Ok, so about 3 times this year, I've started working out, and then after about 2 weeks, I just quit because I find I have no motivation. Back when I was wrestling, I had to be in shape or I would get beat up on in front of large amounts of people. Now, if I'm not in shape, I just go to work and am like the majority of the general population. I've always said that the only way that I could get back into shape would be to either a)get back into competitive sports, which isn't going to happen, I'm not crazy enough to do MMA, or b)make a bet with someone that had a consequence that actually meant something to me.
So, obviously option B is the only thing that will ever get me off of my butt. In order for me to bet something with any one person, I'd have to bet like 5k or some meaningful amount of money. I'm pretty sure I don't know anyone that would do that with me, so I'm going to have to make a smaller bet with a bunch of people.
First, I need to think of some kind of measurement of me being "in shape". I want my time frame to be the next 4 months, i.e. until the end of winter vacation. I was thinking something like "Run a mile in x amount of time", bench x pounds, or some combination of both, but where 'x' would be a little more attainable in each case. FWIW, I probably can't even run a mile in 9 minutes now and I probably can't bench 225. So I pretty much am hoping you guys can give me some ideas on this one.
Once I have 2 or 3 good ideas, I'm going to send out a myspace bulletin (gay, I know, but only way I know how to get a lot of people in on the action)asking what "challenge" people would like to see me complete. I'll leave the "voting" open for 3 days or so, and whichever has the most votes is what I will do.
For everyone that votes (either for the winning thing or just votes in general, not sure what I want to do yet), if I don't meet the challenge by the end of the year, I'll have to treat them to a night on the town, i.e. go out and pay for all of their drinks one night. If I have a lot of people respond, then this money would definitely add up, and would be something that I would rather not do. If I do reach the goal, then I just don't have to do it, and I'm in good shape and not a turd like I am now. I'm obviously willing to other "bet" ideas, this was just the first thing I could think of.
So, any ideas for how to measure my in-shape-ness? Oh, and you guys can all be in the action too, with my potential night on the town to be paid at NCAAs.