I love finding a new challenge and any type of new motivation! I need it! The trick to losing weight successfully really is accountability and support. Too many things out there try to sabotage the road to health, and it often seems that the world is out to get me. Or at least America is. Also Germany, because when I lived there for six months I gained about 30 pounds or so. But my Germany days are long gone, and only America has access to me at the moment. And America is full of high fructose corn syrup and fatty foods. I don't ingest a lot of that stuff, so I have pretty much conquered the battle against that aspect, but America also has giant portions, which are not as easy for me to avoid or fight. I need an officer from the portion control police to accompany me everywhere I go. What? The portion control police don't exist? Oh yeah... because this is America, where bigger portions lead to bigger people, which leads to bigger health costs and bigger paychecks for the health industry! Ooh! I call conspiracy!
I defy this general lack of concern for health in America, although sometimes my defiance looks like compliance. What??? I like food. I have a weakness for deliciousness. Self control is something I struggle with, and sometimes I do really well while other times I go all out in an epic fail. Surrounding myself with people who support me and are willing to smack the jelly beans out of my hands are completely necessary and appreciated. I cannot do this alone. Yes, I'm doing it for myself, but I can't do it BY myself.
So imagine how excited I was last Tuesday night at church when my friend Krystin told me about DietBet, which is a website dedicated to weight loss games. She told me specifically to join the one hosted by The Biggest Loser season 11 winners Hannah and Olivia, where the buy-in is $25. Tons of people are joining because the hosts are celebrities, and the game starts today!!! The challenge on all DietBet games is to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks. Completely doable, with a realistic amount of effort! At the end of the 4 weeks, everyone who lost 4% splits the pot. Right now, the pot for this game is over $51,000!!! So you can bet that I'll be busting my butt to not only hold onto my $25 that I put in for this game, but to take part in splitting other players' $25s that they will lose by not hitting the 4%!
We had to submit a photo as part of the weigh-in. They don't post it anywhere, but here is mine:
I feel like I look pretty small compared to my old self, but also I look lumpy. I mentioned this to my friend Erin, and she suggested that I do a body wrap. Those tend to be expensive, so she sent me a link to a DIY home body wrap. I'm curious... does anybody know much about that, and if home wraps would work? The idea of becoming somewhat of a human burrito is interesting, if not completely appealing. I'm up for whatever, though.
Will running rid my body of lumps? I'm running another 5k in May (the COLOR RUN!!!!!) so I am doing more running to be more prepared for this one than I was for my first one. I also need to increase my water intake. I haven't been drinking nearly enough lately. It's hard to remember to drink a lot when the weather is cool!
Time to go to the gym and kick off this DietBet challenge! My abs aren't sore today, and I can't let THAT happen!