Instead of rewarding yourself for results on the scale which can lead to disappointment, why not reward yourself for your healthy behaviors? Give yourself a reward for consistency, for eating right, drinking water, or sticking with an exercise plan
We tend to look to the scale for a sense of achievement, but there are many reasons why the scale might not reflect our hard work. Reward the things you DO have control over, such as what you eat, drink, and how much you work out.
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Instead of giving myself a (non-edible) reward for pounds lost, I give myself a reward for every week of healthy habits. This helps me stay motivated going week by week, and knowing that if I keep up a healthy lifestyle, the pounds will follow.
Upon opening the refrigerator to mindlessly graze, ask: "Do I really need to eat right now, or am I snacking because I'm stressed, tired, or bored?" If it's really the scheduled time to snack, choose a healthy snack instead of the comfort food. If not, choose to shut the door instead of sabotaging the development of healthy new eating habits.
This prevents me from ruining the progress I have made with healthy new eating habits
We all need rewards as motivation - they help us look forward to the work. But don't reward yourself with food. That doesn't get you closer to your weight loss goal and it sets a bad habit.
As my aunt said the other day: You aren't a dog, so don't reward your behavior with treats!
Instead, find non-food rewards such as trips, reading time, shoes, clothes, pool time, pedicure or manicure, spa day, or anything else you want to do or have always wanted to do but never found the time!
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