Weight loss is a long and hard journey, and research suggests that just 20% of dieters successfully shed the pounds and keep them off. That means around 80% of people who lose about 10% of their body weight are likely to regain the pounds. You will want to stay motivated if you hope to maintain your svelte figure and you can do that by celebrating milestones — get festive for every five pounds you lose. But remember to choose healthy ways to reward yourself instead of making this process about “cheat meals” or sweets, as a single binge can make it harder to continue. Here are some smart ideas for those hard-earned milestones.
Treat Yourself to New Clothes
The most awesome thing about watching your own weight loss seeing the way your clothes fit. If the high of buying smaller sizes isn’t enough, you’ll love how each dress, shirt, and pair of pants makes you look. Invest in just a single piece if you hope to lose more inches.
What to choose? How about some cute workout clothes. Order custom women’s t-shirts with your favorite motivational quote that helped you get to that targeted weight. Or, think about the factors that motivate you. Is it living a long and healthy life with your children? Feature their smiling faces on a shirt. Is it the enjoyment of long hiking trips? Pick one of your own photos from a beautiful location. Get it imprinted on the tee as a reminder and incentive.
Treat Yourself to a Gift Basket
The key to choosing food that tastes delicious is choosing nutritious low-calorie meals. Nutritious, low-calorie meals don’t have to taste bland and boring. The secret lies in switching to new food choices and letting go of old habits with high-fat and high amounts of added sugar. Once your body adapts to healthier meals, it’ll grow less likely to crave the old diet you followed.
To make smarter foods feel exciting, indulge in something like a falafel gift box. You’ll feel like you’re living a life of luxury as you cook up an epic Lebanese meal with tahini paste, extra virgin olive oil, za’atar spices, and vegetarian falafel mix. Delicious!
Sign Up for a New Hobby
Staying motivated to maintain your newfound fit and healthy life is also about spending time with people who share your dedication and drive. Sign up with women’s clubs and diet-conscious groups who share your passion and enthusiasm. Swap recipes, go on workout sessions, and be accountable to one another.
The groups don’t have to be directly about weight loss. Your new energy levels deserve new hobbies–maybe finally it’s time to look into local women’s motorcycle riding groups, or a yoga center, or a marching band for adults of all ages.
Book a Rejuvenating Spa Appointment
Massages and therapeutic wellness treatments are among the best ways to reward yourself. Treat the new you to a deep tissue, hot stone, cold stone, aromatic oils, or any other session. Massages are great for reviving your mood, improving blood circulation, and soothing away aches and pains from your workout sessions. You’ll also raise immunity levels, lower blood pressure, and the most exciting benefit of all? You get gorgeous skin that glows with health.
Visit the Salon for a New Look
Now that you have a beautiful new body, how about completing the package? Book an appointment with the salon for a new hairdo to complement your new look. Add a pedicure and manicure for pretty nails, and perhaps a facial to clear away dead cells and rejuvenate your skin. The workouts you’ve been doing no doubt improve blood flow and revive your skin, but consider getting a face mask to erase flaws like pigmentation, lines, and wrinkles, and any other imperfections.
Mark Your Milestone with a New Gadget
Go ahead and purchase that new gadget you’ve been eyeing forever as a reward for reaching your target weight. How about a hot pot for making delicious soups, or a set of good headphones for music while you work out. You could invest in an Apple Watch to monitor activity levels, heart rate, and other metrics that can be invaluable for maintaining your weight and staying with your new fitness levels. You could also get online apps for exercising at home or cooking classes for interesting healthy recipes to try.
Weight loss and getting in shape deserves a celebration. Choose one or all of these ways to mark milestones in your journey to looking and feeling awesome.