Thursday, August 8, 2013

Two dollars a day keeps our bodies at bay


So Clay and I, like I've mentioned, have been in a bad sort of way. We kind of ate a bajillion grams of gluten and sugar this past month. Oh so bad. 

Clay's body has been feeling it. I have felt it a bit but I felt it in a MAJOR WAY this past week when my body decided to get BLOCKED. Oh man. Without sharing too many gory details, my body was full of crap! Literally! Which caused me to be nauseous for over a week and wonder if I was going into kidney failure. Nothing a few laxatives can't clear out (joyous experiences here people). 

So anyway, Clay and I realized...we have GOT TA CHANGE! However, we aren't very disciplined or motivated people. Simply having good health isn't enough for us. The deliciousness of ice cream and Chick file' is just too tempting. So we decided on a new system.

For every day that we DON'T eat gluten or sugar, we get a dollar (each). Also, for every day that we exercise, we get a dollar. 

For those not savvy with mathematics, that basically gives us each the potential to earn about 60 bucks every month for good behavior. 

I know what you're thinking- WOWSA that's a big chunk of change for something that you should just do naturally as an adult. Well, that's true. But this is also the only money we can spend on ourselves for fun stuff, "Play money" if you will, and ALSO- I kind of consider this as treatment for Lyme. Do you know how expensive it is to be treated for Lyme like we used to? I thought about sharing an actual dollar figure, but it's just too depressing. Trust me when I say, it's more than you'd even think. 

I TRULY truly believe that eating well and exercising is a lot of what keeps us feeling well. So, if we pay $120 a month to ourselves to spend on WHATEVER we want...and it keeps us well? I personally think that's a bargain! 

So we are pretty freaking excited about this new system. It's already motivating us. We've gone on multiple walks (since we couldn't make it to the gym), and not eaten treats!

I feel pathetic about this new system a bit. Pathetic that I can't just be motivated to live a healthy lifestyle. But it's okay. I also feel completely fine about it and accept that this is just the way we are and its totally fine. I love us. So, hopefully this works and we are super healthy folks here soon! 


Grandma, Nonnie said...

It sounds like a good plan to me. I think that whatever works for you is just fine. I wish someone would give me a dollar to exercise, and another to stay on the WW program. I think it would motivate me. I am trying really hard, but I still have really bummer days, when I just eat too much. I have lost almost 30 lbs and I have about 25 more to go or maybe 29, and then I would have a few pounds to play with. I look forward to seeing you guys this fall. So happy to get to come that way. Love you guys. Hugs

Megan and Greg said...

Meeting goals is all about doing what WORKS FOR YOU, not what the ideal impossible is. If working out was easy the whole USA would be thin and I just read that 40% of us are obese! Isn't that so sad? So obviously, you're not the only one and OBVIOUSLY doing much better than most. I say do it! That's awesome! And then you feel NO GUILT in spending fun money at the end of each month. I think it's great. I hope it works.

For me, if I didn't have kids, I don't think I'd work out. It's 90% about being by myself undisturbed than anything else. The health part is more of an awesome perk.

Sharon/Mom/ Grandma said...

I think that is AWESOME!!! I think it is very hard to get in the routine of eating right and exercise. It easy to be lazy and eat badly You are not pathetic. I need some kind of motivation right now. I promised myself I would start my dvds this week, didn, but have walked. I have 10 pounds to lose and have had for months. So you are NOT PATHETIC!!! love you!!