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Betting on Myself

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Today is the start of the second DietBet I joined. This one has a wager of $50! My starting weight for this one is the same as the other one, because they let you submit your starting weight up to two days in advance, so when I did my pictures on the first day of my first Bet, it was within that two day window for this Bet. Anyway, the starting weight is 242.6 clothed (241.0 naked).

Now that I have $75 on the line between my two DietBets, I am SUPER determined to lose the weight this month! I'm pretty confident I can do it. I need to lose 9.7 pounds and on both of my previous Spark Journeys I was able to lose over 10 pounds in the first month. The trick will be keeping it up in the following months if I do more DietBets moving forward, since you always have the initial big loss of water weight in the beginning, plus your body gets kind of shocked at the start, but then figures out what's going on and your metabolism slows.

Yesterday I did my stationary bike after work and I think I WAY overdid it. I felt on the verge of throwing up almost the entire time and I burned 617 calories in 45 minutes according to my heart rate monitor. That's A LOT for the bike, because in the past I've always burned fewer calories on the bike than on the treadmill in the same amount of time. And the last time I did the treadmill before I hurt my foot, I only burned around 500 calories in 45 minutes.

At least Wednesday is my day off from Strength Training, so I got to rest after that. My ST schedule is going to be upper body on Tuesday and Saturday, core on Thursday and Sunday, and lower body on Friday and Monday. Speaking of ST, the soreness from my upper body work on Tuesday kicked in HARD CORE last night. I can barely move my arms. My pecs are in agony. I even broke down and took two Alieve before work this morning, even though I know taking anti-inflammatories can inhibit muscle growth/strength. I needed to be able to function today!

When I got into work today, I pre-tracked all of my food only to have my sister call as soon as I finished. She wants for all of us to go out to dinner together tonight while my Mom's in town. As much as I love seeing my sister's family and my Mom (who I'd be seeing tomorrow night anyway, since she's staying at my house), I do NOT want to face this challenge of eating out so early in this process. Plus I was kind of looking forward to the dinner that I'd pre-tracked (Slimmer Sloppy Joes from the SparkPeople cook book).

We're going to Moe's, the Tex-Mex burrito place that my sister loves for some inexplicable reason. I am not impressed with their food and I'm completely unwilling to waste one of my "over days" on that garbage. So I spent some time on their web site trying to figure out something I can eat that will keep me in my ranges. I've settled on a "Burrito Bowl" with chicken, rice, and veggies. The sodium is ridiculous, but that's just unavoidable when you eat out apparently. At least I'll be in all my other ranges if I stick to my planned food for the rest of today.

Speaking of "over days", I had my pizza last night and I was only up .4 pounds this morning, which isn't bad at all. Since I was so far over on my sodium yesterday, I expected a lot more water weight. Since I'll be high on sodium again today, I think I won't worry about weighing in again until the weekend when I've had a chance to flush it all out.

For tonight's exercise, I think I may try walking on the treadmill a bit. My butt still hurts too much to do the bike a second night in a row and I don't want to overdo it on my foot, so I will take it easy and stop at the first sign of any trouble. I want to get SOME cardio in tonight, since my Mom is staying with us tomorrow night and I likely won't have time/opportunity and I promised I'd do 4 days of cardio per week in my May Goals. Tonight's core ST as well, so that's always fun.....
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  • THE_NEW_ME_24
    I just saw your status... that fast forward one month you have won your first diet bet. Congratulations! I just joined my first and then second diet bets myself. Everything you said in this post about the diet bet is exactly what is going through my head as well. No problem losing 4% in one month. Only a couple days in and I'm already a quarter of the way down. The question will be if I can keep up the momentum and keep losing afterward. Perhaps I should join another bet, during the second half of these bets just to assure that I don't win and celebrate too much and fall off the wagon again.
    1540 days ago
  • SHOES17
    1566 days ago
    Best o' luck on BOTH bets! That is such a neat idea!!!
    1566 days ago
    I joined two challenges at Curves and TOPS which had a prize. I came in second at Curves and first at TOPS so a money challenge worked great for me.
    1566 days ago
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