Sweat Equity

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Good morning!

After my post on inspiring workout tips on Saturday, many of you were asking me if I could elaborate on the workout piggy bank idea. I decided what better way to talk about it than to just start one up myself!

A workout piggy bank can be used as a motivational tool. While it is a financial reward, I think the strongest motivational aspect of the bank is that it is a powerful visual tool. Every single day you get to see a reminder of your hard work as you see the bills adding up.

The way it works is that you give yourself a pre-specified amount of money for each workout that you do. The great thing about this bank is that it can be applied to a wide variety of things such as kicking the smoking or pop habit. Each time you succeed at not drinking a can of pop or not lighting up a cigarette, you put that amount of money into the bank!

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I think this workout piggy bank is probably best used as a short-term tool when you are feeling like your workout motivation may need a boost. I wouldn’t use it all the time, but I think it would be fun to use now and then when you need a fun reminder.

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Can I just say that I LOVE that there is a hockey player on the $5 bill. :lol: (See it to the right of the face?). All kinds of awesome. The hockey player is rumoured to be ‘Rocket Richard’ for those of you who might know about this legendary hockey player. Apparently, I have listened to my dad gush about hockey for far too many years!

I decided to use $5 for a regular workout and $10 for a long or difficult workout. I was going to use a Toonie, but Eric told me we need all of our change for the Farmer’s Market, so $5 it was!

Of course, I channeled my inner DIY Network, and named it Sweat Equity.  :biggrin:

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(Not to be confused with SWEET equity, which is a whole other discussion!)  :tongue:

With the slogan, ‘Get a healthy Glo and make some Dough!’

I started after yesterday’s workout and $5 went into the jar.

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Should you wish, you can print off this image below and use it for your own workout piggy bank!

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I haven’t decided what I am going to use the money on, but I figure I have a month to figure out.

If you like this workout tool, you may also like the Fitness Bucket List I did a while back. I still have it on my wall in front of me!

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Breakfast!

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This morning I made Saskatoon Berry Banana Soft Serve using 1 frozen banana, a dash of pure vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of Saskatoon berries (any Saskatoon readers out there!?)  :biggrin:

I made the classic VOO to layer it with.

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I put a big layer of berries at the top.

Saucers are great for catching overflow!

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I loved the Saskatoon berry soft serve. I thought it was going to turn out too tart because the berries have a bit of bite to them, but their strong flavour actually went fabulous with the banana! I liked the Saskatoon berries better than when I tried blueberries.

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Deelish!

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Back to work I go. Have a lovely Tuesday!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 29, 2010

I really love the idea of this workout piggy bank! Have a great day, and thanks for sharing!

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Jessica @ How Sweet June 29, 2010

Wow!! $5 and $10s?! I probably would have put in quarters…LOL! That would definitely get me motivated!

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Teri [a foodie stays fit] June 29, 2010

ditto! i definitely couldn’t afford $5 and $10. Quarters, if I could find them!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 29, 2010

Oh, and those pictures of your breakfast?! Freakin’ phenomenal! I swear, you need to be a food magazine photographer!

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Jenny June 29, 2010

I really love the idea of workout rewards!

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks June 29, 2010

Your Sweat Equity jar is such a fantastic idea! I have been feeling a little blah about my workouts lately — I think I will start my own jar! As for what to spend it on . . . a cute new top maybe? Or a night out with my girlfriends? Oh, lots of possibilities.

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Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 29, 2010

It’s a good idea, but I never have any cash. Maybe I could open a savings account and just transfer the $ over.

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Jenny June 29, 2010

I love your blog and your recipes are great! I am disappointed that you no longer have the link to your recipes. What happened?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Not sure I know what you are talking about…?

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Michelle June 29, 2010

Jenny-
I think I see the same thing you do. And I also know how to fix it :P
Right in the middle of all her links at the top, Home is in the center, and above it is a blank space (on my screen, at least.) That’s where the link to Recipes is. The word is not there but if you click the blank space above Home it will take you to that page. Hope that works!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

eek, can you tell me if it is fixed now? Thanks :)

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Michelle June 30, 2010

Yes – with Home at the end of the list, Recipes is now viewable ;)

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rachael June 29, 2010

What a great idea! I may use it in reverse though. Your food always looks so pretty:)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 29, 2010

Your breakfasts get better and better each day. I never think it’s possible, but somehow you pull it off!!

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Shanna June 29, 2010

Love Sweat Equity piggybank. I think my end goal would be a pair of Christian Louboutins ;)

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Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 29, 2010

Hmm I like the idea. As we don’t need the change for the Farmers Market, I might use toonies and loonies. I wonderin if that would motivate my hubby to come along on workouts with me, which with him coming along would motivate me more as I want to spend lots of time with him after him being gone for so long.

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Maria @ A La Mode June 29, 2010

I’m not sure if you mentioned it, but is your Sweat Equity going towards a specific purchase you’ve been wanting to make?

As always, VOO look amazing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

haha nope :P

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 29, 2010

You are always so polished with your projects. If that was my jar it would be scribbled on a post it and slapped on . . . and probably spelled wrong

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adrienmelaine (confessionsofahealthnut) June 29, 2010

I wish I had that kind of change to spare- I need a clean eating jar- 5 bucks a day when I eat clean- that I feel like I could afford- maybe do it at I stop buying coffee out, that money can just scoot on over to a jar- at the end of the month there might be new Lulus in it for me!

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Ameena June 29, 2010

I love the Sweat Equity idea…I can imagine about 100 things I’d buy with that money. I’d probably start camping out at Anthropologie!

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Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) June 29, 2010

What a fantastic idea! I’m printing this off as soon as I get back to Canada. Looking forward to seeing you on a sunny Saturday morning sometime soon <3
xo

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 29, 2010

I love the idea of a piggy bank, but I never ever have cash on me. Maybe I would have to go by the bank more often.

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Mel June 29, 2010

I would definitely put the money towards something workout-related like a new running jacket or trainers. Maybe if you kept it up for a few months you would have saved up enough for a road bike? I give myself rewards for reaching certain fitness goals and write up what the rewards are going to be on a white board in the kitchen. E.g. I will get a new running top when I manage to run a 5k in under 25 minutes and a new swimsuit when I swim 1500m in 30 minutes.

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alyne June 29, 2010

I like this idea a lot, working out for workout toys :) Makes it worth it! Good investment

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Courtney @ Three Months June 29, 2010

EVERY time you make a variation of banana soft serve, I drool. :)

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Kara @ MyWellnest June 29, 2010

The Sweat Equity piggy bank is a great idea!!!

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Rebel Road Sister June 29, 2010

GREAT IDEA!!

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Brittany June 29, 2010

What a great workout motivator! I agree with Jessica though I’d probably be using quarters or dollars. :)

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Evelyn @ cheers2healthy June 29, 2010

What a cute idea! I support you!!

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Lindsay (Summit Sandwiches) June 29, 2010

I love this idea! Too bad I could probably only afford to put in quarters! Lol. Five dollar and 10 dollar bills would provide major workout incentive. I can’t wait to see what you put the money toward at the end of the month!

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Erin June 29, 2010

Wow, your VOO always look amazing!! So amazing in fact that I’m such an addict now….can’t start a morning with out a good VOO!! :)

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Therese June 29, 2010

Awesome idea! I keep a reward box where I’ve put about 20 small slips of paper in them all with a reward on them and any time I do something I’m particularly proud of health-wise, I get to choose something! I made up a pretty box and keep it out to see! It’s a great tool!

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Callie June 29, 2010

Love the workout piggy bank idea. :)
I have one with a couple of pennies in it. Haha.
Your VOO looks so good.

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Julie @SavvyEats June 29, 2010

Your jar and bucket are both so cute and such great ideas! Love them. :)

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Kristina June 29, 2010

“Sweat Equity” is clever! :)

I started my bank yesterday… you could maybe use yours for a new yellow lululemon… :)

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 29, 2010

A workout piggy bank is such a fun, creative idea! Talk about keeping things interesting. I love it! :D

I also love your breakfast and the cup that you used for it. :D

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Wei-Wei June 29, 2010

What a cute bank! All those 5s and 10s will surely build up eventually… then you can buy yourself something nice! Your breakfast looks seriously amazing. I’ve never heard of Saskatoon berries before! They sound quite interesting ;)

Wei-Wei

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Sarah June 29, 2010

Ooh, I love using money banks as motivation! I used one to purchase a jacket at Lululemon. Love that store but super expensive!!

Your breakfastes would have me leaping out of bed in the morning….talk about sweet dreams :)

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 29, 2010

Workout piggy bank – awesome idea!! If only I could find some cash to put in it :P

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 29, 2010

What a cute idea!! and a profitable one! haha

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Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog June 29, 2010

1) Your fitness bucket list is too cute
2) That coconut butter bread looks AMAZING!
3) I love your blog — I’ve already bookmarked about 20 recipes that I want to try! :)

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Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog June 29, 2010

1) Your fitness bucket list is too cute
2) That coconut butter bread looks AMAZING!
3) I love your blog — I’ve already bookmarked about 20 recipes that I want to try! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

thanks :)

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Ed June 29, 2010

Your Sweat Equity jar is adorable! I love it! I might have to start one for myself. I also love the idea of a fitness bucket list. How is yours coming along?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

It’s stagnant at the moment…I ticked 4 things off the list but nothing as of late I dont think!

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Lindsay June 29, 2010

Another amazing idea! And an absolutely scrumptious looking VOO!!

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Meredith June 29, 2010

Born and raised in Saskatoon! The softserve looks delish.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) June 29, 2010

what a cool idea for the soft serve! i’ve never even heard of those berries, but they look beautiful! also, you and Gena inspired my ice cream breakfast yesterday…yummy! http://heathersdish.com/2010/06/29/ice-cream-for-breakfast/

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