I had a catch up with a friend from work the other day - we're both members of a work Google Plus Lego community and in a similar boat - we both buy too much Lego, and her husband and my wife can't see the point.
She asked me how I was - about 18 months ago I had a lovely week when I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and prostate cancer. Fortunately the NHS had been amazing, and I had surgery within 8 weeks of being diagnosed, but as far as the diabetes was concerned, I was borderline and it was suggested to me that if I shift enough weight, I could come off the medication. Sadly, despite my best efforts, the weight has resolutely refused to shift, which has nothing to do with my love of snacks, no sirree!
So while talking to my friend, I conceived of a cunning plan:
I'm currently 18st 4lb, and I want the last two Technic sets of 1H19 that I don't have - the Tracked Loader and the RC Stunt Racer - so I declared that I couldn't buy them (or any other Lego) until I get down to 17st 7lb. And then I can't buy any more (Welcome to Apolalypseburg comes to John Lewis on June 1st!) until I get to 17st. And so on - I can reward myself at every half stone lost. I've decided I like Lego more than I like crisps and a KitKat for breakfast!
I posted this on the G+ Community, as much as a 'Well I've said it, so I'll have to stick to it now.' sort of thing as anything else, and not only did I get messages of encouragement, it appears that JL has quite a few Lego fans that are a bit larger then they'd like to be, so a number of my colleagues have signed up for some variation of 'Lose weight, get Lego.'
So I figured I'd mention it here too - the more people who know about it, the more likely I am to stick to it.
Now where's that carrot stick?