As a business owner with two young children, Amber Temerity for years struggled to prioritize her own needs.
So when she heard about HealthyWage—a company that allows you to earn money to lose weight—her interest was immediately piqued. The opportunity to integrate her financial and weight loss goals seemed too good to be true.
It wasn’t: Amber earned $1,500 and lost 60 pounds in only nine months.
HealthyWage allows you to bet on your ability to lose weight, with participants setting their own weight loss goals, time-frames, and wager amounts. If you meet your goals, you receive your wager back, plus an additional cash prize (with greater amounts awarded for bigger wagers and weight loss goals). If you fail to meet your weight loss goal, your money goes toward other participants’ earnings.
With her two kids born just 16 months apart, Amber had been either pregnant or breastfeeding for four years straight; prioritizing her weight loss had been a struggle. She was also working to grow her business as an efficiency strategist, helping other online business owners master their marketing strategies and productivity systems. Amber had made a promise to herself to avoid business-related debt, but was anxious to invest in tools that would allow her to spend less time online—and more time with her kids.
Determined to realize her physical and financial goals, Amber placed a bet with HealthyWage. With her money on the line, failing to lose the weight was simply not an option.
“Joining forces with HealthyWage forced me to make myself a priority again—something I’d lost sight of for many years,” says Amber.
By following a fairly clean-eating diet (no processed foods, but not restrictive to the point of being unsustainable), visiting her local YMCA (free childcare!), and incorporating more movement into her day-to-day routine, Amber saw the pounds begin to melt off.
“The best part was knowing that literally EVERYTHING involved in this adventure was to benefit me and my family – losing weight, living healthier, and winning money that I could use to better myself even further.”
Studies confirm that adding money to the equation is an effective means of enhancing weight loss success. The financial element is powerful in helping people a) commit to a specific starting point, and b) avoid quitting before accomplishing their goals.
In the end, Amber’s major weight loss resulted in a hefty check. After working with her husband to determine the smartest use of the money, Amber put the cash toward the business tools she’d long been eyeing—avoiding the debt spiral she may have otherwise faced.
While Amber knows it would have been possible to lose the weight without the financial incentive, she credits HealthyWage as the boost she needed to get serious about her health.
“While the process of getting fit is rewarding in and of itself, every little bit of encouragement helps. Take the time to invest in yourself, both in time and in money, and your rewards will compound.”
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This article was written by Cortnay Cymrot, a contributing writer for Varo.