Colin Daymude’s Blog

Double or nothing; good sales tactic?

Posted in goals, Infusionsoft, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on February 18, 2009

Okay so if you had read any of my earlier posts this year you will know that I set a goal to lose 19 pounds by Feb 14th. And to make myself a little more accountable I did the following:

  • kept an exercise and diet log on my blog
  • bet my 11yr old (bet against me) and 7 yr old (he was on my side)
  • I tweeted about it too to make sure people held me accountable

I thought that the public scrutiny would work but really it was betting against my very competitive 11 yr old that was the toughest. I just wasn’t ready for my kids to know that dad was a real person. The kids do find that out eventually and probably when we least expect it!  But there was no way I was going to purposely cause myself to be knocked from the parental pedestal.  And it doesn’t matter that my son can whip me in a 5k already; psychologically he still thinks I can beat him. Most likely because I have avoided a head to head race.

So here we are, just passed the goal line and I failed miserably!  It was a good start–all 4 or 5 days of it. And it doesn’t matter what the excuse is. Irregular schedule, travel, socializing or just good ole fashion lack of commitment.

As a good parent I had to use this as an opportunity to teach the kids a few lessons. At least that’s the spin I put on it!

Lesson number one:   don’t give up. Just because you set a goal and miss it has no relevance to your ability to set a new goal and complete it. Keeping with Edison, I now know one more way NOT to lose the weight that I wanted to. Perseverance is the key. And there is a perfect quote from Edison on the subject:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Edison

Lesson number two: more accountability is better. So I tought my boys about Double or Nothing. The original bet was $5. You’re right, not much accountability in that dollar figure.  So when I went for double or nothing, Caleb said, NO. What? So I upped it to $20 and then $50. Obviously he is brighter than I am because he held out for $100!

The good news is that I haven’t lost the bet, I still have face and I have much more accountability for stage 2.

I now have until March 9th to lose the 19 pounds (yes the starting point is the same!) and I am changing a few things (of course you can’t expect different results without actually doing something differently).  I got my wife to buy in–she’s an awesome baker and I’ll have none of that. You know, lead us not into temptation! Other than that I am doing a much better job of tracking what I am doing daily by using an iphone application called lose it.

More updates on that to come but now to a little business:

I started thinking about how much more accountable I would be with the double or nothing bet. I don’t win anything at the end except what really matters. The weight loss, pride, healthier eating, completion of another significant goal. The $5 would have meant nothing compared to all the intangibles. It really is about the destination.

And that lead me to think about my company, Infusionsoft , and how we have done the same thing. We are the only CRM company (tough to call us that because we are so much more) to offer a guarantee to Double Your Sales. Double or Nothing. If you don’t double your sales, you pay nothing (a complete refund on the set up and consultation).  And if you do double your sales then we all win. But just like my own personal goal, companies who qualify will have to make a significant committment to make it happen. We just provide the tools and the road map; you have to provide the sweat. And that brings me to another great Edison quote:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Edison

Just think of how much more accountable Infusionsoft is now that we have promissed to double the sales of any company who qualifies?

So Double or Nothing; Good Sales Tactic? I think so because we all come out winners. If I lose my weight, my son doesn’t get $100 or even $5. But keeping dad on a pedestal is priceless.

And if you want to join me and the team on our Nationwide Double Your Sales Tour, just click here and register. Its free!

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Weight Loss Goal Day 3

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 4, 2009

Lost 1.5 Pounds–New weight 202.5 from 209—-6.5 pounds in 3 days—-and not hungry and feel GREAT.

Exercise: 1 hour swim in the am from 7 to 8 while you were still sleeping on a Saturday morning!  I was very tired from the day before and used fins to keep up with everyone–oops then everyone got to use fins adn I was in trouble.  Helped a buddy cut up a white oak tree for most of the day and I’m sore today from it (we cut it and chopped it). So that was alot more exercise than I planned on today but changing things up is a really good idea. Not to mention I had a great time hanging out with a couple of friends, his dogs and horses. Not to mention my firewood pile is once again full. I love the smell of fresh cut wood.

Breakfast:My regular shake. An important part of losing weight is changing things up–not only your exercise but your diet (your body gets complacent easily). But honestly I can eat this shake as one of my meals every day. But I put different frozen fruits in and so it does give it different textures and tastes to keep it interesting.

Snack: You see that I have snacks every day–at least two, if not three times a day. That’s critical. If you let yourself get too hungry then you will overeat on the bad stuff later on. So I had about a cup of nuts and about an ounce of beef jerky. I had to plan ahead and take this snack with me since I knew I would be cutting down a tree and would not have my regular food supplies. Planning is one of the biggest factors in losing weight (or getting anything accomplished).

Lunch: 6 inch turkey and cheese sub from Subway–hey Jared knows what he is talking about. Whenever you have the opportunity to put what equates to a salad on your sandwich, that’s a good thing. No mayo of course–if you don’t have it for a while you will think it is disgusting. Because it is. Mustard may take some getting used to by some people but once you do you will realize that it is not only added flavor, but has essentially no bad calories. And a large diet coke! Yum–this really is dessert. Look at it this way, if you were stuck in the middle of a dessert for a week with nothing to eat or drink, the first thing you would want is a glass of water. So what we crave is all relative. If you get rid of the nasty stuff you have been eating—you will stop craving it and actually realize that it is nasty when you go back and try it later on. I have a huge sweet tooth but I think regular Coke is disgusting now that I am used to Diet Coke (I used to be hooked on regular Coke).

Snack: a few more nuts and beef jerky and a hard boiled egg–cause we didn’t eat until late.

Dinner: a burrito bowl from Chipotle. Yes I cheated on the “white” rule (nothing white) by getting white rice and cheese instead of salad in my bowl. But to be honest, I know i needed the calories and probably the carbs and I had waited too long to eat (had I had a healthy snack with me I would have been able to resist the rice).

Snack—no after dinner snack since it was so late and I was feeling pretty full from the Burrito bowl. Even though it is grilled chicken and salsa (a very good food) that dinner was still probably packed with a ton of calories and not all good ones. But if your hungry–you should eat–just make it something good.

Weight Loss Goal Day 2

Posted in goals, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 2, 2009

Let’s start with                            Lost 2 Pounds

Exercise: because I got up at 5:30 and started my day that way. That’s just what you have to do to accomplish your goals. I went to Master’s swim practice–where I am by far the slowest person in the pool many times. That’s okay–I’m faster than all the people laying in bed!  I think we did about 4000 yards. A pretty tough workout actually, I was tired.

Breakfast: 1/2 cup of Blueberries again with 1/2 cup of Steel cut oatmeal and 1 tablespoon flaxseed. Because I worked out hard I added a half scoop of protein powder–this is fortified like a multi-vitamin.

Whatever you do when you are cutting calories. DONT over do it–your body will fight back and  you will over eat later.

Snack: Banana and a large glass of water

Lunch: 6 inch ultimate sub on 5 grain bread from Publix. I had lettuce, tomato, green peppers and spicy mustard. This is a real treat and fills me up pretty well. Its a complete meal with bread, veggies, cheese and meat.I went crazy with a large diet coke. This is like dessert to me….

Snack: Sardines. Ohh Suzanne hates the smell but they are awesome for you. One of the cleanest fishes and best sources of Omega 3’s fatty oils. Fat is good as long as it is good fat.

Dinner: Lentil soup over whole grain pasta with fresh spinach. Large glass of water.

Snack: Yogurt with that WASA wafer thing that I like so much.

That’s is for tonight–weigh in #2 tomorrow!

Weight Loss Goal Day 1

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 2, 2009

Okay, first day down. 3 pounds lost and Caleb is not too happy. Goal for this week was just 3 pounds. At this rate I’ll be done by the end of the week but I know the losses don’t keep up at this pace….

So here’s how I did it.  First of all I won’t say “diet”–oops I just said it! For me it’s always just being a consistently better, healthier eater. I call it “clean” eating.

I ate clean yesterday. That means nothing white; no sugar, white bread, white rice, mayo etc.

Breakfast:  1/2 cup Steal cut oats with 1/2 cup fresh blackberries and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Snack: About 1/2 cup raw cashews/walnuts

Lunch: Suzanne fixed a wrap with whole wheat tortilla, 2 slices of turkey, tomatoes, fresh spinach and spicy mustard (yum).

Snack: we went to see Marley and me so I took about 2 oz of beef jerky that I had bought from Pigeon Forge, TN and some more nuts.

Dinner: a very awesome, yummy shake with 1 cup of mixed berries (frozen so they make the shake thick), flaxseed, spinach, 1 cup soy milk

Snack: a cup of fat free yogurt (blueberry) with a piece of WASA cracker (don’t know what these are but they are bigger than a piece of bread, crunchy, somewhat tasty, whole grain and yummy)

There you have it, completely satisfied all day. If you’re hungry–you should eat. Losing weight is about adding to your diet. Replacing the bad with even more good.

Exercise: I walked 5 minutes, ran 5 minutes over the river and through the woods for 58 minutes.

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