Saturday, May 30, 2015

5 Ways To Reward Yourself Along Your Health Journey


We are all striving to achieve that one fitness goal: lose 50 pounds, conquer a marathon, master the handstand.

And I am sure many of us have planned some type of reward for once we finally reach that goal. After all, we deserve something after all that hard work and dedication.

Right?!

Of course! 

But what about those small things you achieved along the way!?


What about that first 5 pounds you lost? What about that 5K you breezed through? What about finally getting your headstand?!

All those small feats took just as much effort, just as much determination.

And celebrating the small victories don't just allow you bask in the glory of your own awesomeness, but also help motivate you to keep going to reach the final end goal!


Because there is no doubt there will be times you feel discouraged. It would be foolish of me to tell you these changes are easy, peasy. We are human. And sometimes, today is just not our day...

But having these little rewards help remind us that, "Hey! I kicked some butt before! I can do it again!"

So, here are 5 ways to reward yourself for all your hard work along the way!

Buy New Workout Clothes
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Splurging on some fabulous new yoga leggings or a sports bra is a great way to reward yourself if your goal is fitness-related. It is no secret that quality athletic wear can get pretty pricey, too. So celebrating a new fitness milestone can be just your excuse treating yourself to a new lulu lemon top. And what better way to entice yourself to go sweat it up than with a cute new workout outfit?!

Schedule Some Me Time
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If you are anything like me, than you seldom make time to just relax and unwind. From the time I wake until the time I go to bed, I am constantly on the go. So schedule yourself some R&R where you do something you enjoy doing! Whether that be reading, lounging by the pool, or binge watching Netflix. Allow yourself that space where it is completely, 100% just for you!

Get a Massage
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This is a two birds, one stone kind of thing. Chances are if you hitting the gym or training for that marathon, your muscles could truly use the recovery benefits of massage. But it also incredibility relaxing and helps you feel oh-so-pampered! Total win-win! And if you feel like you need a little extra pampering, make it a spa day and throw in a mani/ pedi while you are at it!

Sparkle with Some Jewelry
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Once again, if you are anything like me, you probably never splurge on yourself! Well, here is as good an excuse as any! I don't often wear a lot of jewelry, but that does not mean I am immune to the "Oo! Shiny!" voice inside me whenever I see beautiful, elegant pieces!


Forgo the Food
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Try to stay away from the food rewards. Most people tend to think "I went to the gym all week so I earned this brownie!" But this isn't the best mentality to have. Food is essential for our body, so we don't want to get in the habit of thinking we need to "earn" something we need to survive.

Now, this doesn't mean you should live off brownies, but feel free to have one every now and then. And eat it simply because you enjoy them, not because you feel you earned it. It is better to reward yourself with something like a night out with friends or a new book to read.

Food rewards can also lead to developing poor eating habits, like binge eating or even more serious disordered eating. And you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, right? So, why trade in this old unhealthy habit with a new one? (Not too effective, eh?)

And once you eat that brownie, that's it! Your reward is gone. All that hard work for one moment of satisfaction. Why settle for a one-time thing when you can keep reliving the memories with your friends from a fun girl's night, or always feel regal wearing those gorgeous hoop earrings?!

So create some type of reward system for yourself. Remember to celebrate even you smallest victories and enjoy the journey!

What is your favorite way to reward yourself? Do you give yourself rewards along the way to your goal?





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