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Stickk, Reach Your Goal or Pay Up

Would You StickK to It?

Would you lose weight if you were legally bound to do so or else pay a hefty price?

The New York Sun is reporting StickK a new motivational company plans to have a Web site offering individuals hoping to reach a goal — such as sticking to a diet — legally-binding contracts where they will pay a set dollar amount to a charity if they fail in reaching their goal. The theory is simple, you decide on an amount to put up as collateral if you fail at your goal and give StickK your credit card number, which will be charged if you miss your objectives. There will also be a verification system, such as a designated friend or gym that will chart customers' progress — so no cheating allowed.

I know everyone is motivated in their own unique ways, but this sounds stressful to me. If you hit a plateau or fall of the bandwagon for a week or so, you're out a wad of cash. I'll be curious to follow the site and see how many takers they get but until then, do you think a program such as StickK would work for you?


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RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
My friends have done this amongst themselves (winners kept their money and split the losers dough equally amongst themselves) for weight loss. They said it made it more fun. I don't see how a website that takes your money and gives it to charity is an incentive (you can't earn money, only lose it) to stick to your goals. And like others said, you can cop out by saying, "Well, I'm really doing a good deed by not reaching my goals because I'm giving to charity."
CocoLoco CocoLoco 9 years
I would do it; I work best when I'm competing with myself somehow. However, I agree with Georgie that I'd feel bad and give money to the charity anyway.
melda melda 9 years
georgie2 georgie2 9 years
I'm with marygrace and gibsongirl, my first thought was why is giving charity a "punishment"? And i even commented to my sister that I'd be like, oh well, I'm donating to charity if i don't meet my goals!
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 9 years
If you have the kind of money that you'd be able to sign up for something like this, then it wouldn't be a big deal to be forced to make a donation to charity. It's not very motivational at all really. One would have thoughts like "i don't feel like working out today, oh well, this way a little kid in a third workd country will be able to eat". Not really a good thought process to get into.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Heck no...!!!
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 9 years
Why would you WANT to do that?!
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I think its a neat idea but I honestly think you could write up your own 'contract' and challenge yourselves without the money. I think I might do that!
Peyote Peyote 9 years
NO WAY! Fuck that.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So they keep your money? So if you think charging a large amount will keep you in check and then you can't you're kind of well...screwed.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No way, talk about added stress. This is awful.
marygrace marygrace 9 years
this seems really weird. also, it puts charity in sort of a weird light - since you have to pay to charity when you fail to meet your goals, it makes it seem like donating to charity is a BAD thing. there's got to be a better way to motivate yourself than this!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
What if you're, like, one or two pounds off of your goal? Hell, a different scale will give that kind of variation. I'd rather reward, or punish, myself.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I would give it a shot - but only to make sure I went to the gym a certain number of times...and if it was for a charity I like
nikolem2 nikolem2 9 years
What if matters out of your control force you to pay up? Seems just too serious. You can exercise, eat right, and be losing weight without seeing a change in the scale...
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I couldn't do it...who would join during the holidays?!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
ahh! the pressure!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I wouldn't try it. I am good at following my own rules to start with and I don't need to PAY if I feel like changing something up :)
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