You Should Never Use Weight Loss Rewards

How do you celebrate your weight loss goals? For me, I realized (as I was sitting down to drinks with my wonderful husband to celebrate my 15 pound loss over this past month) that I always always celebrate with food. And usually “cheat” foods.

You Should Never Use Weight Loss Rewards

While this isn’t the worst thing (unless I binge on a pint of ice cream), it’s not the best idea either. So this week, I decided to be intentional about my celebrations going forward. The only rule I gave myself?

You Should Never Use Weight Loss Rewards

No “food” weight loss rewards. 

That is it! My only rule. It was amazing to me how wrapped up I was with rewarding weight loss celebrations with the very thing that got me in this situation in the first place…food.

So, I started to brainstorm. What kinds of things or experiences would I enjoy? What did I need to keep up with my weight loss journey?

Ideas for Weight Loss Rewards

  1. New running shoes
  2. Tickets to a local sports game (professional or amateur)
  3. Take a cooking class (it’s not technically bad for you to learn new skills)
  4. A month of classes at a local studio
  5. Go to a local spa
  6. Beach weekend
  7. Go camping
  8. Get a massage
  9. Get a pedicure/manicure
  10. Sign up for a new intramural sport
  11. Go to a local roller derby bout
  12. Start a blog (it’s great for motivation!)
  13. Tickets to a play or musical
  14. Go see your favorite band
  15. Buy tickets to the Superbowl
  16. Get a facial
  17. Go hiking
  18. Take a bike ride in the country
  19. Get a new tattoo
  20. Sign up for StitchFix

More weight loss rewards

  1. Go to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror (and dress up!)
  2. Go window shopping
  3. Put money into a vacation fund
  4. Buy tickets to your local Renaissance Fair
  5. Go to the rodeo or fair
  6. Buy essential oils
  7. Buy new clothes
  8. Purchase a new piece of workout equipment
  9. Go rollerskating with friends
  10. Get headshots or family photos taken
  11. Take your kids to the zoo
  12. Go to a waterpark
  13. Try stand up paddle boarding or surfing
  14. Try a new class at the gym
  15. Add $1.00 for each pound lost to a “fun money” jar (like this one)
  16. Buy that YETI you’ve been eyeing
  17. Rent an RV and go on a road trip
  18. Visit a national park
  19. Buy a new kitchen gadget (if you don’t have an Instant Pot, start there!)
  20. Invest in new sheets
  21. Hire a cleaning service to deep clean your house
  22. Go to the cinema
  23. Get a Gilmore Girls mug
  24. Sign up for a photography (or pottery, or art) class
  25. Book an escape room with friends
  26. Book a tropical vacation and relax

I know that isn’t a full list…but it’s what came out when I tried to think of just 10 things. It’s amazing how much we ignore when we’re obsessed with food, isn’t it?

Yes, some of those items have to do with food, but they aren’t a trip to a restaurant, or a pint of ice cream. And if you know that you have a trigger (for me it’s going to the movies because I want popcorn and have a hard time saying no), then pick something else!

What weight loss rewards are you going to use?

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