Celebrate Reaching Your Weight Loss Goals Without Putting the Pounds Back On

by AlexandriaIngham

When you reach your weight loss goals, you want to celebrate them. Food is often used as a way to celebrate, but that leads to weight gain. Here are methods to celebrate without.

When we celebrate, food is often involved. It could be to go out for dinner, celebrate with a blow-out night at home or even a cake with candles. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating through food, but it can lead to gaining all those pounds. If you want to celebrating reaching your weight loss goals, it’s normal to want to do something different; to celebrate in a way that won’t involve piling the weight back on.

That is where these tips come in. I’ve been there with losing weight and wanting to celebrate reaching my goals. On December 10, 2013 I finally lost all the weight I’d been trying to lose over the last 10 years. Between that time I’ve joined and rejoined Weight Watchers three times, tried various fad diets and had a baby. Celebrating the fact that I had finally reached my milestone was really important to me. I also celebrated reaching the smaller goals along the way, and it was mostly (not always) without food. Here are four ways to do it.

Will you celebrate with fireworks?
Will you celebrate with fireworks?

Treat Yourself to a Day of Relaxation

When was the last time you had a day to yourself to unwind and do nothing?

We often forget to look after ourselves. I know I have. Since having my daughter, everything I’ve done has been focused on her. I had a weekend off when she was a month old for my hen do and we did get a week off while my husband and I enjoyed the Paralympic Games in 2012, but they were plans we had before I found out about the pregnancy. I’d never take time off just for myself, and it was my husband who suggested that I do it.


So, to celebrate reaching my weight loss goals, I had a spa day. Since the budget was tight, it was a home spa day, but I soaked my feet and gave myself a pedicure. I used a face mask and enjoyed a long warm bath with my favorite book. I did everything that I hadn’t been able to do for almost 18 months without a little girl walking in and trying to climb into the bath or use the nail polish on herself (and not in the right way!).

Looking after yourself is so important. It helps you feel better within, and that helps your skin and hair look luxurious. There’s no point having the body shape of your dreams if you don’t like the way the rest of you looks! There’s no point loving the way you look if you’re stressed out or just not had some time to yourself, even if that is just an hour at the end of the day.

So, make one of your forms of celebration to treat yourself to a day of relaxation. It doesn’t matter what your budget it. You will find ways to handle this.

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Buy Yourself Some New Clothes

You need a new wardrobe, so use it as a way to celebrate.

Now that you’ve lost weight, your wardrobe will be too big. You’ll be surprised by how little weight you need to lose to drop that one dress or trouser size. So, the next time you reach a milestone, it is time to go out and buy yourself something new. As soon as I got to my goal weight, I went out and bought a new outfit to wear at Christmas.

If you’re worried about the money you could end up spending, there are a few options. You could sell your old clothes, or donate them to charities that offer a small amount of money. In the UK we have Cash for Clothes. Another option is to save up while you’re losing weight. I put a pound into a jar for each pound that I lost. It kept me motivated, and meant that I had the exact amount that I’d lost to spend on clothes at the end of it.

When looking for new clothes, it’s really important to try things on. With a new body shape, you may find that clothes that used to look horrendous now look great. At the same time, the styles that you used to love may not flatter you anymore.

Could you do a healthy dinner party to celebrate?
Could you do a healthy dinner party to celebrate?

Take a Day Trip Somewhere

Enjoy a day out somewhere that you've wanted to visit for a while.

This is something that I love doing, and my family started using it as a way to celebrate things. In fact, tomorrow (March 8) is my birthday and we’re taking a trip to Edinburgh Zoo or Edinburgh Museum (depending on the weather) to celebrate it that way. The thing I love about doing a day trip somewhere is that I can involve the people I love, treat my daughter to seeing the animals and get out of the house and there is something for all budgets.

Have a list of the things that you’d love to do, and then use that as a way to celebrate. Just pick something on your list and go do it to celebrate reaching your weight loss goals, big or small. You could even have them in order of the things you’ll do when you research certain goals, saving the biggest for the end. It all depends on you, your list and your budget.

The trip doesn’t need to use money. It could be a trip to the beach or the park, just to get out of the house and have fun! When it comes to food, pack your own lunch or make a decision of where you will eat on the day.

Get Yourself a Book or DVD

Isn't there a book or movie that you've wanted for a while?

You may be an avid reader, or movies and TV shows may be your favorite pastime. Why not use them as a way to celebrate reaching your weight loss goals? There are plenty of new movies coming out on DVD, and TV shows with DVD release dates. If you know about them in advance, you can save up for them to make sure you have the money when you’re likely to reach your goal.


Books are becoming extremely popular because of the ease of downloading them now. eBooks are placed straight onto your computer, tablet computer, smartphone or eReader and you can read them all on the go. They’re also often much cheaper than buying the paperback version, so you could end up with two or three for what you would have spent on a paperback book or even a DVD.

Make a list of the books and movies that you’d like to buy. You will soon find that you have something to look forward to for each of your goals. In fact, having this list will often act as a motivator to keep you on track.

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Isn’t it time that you splashed out and treated yourself? There are so many ways to do it, and none of them involve celebrating reaching your weight loss goals with food. Yes, food will come part of your day, but you’re not using it as a treat. You’re using it as an everyday occurrence. I highly recommend these other methods to celebrate reaching your weight loss goals. They can be personalized and you can buy items that will be around for months and even years. You’re more likely to stay on track with your weight loss, because you want to keep fitting into the dress or you remember how you felt when you bought that book.

Updated: 03/07/2014, AlexandriaIngham
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AlexandriaIngham on 03/11/2014

Hi Mira, I always think it's important to have a series of goals along the way and to celebrate each one that you reach. I set a series of milestones so I would have something to celebrate each month or so.

Mira on 03/07/2014

I love your suggestions but I think we should treat ourselves to them not only at the end of the weight loss journey but throughout the journey as well! Books and dinner with friends and days out make us feel good, and we're less tempted by comfort food. But I can certainly see how sometimes it's hard to treat ourselves to little presents, so waiting then till various stages of the weight loss process gives us something to look forward to :)

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