Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market.
We all have times in our lives when we need a little reward. I am currently doing our Fresh Start Fitness Challenge on this site with some of the readers and find that having a little reward at the end of the week when I hit my goal has been a great motivator for me. But first, you have to create a way to track your progress. I think weekly goals are most helpful for me and are frequent enough to help keep me going until the next one. An easy way to do this is to create daily points for achieving your goal(s) and keep track for the week (i.e. drinks 64 oz water = 1 pt, not eating sugar = 1 pt, etc.). Do not make the points super complicated, but something just challenging enough that you have to work for it. And then find a reward for you to aim for that is big enough to make you excited to achieve your goal, but small enough that you can afford to do it weekly, if needed.
Here are 3 ways to reward yourself that I have come up with that are too fun not to share:
Spoil Your Face and Take Advantage of a Sale
What do you need or really enjoy when it comes to your face? Cleansers, Eye Creams, Toners, Moisturizers, Scrubs, Masks and Serums? Good news! They are all on sale this weekend, February 7-9, at your local Whole Foods Market where they are having a 3 Day Facial Care Sale. You will be able to find a wide variety of facial skin products for any skin type and age all for 25% off.
A reward like “spoiling my face” would be a great excuse for me to take advantage of a sale like the one at Whole Foods Market this week and get some products that I normally would not get for myself. As an added bonus, with Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care Standards, I know I will be getting products made with quality ingredients and meet Whole Foods Market’s high standards.
The Goal: Set a weekly point goal and if you reach it, you win your reward! For example, if you can earn 5 points a day, make your goal 32 points or whatever points are going to be challenging. Make sure you allow yourself to miss a couple points that week because life happens.
The Reward: Have a Spa Night or buy a facial products that you have always wanted to try. Whatever it is, make sure it is something you are excited about.
Create A Need for Motivation
Sometimes you have to create your own famine to get you motivated to achieve your goals. Think about something that you really enjoy doing and then you will need to avoid it until you reach your goal. I like this one for those times when you need a reward a little more often than weekly and more like a daily reward. But, if you can make it a weekly goal, I find it is a lot more rewarding.
The Goal: Avoid T.V. or a favorite show, chocolate, Facebook or something else that you find enjoyable. Set a weekly point goal and if you reach it, you win your reward.
The Reward: To enjoy the thing you have been avoiding. Do not gorge, but enjoy a little bit. For instance, do not watch hours of T.V. to make up for time lost, but watch 1 show you really wanted or only have a few piece of chocolate instead of a whole 12 pack, etc.
Winner’s Choice for Date Night
I think this one may be my favorite, especially if you are competing with (not against!) your spouse! Can you tell I am a little competitive?
The Goal: Whoever achieves the highest weekly points WINS!
The Reward: Winner will pick what you will both do for date night.
I know my husband would love to go to a dinner and a movie, that is his ideal date, and I would love to take him to do something we have never done before, like riding a tandem bike, going bowling or attending a local school play.
How Do You Reward Yourself?