Submitted by dietgirl on Tue, 06/06/2006 - 8:36pm.

I just had a great idea, it may help me loose the weight!

As I sat at my office desk, I looked out the window at a view of the busy highway. I started thinking about speeding and car accidents (because they happen often on this highway outside my window) and how much it would suck to get in a wreck or get a traffic ticket. I then began thinking about all the money I lost to stupid fender-benders and traffic tickets over the past three years. It's not a life-changing amount, but it adds up to an airplane ticket, or two, to visit my sister or my parents on the other side of the country.

I am a very cautious driver after the last ticket and silly fender-bender I had in the office parking lot a few months back; I hate to though away money for silly reasons.

What does this have to do with my diet? Well, I'm getting fat for silly reasons. It's because I just don't try to eat right. I always find myself "taking the path of least resistance". And, frankly that is not who I want to be. I want to go after my goals and accomplish something... even if it is as narcissistic as losing 10 lbs so I look good in a swimsuit.

So, I am going to start ticketing myself when I go off the "path" of my diet. Whenever I eat a non-approved cookie, for example, I will have to pay a penalty. If I lose at least one pound at the end of the week, I will allow myself to get 1/4 of the money back. If I loose two pounds I will get all the money back - because that means I reached my goal. (which I have never done!)

Sure, I am paying $20 something dollars to follow their diet... but I'm not thinking about it - it's not enough to make me really commit I guess. The penalty or ticket needs to be big so I really don't want to give up the cash... and I need to put the money where I really, really can't get to it. This may sound bad, but it has to hurt or it's not going to work!

I'll think about this tonight more and let you know what my plan is going to be.