Another idea to track your weight loss is to donate a canned food item for each pound you lose. When you have a hit a medium goal, like 25 pounds or 50 pounds, you can donate it to a local food pantry or homeless shelter. It will make you feel good on the inside, as well as the outside!
You could also set mini rewards for pounds lost. A manicure every 25 pounds, or a massage every 50 pounds would certainly keep me motivated! Maybe you could take a “me-day” for every 10 pounds you lose and spend a day doing whatever it is you want – read, write, craft, relax, listen to music or go shopping.
There are also plenty of apps where you can track your weight. Apps like Fitbit, My Fitness Pal and Monitor Your Weight are all great ones to use too. I love Monitor Your Weight. It tells you your starting stats and current stats. It’s so rewarding to watch my BMI go down each week!
The idea is to come up with some kind of non-food tracking and reward system. Reaching mini goals and rewarding yourself fuels your motivation and dedication to your journey. Dedication is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Rewarding yourself in whatever way feels best (without food or causing debt) is an amazing way to stay on track.
In my weight loss coloring chart workbook, I list over 50 non-food rewards you can use to treat yourself when you hit a weight loss goal. Check it out here!
A Constant Reminder
There are so many ways for you to track your weight loss. From apps to coloring, to moving marbles, the possibilities are endless. I prefer coloring because it doesn’t take much time, it’s a pretty visual, and it’s fun! The weight loss coloring chart helps because I can see my goals, my whys and my reward. Constantly reminding myself of where I want to go keeps me on track. Find a fun way to keep track of your weight loss to stay motivated. Make sure it’s non-food related and learn to reward yourself with things you enjoy. A weight loss coloring chart is one of the best ways to stay motivated during the bariatric surgery process.
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You could create a graph like I did, with weights on the vertical axis and dates on the horizontal axis. Each time you lose a pound, you can color in a blog on the corresponding date. Alternatively, you could draw a picture and break the picture into numbered blocks with how many pounds you want to lose. Each time you lose a pound, color in the corresponding block. It’s a fun way to stay motivated during the long weight loss journey.
The key to rewarding yourself for hitting a weight loss goal is to make sure it’s non-food related. Don’t celebrate a 10-pound weight loss with a piece of cake! You’ll end up going backward! Instead, treat yourself to something you want – new clothing, a pedicure, a day to relax, a new book, or taking an extra-long nap. Enjoy date night with your significant other doing an active activity – mini golf, bowling, go-carts, or escape rooms are all fun date nights. Make a list ahead of time so you know what you are working towards.