I was listening to NPR on the way home today (what I call, my “healthy guilty” pleasure) and there was an interview with Morgan Spurlock (yep, the guy who did “Super Size Me” and the TV show, “30 days”. I’m actually a big fan of his and I was excited for the interview but also for the release of his newest film, “Freakonomics” (yup, based on the national bestseller).
If you live in LA, there is a screening tonight (Wednesday) at the Landmark in West L.A and you only have to pay what you think is fair, love it.
Heres the trailer for the movie:
Anyhow, incase you aren’t familiar with the book or the film, its basically all about examining human behavior through statistics and incentives. Forget “morals and ethics”. I find this rather fascinating.
I was wondering how having incentives might work for recovery. Renee Zellweger (my “gym buddy”) was offered millions to gain weight for Bridget Jones’ Diary. Would you put on 20 plus pounds if you were offered that much money (even if you are currently at a healthy weight).
In the movie, they told kids of an inner city school that they would receive 50 bucks for every grade they got above a C. The producers upped the ante and told them if they pass all their classes, their “report card” enters a drawing where they can win 500 bucks. I’m sure your guess is correct, grades skyrocketed.
So lets put ethics and morals aside. Honestly, I think I’d find a way to put the weight on if I was offered that much money. I’m not superficial, I don’t have lots of extravaganct needs, and I definely dont think money buys you happiness. However, there are lots of things I would love to do with that money. Invest in my “yoga studio/cafe” idea, get a better apartment, donate to my favorite charity, free all the puppies from the poppy mills, etc. My point is, I do think incentive can drive us to do things we think are impossible for us to accomplish. Whether it be weight gain or getting an A. With incentives, I believe we might accomplish the impossible.
However, in my current situation, I realized I dont really have concrete incentives. The changes and goals that I’m working dont have a big incentive driving them. I realized today how desperately I’m seeking that incentive. I actually thought for a period of time that my incentive was to have kids someday, but to be honest with you, after teaching for almost a year, that incentive is down the drain.
What are your incentives for you goals? Would you put on weight if you got paid that much?
I am sorry for a kind of sappy post, I had a pretty awful day and this was the only thing my hands and mind regurgitated. Anyhow, I leave you with a simple recipe for coconut milk ice cream
-1 1/2 cups coconut milk (or any milk)
-1/2 cup greek yogurt of choice (I use vanilla flavored, but even cottage cheese works!)
-2 tbs chocolate flavored protein powder (or any flavor you like)
-handful of frozen berries of choice (I used rasperberries)
-extra sweetener (I didn’t use any extra but you can if you like it extra sweet)
Blend all the ingredients
Non-ice cream maker method: pour mixture into an ice cube tray and until it freezes or at least firms up a bit. Then give it a light whix in the blender again and voila!
Ice-cream maker method: flip the switch and let it do its thing for about 30 minuets. I find that I need to scrape down the sides during the process so do that to get it a good consistency.