Today is my first weigh-in day as part of my new Diet Bet. I am going to weigh in every Friday until the final weigh-in on January 28th.
This week went pretty well. I lost 3.3 lbs! Only 6.7 lbs. left to lose in 3 weeks. If I do that, then I win back my $35 and maybe some more!
I had a friend reach out to me last night about this Diet Bet. She made a really good point. She was saying how it’s funny that things like decreasing our risk for diabetes, heart disease and other ailments isn’t motivation enough to lose weight but, when we bet money against ourselves, the motivation is through the roof.
I know that sounds bad but, it’s kind of true. I don’t really think it’s because of greed with money so much as one might think, either. I mean, that was my first thought. Haha.
I really think it’s more because winning our money back is a short-term battle in comparison to fighting those big ailments. Winning a Diet Bet is something that seems a little more in our control than fighting heart disease; something that strikes more than just obese people.
Is battling big ailments, such as those mentioned, motivation to stay healthy? Sure it absolutely is but, it’s easy to get distracted along the way when you’re fighting a life-long battle like that. See Exhibit A: Me
However, betting money and trying to win it back within 4 weeks is definitely something I should be able to handle doing without getting too distracted along the way. I mean, fingers crossed, right?!
Losing 3 pounds in this first week motivates me to continue doing well over the weekend.
Some things I want to remind myself for next week:
– I did fairly well drinking 120 ounces of water each day this past week. I need to stick to it in the coming week to stay successful!
– Moderation > Deprivation. Don’t get sucked into thinking you aren’t allowed to have certain things because you’re in this Diet Bet. I ate sponge candy, indulging a couple time this week and I still lost weight. I don’t have to deprive myself to lose weight; that just causes me to binge. Moderate.
– Keep tracking nutrition, even when you indulge. Even if you go over, track it!
– Try to increase activity in the coming week. The snow has been keeping me indoors and away from the gym but, that doesn’t mean I can’t stay active around the house. Either get out to the gym this week or start an in-house routine.
Well, that’s all I have for this Friday! I hope your first week in January was a success and, if it wasn’t very successful in your eyes, just remember, each day is a fresh start.