Top 5 reasons to reward your success

Top 5 reasons to reward your success

Reward yourself on your weight loss journey so that you’re more likely to continue.

1. You will do something more often.

You will do something more often if it is followed by something you want. Here are 100+ reward ideas for your weight loss journey.

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” ~Thomas J. Peters
2. Breaking habits is hard.

Breaking old habits and losing weight is hard enough without depriving yourself of rewards along the way. Here are four reasons it’s so hard to break a habit.

3. It’s too easy to focus on the negatives.

Many people spend too much time focusing on negative things (what they “should have done”) instead of positive things (what they have done). Stop the cycle of mentally “beating yourself up.”

Focus on rewarding yourself for positive, healthy behavior such as going to the gym, instead of dwelling on things you wish you “would have done”. Here are five questions to ask yourself when you’re mentally beating yourself up.

4. Resisting temptation doesn’t have an immediate reward.

Resisting temptation (example: turning down a piece of chocolate cake) usually doesn’t have an immediate reward, such as weight loss. Create an immediate reward so that you’re more likely to turn down more chocolate cake.

Weight loss and improved health are long term rewards for consistent positive behavior. It’s important to reward yourself in the short term to stay motivated for the long term results. Weight loss will eventually become a reward in itself.

5. Because you can.

This is one time in life when you can control whether your positive efforts are recognized.

How many times has your hard work at home or at the office gone unnoticed or unacknowledged? You are in control of making sure that doesn’t happen with your weight loss efforts. Reward your success and follow three important rules.

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Stephanie Averkamp

About the Author was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...

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