It’s important to reward ourselves for our accomplishments during weight loss, as it increases our awareness of what we’ve achieved. Avoid the temptation of that celebratory glass of wine and reward your weight loss success with things that will make you feel fabulous, and that may even encourage you to lose even more weight! Here are our top picks…
Book a facial
If you’ve had a busy month, there’s nothing quite like a facial to rejuvenate tired skin and give you a fresh glow. There are a number of different types – from simple cleansing and toning, to hydrating oxygen and anti-ageing facials. The best advice is to check before you book to see which treatments will be best for your skin. Facials are available at most spas, beauty salons and via high street apothecaries such as Space.NK, and start from around £30-£40 per session.
Save for a holiday
While losing weight it’s good to have something to look forward to when you reach your goal. This will help keep you motivated and on track. Why not set up a savings account and every pay day put a set amount aside to spend towards a holiday. Just think, in a few months you’ll not only have a bikini-ready body but also a pot of money to spend on a hot destination to show it off! For information on the best types of savings accounts for holidays go to moneysavingexpert.com
Choose some shoes
Shoes can make or break an outfit and the great thing is you don’t need to buy a new pair every time you drop a dress size! Many high street shops, such as Clarks and New Look, do wide-fitting ranges too that are on-trend and affordable. This season we particularly love the range at Next . Go on – treat yousrelf!
Head to a festival
No one quite throws a festival like us Brits and it doesn’t have to be filled with loud rock or dance music either. From book and arts festivals, to folk, jazz and wellbeing festivals, there’s something to suit all tastes. Why not be spontaneous next pay day and book some tickets for you and a friend? For a full list of UK festivals go to www.efestivals.co.uk
Buy a magazine subscription
Often, there’s no better way to switch off than by sitting down with a good magazine. Be it fashion, gossip, travel or a specific hobby, like gardening or needlepoint – there are magazines for almost every interest. Why not treat yourself to a subscription? Many also now offer tablet versions, plus you often get a good discount and a freebie for signing up. For a list of magazines visit www.magazinesubscriptions.co.uk. Or, if you’re on LighterLife and fancy getting a regular fix of news, tips and advice, why not sign up to LighterLife magazine, just visit www.lighterlife.com/community/magazine/
Reward yourself with jewels
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but while many of us can’t afford diamonds there’s no reason why we can’t treat ourselves to a nice piece of jewellery. Whether it’s a statement necklace or an elegant ring, spend time shopping around for something that you think symbolises you and that you’ll want to keep for life. A piece of jewellery can be an evocative reminder of a certain time in our lives – so what better way to reward yourself during this pivotal weight-loss period, as you literally shed your former self? For inspiration, check out Brit designers www.louisepringle.com and wolf-and-moon.com