A couple of weeks ago I climbed into the loft and pulled out a pair of jeans I put away while I was pregnant with James. Curiosity had me pulling those skinny jeans on, and I was thrilled to not only do them up easily, but actually they are a little loose.
How I got Back into My Pre-Baby Skinny Jeans (and got paid for it – and YOU can too!)
I’m not a big one for dieting, and I don’t run, or swim, or take part in team sports. I’m pretty busy looking after my boys! I have no idea what I weigh. I haven’t stepped on scales since my 6-week check at the GP’s after giving birth to Noah. Before then, the last time was at the midwife check ups. I haven’t taken any interest in the numbers, and I couldn’t tell you how much weight I gained with either of my babies. Probably for the past five or six years the only times I’ve been weighed, I’ve been in the middle of a medical check up!
I do know that I wore a size 12-14 during my pregnancy with Noah, and now I’m a size 10.
Before I was pregnant with James I was a size 8-10, so I’ve some way to go before I’ll be back in all my clothes, but hey, any achievement is worth celebrating!
How have I done it? I’ve made sure I’ve kept active by using an app called Pact. It motivates me to workout at least four times per week (you can set it for less sessions, or more – up to seven), because if I don’t work out as many times as I pledge it will charge me money – $5 for every missed session! But if I complete four 30-minute workouts, I’ll earn money.
Pact links with other health apps
You can link up the app to other apps like RunKeeper and also movement monitors like Fitbit. They synch automatically with Pact, so you can either do more than 10,000 steps in one day with Fitbit, or do a (minimum) thirty minute work out through MapMyFitness, Runkeeper – Track Running with GPS – FitnessKeeper, Inc., or the motion tracker within Pact to count towards your weekly total. You have 1.5 hours to compete 30 active minutes, which is needed most of the time, because not every minute of a workout is active enough to register when using the motion sensor – for example, during warm up and cool down time.
Earn money for using MyFitnessPal
You can also earn money for logging at least 1500 calories per day through Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal – MyFitnessPal.com.
Earn money for eating fruit and veggies!
The app will also pay out if you eat as many veggies or fruit as you pledge to eat each week, too. Of course, it’ll charge you if you don’t! The vegetables and fruits are voted for by the Pact community. You photograph yourself eating it, and they decide if it counts towards your Pact. This I found far too stressful. Sometimes your veggie will go through, sometimes it won’t. Sometimes I’d have people saying they couldn’t tell a plate of prepared strawberries was going to be eaten, but a single strawberry-eating-selfie would get voted down as “not a full serving”. They can’t agree whether corn is a veggie, or sweet potato. And juice! Oh my goodness, the Pact community cannot convene over juice – is it a fruit/veggie or not?!
How much can you earn using Pact App?
However, the question you’re dying to ask is, “how much do you earn?” And the reply, truthfully has to be – “not a lot”. I’ve been using the app, with regular breaks for holidays or pregnancy, for about three years. I’ve cashed out over $100, and I’ve got nearly $30 ready to pay into my PayPal account. Each week, four workouts earns me between 80c and $1, which is never going to pay for gym membership or anything like that, but it is more than I earned before! You’ll notice that all the amounts are in dollars – it’s an American app so actually I’m earning around 50p- 75p a week by completing four workouts. I’m saving up my money now for a Fitbit – then I’ll be able to pledge to do more, and therefore earn more. Previous payouts have been donated to the American Brain Tumor Association, and other charities, but I could have spent it on anything I wanted – once it’s in your PayPal account it’s yours, of course!
How much can you cash out using Pact App?
You’ll earn a varying amount each week because you’re gaining from other people not making their pacts. Everyone pledges at least $5 per missed workout – if $5 doesn’t make you get out of bed, you can pledge much more, though you won’t earn any more – and the app really does take money from your linked bank or credit card if you miss one of the sessions, calorie counts, or veggies. That money goes into a pot, the app creators take their cut, and the rest is shared among those who did everything they said they would.
Can I recommend Pact App?
So, do I recommend the app? Yes! I’ve never had to pay up, and so its money for nothing! And fitting back into my skinnies has really made my weekend!