Weight Loss Buy Back Program
Posted on March 14, 2019
There was a time in my life when I was "obese" based on my body mass index. I took control by starting to exercise regularly and inventing a diet I called "Juice & Salad" where I ate, almost exclusively, juice and salad (I was buying a lot of fruit and vegetables). Over the course of about eight months I went from 215 to 165 lbs. As I returned to a normal diet my weight leveled out at 175 to 180 lbs.
When my wifi scale died in early 2018 (RIP) I had been in that range for a number of years and decided not to replace it. I was shocked and sad when I stepped on a scale a few days ago and it read 193.8 lbs.
I was tempted to return to my Juice & Salad™ but the CDC suggests healthy weight loss is no more than 1 or 2 pounds per week, and it’s not about a diet or a program as much as creating an ongoing lifestyle that involves healthy eating and regular exercise. Following this advice it will take me 18 weeks to get back to 175 lbs (and in the "normal" BMI range). If I start now I’ll be at my target weight in July. (Swimsuit season!)
Initially I thought this would be the perfect use case for Beeminder, which charges you money if you miss your goals. I love the idea of commitment contracts, but since I have shareholders, my proposal is to penalize myself with a share buyback program.
(Not sure how buybacks work? Here is a quick primer.)
If I don’t lose weight, I lose money, which facilitates market liquidity and increases the voting power of all shareholders. It's a true win-win!
Proposal: For 18 weeks I will record my weight each day with the goal of losing 1 pound per week based on a rolling average. For every 1/10th of a pound over my target weight I will purchase two (2) shares on the open market (so a 1/2 pound would be ten shares, which at current rates would be a penalty of $57.10).
This vote will end on
March 17th. Update: Vote extended because delay in sending out email to shareholders. The exact terms of this vote may change during the open voting period based on shareholder feedback.