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Put Your Money Where Your Weight Is!

(Found this article on "Huff Post Weird News - The Internet Newspaper"....I thought the concept was interesting, maybe you will too. Are you up for the gamble?)

HealthyWage Lets Dieters Gamble Away the Pounds

There's no aerobic value in throwing dice, spinning the roulette wheel or playing slots--but a fitness company thinks dieters can gamble themselves into better shape by betting how far they can tip the scale.

In a new fitness initiative, dieters who wager $100 will win $200 if they lose 10 percent of their bodyweight in six months. Those who can't lose the weight eat the loss.

David Roddenberry, co-founder of HealthyWage, which launched the 10% Challenge, says the program has more to do with rewarding healthy behavior than it does with gaming.

"Academic studies and literature suggest it's an enhancement -- it's not like the money alone will make you lose the weight," Roddenberry told The Huffington Post. "It's for people who are looking for that additional motivation."

Becoming healthier might seem like motivation enough, but without smaller incentives and objectives, it can be hard to stay on track, said Roddenberry.

"It's lots of little choices that make us overweight," Roddenberry said. "Conceptually you understand that having high blood pressure or blood sugar is a bad thing -- but it's very hard to make good individual decisions to get there."

Rewarding people when they make the right choices can help them change their habits and live healthier lives, according to a recent study by University of Connecticut researchers, who determined that "reinforcement-based intervention substantially enhances short-term weight loss."

"We think everyone should have an incentive plan when they start a diet," Roddenberry said. "The research shows you are more effective at losing weight with an incentive plan."

A former hedge fund employee with a background in health policy, Roddenberry launched HealthyWage in 2009 at a TechCrunch event.

Since then, HealthyWage has attracted more than 100,000 participants with incentive-based dieting programs.

In a recent contest offered by the company, roughly 25 percent of participants reduced their body mass index from levels classified as obese to levels classified as normal, winning money in the process.

In the 10% Challenge, which is open to anyone in the United States, Roddenberry is hoping 40 percent of participants will shed pounds and make money.

"We try to make it so we have a lot of successful participants," he said. "We try to have as many winners as we possibly can and still cover our costs."

Though the company keeps the cash wagered by unsuccessful dieters, Roddenberry says the majority of HealthyWage's total revenue comes from corporations, insurers and sponsors.

"We're not making that much on people who are putting their skin in the game," he said. "We're making it on the companies that want to help them be healthy and the sponsors that want to connect with them."

HealthyWage isn't alone in linking weight loss with monetary gain. There's TV's "The Biggest Loser," which awards its winner with a prize of $250,000, and, which lets dieters wager among friends on their weight loss, among other endeavors that mix fitness and finances.

But HealthyWage touts itself as the only company in the country that pays people if they lose weight.

Even though participants in the 10% Challenge have to put up a wager to take part, Roddenberry insists that betting on weight loss isn't a form of gambling.

"A gamble is a game of chance and this is a game of skill," he said. "If you lose the weight you will get paid -- there is no chance involved. From a legal perspective, we are comfortable that is a contract between a participant and us."

Anti-gambling groups were reluctant to comment on whether this form of wagering qualifies as gambling.

"The definition of gambling is generally considered to be anytime you risk something of value for something of value and the outcome is not guaranteed," said Robert Johnson, executive director of the California Council on Problem Gambling.

Money Weight

As every dieter knows, the outcome of a fitness plan is anything but guaranteed. But Roddenberry says HealthyWage isn't gambling, even though it uses terms like "bet," "win" and "lucrative" to promote its programs.

"We are desperately in need of solutions that make weight loss exciting and fun," he said. "If using language around gambling makes it more exciting for people to start a weight loss program, we're all for that."

Participants in the 10% Challenge must certify their weight at the beginning and the end of the contest at a doctor's office of one of several thousand health clubs affiliated with the program nationwide (participants are not required to be members of the gyms, Roddenberry said). Every week, contestants submit updates on their weight online.

Once they've registered, participants can use any weight loss technique they like, from The Atkins Diet and P90X to Convict Conditioning and The Caveman Diet. So long as they reduce their weight by 10 percent in six months, they double their $100 wager.

But that won't be enough to motivate those who suffer from the most severe weight problems, according to personal weight loss coach Brenda Gold.

Gold told The Huffington Post she could imagine the program inspiring people who want to shed a few pounds, but until the final payout nears $1 million she doubts a contest like the 10% Challenge will motivate dieters who need the most help.

"I've been at this almost 30 years, and people that are desperate are desperate," the Orange County, Calif., weight loss coach said. "Feeling miserable, feeling like an outcast, being discriminated against, not being able to move and walk up steps -- if that's not motivation enough, then money is like tenth in line."

So far, more than 1,000 people have signed up for the 10% Challenge.

Tammy Brennecke, of Ankeny, Iowa, signed up hoping that the added incentive of making money -- or the disincentive of losing her $100 investment -- will provide the impetus to stay committed compared to other fitness programs.

"I wouldn't say it's gambling," Brennecke said, "but it's putting a carrot out there for myself."

Food for Thought

Do you agree with this statement:  It may be alright to be content with what you have, never with what you are.

We should approach life as a learning experience. We can continuously learn and improve ourselves. If we stop leading dynamic lives, we will become bored and goal setting may take back burner to your routine. As you do the small things consistently, your foundation becomes stronger and it’s a lot easier to keep balance in the rest of your life.

Accomplishing Your Goals and Staying Motivated

Benjamin Franklin said  Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Consistency is an action that is often overlooked by society. You probably don’t hear people telling you to be consistent in order to accomplish your goals. This quote reminds us that persistence and energy can conquer anything. On days when you don’t feel like doing anything, think about staying consistent.

Consistency with energy is a powerful tool for completing any task, especially your goals…so use it whenever you get a chance.   (

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The Naked Truth

Have you ever seen yourself naked and wondered, “…what on earth happened here…”?  We’ve all had those moments where you push back the shower curtain and the mirror across the way shows every little imperfections, blemish and bumps (or is that “rolls“?) If you’re so fortunate as to not have a mirror across from the shower, perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of yourself as you scamper across the room to get ready.

Either way, some times the hard reality really hits you. You have a moment where you realize life, age, gravity, whatever you want to call it has taken over.  Yes, I’m at that age where I realize I won’t be like I was in my 30’s, 20‘s, or heaven-forbid my teens, but I like where I’m at. I’m just not always comfortable with what I see.

Now here’s even more hard reality. You may not like how you look right now, but you can do something about it. Ouch, I told you that was the hard reality.

You have the ability within you to create the change you want.

I hear what you’re thinking….“but if all of these life factors outside of my control have taken over, why bother trying anymore?”  The reason you bother trying is because it’s not about quantity (your weight), it’s about quality (your life).  And if you’re not living the kind of life you should because of your body, then start taking Baby Steps in the direction you need to be. Baby Steps…not Giant Leaps, because you‘ll be more likely to work at little goals then trying to accomplish a big one too fast!

Sometimes seeing yourself naked can be a good thing!  The “why’s” of weight loss are more important then the “when’s” or “how’s” so maybe that glimpse you see of yourself will be the number one “why” reason that you will have to start getting healthier.

Ready for a Weight Loss Challenge?

Are you up for a challenge? A weight loss challenge? For some of you, you'll love the motivation. For some of you, you'll love the shakes. For some of you, you'll love the extra-income opportunity.  The choice is yours.

Once you're at the site, I recommend you listening to the quick 4 videos. If you want to try the shakes, yes, you'll have to enter your name, phone number, email address to get the shake information.  Come on - join me!

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Are There Any Carbohydrate Junkies Out There?

Ya know…there may be something to the idea that family members who are themselves overweight feel threatened when you try to manage your own weight. Therefore they bring home (or buy) all kinds of goodies for you to visually see and smell and to test you to the very limit.

Recently someone very near and dear to my heart (who is not overweight and is just as much as a "carbo junkie" as I am) went to a sandwich shop and realized they sell their loafs of day-old bread really cheap, so guess what - he brought some home. He brought a lot home! You know if your addicted to carbohydrates, it feel’s so wrong to turn it down cause just a few bites feels so....homey, so comforting.

Well, I had to take a picture and show you what I had to visually look at. Oh, by the way, you could literally smell the bread when you walked into the kitchen because my helpful sabotager warmed it up. Arg.  I immediately removed myself and asked him to have his piece but then get rid of it, and I didn't care how.  I just looked at him and said “You’re killin’ me - don’t do this anymore.”  And he won’t.

I had to share with you that I get daily temptations thrown at me all the time too. But there's something very empowering about walking away.

Trying to Lose Weight or Just Stay Fit? You’ve Got to Try This!

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you need a break-through with your current weight?

I encourage you to join a 90 Day Challenge with me! I have something very exciting that I want to share with you.  I've searched high and low for some really good weight loss products and I believe I found it. And the best thing about these weight loss shakes is that there also for people who are fit and in shape already too.

Here's the site - when you get a few minutes, check it out at

If you want to supplement a meal (or two for quicker weight loss) you need to try these delicious shakes.  I won't get in to all the flavors that I like but it's a very simple plan if you want to lose some pounds.  If you have any questions let me know at


Did You Know….

Over the past 40 years, American women have increased their daily calorie intake by an average of 199 calories, while men have added 179.

During that same time period, the obesity rate has more than doubled.

Monday Morning Diets

We’ve all been there. At some point - usually over the weekend - you bargain with yourself  about all the food temptations that are before you. Before you know it, you’re mentally shrugging your shoulders and convincing yourself that you’ll start behaving on Monday.  And you eat your way through the weekend.

What is it about Mondays that is the defining day of starting diets?  Sometimes you try to shake things up and you tell yourself you’ll start watching what you eat on New Year’s Day, or after a milestone birthday - no matter what day it falls on.  You might even think it’s a good sign if the first day of the month falls on a Monday.  We use a lot of “psychological tricks” when starting a diet.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter when you start your diet, but WHY.  Yep, that’s right. Your diet will tend to be more successful if you focus on the reasons for dieting instead of what is on your grocery list!

So what that means is it will benefit you more to set aside that grocery list and come up with another list of WHY you want to lose weight.  Now on the surface that seems simple enough but for some people that requires you to “dig deep” and come face to face with those realities that you don’t necessarily want to deal with.

Here are some of those WHY realities that you may be experiencing:

*You don’t feel emotionally good about yourself.
*You’re physically winded all the time after you slightly exert yourself.
*You constantly feel tired.
*Your stamina isn’t quite what it use to be.
*You just got a unhealthy diagnosis from the doctor.
*You can’t keep up with your kids (grandkids).
*You pull back from social situations because you’re embarrassed about how you look.

The list could go on and on, and those are really hard things to look at (on a piece of paper no less), and even harder to admit.  It seems easier to buy some food (to start your new diet) then to deal with the harder realities of why you should change your lifestyle because that requires a bigger action on your part.

I leave you with this today to consider:

1. There may be 18 reasons WHY you should lose weight. That’s okay. Put them in writing.

2. Just like you prepare your grocery list (whether in your head, or on a piece of paper), you must also prepare your mind. To change your lifestyle will require something of YOU. You need to be engaged, involved, and mindful of the process.

3. Know that it is a process…and that’s okay.  Dieting (also what I call “eating healthy”) is a process.  If you’re not use to eating the right foods, or eating healthy, it takes time to get it right. It takes time, be patient with yourself, you will start to notice the differences in your thinking about food and what you are eating because you’re doing it for the WHY reasons, and not what is considered the fastest way to lose weight on the newest diet craze.

I encourage you to stop thinking about Monday morning dieting, and no matter what day it is, it’s a good day to start working on YOU!

Success in the Face of Discouragement

I talked with several people in this last week who have just been experiencing frustration and discouragement lately - myself included. And all of us for a number of different reasons!  While searching for something else, I came across a specific quote in the midst of looking up a totally different topic, and so I thought this was meant for me to see.  It came at the right moment and it literally lifted me up. I hope it does the same for those of you who have been struggling lately, and believe that "success" is for you to have.

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”  - Dale Carnegie