Give or Take?

I’ve always been good at problem solving and never have a problem with decision making, but this one has me stumped.

Here’s the deal. My mom pays for my Weight Watchers membership. Yep, I’m 34 (and quickly closing in on 35) and my mommy pays my Weight Watchers. So what? I totally don’t care about that. What I do care about is wasting her money. OK, I’m not saying that it’s been a waste, but in the past year, I haven’t really been losing weight so I do feel a bit guilty that she’s paying for me to basically go to meetings. When I started thinking about that, it got me wondering, if I was paying for WW myself, would I try harder? Money is tight and that ain’t no joke, so in all honesty, if I had been paying and not succeeding, I probably would have dropped out long ago, just like I have done in the past. For that, thanks mommy! Even though I’m at the same weight now that I was last February, I have lost inches and definitely have more energy and activity. That would not be the case if I hadn’t stayed with WW this year. I’m sure my weight would be higher, in fact.

But I digress. Here’s the problem. I had this super idea that if I had to pay mom back each week I gained, it might give me the kick in the ass I need. Mom was all for it, but asked this question: Would I rather pay her up front each month and then get money back the weeks I lose, or just pay her each week I gain? I kind of like the idea of being rewarded for losing, and kind of hate the idea of relating payment to a punishment for gaining. On the other hand, thinking about having to give mom money after weigh in has kept me on track a couple times I was about to slip.

So, what do you think? Would you rather get paid (OK, paid back your own money) for losing weight, or would having to pay for a gain be more motivating?

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