We all have different reasons for wanting to be healthy. Johnny and I have had a long-standing goal to exercise regularly. And at different times in our marriage, we’ve both met that goal. But since I had our baby in January, we’ve been working to get our groove back in pretty much every aspect of our lives — including our health. The desire to be healthy is there, but our 10-week-old roommate zaps a lot of our time and energy that we would use to concentrate on eating right and exercising.
Johnny and I think that when people take control of their health, it can also help them take control of their money. Why? Well, like money, a person’s health is all about choices he/she makes. The same characteristics that help a person be healthy (e.g., self-discipline, goal setting) also help a person control his/her money. And so we’ll probably be talking about some of those topics in the future. If we’ve learned one thing while running this blog, it’s that writing about a topic makes us a lot more accountable (which we always need).
I’ve needed an extra kick in the pants to kickstart a post-baby health kick. (You can kick me for that sentence.) And lo-and-behold I found something that incorporates health and money! Four weeks ago Roo from NeonFresh introduced a DietBet challenge on her blog. What’s DietBet (which we’re not affiliated with, by the way)? Well, to put it simply, it’s a website that lets you place a bet on losing weight. For Roo’s challenge, all participants put in $20 bucks in the hopes of losing 4% of their weight in 4 weeks’ time. After 4 weeks, the pot of money is split between the weight losers (aka the winners). Here’s a video that explains it much better than I can:
As you all know, I had a baby 10 weeks ago, and I’ve been working to get back to my pre-pregnancy size ever since. And, as you may have guessed from this blog, not losing money is a pretty big motivator for me (and Johnny). So I joined the bet and won the challenge (along with 40% of the other participants)! The thought of paying $20 for a bunch of other people to lose weight was just not okay with this girl, and it was just the motivation I needed to keep me going. In the end, I made back my $20, as well as another $19, for a total of $39!
So what motivates you? Is money a big motivator, or do you find other ways to get stuff done? I’ll be doubling down on another DietBet challenge hosted by NiceGirlNotes, which starts Tuesday. Care to join me?