Be Your Own Santa!

Don’t forget yourself this holiday season!  Be your own Santa and give yourself a break!  You have been good this year, haven’t you?  We often get so busy this time of year that we forget we need a little down time to recharge, refresh and recreate! Here are some suggestions that I gathered for those of us who have been especially busy trying to shed some extra pounds this year.  Small rewards do not need to be costly monetarily but should make you feel good and/or give your mind a break from routine or rushing.

Small Indulgences/Rewards 
These are the types of things for getting through some rough spots, extra busy times, not sitting on the horn and yelling at the car in front of you or small rewards for reaching a weight loss milestone.

  • Take a couple hours off to disconnect
  • Take a  R&R Day
  • Go shopping
  • Manicure or Pedicure
  • New nail polish
  • Massage
  • New tool for your tool box
  • New pair of earrings
  • New Belt
  • Expert Bra Fitting
  • New Workout Clothes
  • Aromatherapy Oils (for better rest)
  • New Book
  • R&R Day
  • A new kitchen gadget
  • Take a cooking class
  • See a new movie
  • Professional Make up Lesson
  • Personal Training Session
  • Exercise for 15-20 minutes
  • New hair/cut/color
  • Gift Card to your favorite store
  • New tube of lipstick
  • Day trip to a special place
  • Give yourself permission to take a nap.
  • Visit the library or bookstore all by yourself.
  • Have a guilt-free home spa afternoon.
  • Take a selfie to celebrate your progress.
  • Spend an hour away from your phone or computer.
  • Eat lunch outside or at least away from your desk.
  • Clean out your closet and donate all your too-big clothes to charity.
  • Post your progress on social media so your friends can celebrate with you.
  • Take a bubble bath.
  • Drive to a beautiful neighborhood or park to walk instead of taking your usual walking route.
  • Make or buy a refrigerator magnet with a motivational quote.
  • Unwind with a movie of your choice.
  • Plan a night out with your friends.
  • Subscribe to a fitness or healthy cooking magazine.
  • Download a new fitness app for your phone.
  • Buy a new workout song.
  • Get yourself a bottle of fancy shower gel or lotion.
  • Pick up a new plant for your garden.
  • Invest in some moisture-wicking workout socks.
  • Try a new shade of nail polish.
  • Get some new shades for outdoor exercise.
  • Come home with a bouquet of flowers.
  • Buy a small personal blender for smoothies and protein shakes.
  • Order a pair of high-end wireless headphones.
  • Invest is a fitness tracker to motivate you even more.
  • Sign up for a charity walk or running event.
  • Splurge on some nice yoga pants.
  • Get fitted for workout shoes at a running store.
  • Start a charm bracelet.
  • Get your rings resized to fit your smaller fingers.
  • Adopt a dog so you’ll always have a walking buddy.
  • Hire someone to clean your house so you have more time to hit the gym.
  • Try a fun exercise class like Zumba, Pure Barre, Pilates, a dance class or Pole fitness.
  • Doodle – adult coloring books are very therapeutic!
  • Read a book

 

Moderate Indulgences/Rewards
These are more involved and can be more costly for reaching a bigger goal or milestone or a bigger break or a bigger indulgence!  Did the relatives come at Thanksgiving and not leave until after the new year?  Then, this list might be for you!

  • Schedule a professional portrait shoot.
  • Enjoy a stay-cation
  • Attend a performance driving school
  • Learn a new sport – Try fencing, karate, tennis, or hockey
  • Learn a new skill – Try playing the piano, singing, acting, or painting
  • Enjoy a laugh at a local comedy club
  • Take a day trip to your favorite local town
  • Take a hunting or fishing trip
  • Go see your favorite band
  • Attend a local sports game
  • Golf at your favorite course
  • Learn to make your own healthy salsa
  • Buy a new water bottle
  • Start a garden
  • Go for a hike and enjoy nature
  • Go camping in the wilderness
  • Take a class in photography
  • Buy a new piece of furniture
  • Buy a new purse or laptop bag
  • Get the new iPhone or Android
  • Take a class in knitting or woodworking
  • Trip to the go-cart track
  • Get a facial
  • Buy a new book and enjoy a relaxing afternoon reading

 

Larger Indulgences/Rewards
Did you reach a goal?  Did you accomplish a task that you never thought you could accomplish?  Did you get a promotion? retire?  Then this list might be for you! These are more costly in both time and money but oh so wonderful!

  • Vacation
  • Weekend getaway
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Spa Day
  • Two words: Dream vacation!
  • Ski or snowboard vacation
  • Go on a beach vacation
  • Go on a cruise
  • Attend the next Olympics
  • Gift card for your favorite store
  • Hiring a maid
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Investment
  • Personal training sessions
  • Sky diving
  • Smaller wardrobe
  • Spa day
  • Vacation
  • Weekend trip

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