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 listening 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.
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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.