisfying as hitting a goal we set for ourselves?
Whether it’s crossing a marathon’s real finish line or one we’ve made up (did you read 52 books last year like you promised yourself?), the accomplishment usually calls for a celebration.
That’s because one of the best ways to stick to the goals we set for ourselves is to reward ourselves when we reach them. What makes that little dopamine rush more than just fun (which you’re better off earning than chasing after artificially) is the knowledge of how you got there. You set a goal for yourself, you achieved it without taking shortcuts, and now you can set your eyes on the next one.
Often, though, when we think about how to reward ourselves for goals, we think of food or drinks. It’s a restaurant we’ve been wanting to eat out, it’s celebratory beers with the group, it’s a sweet coffee drink from the café for making it to Friday. Champagne, cheeseburgers, you name it - the party is on.
That complicates things when the goals you’re rewarding yourself for are related to losing or maintaining a certain weight. While not completely out of the question, it’s understandable if you’d like to keep temptation at arm’s length.
To help you keep hitting your goals without relying on food-based festivities, we’ve put together a few ways to keep you motivated.
4 Healthy Ways To Reward Weight Loss Motivation
Food-Adjacent Fun - We recognize that it’s difficult to lose weight and not think about food and diet, so instead of ignoring that side completely, there are still interesting options that don’t include eating or drinking. Consider a few of Eat This’s recommendations for rewarding yourself, like a fancy blender, cooking classes, or that gorgeous new cookbook you’ve been eyeing.
A Medal - It’s about the journey, not the destination, so reward yourself like you would during a marathon with our IRLA Weight Loss Pack, with tangible achievements you can unlock at 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 15 pounds, staying within your dietary goals for 1 month, and reaching your goal weight.
- Take A Break - Losing weight is a sustained effort of regular exercise and dietary discipline, so treat yourself to a day off. That could be having someone over to help you tidy up, getting a massage, or letting a trainer guide you through your next week’s workouts.
Feel Your Best? Look Your Best! - Whether you’re looking to drop one pound or twenty, the journey can be unpredictable. Instead of putting off that complete wardrobe refresh until the end, treat yourself to something form-fitting and comfortable now. Even if it’s just one shirt or one pair of pants, a fresh look that highlights your progress can be just the motivation you need to keep at it.
What about you? Do you have any secrets for celebrating while you stick to your diet and exercise goals?