Whatever your achievements on your pre- or post-op surgery regime,
large or small, you deserve more than just an imaginary pat on the back
from time to time.
We’re three-quarters of the way through September, nearing the end of the
working month for many, and so time to reward yourself for your hard-won
efforts. Luckily there are plenty of ways to reward yourself for your
accomplishments that won’t sabotage your plans and goals.
Here are are 5 that might just tick one of your reward and pleasure boxes!
Treat yourself. Maybe it’s an iPad, a new book, a piece of jewellery, or a flattering outfit. Whatever you’ve been wishing for in the past few months, go for it! Plan to unwind with a day at the salon or spa or get a high-end haircut or new hair colour to flatter your new figure. For men, take a day to enjoy a few rounds at the golf course, buy yourself a new pair of trousers/slacks, or get tickets to see your favourite sports team play. Or you can invest in something that will help you reach your weight-loss goals, such as a personal training session at the gym, workout clothes, or a new set of hobby tools.
Enjoy a night (or day) out. A night out with friends doesn’t need to be a food-focused event. Skip the dinner reservations and enjoy a healthy (bariatric-friendly) meal at home. Then go out to see a film/movie or a play. If you’re going to a drinks party, be sure to fix yourself a healthy, filling snack beforehand. During the daytime, do something active: Ride your bike around your neighborhood (you’ll be surprised by how much more you see than when you’re driving your car!). Or take a bike ride to a neighboring town and go sightseeing, visit a museum or art gallery, or sign up for lessons in something that will keep you active, like tennis, rock climbing, or salsa dancing. Or simply go for a long walk!
Brighten your day with small changes. Decorate your home or office with some fresh-cut flowers to serve as a reward for your weight-loss success, or buy a new set of cheery pillows for your bed. Or treat yourself to a painting or photo that inspires happy memories, or to picture frames that show off your “after” photos.
Make time for you. Once the dishes are washed, the kids are in bed, and the dog or cat is fed, make time for yourself. Enjoy a relaxing bubble bath where you can meditate on the good things in life. Or, if bubbles aren’t your thing, sit in a comfy chair and listen to some soothing music, or lose yourself in a new book or magazine (avoid the news!). Or, you can simply lie down, close your eyes, and reflect on the day. Think about the things you’ve accomplished today and how excited you are about having an equally successful day tomorrow.
Treat yourself to tool that will help you achieve your goals. Maybe you have been meaning to get yourself a bariatric cookery book to inspire your mealtimes; a bariatric portion plate to ensure you’re getting the right portion size, with the right food groups; a bariatric bento box to ensure great portion control away from home at the office or on the go; some vitamins and supplements to ensure great health without deficiencies; or a a visual reminder with a weightloss countdown plaque to record your successes – check them all out here. Maybe you need to update your weighing scales or need a new tape measure to check that inch loss – pop them onto your shopping list.