I was sure if I was going to do this thing or not, but I decided to join in on my first DietBet. Kimberly over at Manifest Yourself is hosting a 4-week challenge that starts today. The challenge is to lose 4% of your body weight over the game period. It costs $25 to participate and all winners split the pot. It’s not too late to join! You have up to 7 days from the start (today) to do your initial weigh in.
I was a little hesitant to sign-up because while this sort of thing can be motivation to really get my butt in gear, it can also have a more far-reaching negative backlash. I hate getting scale-obsessed and that is something of a necessity for a challenge of this sort. 4% of your body weight doesn’t seem like a lot, but at 188.8 that means 7.5 pounds – almost 2lbs a week. That’s a normal and not crazy number, but oh the pressure of needing to maintain near perfect weight loss for 4 weeks.
I do need a kick in the pants though as I’ve been maintaining a weight that is uncomfortable for me for far too long. It is one thing to drag out weight loss when trying to lose that last 5 pounds, but I have about 40 pounds to lose. I don’t want to be in the obese category anymore.
My gym is having a July diet challenge that I considered signing up for simply to have others to commiserate with in person. However, the rules were just too crazy strict for me. I know for sure that forcing myself to cut out all sugar, all bread/pasta and all fruit would just be too much. That is the sort of challenge that leads to black or white thinking for me. The rules create this de-facto standard – like that is the ideal way of eating – that I would constantly be failing to measure up to. Constant failure would just lead to me saying why bother at all? I think paying a little more attention to the scale for a month is a far better option for me at this time.
My plan for Week 1 is to do the things that I know work but to just be more consistent. I need to limit mindless snacking and stick to 3 meals a day. I’m also going to work on leaving a little food on my plate with each meal (just a few bites) to rather painlessly reduce my intake. I am usually a proud member of the “clean plate club,” but I think I can handle this for a week. I’ll re-evaluate how this level of strictness is working at the end of the week. If I need to temporarily resort to tracking calories (ugh), I just might do so.
If you need a kick in the pants too, consider signing up!