One of the things that the Nerd Fitness Academy emphasizes is that there have to be rewards for achievements. In video games, achievements get you prizes/tools/etc., and in life, we need motivation to keep pushing through the hard work. It’s easy to fall into the trap, however, of rewarding healthy habits with unhealthy behaviours – junk food, etc – so it’s important to have a game plan beforehand.
I have come up with my personalized loot system to share, and I have a couple of different levels of loot.
The first level is for daily healthy habits. I have created a jar with ribbon tape marking points along its side. Each ribbon marks a level of approximately 50 stones, and I can earn up to 5 stones a day for meeting my goals.
My daily goals are to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, to drink 3 litres of water, to get at least 7 hours of sleep, to work out (biking to work, running, going for a swim, a hike, whatever), and to meditate or do yoga. Each 50-stone line on the jar represents a $15 reward. I can either redeem those stones as soon as they hit the mark, or I can keep saving them until I reach a higher reward level. While it will be up to me to decide at the time what I want to use my loot rewards for, I have come up with a few ideas for some of the levels.
$15 – New book (digital or paperback), World of Warcraft mount/pet, inexpensive computer game
$30 – New nerdy t-shirt
$45 – New running outfit
$60 – New bike tires or accessory
$75 – New craft supplies
$90 – New running skirt
$105 – New running shoes
$195 – SmartHalo for my bike (this is a major loot goal for me right now, it combines so many features I want to add to my bike into one device)
I also have major achievement goals.
- There is a new WoW pack coming out that I would like to buy – it costs about $70 USD. Since I didn’t start my loot quest early enough to earn it before the release date, I have set a goal of not purchasing any candy at work (one of my biggest weaknesses – stupid vending machine…) from now until it releases on August 30.
- There are a couple of piercings I want to get. Two, in fact, which will be hidden… *ahem*… Anyway, I can get them if I don’t miss any two workouts in a row between now and the end of September.
- I have my heart set on a running skirt from Sparkle Skirts, but they’re expensive. If I complete my trail run in November in less than 1:45:00, I will be ordering one.
- I am planning on running a half-marathon next June (more on that in a future post). When I complete that, I will be getting a tattoo on my foot, which is going to be reflective of my running. I am going to post some design ideas later as well for feedback.
Lastly, for completing all of my workouts in a week, I will be rewarding myself with a long, hot candlelit bath. It won’t cost me anything, but it’s something I don’t often take the time to do for myself.
I’m already noticing a difference in my behaviours with these rewards. I look longingly at the vending machine at work, then remind myself that I want the game. I almost didn’t get up yesterday morning to run, but then reminded myself that if I miss one workout, I’m more likely to miss two, and then I won’t get my piercings at the end of September (plus I get Epic Quest points if I stick with all of my workouts for long enough, so there’s another motivator).
So many things to work for, and I’m psyched! Bring on the loot!