As I was reviewing my March goals, and staring at all the ones I failed at, I also saw a lot of success in the category of person well-being. Not only did I workout 18 times that month but I also read books for pleasure, which is something I haven’t given myself the time for since going back to school in July 2010.
Looking forward to April, I knew I was going to be thrown way out of my comfort zone by housesitting across town for 4 weeks, and that I might need some motivation to leave my cute dog and waterfront views for a gym I had never been to before.
So, in the spirit of being done with “no” goals, I decided to start a small project that would offer me a reward for doing something that some days I just don’t feel like doing: working out.
After spin class last Sunday, I grabbed $5 out of my wallet and put it in a jar. I did the same thing after my Tuesday morning workout and I just set aside another $5 for a workout I did this morning. I know I won’t have a chance to workout 18 times this month, but if I can even get 12 in I’ll have at least $60 saved up.
I can’t say I know exactly what I’m going to do with the cash yet but I think I’m going to continue to save until I need to start buying some new clothes. You know, for my soon-to-be new body? I’m already down one pant size and am starting to find that some of my shirts and sweaters look too big on me. Fortunately for my wallet, I do still have some clothes that used to fit me, so I don’t need to shop yet – but I will, one day.
I also can’t say that I came up with this idea entirely on my own. On Pinterest, I saw an image of a bunch of $1 USD bills in a jar with a caption that read: Put $1 in a jar every time you workout. When you reach $100, go shopping. But seriously, 100 workouts? That would take me 5-6 months! Sounds like I’d be setting myself up for failure again, with that one.
So, $5 per workout it is. Not only do I think it will keep me motivated to workout but I will be able to see results in just a few weeks.
Have you ever attempted a savings challenge like this?