I thought I’d share my list of goals/rewards that I made for myself to give some ideas for anyone needing ideas. I think everyone should make goals with their weight loss, and every goal needs a reward. Not a food reward, because that defeats the purpose.
For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m on the ketogenic diet, which is a low-carb, high-fat diet. However, this list is for anyone on any diet.
On the ketogenic diet, it’s especially not a good idea to reward yourself with a cheat meal, because you will most likely have a HUGE setback. You’ll be kicked out of ketosis and it can get pretty difficult to get back to where you were.
I just experienced this recently. I had cake and ice cream for my son’s first birthday, and I gained 4 lbs, which took almost two weeks to get back down. What really made me regret it was it made me feel ill for a few days.
Here is my list of rewards plus any other ideas I can come up with:
299 lbs – Rent any movie I want – I suggest starting small with the rewards and gradually make them more luxurious as you lose more. It’s easier to lose weight the heavier you are, so the first few rewards you choose will most likely pass by quicker than the later choices.
Similar ideas: Buy a book, app, movie, or video game you want. Subscribe to something you’ve been wanting to subscribe to, like an ancestry.com membership, PS NOW, or PS Plus.
285 lbs – Style/Color Hair – At this point, I will have lost nearly 60 lbs, which is basically a new me. So, a style change like this is another confidence booster on top of the weight loss. (By the way, I’m currently three pounds away from this goal.)
Similar ideas: Get your nails done, get a pedicure/manicure, buy a new outfit, buy a cute accessory for your car. Treat yourself to something you don’t normally treat yourself to, such as an alcoholic drink(keto-fied) if you don’t do it often.
270 lbs – Take a day trip – This type of reward is one that depends on your interests. If you are someone who takes little trips already for the heck of it, then you may have to go outside the box and think of somewhere you don’t normally go. What I have in mind if the weather permits, is to go to the zoo as a family.
Similar ideas: Go to a National Park, go to an amusement park, or don’t pick a destination and just go for a very long joy ride in any direction. Those can be fun too!
257 lbs – Get dressed up and go out on a date – Because we both know not a lot of us, especially parents, get to go out on actual dates.
Ideas on where to go: Movies, picnic at park, out to eat(keeping it keto of course, if you think it would prevent you from enjoying yourself, then choose something other than food.)
250 lbs – Hair Removal – Now this is more personal than the rest. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, so I’ve had emotionally crippling experiences when it comes to opening up to a significant other. It’s so humiliating. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a not-so-fun thing where your female hormones are all out of whack and you have higher male hormones than normal, hence hair growth in places not normal for women. Sometimes even in places that most men don’t grow hair, like upper arms. There are other issues with PCOS, like irregular menstrual cycle and infertility. That’s for another time, though.
240 lbs – Small ankle tattoo to match my other – About five years ago I got a tattoo on my outer right ankle. What I did was have my dad sign his name (Picture below) and took it to the tattoo shop and they put it on my ankle. I’m not big on tattoos, so when and if I do get one, it’s going to be very meaningful. As soon as I showed my mother, I told her I want one for her too. So that is what I will do for this goal.
230 lbs – Get dressed up and go out on a date – I figured this would be a good reward that I could use more than once, because like I said before, not a lot of us find the time to. It will give us an excuse.
220 lbs – Take a tiny family vacation – I haven’t been on a vacation in a long time. I’ve never been on a vacation with my boyfriend and son. I love traveling. This is one of my favorite rewards to look forward to. It’s up to you how big or small you want to go. You could drive an hour or so away from home and just stay at a hotel or water park, or you could go out of state, to a state you’ve never been to. Or even go to a different country. I live less than two hours away from Canada and have never been. Canada is the place I’m considering for my trip.
210 lbs – Buy myself a new gadget – I’m not sure when I will reach this milestone, so I won’t know what kind of gadget I will want or need by then, so let’s just say gadget.
199 lbs – Get family pictures done – We still have no family pictures and my son’s first birthday has passed. I’ve taken and shared one picture of all three of us since I had Benjamin, and it took all I had to share it. I stopped taking and posting pictures of myself not long after I got pregnant, because of the weight gain. I’m just now starting to feel more confident to take pictures. I love the idea of family pictures but there’s no way right now I would do a full body shot. I’m hoping at 199 lbs I will feel confident enough.
My last goal is unknown for now. 199 seems so far away and unreachable, so I may reach that, or close to it, and be happy where I’m at. If I were to keep going, eventually I may want to have skin removal surgery. Obviously, that is a huge thing to do. Doctors won’t usually perform the surgery unless you are in the healthy weight range your body needs to be in. So this last goal/reward is a big if, for me.
There you have it. I hope you have found some great ideas for your own weight loss milestones. Comment down below if you have any ideas that aren’t listed.
Current weight: 288.6 lbs
Weight lost: 55.4 lbs
LBS to go until my pre-pregnancy weight: 3.6 lbs