Reward yourself with a new type of exercise or sport, one that reinforces your weight-loss progress & fitness goals.
At each mini-goal I reach, I reward myself with a new exercise DVD--something different that I haven't tried yet or couldn't try because I wasn't fit enough. It gives me satisfaction to know I'm progressing enough to do new things, plus it keeps my interest piqued to vary my routines!
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Decide on a reward you would like to purchase for yourself for being good. Every time you feel like buying a bad food to satisfy a craving or ease your stress, put the money you would have used in a piggy bank towards your reward.
After awhile you can see how much money and extra weight you are saving when you put the money towards a healthier reward.
While teaching my granddaughter the lesson of patience, I was reminded of how we may need to sacrifice what we want in the present for the greater reward we wish for in the future. I may not be able to eat that dessert (sacrifice) I wish for tonight because I want more to loose weight and get healthy.(reward). It doesn't mean I will never be able to have a dessert it simply means I need to postpone that wish in order to achieve the bigger picture of being at a healthy weight.
Get the ball rolling!!! Let momentum be your friend :)
My best secret for being successful with staying on track with building a healthy lifestyle is to do what I need to in order to get the ball rolling in the 1st place! I can get in places where I feel as though I don't accomplish anything, but when I eat well for a few days, have more energy from cutting out the excess carbs, make the teeny changes like using the stairs, walking more, etc, and talk to myself kindly, the momentum just builds to more and more healthy changes!!!!
Truly building on your forward motion, your own momentum, and feeling AWESOME about the changes you're making, even feeling like you have the moxie to show others, will all propel you forward towards your goals. Start small, set goals, use healthy rewards, and talk kindly to yourself :-) Go you!!!
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