100 lb. Club - how will you celebrate getting to goal?




matt_H
03-02-2010, 08:05 AM
The thread about what is close to goal got me thinking about how I'd like to celebrate/ treat myself when I finally get there. I need some ideas to kick start the motivation to make me really want to get there. I'm around 30 pounds away and I need to start thinking about what I'm going to do.

Have you thought about what you'd like when you get to goal? Will you have a party (healthy food, of course). Will you travel?

Any ideas for ways to celebrate making it to goal weight? Thanks! :carrot:


PeanutsMom704
03-02-2010, 08:51 AM
Part of my motivation is the idea of being able to throw out literally every single item of clothing I currently own and starting over from scratch with an empty closet. I realize I'll have to buy some stuff along the way, but I plan to buy as little as I can get away with and then celebrate with a shopping spree once I get to goal.

Initially, I had been thinking I'd get one of those closet systems put in, but I think that if I have a limited wardrobe of clothing that I actually wear, instead of tons and tons and tons of clothes that I never wear and/or which don't all fit at any given time, I probably won't even need to re-do my closet!

rockinrobin
03-02-2010, 09:06 AM
I just copied and pasted my thoughts from a previous thread over in the Maintainer's Forum:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/living-maintenance/183778-how-did-you-celebrate.html

My experience is very similar to Megs.

Oddly enough, after dreaming of hitting my goal for 2 plus decades, when I finally DID hit it, it was anti-climactic. I always had this notion in my head of bending down, kissing the scale and sobbing like a baby. But that didn't happen. It was no surprise to me when the scale read me that number. I'd been faithfully on plan and therefore I knew it was coming. My life had DRASTICALLY changed already prior to that one day. Just like Meg, I looked at the scale, noted the number in my journal and went about my business as usual. It was just another day "at the office". Prepping my meals for the day, eating this, not eating that, exercising, work, the same old, same old at that point. So yes, nothing changed. Nothing.

The truth is I had been celebrating for quite some time already! Walking around in a slim, trim body HAS been the reward. And it was/is more rewarding then I ever could have imagined. Every day is a blessing and a joy to not be morbidly obese. To do my day in and day out things feeling all confident, strong, healthy and marvelous. Just getting dressed in the morning brings me happiness. I get a huge kick out of my tiny underwear and then I get to visit all my wonderful clothes and pick out a beautiful outfit to wear. I feel like a movie star and I get to play dress up every single day. I feel as if I've won the biggest prize on earth. My own personal little (not so little) mega millions jackpot, only it's priceless. Priceless. It's something money can't buy and it didn't involve luck, it involved my hard work.

That being said, I have no problem treating myself to clothes, clothes and more clothes. Somebody's gotta stop me! Nah, not gonna happen any time soon. In fact today I have set aside to switch over my closets, drawers from summer to fall/winter. I am overflowing with clothes and can't keep more then one season "out" at a time.

I have taken a couple of little trips and long wonderful weekends since losing the weight, though nothing major yet. These things would never have occurred had I not lost the weight. I was not interested in taking any sorts of vacations in the past. What would have been the point? I was too sedentary and unable to enjoy most things that a vacation entails - except for the food. I don't hesitate to these long weekends whenever the opportunity arises. I do feel as if "I've got it coming to me".


LBLAZY
03-02-2010, 09:07 AM
I want to go on vacation somewhere and experience it "skinny" for the first time....I've been to Disney World countless times, but always as fat, squishing myself into all the rides, really exhausted from all the walking, etc. This time around I'd like to see a difference in all that! I'm close to goal now.....but I think I'd like to go this summer....I should start saving up! ;)

TJFitnessDiva
03-02-2010, 09:08 AM
I wound up buying a brand new elliptical to celebrate :) I haven't really bought any new clothes other than my red dress since I've been in the size I'm in for a little while!

A thousand times yes to Robin's post about it being a little anti-climatic.....when I saw my goal numbers on that scale my heart did skip a beat but so much was going on (I hit goal on Super Bowl Sunday & my team was in their very first! Plus this was the first Mardi Gras that I was really just enjoying) that the yelling from the rooftop thing just didn't happen.
Nothing has changed for me, I'm still doing the exercise/eating right combo that has become my way of life. Y'all saw how I acted in my goal thread lol I hated to be such a downer but it really wasn't what I expected lol It's been a wonderful ride though :) I am enjoying just finally being myself!

JackiG
03-02-2010, 09:08 AM
Hello :)

Congratulations on your weight-loss. You are doing an awesome job!!

Yes, I have thought about it, too much! When I reach goal, I am buying a new wardrobe, hair/makeup makeover, and going on a Caribbean cruise (Norweigan Cruise Line) with my husband. Actually, both of us are doing this journey together (he lost 38 lbs so far). Which will make it extra special!! Great thread by the way! :)

Loving Me
03-02-2010, 09:31 AM
I have thought about what I will do when I get to goal.
When I first started this journey I really didn't believe that I would ever get to goal, I just wanted to lose SOME weight and take it from there.
Recently however I've realised that I can get to goal and that's got me thinking more about rewards etc.
I haven't given myself any rewards along the way so far, apart from buying a couple of key items as I've gone down in the sizes because I look like a clown otherwise. But feeling 10 years younger than my age like I have suddenly in the last few weeks has been more reward than I could ever hope for, after feeling about 20 years older than my age for about 10 years.
I have thought about having a tattoo or belly button piercing when I hit goal, but not sure if that's going to happen. I'm also thinking of a spa weekend, have always wanted to go on one but didn't want anyone else to see the body I hated so much.
But something I know I definitely will be doing is filling my wardrobe with clothes that fit and flatter and make me feel fabulous, and getting rid of every other item in there.
I'm interested to see what other ideas people come up with.

time2lose
03-02-2010, 09:48 AM
At one time I would have told you that I am going to buy an emerald ring. However, as I have lost weight, that ring has become less and less important. I have been realizing as I lose weight that losing the fat, and all that goes with it, really is my reward.

I am still going to buy the ring though! :) Actually, my plan was to buy the ring as a reward for getting under 200 but under 200 just does not seem good enough now. I think that when I was bumping up against 300 pounds, getting under 200 pounds seemed like heaven on earth. That was as far as my imagination could stretch. I still can't picture myself at a "normal" 136 but now I can see 180. :)

Summerblue
03-02-2010, 10:11 AM
Cheryl - that is how I am feeling right this moment, I want to get to under 200 lbs - that is REALLY about all I can wrap my head around.

My Mini Goal seems taxing at the moment and that's ONLY loosing 5 lbs.

Beverlyjoy
03-02-2010, 10:17 AM
I think I will buy lots of new clothes.

It's hard for me to think that far ahead.

When I reach my next mini goal. I will get myself a new lipstick! :) I have been rewarding myself with a little something (not food) for each five pounds I lose.

traci in training
03-02-2010, 10:30 AM
How cheesy is this??? I keep getting the reward. Everytime DH and I load our bikes up and go find a trail. Everytime I go shopping. Everytime we plan a trip. Everytime we go to a theater production. Even everytime we go out to eat. It's all more fun, more enjoyable, more stuff we never did because we were too heavy.

Our youngest graduates this May and then we'll be empty nesters. Although I will miss her lots (just like I miss her sister), they will be less than two hours away sharing an apartment and DH and I will be having a great time. We love to be busy together - biking, gardening, camping, etc. - and that is the biggest reward I could have hoped for.

Is there some big prize coming? Wel... we've been married 22 years - 23 in June - and never gone on a honeymoon. I'm thinking Jamaica in January could be a good plan!

time2lose
03-02-2010, 10:46 AM
Summerblue originally posted
Cheryl - that is how I am feeling right this moment, I want to get to under 200 lbs - that is REALLY about all I can wrap my head around.

My Mini Goal seems taxing at the moment and that's ONLY loosing 5 lbs.

Summerblue, you can get under 200. Never doubt it but don't dwell on it it either. I think you are wise to focus on that 5 pound goal. I am looking at this one day, one pound, and even one choice at a time. If I continue to make good choices, the pounds will come off!

You can do this!

Eliana
03-02-2010, 10:49 AM
I don't know that I will reward myself. Right now it seems like I'd be jumping up and down for joy, and if I miraculously lost it all tomorrow morning, then yes, I'd celebrate. But by the time I get there I'll probably have sat within a 1/2 pound of goal for a week or two and that makes reaching it rather anti-climatic, as mentioned above.

Not to down play rewards. ;) It's whatever works, right?! But for me...well, I'm just not there yet, I guess. :)

ubergirl
03-02-2010, 11:03 AM
I think others will relate to this.

I'm 48 years old, and quite pleased with most aspects of my life-- nice DH and kids, good career, I feel like I've accomplished a lot in my life.

But for at least 30 of the past 48 years I had this one big thing that was dragging me down. My weight-- yes-- but more than that, it was seeming inability to get a handle on this one aspect of my life. I could succeed at everything else, but around food, I made the wrong choices day after day.

The excess weight was a side effect of that, and by the end, a pretty serious and debilitating side effect, but the real victim was my self esteem.

Because of that, it's really not about a number for me anymore. Every day that I get up and stay on plan is its own reward.

I'm looking forward to being even fitter and healthier than I am now, but I think SUCCEEDING and developing the mindset that I will continue to succeed is cause for celebration every single day.

Kayhm0711
03-02-2010, 11:04 AM
When I get to goal I want to go on vacation to somewhere warm! So I can wear smaller clothes and feel comfortable.

Lori Bell
03-02-2010, 11:07 AM
I kind of just keep celebrating being at goal...Nothing drastic, but just little things that make it worth while. It was great and all, and I'm thrilled that I made it, and I have been buying new clothes, and getting out more, but right now money is tight and we are super busy with kid stuff and taking care of my husbands elderly parents that I really haven't had a big blow out or anything.

My hubby did bring me flowers and we did a little weekend trip to Kansas City, when I reached my goal weight, that was nice.

Thursday is my big day really, I celebrate 2 years smoke free, alcohol free, and in control of my food obsession. For me the day I hit goal was just the icing on the cake, the big day for me is the day I was "saved". I was literally saved from the depths of ****. March 4th is the day of my rebirth, (as cheesy as that may sound). I need to spend the day giving Thanks.

BeachBreeze2010
03-02-2010, 11:13 AM
I was just putting together one of those illustrative charts on what I would weigh and when yesterday just for kicks. I thought, I'll put in 5lbs a month and see how long it takes me to get to goal. It said July of next year. Hmm...I thought...that's a long time. Then I noticed something. Even at that pace, by next Christmas I would be in about a size 10 (if history repeats itself on the weight/size ratio). That's cool! Then, I saw that by March, I would be pretty little. The last 20lbs happening over those last 4 months seemed like I would already be experiencing what I want from this journey. So, I can definitely see what the maintainers are talking about. I am honestly excited every time I see a loss and can't wait for this journey to progress!

Eliana
03-02-2010, 11:18 AM
but right now money is tight

I think this is where my bah-humbug attitude is coming from. I see rewards as either food oriented or money oriented. We just paid off all our credit card debt (and we had $27,000 so that's HUGE :carrot:). So I guess I'm in maintenance mode. :D Now I'm trying to ditch the extra pounds. I didn't reward myself with food when I reached my CC goal and I'm not going to reward myself with money when I hit my weight goal.

I thought I'd throw a party when I hit my CC goal, but I was expecting it by the time the $0 came around so I just had a small victory celebration in my head. But watching my savings account rise...priceless.

LisaF
03-02-2010, 11:49 AM
I've had all kind of grand ideas over the last couple of years, but only one has really stuck with me the whole time:

I'm going to go to a really nice salon and get a consult about my hairstyle. The shape of my face has been changing, and I expect it will get more noticeable when I reach goal. I want to get a really fabulous haircut that works with the new shape of my face.

rockinrobin
03-02-2010, 12:03 PM
Oh my goodness, LoriBell, once again we share similar feelings.

I mentioned that hitting my goal was anti-climactic. For me, the real celebration and time of reflection is the day I BEGAN this journey. That day holds a lot of meaning for me and is quite emotional. I too consider it are-birth and celebrate it as my re-birth-day! It was the beginning of the end of my misery. It was the day that I decided to recapture my life. It was the day I started digging out of the hole. It is a day I hold very near and dear to my heart.

My day is a fourth too by the way, though not MArch (LOVE that one), it's September 4.

Congratulations LoriBell, I'll be thinking of you. :)

time2lose
03-02-2010, 12:06 PM
LisaF originally posted
I'm going to go to a really nice salon and get a consult about my hairstyle. The shape of my face has been changing, and I expect it will get more noticeable when I reach goal. I want to get a really fabulous haircut that works with the new shape of my face.

I like this idea. My haircut is gradually changing as I lose. When I had lost 75 pounds I gave myself the reward of teeth whitening. As I lose weight I care more about my appearance. At almost 300 pounds I did not see the point in caring.

Nada
03-02-2010, 12:07 PM
I'm going to buy a nice suit in a retail store because I never can find one I like on consignment. And then my goal will be to maintain.

CLCSC145
03-02-2010, 12:09 PM
Surgery for me. Seems odd to celebrate with scalpels and pain, but honestly, I can't deal with the extra skin and I want it gone. I've saved for years, so I'm getting rid of it as soon as I can once I get to goal.

calluna
03-02-2010, 12:18 PM
I've given a lot of thought to this too and haven't reached any solid conclusions. As I go along I've given myself little rewards (an iHome for the garage "gym", a DVD player for same) that actually help me along to my goal. If I keep using that theme I'll have an excellent home gym built by the time I reach goal.

Mayhap I should put a good road bike on my "ultimate" reward list, or a trip somewhere to a race. In the winter, in a warm, sunny place. :D

I think all of us share at least some of the attitude that the journey and the goal are their own rewards. It might not hurt me to cement the changes in with a health-based, enjoyable reward, though.

I'll keep thinking; am enjoying this thread.

ShylahEQ
03-02-2010, 12:19 PM
tattoo!

I am starting work on a design for a tattoo that will encompass part of my back and wrap a bit around to my stomach.

I have 3 tattoos already and plan to get a 4th one when I get halfway to my goal. That one will be my son's footprint.

Beverlyjoy
03-02-2010, 12:20 PM
Lori Bell - March Fourth is not only a day, but a command - to go forward. Going forward with your great healthy you.

FromFat2Fit
03-02-2010, 12:23 PM
I plan on taking a trip with several friends to NYC. I have never been but always wanted to. We are planning Columbus Day weekend. I haven't planned this trip based on a certain weight goal though. I have been working out for two months. I feel better. I can no stand walking for a longer distance, etc. So, I feel like come October I will be ready to go everywhere I want to go in NYC.

I have a serious issue with clothing. Everytime I get into a different size I buy some piece of clothing...I can imagine this will become an even bigger problem when I reach goal.

goldferris
03-02-2010, 02:28 PM
Okay, I really like dresses from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The kinds that housewives wore in old shows like Leave it to Beaver (except that I'd skip the hoop part of the skirt).

Something like this:

http://www.perkuponline.com/302-518-jpg-95/images/50s-floral-summer-dress-perk-up-vintage-main.jpg

So my plan once I hit goal is to make a dress form out of my exact body shape, and then make my own vintage-inspired dresses. Then almost always wear dresses, as I hate pants.

Yeah, it's a weird reward. I could do all of that now, but why put in all the effort of making a dress if it's just going to be too big in a month's time? So that's why I'm waiting.

ETA: Oh! I almost forgot! I'm also going to get my bellybutton pierced.

FitGirlyGirl
03-02-2010, 03:45 PM
I know a lot of people say a new wardrobe will be their reward, but my husband refuses to let me label the new clothes as my reward. I will be getting them, of course, but he says that since I will NEED the clothes that I have to pick a reward that is something I want instead of need. So for me it will be surgery, if needed, and a tattoo, a rather large tattoo actually that is going to cover part of my back, wrap around my hips and then go down my thighs a bit.

Summerblue
03-02-2010, 03:48 PM
Summerblue, you can get under 200. Never doubt it but don't dwell on it it either. I think you are wise to focus on that 5 pound goal. I am looking at this one day, one pound, and even one choice at a time. If I continue to make good choices, the pounds will come off!

You can do this!


Thanks Cheryl! You have obviously done it....GREAT JOB! :)

marigrace
03-02-2010, 04:27 PM
Goldferris, that is a really sweet dress ! I started to put weight on when I was six. So I had to deal with being ateenager that way. I guess that you could call it a case of arrested development(lol), but I plan on looking really great.
That means new wardrobe, and spa treats for me !

eclipse
03-02-2010, 04:37 PM
I'm going to have pinup pics of myself done. A few for dh, mostly for me!

catherinef
03-02-2010, 05:14 PM
I recently got under 200 pounds, and thought I'd celebrate with something, but really, I just got on with it. I'm just enjoying being so much smaller and fitter, as it's been said, that in itself is its own reward.

However, once I get to goal, my husband is buying me a ring to replace my wedding and engagement rings. I shrunk out of them long ago. It's more for practical reasons than celebratory ones, as I don't want to have to keep resizing on the way down.

Michelle98272
03-02-2010, 05:26 PM
As I lose weight, I plan on just buying 2nd hand stuff for the in between sizes. I have lost enough yet to require new clothes but that is the plan plus I have a closet full of 1x and 2x stuff that my 3x a** can't fit in to yet!

When I get to goal, I plan on treating myself to a trip to Nordstrom's and an appointment with their stylist/personal shopper. I plan on looking as good as I feel at 170lbs. I will have a wardrobe of brand new clothes just for me, picked out by a stylish professional.

Shmead
03-02-2010, 07:20 PM
I am going to (hopefully) get pregnant. Eventually, I'll have to repeat this process to some degree, but I don't expect to gain back to where I was or anything.

ChrissyBean
03-02-2010, 07:41 PM
No rewards planned, other than the reward of being a healthy, sexy weight. :) That's all I need, baby.

ThinkinThin
03-02-2010, 09:18 PM
I want to wear a cute "little black dress"!!!

cfmama
03-02-2010, 09:26 PM
Goal for me will mean PLASTIC SURGERY baby. lol! A lower body lift, breasts and upper arms. I will have lost over 220 pounds. I will need it.

eratosthanes
03-02-2010, 09:50 PM
Oh, I TOTALLY have that weekend planned! I am going to go back to Mammoth Cave, and do the Historic Tour again, this time WITHOUT pain-pills, and without, as I mentioned elsewhere, sounding like a winded hipo after I climb those 152 stairs. The next day I will go on a lovely 7 mile hike. I went 6.9 miles on the sidewalk yesterday, but I want to do it up all sorts of hills, and not be in so much pain I need a cane and extra pain meds when I get home.

That night, I will go pig out on healthy stuff like yummy FRESH seafood (hard to come by in KY, even Red Lobster is disgusting here) and all of my favorite veggies cooked by someone else :D , while in my goal dress that I was just short of fitting into (met but did not button, needed about 15-20 lbs.) last time I lost the weight.

Then I am throwing away all of my fat clothes (throwing them out as I shrink, now), except the ones that can be donated, and enjoying some fabulous new duds. If anything starts to get tight, that will be my first sign, so I don't let this happen to myself again. I was partially a victim of still having my larger clothes, lol. If there is anything good about that, though, it is that I have lots of cute outfits to "reward" myself with as I fit into them.

JustSharing83
03-02-2010, 10:02 PM
A few years ago I would have said I might get a tattoo, that seems less likely now... I'm just not as comfortable with the idea, but it's still a maybe. If so, I would want something small and discreet - really just for me. Possibly a shooting star to represent how I was able to grasp something that seemed so out of reach and how a wish had come true.

I would also like to take a trip to an amusement park and enjoy not having to worry about whether or not I can fit on the rides I want so badly to go on. That depends on my husband's success as well though, it would have to be comfortable for both of us.

jigglefree
03-02-2010, 10:46 PM
:shrug::shrug: I haven't really planned a "REWARD" for when I get to goal. I told everyone what they can expect my attitude to be like when I get in that first pair of size 10 jeans. :coach: I get excited about everything like a kid so there will be jubilation. :encore::encore: No eating out or in parties. :nono::nono: If I get there by my goal date, it will be exactly 1 month before my 3rd anniversary and there will be bedroom acrobatics going on for DAYS!!:celebrate::celebrate:

Couch
03-03-2010, 05:28 AM
I'm going to cast on for a jumper (sweater) for myself. There are so many beautiful patterns out there, but it's never been worth making one because it takes months, and I've always (for the past ten plus years) been planning to lose weight.

The brilliant thing is that it won't take nearly as long at goal, because I'll be sooooo much smaller:)

S.A.S.H
03-05-2010, 07:32 AM
I am not sure what I will do on goal day, but I can definitely think of some things I will do when I hit onderland! I want to go horseback riding, rock climbing, and when I get below 175 I am going to hit six flags and enjoy the rides like I should!

I think when I hit goal, my biggest treat for me is going to get my umm...boob job. :lol: :o