For the past several months, I’ve been participating in NYC trainer and nutritionist Ariane Hundt’s Slim & Strong program. This program includes four weeks of indoor bootcamp classes, a nutrition class, a personalized fat burning nutrition plan, before & after measurements and photos, motivational emails that are filled with tons of information, and a goodie bag. There are also prizes to keep you motivated!
1st place: a $200 shopping spree at City Sports
2nd place: 10 bootcamp classes
3rd place: 5 bootcamp classes
I was convinced after my final weigh-in that I had no chance of winning anything as I gained three pounds. I figured the holiday parties (none of which I attend!!!) somehow got to me. Little did I know that I actually dropped 2.1% body fat which translated to 5.7 pounds of muscle gained and 2.5 pounds of fat lost. In this case, the scale was a big fat liar!
After (I don’t know why I was wearing bright pink lipstick that day):
I finally found the time to go shopping this week and made quite a few purchases:
- A pair of Nike Free Run+ in Anthracite/Spark/Black
- 1 Nike hoodie (couldn’t find it online but it’s magenta with a bright yellow/blue streak down the hood and back)
- 3 pairs of Nike socks
- 1 pair of Asics Black Capri pants
- 1 Adidas Climacool Supernova Fitted Tank in Fresh Lemon
While shopping has been torturous in the past (crowds, ill-fitting clothes, high prices) , this was quite the enjoyable shopping trip. I used to reward myself with food but rewarding myself with non-food items was equally satisfying and if not more. While gathering my new wardrobe for the mini-photoshoot this morning, I realized how pumped I was to use them. I left for work thinking, “I can’t wait to come home tonight and go to the gym!”
So the next time you celebrate something great in your life, find non-food items: a massage, a new pair of running shoes, flowers, lipstick, whatever. Also make sure it’s something that makes you feel pretty! I can assure you that a bright pink hoodie or yellow tank top is much more exciting and uplifting than black pants, black socks, black…No Lean Girl wants to look like a witch or a nun.
How do you reward yourself and celebrate your accomplishments?