Non-Food Celebrations

For me growing up, we always celebrated a big accomplishment with a nice meal out. Graduate from high school, let's go to dinner. Birthday, dinner and cake. Balanced your checkbook, grab a slice of pizza. Okay okay, I made the first one up! :P But, I realized when I started Weight Watchers, I was continuing the cycle. I remember telling myself, "Okay, when you lose that first 15 lbs, we can have Domino's pizza." Say wha? That seems quite counterintuitive to the change to a healthier lifestyle. So at that point, I knew I had to break to cycle. I needed a change.

So from that point out, I started in with non-food related celebrations. One day, the wife and I took an extra long walk near the lake. (It may not seem celebratory to you, but with my work schedule, it is a rare treat). Then there were times, I would come home and she would have flowers for me.

My biggest purchase came when I finally hit the 40 lb weight loss mark. I tried to hit it for so long. So when I did, I got myself a little Tiffany’s heart necklace. I now where it every day as a reminder of how far I have come and how I NEVER want to go back.

This weekend I also splurged and finally got some athletic clothes from Lululemon Athletica. I always thought I was too fat to fit into their clothes. Even after losing the 44 lbs. But I went in there on Sunday and I FIT! It may have been one of their biggest sizes, but I didn’t care. I ended up going a little crazy and spending more money than I intended, but I was super excited. (More on this tomorrow’s post about non-scale victories!)

It is still far off, but I am still mulling around what I will get myself when I hit the 50 lb milestone. Now, it doesn’t always have to be something big and fancy. It’s up to you!

What do you do to celebrate the little things in life?