Golden Goalies: Incentives big and small

New keeper Debbie Whitt with Golden Goalies leader Sharon Flores.

New keeper Debbie Whitt with Golden Goalies leader Sharon Flores.

Bea Loozer

Golden Goalies sometimes find their own incentives. Maybe someone wants to look great at that upcoming wedding. Fit into a new bathing suit. Get whistled at by a construction worker (sorry for the stereotype). Those incentives and goals help keep us on track.

Believe it or not, one of my goals is to kiss my knees. Yours might be more ambitious, but when my tummy lets my lips touch even one of my knees, I feel I’ve made progress.

In our group we have all sorts of little incentives. For example, each week we drop coins into the piggy pot if we gained weight, and if we lost weight that week we’re in the drawing for the coins and dollars in the piggy pot. If the winner gets only $.30, that’s actually a good thing because it means that only two members gained weight that week. Maybe not so good for the winner of miss piggy, but pretty good for the group.

We also have envelopes containing between $5 and $15 for those who lose consistently if they hold the special envelope. More incentive.

But the most meaningful incentive is striving to reach your goal weight. After maintaining for several weeks, then you become a “keeper.” It’s an honor and one you want to hold on to. We’ve all experienced the yo-yo syndrome, so once you’re a keeper you want to hang on to the position.

Recently Debbie Whitt became a keeper and was ceremoniously awarded a rose. Congrats to Debbie and all of those who have achieved and maintained their keeper status.

Join us on Saturday mornings to work on becoming a keeper, no matter how long it takes. Weigh-in is between 7:00-7:40 a.m. in the Mirror Room of Sun Lakes Country Club. The meeting starts after weigh-in next door in the Friendship Room. Contact Rita at 895-2559 for more information.