I’m Losing It.

I haven’t publicized it much, but one of my biggest priorities in 2016 is to get my health in order. From not having yearly wellness visits with physicians to gaining back most of the weight I’d lost, I’ve let myself slip. Until now.

Now, it’s time to make this change happen.

Now, it’s time to make this change permanent.

I realize we are only a month in, but I’ve been doing great so far and can just feel that I’m in a different place with life — a great place to focus on my health.

Fortunately, my coworkers and I are also participating in a weight loss challenge over the next few months. As I was researching that, I discovered another challenge that I thought would help me stick to my longterm plan of losing the weight I need to lose. Here’s how it works:

  • Choose how much weight you want to lose as part of the challenge.
  • Choose how much time you think it’ll take to do it.
  • Choose how much money you’d be willing to “bet” each month (or all at once) that you’d lose the weight.

If you meet the goal, you win the wager.

So, after weeks of consideration, I pulled the trigger and placed my “bet.” If I win, I’ll earn more than double what I wagered. I put “bet” in quotes because it’s not really the gambling we’re all used to. At the end of the day, I control the outcome. I figure if I’m going to lose the weight anyway, I might as well get paid for it. And as dedicated as I already was to lose it, an added financial incentive doesn’t hurt.

I encourage you to do two things:

  1. Encourage me. This journey won’t be perfect, but that won’t change the overall trend of being healthier.
  2. Set your own goals. If you are truly committed to losing weight, do it. If you’re like me and you’d be willing to “bet” on yourself to make your change a reality, do it. It definitely takes a financial commitment up front, but if you can do it and you’re determined, it seems like it’d pay off.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about what I’m doing and see if you’d like to place a “bet” yourself. There are plenty of options. Personally, I gave myself some breathing room because I know life happens and there will probably be tough times ahead. But I’m excited and ready to work!

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