In 1977, Rick Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic told his dad he wanted to participate in a 5 mile charity run to honor a schoolmate who had been paralyzed in an accident. Rick really wanted to do something for him, and what he wanted to do was run. Obviously, he couldn’t run, but his dad could – and he could do it pushing Rick along the way. Rick wanted his schoolmate to know, life goes on, even if you’re paralyzed. Rick and his dad have gone on to participate in 1,108 endurance events, as of April 2014.
Rick’s schoolmate inspired Rick to action, and Rick inspired his dad to action. At age 36, Rick’s dad, Dick took up running and hasn’t looked back. This is the small, yet enormous effect we can all have on each other. One story – One person – Can change your whole life.
Kayla Montgomery is one of the fastest young distance runners in the country. She also has Multiple Sclerosis. Because of this disease, she can’t feel the pain in her legs while she runs long distances. She’s unable to control the finish when she breaks the motion. Her legs become numb, and as she crosses the finish line, she needs someone to catch her fall. That someone is her coach.
Coach Patrick Cromwell waits for her at the finish to literally catch her in his arms. Then, they begin an ice treatment, so she can regain sensation in her legs.
While the internal benefits, and yes aesthetic benefits of losing weight can be worth their weight in gold, establishing a reward system can also be beneficial to reinforce positive behavior change. Studies show rewards that are personal in nature help you to stay motivated and create long-term habits. Other studies have shown a link between financial incentives and weight loss. Whatever it is that inspires you, utilizing incentives can make the path to weight loss a little more rewarding.
In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in April of 2013, Kullgren and his colleagues utilized a group-based and individual financial incentive system for weight loss. In a group of 105 obese participants, each participant’s weight loss goal was 4 pounds every 4 weeks for a total of 24 weeks. The difference between groups came in the distribution of financial resources. Incentives included $100 for each participant who met or exceeded his/her weight loss goals. However, while those in the individual group would receive the $100 for meeting or exceeding goals, those in the group structure would receive $500 if any of the 5 members met or exceeded weight loss goals – to be divided equally among all members who met or exceeded his/her goals.
Do you know how to set a good goal? One you can stick to and achieve?
Many people are struggling to lose weight, because they don’t know how to carry out their plans even when they have the best intentions to do so.
There are two types of goals. Outcome goals and process goals. Both are equally important. An outcome goal might be to lose 50 pounds, while a process goal could be to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. The outcome goal gives you an end point, while the process goal is a step along the way. Process goals are your roadmap to success.
Can you believe it is spring already? Where does the time go?
This is the perfect season for rejuvenation and growth. Not only is it a good time to check in and see how everything is going with your weight loss goals, it is also a great time to set the stage for your next phase of growth.
Before the year trudges on any further, let’s talk about re-committing to or rearranging current plans, since the majority of people who make New Year’s Resolutions do not achieve them.
If you are struggling to lose weight, here are some ideas to revitalize your efforts: