This article gave me a great idea! Sparkpeople's fitness reports just don't give me the feedback visualization I need. I think I am going to make a dry erase calendar at home so I can see what days I exercised...and how many days I have gone without. Exercise is the hardest thing to be consistent for me.
This article left me wanting more. What is a consistency board? Why did the author not include an example. This was very frustrating, like a tease. I am a self-employed teacher, so I am not familiar with consistency boards. I would like to see some examples that I could adapt to my work/life schedule.
10/18/2011 10:31:48 AM
I work at a company that has a wellness team. We come up with some pretty decent ideas to help out employees. example: over the hoidays starting with Thanksgiving, we do a "maintain don't gain". we take a starting weight and check it weekly in hopes that we don't gain anything. it seems to work pretty good. however, we discover that the people who participate in these "contests" are the group of people that don't neccessarly need to. The more unhealthy people don't take part.
One of my coworkers did a Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge and said anyone can participate in it. About 50% of my coworkers participated in it and the other half was offended that my coworker came up with the idea.
For me I liked the idea but I did not participate in it. I can see how others could get offended though.
I think that half of my weight issues of diet pills and starvation started at work - not blaming them at all but when you hear "OMG you look great! What are you doing?" Starvation and pills look like a win-win but when you say "working my a** off and eating many good calories - people don't take it as seriously - cause - face it - hard work and eating well don't sit goot on the regular diet front! Totally sucks!
My office is the exact opposite. Every day there is a mound of junk food (cookies, candy, chips, donuts, pie, brownies) etc. on the big "share table." Our business has very erratic hours so many people do not bring lunch with them, they just graze on junk all day or do the drive-through routine. Most live on sugar and caffeine. Very unhealthy environment. I can't wait to leave in 5 weeks.
This blog and people's responses make me think of the quote (probably not quite right) that the only think that leads to change is the action of a committed person. Any one of us can start this kind of a movement -- no guarantee that it will take hold in any given situation, but a sure guarantee that without the starting by someone, it will never happen.
6/15/2010 9:59:39 PM
On the surface this seems like a good idea; however, I have noticed a trend in "motivational" practices that really amount to a shame-based system. Who wants to publish their less-than-stellar performance for all of their co-workers to see? There is an emotional cost of using fear of shame to motivate us to change our behavior that may be more detrimental to our overall health than a few extra pounds.
That's a great idea. Our insurance company proposed a 108% increase in premiums this year, which has shaken everyone's complacency. This is due to the high number of people with chronic illnesses working with us. I've been trying to think of some encouraging-not pushy ways to perk us up. The first challenge goes on the bulletin board in the break room tomorrow - not pushy, just a way to track one goal at a time.
8/14/2009 4:32:23 PM
I like this idea! However, it will work with a certain group that likes to be a team and that is supportive of one another. Not all offices are like this! Where I work, there are a lot of investment analysts, and they tend to stay in their own cubicles, staring at computers and interacting with data and numbers, not people. I hope to try this with a few people next time I find the right opportunity.
I have seen a "healthy life" attitude take off like wildfire in our office! When I started a year ago everyone joked that anyone who starts here puts on 10 lbs. I have tried to consistently eat healthy choices, talk about a healthy lifestyle, basically live it out in front of them and am now seeing more and more of my co-workers striving for that in their lives. I won't take all of the credit, but a positive lifestyle, breeds one in others, this idea is great and I am going to try to incorporate it into workplace, I believe everyone will benefit from it!!!
My office does not like these types of things. I tried to get them to bring WW in b/c so many folks do it here, but they said they didn't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable and also it was a slippery slope for other programs people might want to do. BOO on them.
8/7/2008 12:06:15 PM
That was good ! I never thought of it as two steps forward and one step back, I was always beating me up everytime I did it wrong. Thank you for this article.
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