Back in January when I was creating my list of resolutions, weight loss and an abundance of money were at the top of the list. Somehow these two things have flipped. I seem to have an over abundance of weight and my bank account balance looks like I have been robbed.
Recently, I was tooling around on Facebook, I saw an ad for Healthy Wage*. People were winning money and lots of it for losing weight. I normally scroll past these ads but I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I found out that it is plan where you bet on yourself. You put down a wager, set your goal weight, and set the date that you will achieve your goal. If you hit your goal, you win money (and then some). If you don’t hit it, you lose your money. Those are the basics.
I wanted to give it try and I wanted to get paid for something I need to do. I am betting $50 a month that I will be 50lbs lighter by February 21th. If I hit this goal, my payout will be $1,231!!! Oh what I could do with that money!! I could buy new clothes, new running shoes, or lets be real, I will probably sink it into my son’s lacrosse goalie clinic or a new pair of skates. Better health, smaller clothes, and the ability to run a block without throwing up just wasn’t enough to fire me up but cold hard cash peaked my interest.
Whatever it takes, right?
I set my wager with an amount where I have skin in the game. In total, I will have bet $350 and for me, that is a lot of money that I don’t want to lose! I know I have set a realistic goal. When this challenge is complete, I will still have additional weight to lose. I chose this to be my initial goal because it was a nice number that would take me about two thirds of the way.
I paid my initial bet and had to submit a humiliating video where it showed my full profile at every angle as well as the number on the scale. Truthfully, it was one of my top 10 most mortifying life events. The website says they destroy the videos but somehow I think they provide good entertainment for the people that have to review them.
Fast forward…I am about 2 weeks in and I have GAINED 3 lbs. Gah! I jumped on the scale and I could swear it was mocking me. Dammit. I recorded my weight and the web app tells me I am “off track”.
The downside to Healthy Wage is that there is no plan on HOW to lose the weight. That part is all on me to figure out. Hence the gamble. They do have a nice phone app that has your stats, the ability to chat with others, a leader’s board, and the ability to invite others. It would be nice if it synced with other weight loss tracker apps but it does not as far as I can see. I do like the web app interface a lot better and there seems to be more options.
I am hell bent on getting a pay out for losing some weight. I am not going to let a little set back early on derail me. I am in it to win it! If you would like to join me, here is an invite code: https://hwage.co/362984/
*I am not advertising for them. They are not paying me to post this as I have no affiliated marketing as of this the date of the post. (though maybe they should….Healthy Wage, if you are reading this, lets talk).