Skinny Daily Post


I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about enough bad news hitting me this week. We’re too fat, too violent, too nasty, too sad, too full of spam, and it’s all hitting the news everywhere. So, let’s end the week on an upbeat note.

Here’s a great story about a weight management intitiative that the City of Brotherly Love initiated. And it worked!

And it was such a simple thing. For $25, participants could opt into the program, and received a “passport” with nice discounts for healthy things like gyms and massages, exercise classes. And they earned points for any healthy habits, even something as simple as drinking water. These points could be exchanged for prizes (Sorry, folks, I couldn’t find any more information than this)

More than 30,000 people participated. Many lost weight, reduced their hypertension, and got their diabetes under control.

Wonderful news!

But this got me to thinking. We often reward ourselves for achieving small goals – generally in terms of pounds lost, or weight lifting or mileage or something. How many of us have ever thought about counting up all the small changes we’ve made as well?

It never dawned on me to give myself a pat on the back for drinking tea with sweetener instead of a latte, even one made with skim milk! Or to give myself points for taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

In the face of all this bad news, I’m thinking we should stand up and cheer for every small, good choice we make, and reward ourselves based on that, instead of on whether the scale moved.

1 point for each 8 oz glass of water, 1 point for every 10 minutes of walking. Whatever system we work out, it’s important that we acknowledge the journey, rather than simply celebrate the finish.

and ps. I’ve given up on spam-fighting. It appears that the spammer is picking up isp from various people, so as I’ve banned what I though was the spammer, I may also have banned real live people, maybe even those who might want to comment here.

2 thoughts on “Just when you thought there was nothing but bad news

  1. Martha says:

    I have never commented before but this post is something I have advocated for. We should indeed reward ourselves for the small day-day accomplishments because the small changes are what we must continue to do to maintain the weight loss and healthy lifestyle. If you only do it to lose weight then once you meet your goal you go back to all the negative behaviors. If you reward the small goals then you are more likely to incorporate them into your new lifestyle.

  2. Rachel says:

    I like the reward system. It sure beats a kick in the pants. Too many of us have never been the boss’s pet at work. Our hard work pales up against the cuter, younger, faster model. You have to carve out perks for yourself.

    You can’t compare yourself with others. My Welsh grandmother died at 94 recently. She had 13 kids and one big nervous breakdown. The docs told her to look in the mirror every day and say “I love you”. She lived 44 more years after that advice. She had a tea party every afternoon and celebrated her life. It was only 15-30 minutes, she slowed down and smiled.

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