Friday, October 11, 2013

Diet Bet Week 1

I made it through week 1 of the Diet Bet.  I stepped on the scale this morning and my current weight is......

Well, before I reveal my weight let me tell you a little bit about the past week!

My co-workers and I usually go out to eat EVERY SINGLE DAY of the week!  This week we only went out ONCE!  I didn't exercise as much as I wanted.  Actually I really didn't exercise at all.  I walked at work once or twice, but that was it.  Next week I have to step up my exercise program!

Now, for the weigh-in!  Drum roll please..........162.0!!!!!!  That's a weight loss of 3.5 pounds!!!

I know it won't be that every week, but like the picture above says "progress is progress"!!!

My goal is to be in the 150's next week.  Hope you stop back by and see if I made it!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Diet Bet

I have struggled with my weight almost my entire adult life.  I had no problem with my weight as a child/teenager.  I think it really started when my kids were little.  They wouldn't eat something, so I would finish it for them.  We would bake homemade bread and eat the entire loaf as soon as it came out of the oven!  You get the picture.

In 1996/97 I decided to do something about my weight.  I started running/exercising and also watched what I ate.  The weight started falling off!  I went from the 150's to below 120 in about four months.  I also went from a size 14 to a size 4!  It was awesome!!  Of course, some people said I was losing too much weight!  What?  Losing too much weight?  Was that even possible?  OK, maybe I became a little obsessed....

2001 was not a good year for me.  I had surgery.  I had a stroke.  The company I worked for went bankrupt and I lost my job!  Whew!  What a year!  I also started to put on a few pounds.  Not a lot so I wasn't that worried.

Between 2001 and 2004 I put on about 15 pounds.  No problem.  I'll just start running and exercising again.  Losing weight when you are in your 30's is a lot easier to do than when you are in your 40's.  The weight wasn't coming off, but I wasn't gaining any either.

In 2009 the facility that I worked at was shut down because of the budget and I was transferred to our Central Office.  I started eating out almost every day and by 2010, when mom fell, I stopped exercising.

I have gained over 30 pounds since 2009 and it just keeps going up.  Now that I am in my 50's it seems to be even harder to lose and it's also harder to find the time and energy to exercise. That's where Diet Bet comes in.  Diet Bet is a 4 week social dieting game.  The cost is $20 and I have 28 days to lose 4% of my weight.  The pot is at $18, 940.00 and will be split among those that lose 4% or more of their beginning weight.

The standard weigh-in process involves submitting two photos, one of you on a scale in airport security attire (t-shirt and shorts) and another of the scale's readout with your weigh-in word (this is a word that they email to you).  How do they prevent cheating?  They have a photo review process in which players submit proof of their initial and final weights to a team of Referees. They also have algorithms that detect unusual activity within a game or across games and use an auditing system where some players may be required to submit extra proof of their weight loss using a video weigh-in. If a player is flagged for unusual weight loss behavior, they will have to submit a video weigh-in for all games going forward until the flag has been removed by the DietBet Referees. This includes both initial and final weigh-ins.

A co-worker has joined also, so I'm hoping that with a diet partner it will be a little easier.  We can keep each other motivated!  

Here is my starting photo!  ACK!  I can't believe I am putting it on here for the world to see, but hoping that will motivate me even more!!!

And here is a picture of my starting weight:

I'm glad that's over!  Now let's get this weight under control!  Stop by next week to see how I'm doing!!

As always, thanks for stopping by and spending.....