Ten Great New Weight Loss Rewards #motivation

swan-293157_1920Milestones come and go. I’ve just said a not-so-fond farewell to another ‘stone’ marker, and I’m heading for a couple more significant milestones in the next few weeks.  But healthy weight-loss rewards in many different ways, not just on the scales.

A short post today, with a few reflections on the things I’ve noticed lately.  Whether you’ve lost a lot of weight or not, I wonder if you identify with the joy I’m getting from any of these.

  • I can cross my legs again
  • I can rest a tray on my lap – yes, my lap has reappeared!
  • I jogged for a total of 9 minutes on my treadmill today – 3 lots of 3 minutes, within an intense hour-long session with my Personal Trainer. It might not seem like much, but it’s 9 minutes longer than I could jog two weeks ago. Along with the rest of the session, it nearly killed me, but even that felt good
  • I can talk about confectionary, desserts, sweet-treats and biscuits without even the slightest hint of longing entering my mind
  • My knees look and feel slimmer – great blobs of fat around them are melting away
  • Bits of my midriff are starting to pull inward – is that actual abs beginning to appear? Wishful thinking, possibly
  • A dozen pretty items of lingerie I haven’t worn for twenty years, yet never had the heart to discard, fit me again. Happily, I had stored them with care
  • I am stronger, physically speaking, than I realised
  • My neckline has totally altered – flatter décolletage, narrower shoulders, fat melting away from my neck, making necklaces hang lower, sit flatter, and look prettier
  • I’m breaking-in a new pair of very tall shoes at home today – it’s lovely feeling and walking taller again, now that my feet and knees can tolerate a few elevated hours.

Once things slow down a little in terms of weekly weight loss, it’s great to be able to draw motivation for continuing the journey, away from the bathroom scales. I know I still have a long way to go, but it’s so, so wonderful to put clothes on, look at yourself in the mirror, and actually feel good about what you see. Having got used to “that’ll do”, I’d forgotten how great it feels to like your reflection – and more than that, appreciate the ways it’s changing.

I know others might look at the same figure and feel disgusted, but it’s all relative, isn’t it?

Author: Jools

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25 thoughts on “Ten Great New Weight Loss Rewards #motivation”

    1. Not 9 continuous minutes!!! Three exhausting rounds of three minutes apiece, across an hour. Not so much…. But way better than nothing!

  1. I think one of the benefits I discovered when I started exercising was how much better I slept. I’m surely not a ‘sound sleeper’ perhaps I never was, but with exercise I do sleep better, perhaps deeper and wake up more rested than before 🙂

    1. Janna I wish that were true for me too! I used to be such a good sleeper but all that seemed to come to an end with the menopause – and it hasn’t come back. That’s the one thing I really need – a better night’s sleep!

  2. I went and bought some new clothes yesterday, and the staff were really complimentary. It felt really great! (Ok, so they were selling the clothes and were therefore making money … but it made me feel good anyway). Keep at it .. I am with you ALL the way.

    1. That’s brilliant Elizabeth! Little encouragements and incentives pop up everywhere. I’m so glad you’re with me… It’s helping me a great deal to be in some small way ‘accountable’ to people who read my blog. When things seem to stall (as they have at present, it’s one of the things that helps to keep me on-track. 😊

  3. Great story Julie. There is nothing more motivating than seeing actual results in the mirror on your body and by the clothes you’re putting on. Very unlike reading the scale but seeing no change on the body. Keep going.

    1. You’re so right Laura. Numbers on the scales are nice, but not the only thing. What’s amazing is how different my body is starting to feel. I notice it when I lie in bed, or walk in talk shoes. I can cross my legs again, reach behind my back without a struggle … And do much more. I’m keeping on keeping on. Thanks so much for your support! 😊

  4. Rewarding yourself is so important, I think most of us are too hard on ourselves these days! Thank you for your tips and tricks, will give them a try this week.

    1. You’re welcome! And I completely agree. We’re so willing to beat ourselves up for a dietary failing, but it’s important to mark success, progress and achievement. Mini-milestones work for me. As do rewards that *don’t* involve food!

  5. I definitely understand where you are coming from, having been there. Be grateful for every step you take forward, and even when you might regress still keep a positive outlook and you will get to your goal sooner than you thought. Keep up the good fight for health.

    1. Thank you, Bea. You’re right to talk about the setbacks too – we all need to be able to pull ourselves back from the negativity that can destroy our good intentions – and just keep going. After years of ‘failed’ weight loss attempts, I know the only way is to keep on going. Eventually the rewards come, and they strengthen your resolve.

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