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Diet Bet Update

September 5th, 2016 at 02:58 pm

I started a six month Diet Bet on May 3. I won round one, but did not win rounds 2-4! Ugh. I keep trying and have been making progress, just not at the prescribed pace. I have been great at exercise, and have even found a friend during the process! I walk the neighborhood as does she with her dog. We kept running into each other and saying hi, eventually we introduced ourselves and chatted a bit more. Now that school has started and we are going to walk and talk!

Now that I'm on month 5 I am determined to make it to my goal weight by October 3. I have just over 6 pounds to lose. I'm committed to walking more and adding in some squats and push ups. I'm going to drink at least 80oz of water (10 cups) everyday and I'm back to really watching my calories and food intake.

As I have learned AGAIN...I can't out run/walk a bad diet. One has to keep trying to reach those goals. Weight loss is similar to managing finances. If you don't try you are going to miss every time.

I don't regret doing the Diet Bet even though I have failed a few months. I think it has kept me going and more accountable than if I didn't do it. It is always there in the back of my mind reminding me of what my goal was: my health. I might even consider another one after this one ends, as I know I have more to lose when I finish this one.

5 Responses to “Diet Bet Update”

  1. Jenn Says:

    Stick with it! You'll get there. Maybe you could think of some things to make your healthy lifestyle feel like a reward instead of deprivation - a new smoothie recipe, a new song for your exercise playlist, a massage night with your husband, etc.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    You can do it! I've never done one of the 6-month ones; I can see how it would be hard to make consistent progress over that time.

    My new routine, which I kind of just fell into by gradually adding habits, is:
    - Weight training every weekday morning (usuall 50 crunches, 20 squats and 20 pushups)
    - Skip breakfast
    - Reasonable portion for lunch
    - Nice size dinner (seconds are OK!)
    - Walk at least 2 miles
    - No more night snacking
    - If I know I'm going to be snacking (like at a party), skip or reduce either lunch or dinner

    I've slowly formed and solidified all these habits over the course of the time since we got back from Europe, so it's been about a month and a half. I've had all the habits in place for about four weeks, and I've lost about 3 lbs. total. I'm OK with that gradual process since this feels like a comfortable routine that I can stick with for a while.

    I realized that what I'm doing is similar to "intermittent fasting" which is becoming a buzzword of late. I typically eat lunch at noon or 1pm and dinner at 6:30 or 7pm, so I essentially have 16-17 hours of the day that I'm not eating. (I do allow myself coffee, alcohol and the occasional diet soda during the "fasting" period though, so I'm not sure if I'm technically fasting.)

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The more veggies you add into your diet, the more food you can eat. Smile (depending on how they're prepared of course.)

    The thing I didn't like about the Dietbet is that even though I was able to also "win" the first month (and I think the second) by the 3rd month my body just had slowed WAY down ... and I got discouraged ... Hope you can make it for the final push!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    @ceejay, thanks for sharing what is working for you. I'm walking nearly five miles a day and doing some strength exercises. I'm just snacking too much, but the last two days have been a little better. At least I don't seem to be gaining weight!

    @FT, yes I do eat a fair number of veggies. Half my plate was a salad tonight along with fish. I also make green smoothies (kale and spinach blended with various fruits. I need to make veggies my snacks!!

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    @Jenn, thank you for your suggestions. I thought winning money would be enough and on some level it is, but it's been dangling in front of me for too many months that it isn't as motivational as I expected.

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