Anyone serious about their weight loss/fitness efforts have set some type of goal and the timeframe in which they would like to achieve it. For example, one of my goals is to weigh 190 pounds by May 2011.
Along with our set goals, it is important to reward ourselves for reaching the goal--be that a beach vacation, buying that new bikini, buying the wedding gown you REALLY want to fit in, etc.
While the reward at the end of the finish line is important, what is even more important is rewarding yourself for reaching what I call the "subgoals" or milestones on the way to the final goal. Those rewards are great motivators as well.
I have rewards that I give myself for approximately every 10 pounds I lose toward my goal. I started this journey at 215 lbs. I'm at 205 now. I really want to be at 200 because 205 has been a sticking point for me. So, I put a reward in place (a new gym bag--the old one is falling apart) when I get to 200 lbs. A picture of the bag is literally taped inside my workout journal. I see it every time I start exercising. It's nothing expensive, but it keeps me moving forward.
it may be easier for others to reward themselves for inches off, sizes lost, or seconds improved (e.g. running). Whatever you do, celebrate the smaller victories as well as the larger ones.
Would love to hear from others how they reward themselves for the hard work they do.
Here's to a healthier 2011!