WFMW – 5 for $5

wfmwPicture this: sunny days, warm weather, cute summer purses and…

Bathing suits, shorts and tank tops!

I don’t mean to speak for all women, but those first images make me smile and the others CRINGE!! In rainy Washington, summer still seems awfully far away. Those gorgeous, warm days are coming, however, and I don’t want to let these frumpy, sweatshirt days lull me into thinking I am safe from skimpy styles and beach wear.

beach time

What to do? What to do?

Last year I went through a period of depression at the onset of summer. Instead of spending some time over the winter exercising and keeping fit and toned, I ATE and lazed my way through the cold months. I had a full bin of cute summer things I never even touched — too tight or pinched to wear.

This year I am determined to hit summer with confidence. I might not have that model worthy figure (I think that’s a bit elusive for this mother of five) but I can at least spend some time NOW eating healthy and exercising consistently.

How to do it? How to do it?

I am a person who loves a new idea, plan or contest. I need motivation and external rewards to keep me focused. As I thought about how to motivate myself to get off my comfy computer chair and into the gym, the Lord gave me a fantastic idea. I say the Lord because this was truly divine inspiration.

it's cold!

If you look closely you can see a little sister in the picture.
This is NOT beach weather.

Our church is hosting a women’s retreat in April. This provided the perfect, natural deadline. I’m on the retreat committee and will be helping to coordinate things over the weekend. In other words, I will be somewhat in the “public eye.” I have the opportunity to greet the women as they come, welcome new people, share some of how God has put this retreat together and so on. Last year we performed a hilarious skit using the Lord’s Prayer. I was in my bathrobe for that one but you never know what they’ll come up with this year.

Talk about motivation!

Five for $5

The premise is simple:

  1. Everyone who participates donates $5
  2. Each person selects 5 healthy living goals (food, exercise, water, etc)
  3. You have 100 points per week – distribute your points among your five goals
  4. Report your total points for the week each Monday
  5. The two contestants with the highest cumulative scores receive first and second prizes dividing the registration fees

That’s it! It happened to work out that there are 5 Mondays until our retreat so it’s actually 5 for $5 in 5 Weeks. Isn’t that perfect!!

My Goals ended up looking something like this:

  • A)Water: 64 oz/day (1pt/ day=7pts possible for the week)
  • B)Food Recording: 6 days/ week (4 pts=24pts for week)
  • C)Calories under 1700: 6 days/ week (4 pts=24pts for week)
  • D)Cardio – 45 minutes: 5 days/week (6pts=30 pts for week)
  • E)Wt training – 15 min: 3 days week(4pts=12 pts for week)

3 Bonus points if Cardio and Wt Training are completed for the week.

The response has been delightful! My initial thought was to invite only the retreat steering committee of four people (including myself). This soon spiraled beyond our group and we now have between 17 and 20 people participating. Almost every single person has thanked me for encouraging them to make some goals and Strive For Them! I’m thrilled that the Lord would use me to encourage others to develop self-control and a healthier lifestyle. Isn’t He creative!

I take no credit for the idea, it was whispered into my ear by the One who penned these words:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…(Titus 2:11-12)

I encourage everyone to steal this idea, grab some friends and start your own 5 for $5 group. Let’s greet the summer with joy and confidence, knowing we have been disciplined and healthy in our eating and physical exercise.

It won’t be long before my kids are packing lunches, gathering suits and towels and heading for the beach.

from the ferry to the island

Grab the sunscreen and let’s go!

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13 thoughts on “WFMW – 5 for $5”

  1. Great idea – I have just lost an official 20 lbs since the fall and am excited for once about bathing suit season – even though another 20 would be even better. Best wishes to you on your goals.

  2. Great idea and great plan. I love that you include your friends. Always good to do things in a group- motivation and accountability and just plain friendship!!

    I love you!! Aunt Kate

  3. That’s an interesting idea. I need motivation to do the right thing(s). I’m focusing on saving money and eating better, but the first is a little more pressing, so I’m focusing on not eating out. By not eating out, I’ll also be eating better. It’s just so hard to balance time, money, and healthy eating habits!

  4. What a great idea! I’ll definitely be remembering this one after I have this baby… no dieting while pregnant. Although maybe I could modify it a bit to make sure I’m drinking enough water, getting enough leafy greens and the like…. hmmmm…

  5. That’s a great idea. I’ve heard of people doing something similar, and it really helped motivate them.

    I highly recommend reading the book Body Clutter (by the FlyLady), my book club read it about a year ago, and it was exactly what inspired a lot of the girls to get moving, esp. on a psychological level, which is more important than a lot of people realize.

    I’ve been trying to get in shape too, working out at home while my kids nap. I’ve been doing really well, only skipping two days a week.

    Good luck!

  6. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my Blog Party! Hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. I love your 5 for $5 idea and I just might try this to motivate myself!

    I’m adding you to my RSS feeder so I can stop by again and read more once this blog partying dies down!

  7. Cool idea! It has been so sunny for the last week that my son thinks its almost summer! LOL! I do love the dafodils that have come out here.

  8. Great idea! I’m always looking for ways to motivate me as I go on this weight loss journey. My sister & another great friend are also in the process. I may have to try this out. I did something similar by paying myself $1 every time I exercised. It added up fast! :-) Of course, I didn’t stick with it. :-( Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. What a cool idea! I am VERY externally motivated. Before I moved, I lost 25 lbs. by having a contest with my best friend (loser paid for massages for both of us!) Unfortunately, I became the Stouffer’s queen during the process of moving, unpacking, etc. and gained it all back!

    I will definitely try this!

  10. Thank you so much for this fun idea. Even more though…thanks for your stunningly beautiful blog. I just love the bright blue sky and the flowers. My bulbs are finally starting to peak through the mulch, and it was so fun to get a quick reminder of how pretty their colors will be!

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