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.
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.