***Disclaimer: Yes, I am recently board certified in behavior analysis BUT I am at an assistant level and not practicing independently….yet! Having said that, the services I offer through this blog combine my trainings in nutrition and behavior analysis, but I am not practicing independently as an analyst through this blog…yet!
I’m back and a newly minted BOARD CERTIFIED Assistant Behavior Analyst. That’s what I have been up to! I studied for and passed my first boards. Afterwards, I took a (too long) break from my research. But, I am back and studying for my second (and final) round of boards!
It has been MONTHS since I last had time to 1) complete a self-study and 2) actually write about it. This study was a second attempt at a contingency contract in which I made a deal with the devil (Trump) that I would engage in a specific health behavior (no sugar in this case) and if I failed, I owed a whopping 500 dollars to Trump and the Republicans. If you missed my first contract with Trump, go back and check out that blog post entitled How Trump Improves My Weight Loss.
In that contract, I focused only on losing weight and not the actual behaviors that one uses to lose weight. And I was mostly successful although I since gained back a few pounds because I didn’t focus enough on actual health behaviors.
If we are friends on Facebook or you follow me on IG, you may have recently seen a post that depicted my recent failure with the latest behavior contract. I used stickk.com again and entered into an “all or nothing” contract in which I set a date for 3 weeks out and committed to not eating sugar.
I assumed this would go as the last contract went with Trump- that I would be successful. After all, who would give up 500 dollars over sugar?!?!
Well, apparently, I would.
It was the strawberry cake that started it all. I was 2 days into my contract when my brother had a piece of strawberry cake. I was just going to have “1 bite” and then “3 bites” and then “1/2 the piece” And then.
“I will start tomorrow.” And then.
While I am at it, I will eat this whole sleeve of Oreos because it is my last chance before I start the contract tomorrow.” **It should be noted that I had already begun the contract…..
Anyway, I had no “real” plan in place other than to just (“white-knuckling” it) not have sugar- no replacement behaviors set up or antecedent interventions. And as a result….even after the “I will start tomorrow day of cake”….I failed.
I had much less sugar, but I was unable to cut it completely. One of the problems is that I had no outside accountability or replacement behaviors. I only had myself
So, while “I only had myself”, did I pay the $500.00?
Hell no. And that is the beauty of being your own referee. In other words, I didn’t even hold myself accountable to the punishment.
So, the contract didn’t work for me a second time. What do you think? Has something worked for you once, but then you were not successful the second time around?
And speaking of accountability, I am now in an 8-week group accountability challenge with KK Wellness. The owner is a behavior analyst! Check out their Facebook page for more information and stay tuned for my results! I have a good feeling about this one! 🙂
Sidenote: I am so excited to announce that I am in the middle of my certification in Nutrition to better understand the importance of what we put into our bodies! Stay tuned….