Bribery is Good Motivation
During the holidays, my work puts out a challenge to all employees to maintain (or lose) weight between mid-November and mid-January. The reward–besides the ability to button our pants after the new year? They have individual and team drawings for prizes, including a Wii Fit and iPod Nano players. All we had to do was weigh in last week and go back and do it again in mid-January. (Just so you know, I’m so lazy, I didn’t even bother doing it last year.)
This year, I already have five pounds I’d like to trim, so I decided to go for it. To ensure I put in the effort (and show some restraint), I’ve partnered up with someone else. If I went solo, I have a feeling I would succumb to the lure of pure cane sugar. But now that my laziness could mess her up, I’m much more conscientious.
For all of you self-starters out there ready to chastise me for my lack of self-motivation, I’ll save you the trouble. I know I should want to do it for my health, I need to have the internal desire because that’s the only way it will work, blah, blah, blah. Here’s the deal: I love holiday foods. Boxes of See’s candy, tins of popcorn, brownies, cakes, cookies, pumpkin pie, fudge, green beans. (Kidding about the green beans.)
These treats are acceptable in moderation, you say? Well, I haven’t been tested, but I’m pretty sure I’m missing the gene that determines will power and self-control. (Or maybe environmental factors have triggered a mutation which causes me to consume huge amounts of anything covered in chocolate.) Maybe I should write every time I want to eat sweet food. Ha! I could finish my second novel by Christmas
So, this holiday season, I’m doing my own “just say no” campaign when it comes to the evil, but yummy, sweet treats. After thinking about it, I decided I’d broaden the campaign to include anything that adds stress* this season. Holiday party given by an acquaintance? Sorry, can’t make it. Bring a main dish to feed thirty people at a potluck? No thank you.Lose weight and stress? What could be better than that? I feel lighter already!
*As used in this blog post, stress is the emotion caused by commitments made for any reason other than a heart-felt desire to do so, including ‘yes’ responses induced by obligation, guilt, pressure, water torture or any other means of coercion.
What are your techniques for resisting holiday treats or beating stress?