Health Based Challenges – Counting to Ten To Help You Save 10

If Someone Was Paying Me – I'd Exercise Every Day

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If that sentence describes you, I have some new updates on tools that provide ways to benefit from getting off the couch.

Earndit.com has challenges that you can set up (for friends and family, co-workers) or you can join other challenges. Prices include discounts on health related items, clothes, etc. It doesn't cost you anything to join. You just need something to track your activity like a fitbit, or a bodymedia device. I love my fitbit one.

EveryMove.com is another tool like earndit.com which has prizes that you can earn (or donate money to charity). This has an option to enter in your heath care

provider and your job (that's a little too big brother for me, so I left it blank).

DietBet.com – I've spoken about these before, but they have a new plan. Here is a review. You put money into a pot. Anyone who meets their goal gets part of the pot while those who didn't get nothing. Current plans are:

1. 4% in four weeks would mean I would have to lose 2.2 lbs every week. You can set these up and have your own private dietbet.

2. 10% in 6 Months. For me this means I would need to lose .9 lbs every week. There are prizes each month for those who meet the following criteria

Weight loss goals for each round are based off the initial weigh-in for the game:

Weight Loss For Cash

  • Round 1 – 3%
  • Round 2 – 6% cumulative
  • Round 3 – 8% cumulative
  • Round 4 – 9% cumulative
  • Round 5 – 10% cumulative
  • Round 6– Maintain 10% cumulative

They have referees and well documented rules to make sure you know exactly what you are getting into (you have to spend around $25 a month to participate). The Dietbet I joined has over 300 people in it and every round has a pot over $4000.

You can cancel within the first 14 days.

Each game consists of six month long Rounds.
Half of all the money bet is allocated to the final pot (Round 6).
The other half is spread equally across the interim rounds (Rounds 1-5).
On the first day of each round, the pot for that round is finalized.
Winners in each round split the pot equally.
All winnings are paid out at the end of the game.

How to Control Your Reactions

Vector stopwatchYou’ve probably heard sayings like:

“It’s not what happens that matters but how you react (to what happens) that matters”

“It’s not about the situation or the circumstance, it’s about you in it”

“Things only have the meaning we give them”

“People only treat you the way you let them.”

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and for me that means I gained three pounds. *Sigh*. So now what?

Well I could beat myself up and make see if I can make myself feel any worse. Then potentially fix everything with some Dairy Queen. That doesn't seem smart. This was Thanksgiving. Something we see months in advance and we know that the scale is probably going to go up. We also know that the scale is just a number and that you can actually be getting healthier and still not show it on the scale. So we get back on the treadmill, and go back to the kitchen and throw out all the bad stuff that we shouldn't eat. We had it once, now lets go back to getting healthy.

Let's Look at Your Bad Decisions

If you look back at your bad decisions you've made in your life you may find that many of them were executed when you were highly emotional. Because of your state of mind you did, said etc something that lead to your life becoming more stressful. In some cases, you may find yourself in a court of law. I don't think we will get much argument here, but how do we stop from doing this?

1. It takes practice, but try to step out of yourself and know your own symptoms of when a button is being pushed.

2. Put some time between you, and the thing that is pushing your buttons. Take a walk or do something to distract you. Give yourself a chance to calm down, and for the logic to kick in and the emotions to chill out.

I know it sounds simple. Grade school teachers taught me to “count to 10” when I was growing up (or in some cases count to 100). It's simple, but if you don't realize your buttons have been pushed then you won't start counting. Also,  just because its simple it doesn't mean its easy (other wise we wouldn't be making bad decisions).

Try exercising instead of reacting. I have said, “Man I wish I hadn't gone to the gym” – ever. I have felt sad that I didn't give it my all, but in the end I'm always glad that I took the steps to exercise and move.

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