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Reward Yourself with Confidence, Not Food

reward yourselfMany times, when people are on a diet, they reward themselves with a nice dinner out or “cheat weekend”, but what about rewarding yourself with nice clothes that support your fitness goals? We would easily blow $50 on dinner without blinking an eye, but why not invest in your confidence and goals?

When I first got married and fell off the fitness train, I dreaded going back to the gym – as the fatter version of me. I felt fat and ugly, and knew people would notice how I had “let myself go”. I wore crappy workout clothes because I didn’t have any cute ones to fit my heavier body. As I lost weight, I began to reward myself with cuter tops and accessories. The closer I reached my goals, the more goodies I got – and the more excited I was about going to the gym.

Changing the way you reward yourself is one way to help boost your self-esteem to help you feel your best as you are working toward your goals. It worked for me – and it can work for you!

Ellie XOXOIf you like fitness and working out, but you want to do it in style, you need to meet Ellie. Ellie is a monthly subscription program where you get a new outfit each month for half the cost. You can stop it any time, or you can even just order pieces you like, but the monthly subscription is the most affordable way to get a killer high-quality outfit each month for less. Here are some of the items I have and really love. As you can see, each piece has a unique design and fun cuts that not only pretty, but are flattering too.
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Here is a sneak peak of Ellie‘s Bon Voyage Collection, the newest monthly collection.


10 Tips for Goal Setting:

  • Set clear defined goals each week – this can be based on attendance, diet or weight
  • Set clear defined goals each month – this should be results based
  • Decide what has to be done to reach those goals
  • Determine a specific reward for each goal or task met
  • Reward yourself weekly with something small – like a fitness magazine or new music
  • Reward yourself monthly with something bigger, like a new outfit or fitness accessory
  • Create a “consolation prize”, like a smaller reward for those times you missed your goal, but didn’t give up or backslide, so you don’t get discouraged
  • Share your goals with friends for added accountability
  • Constantly remind yourself where you will be if you reach your goals each week.
  • Keep your eye on the prize! Post your goals, pictures and motivation where you can see it multiple times through out the day.

Owner of Lift Vero and motivational "pfitness, pfood and pfaith" blogger in Vero Beach, Florida.


  • Libby

    It’s a great idea, and I am totally in support of it! It’s motivational and a reward that is better in the long run. Still a cupcake once a month, isn’t to bad. 😉

  • imarunner2012

    I’m a runner but for the past few months I’ve been doing some chest, should,arms and ab work. I signed up late for a race over the weekend and they gave me a medium t-shirt. I normally wear a large or XL. But because I had some upper body tone I didn’t feel self concious wearing a shirt in public that was a little tighter than I would normally feel comfortable in.
    My reward for lifting!

  • Jo

    Great advice, I totally agree and just rewarded myself with a new workout top after losing 25 pounds and gaining muscle, strength and confidence. Not done yet!

  • Kat F

    I train dogs, and with dogs, food IS a super way to reward, but, the dogs also love PLAY! new TOYS ! for me when I either have reached a goal, or walked every day, for say a week in this lovely KS heat and humidity, I reward with an NFR, Non Food Reward. New shoes, new sox (who doesn’t love a fresh cushy pair of sox ? 🙂 I don’t reward myself with food per say, as I try to eat good food every day, that I make myself 🙂 but maybe a new cooking do-hickey, etc would be considered an NFR. Signed, Kat and the dogs who walk her every day

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