Happy Saturday and Welcome!
Starting a weight loss program is often a very lonely journey! The quest is quite hard and tedious, unless you are the lucky one whose significant other is embracing the same healthy living way of life and share common goals. Since it’s not my case, I do have to motivate myself and trust me, I often wish I wasn’t doing it alone but it is what it is (BeardMan is supporting but is going thru some challenges himself…). And when I look at my friends and family members, they sometimes act like the worst weight to lose: the reality is that your overweight friends mostly want you to remain as fat because loosing weight puts their own reality and lack of motivation right in front of them and as I already talk about, your thin and fit ones keep on telling that you are so pretty the way you are! Am I fabricating these hypothesis? I’m sure that I already said (many times) to someone that it didn’t show they had added 40 pounds… And frankly, I liked being the slim friend next to my full-figured friend.
So I’m all alone; I’m my own cheerleader! I have to give myself all the “pats on the back”, the “way to go Ingrid”, the “you can do it” and all other encouragements possible to mankind! That being said, I’ve always been very independent..I’m used to doing things all by myself and truly, I don’t need anybody to hold my hand 24/7 but still, being on a diet takes a lot of the fun away!! You know that I’m a makeup addict but I realized that I LOVE eating as much: I’m a foodie at heart, I have a great appetite, I have the worst sweet tooth and every reason is a pretext to enjoy a great meal…Dieting is such a downer sometimes, you need to reward yourself for all that hard work too, right? Not with an epic cheat meal or a whole cheesecake but maybe with something non food related .
You have to be intelligent about your rewards though: it’s too easy to get into a habit of celebrating weight loss successes with drinks out on the town or a fancy, high-calorie dinner. While this is okay every once in awhile, going out every week to celebrate will add up and take away from your weight loss progress and keep you in this journey for another week? Month? Year? I prefer to reach my goals instead of walking the eternal dull path of dieting!
I cherish the idea of giving myself rewards every week (or month), when I reach a certain milestone or when I feel I’ve made great progress and started to see results… You know me, as soon as I had this idea, I was already on the Sephora website putting 10 items in my cart as rewards, cashing in on future positive weeks. I thought of rewarding thinking about this or even rewarding in advance as I’m sure to reach my objectives! I Know, I’m terrible !!!
Since this week was pretty good, I went shopping and bought myself a pretty cute top and bottom gym ensemble (both were on mega sale)!
Here are some example of ways to reward yourself when reaching fitness & diet goals:
* Buy yourself a new workout outfit, shoes or a piece of gym equipment,
My big reward…
Disclaimer: I’m no doctor so I just talk about my own believes and personal experiences …