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Fit Tip: Celebrate Your Successes

Setting goals is a great step towards a healthier you. As important as it is to set attainable goals, you've got to be sure to acknowledge when you reach them. Whether you want to eat more fiber, increase your workouts to three times a week, walk 10,000 steps a day, run a 5K marathon, or eat less sodium to help lower your blood pressure, make sure that you do something to celebrate the good you're doing.

Here are some ways to pat yourself on the back:

  • Go shopping for some new workout clothes.
  • Buy yourself gear that'll inspire your healthy lifestyle — an iPod, a new bike, new sneaks, or a new yoga mat.
  • Treat yourself to a full-body massage (it'll loosen tight muscles and relieve stress).
  • If you've reached a running goal, get a pedicure to take care of your tired and sore feet.
  • Buy yourself a new CD to workout to.
  • Go out and share a yummy treat with a friend.
  • Hire a personal chef for a night.

Do you have any other ideas about how to reward yourself for reaching your health and fitness goals? Tell me about them below.


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angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
How about rewards that don't make you go into debt also? Just b/c you worked out for a week doesn't mean you can go spending wildly with money you may not have. People only "deserve" what they can afford. Just a tip. Thanks Renees3 and insanitypepper. AtlantaNoleGirl--I got to expensive boutiques and the women that work there are usually really nice and me being curvy in never an issue. What is the issue is trying to get breasts in designer clothes! ElectroPopTart- Disneyworld has some super running trails :). I hope the Cali-version has some also.
AMP AMP 8 years
I've lost quite a bit but never bought anything b/c of this accomplishment. I guess it all works out the same though b/c I've HAD to buy new clothes since my other ones don't fit anymore. But more than buying a new pair of jeans makes me happy, buying a new pair of smaller sized jeans that look better on me b/c I weigh less is so, so rewarding.
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 8 years
I'm working on a huge weight loss goal... for my first 20lbs I get a pedicure... 10 more and I get a new summer dress... when I reach my goal (45 lbs total), I get to go get 1 decadent item from an expensive boutique - being heavier I don't like to go in to boutique stores with skinny, glaring shop girls, so that will be a nice reward when I reach my goal. Even though they should treat everyone equally... So far, I got the pedi!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great ideas!
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
julie, D&G Light Blue is my favorite perfume too! I love it!
nameisjulie nameisjulie 8 years
I'm in the process of trying to lose around 20 pounds, and once I lose the first five I'm going to treat myself to some new perfume, Dolce and Gabbanas Light Blue, which is my faveorite and I ran out of it a month ago. So no perfume until I see some progress!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
How about just taking a day off and spending a ME day? Like pour yourself an awesome bath, watch a good movie, take a walk through a park, go window shopping. Just taking time for youself is often something we overlook! I like to take a walk and bring my camera, shooting anything that catches my fancy.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I need some ideas that don't involve spending money.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
ElectroPop you're a genius! I LOVE Disneyland. Bummer i live 2 hours away! If you have a year pass, Disney really isn't very expensive. You can bring in your own food and stuff so there's nothing to spend money on, just fun to be had!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I was losing weight, I'd allow myself to buy one or two new pieces of clothing when I went down a size. It helped keep me motivated along the way. I also did what I called the "Goodwill Swap" every 20 lbs. I'd take a big ol' bag full of fat clothes (anything more than 2 sizes too big) and drop them off at Goodwill. Then I'd go and buy a couple outfits in my current size so I could look good at my intermediate sizes without going broke. Speaking of going broke...Electro, you go to Disneyland EVERY Friday?? Doesn't that get a tad expensive?
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I got a cd for losing 10 pounds. It's not a good treadmill cd though. I'll probably get one those next time since I want a certain album anyway.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I go to Disneyland EVERY friday evening after a week of working out. SO FUN. =D
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