Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bribing Myself To Get To The Gym (with free bottled water)

I've been pretty lax about my wedding workout. I've been going to the gym once a week, which I know is not enough but it is more than I was going, so that's good. I've also been trying to cut junk food out of my diet on a regular basis, so that is helping me to stay exactly the same body shape.

Seriously, it's six weeks later and I haven't lost a pound but I also haven't gained a pound, so I'll take that.

I know I should be doing more, but I'm lazy and need more of an incentive to do more. And I finally found it.

balance rewards

Walgreens has a Balance Rewards program where you earn points for specific purchases and you get 100 points every time you fill a prescription. It's not much. I mean, 100 points is only equal to $.10, but it adds up if you fill a lot of scripts (which I don't, but still).

I have this idea that we are going to save up all our points and then use them to buy bottled water for our hotel bags. My intention was to put one bottle in each welcome bag, but my mom said most people are coming as a couple, so it would be nice to put two in each bag. Which means we went from needing about 100 to about 200. And that's eight cases of 24 bottles (yes, yes, I know it's a couple off from 200, but we don't exactly need 200). On sale, cases are $2.99, so we need about $24 in Balance Rewards.

Right now, we have $10. So, me being me, I'm getting nervous even though we still have nine months left. So I'm taking matters into my own hands ... uh, feet.

Part of the Balance Rewards program is moving. You get 20 points for every mile you walk or run and 20 points every day you track your weight. Since I'm weighing myself like a crazy person to make sure I can still fit in my dress in June, I might as well get 20 points for doing it daily. That's 2 cents a day. I know, I know, not much but better than nothing. Since you get 20 points for every mile you walk, I'm going to actually start tracking my mileage at the gym. And since you get more points for doing more, I actually think it might increase my speed on the treadmill. If you have a Fitbit or a similar activity tracker, you can actually sync it to your account and you don't even  need to keep track yourself.

I know myself. I know I need to bribe myself to get to the gym, and the idea that my wedding dress might not fit in nine months is not a bribe enough for me. But the fact that I can get points and see them add up and know that they eventually will be spent on water bottles so I can save a little more at the wedding ... yup, that is the bribe that works for me. In fact, I'm actually sorta mad that I'm sitting down working instead of taking a power walk around my complex.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Do you bribe yourself to workout or are you actually just awesome and go without trickery? 

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