Weight loss can feel like a long, endless road with big lofty goals that will take "forever" to reach, right?
Oftentimes people set big weight loss goals for 20... 30... 100 pounds of weight loss that could and should take months or even years to achieve. It can be easy to fall off the wagon, get discouraged or lose track of your goals over this long stretch of time, when the reward of weight loss feels so out of reach.
This is why it is so important to set small, achievable and attainable goals that will ultimately lead to your big weight loss goal. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds in a year, your goal could be to lose 1 pound a week. Sounds a lot more doable, right!?
Then, reward your smaller successes along the way to motivate you to keep going.
The key: Don't choose food rewards to reward your progress! Many people think that just because they lost weight, they can treat themselves with a "forbidden food." (First of all, no food should be forbidden, only consumed in moderation!) Using food as a crutch for when we feel stressed, lonely, happy and angry is what often contributes to extra weight in the first place.
To avoid the urge to use food as a crutch, it's important to identify different coping mechanisms beyond just eating. Pick fun, calorie-free rewards that are motivating for you. You can determine how often you receive a reward. Maybe it is after 5 pounds of weight loss, or maybe it means adding on another day of physical activity each week.
Here are some of my favorite rewards: