Bet On It

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!

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One Response to Bet On It

  1. LaShawn says:

    Good Luck! I know what you mean about maintaining a weight you are uncomfortable with . I feel the same way! I need something to jump start my weight loss again, but it wouldn’t be right to try until after I come back from vacation

    I understand about waiting. It is tough to “go hard” when your routine gets interrupted and what’s a vacation when you have to be on a strict diet? :) I just got back from 2 weekends of loosey-goosey eating from being out of town. I was more than ready to buckle down and get some more vegetables in my life!

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