As I mentioned in my last post, I’m kind of on a hiatus from fitness goals right now. But when I am working on some kind of goal, I respond pretty well to clear timelines, expectations, relentless self-coaching/badgering, and, most importantly, little boxes on a calendar that I can check off. This is why I’m such a fan of racing–so many satisfying little boxes!
My training schedule from the Madison Marathon, May 2010
But if little boxes aren’t your bag, maybe you’d respond to some nice financial threats? A friend of mine started using stickK.com to up the stakes in her workout regimen, and I think it’s a pretty interesting concept. Basically, you set your goal, put a certain amount of money on the line, and track your progress. If you start to slip, money is automatically donated to a specified friend, charity, or (get this!) an ANTI-CHARITY (a “charity you hate”…do people legitimately hate charities??).
The goals can be anything: weight loss and exercise are obvious biggies, but this guy took a bit of a different approach. His goal is to be nice to his girlfriend. And it doesn’t look like he’s doing too hot. Sept 13: Miscommunication. Nov. 16: Nasty again. Jan. 23: You cried but not due to my fault. (Is this for real??)
Anyway. I’m intrigued, but I’m also not a gambler, so this idea also scares the crap out of me. Why would I open my pockets to some random website that just makes my failures hurt worse?
Has anyone actually used this?
Read of the Day: 80 Healthy Recipe Substitutions. I don’t know about baby prunes replacing butter, but I love these swaps:
- Greek yogurt for sour cream
- 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg
- Coconut milk for cream