It’s a little late, but it’s still Monday-the day I said I’d post!
I’m still not 100% sure if this bribe to get fit is going to work, but let me explain the just of it.
If I reach my weekly goal of losing a pound my girlfriend will put extra money towards her debt. I’m sure this brings up some questions such as: why wouldn’t she just pay more towards her debt? or if you don’t reach your goal does she get to add to her debt? or why does she have debt anyways? or why do you have to lose weight for her to pay extra?
Forget all your questions, well except for the, does she get to add to her debt if I don’t reach my goal, NO. The real question should be, how will that help you reach your goal each week?
It’s super motivating to me, as we will be working out together a lot of the time. She has already stepped up and started paying more on her debt (in order for us to do more in the future- travel, home renos etc) and I’ve offered to help because I don’t have debt, but she wants to do it on her own. I highly respect this, but at the same time I love this gal and I’m sure some of that debt actually was spent on me, plus if we were to get married at some point that debt becomes mine anyways. Why not rid ourselves of it quicker!
If I reach my weekly goal, she will put $50 extra to pay off her debt. I don’t reach my goal I will be paying the extra payment on her debt. So this bribe is for both of us. I’m always encouraging her to put a little more on her debt and she’s encouraging me to go to the gym and offering to workout with me. What a huge help to have a workout buddy and financial adviser in your own home. This will push both of us to work towards our goals. I know she’ll push me to workout more as she doesn’t want me to help her with her debt and I won’t slack in order to make a payment, but I think if I keep reaching my goal then maybe I should be able to just make a secret payment.
We spent all weekend talking about it and figured this is fair as it really is a win/win for both of us. We’re both going to get fit and both going to come out ahead with the debt.
This bet/bribe/competition will start with weighing in this Friday since I still need to go out and buy a scale for the home and work a few extra shifts at work. So week one will commence October 30 and we will know the first outcome on weight loss/debt repayment on November 6. This doesn’t mean that I’m not working out this week, we went for a short 27 minute run after work today and have plans to do same or hit up the gym tomorrow.
She knows I don’t need a bribe to get my act together and get fit, she just figured to get started it might help jump start my motivation. She was right. We may also have a friend competition in the works, but again need to work out details. another blog post, another day!
Let me know what you think.