On DietBet, that is.
Have you heard about DietBet? It first crossed my paths awhile back and I was intrigued by the premise, although I was dubious about being able to lose so much weight so quickly. The idea is pretty simple: you bet money that you will lose 4% of your weight in just 4 weeks. For someone my size, that’s 2 lbs. a week, which is the upper limit of what is considered safe.
Then I spotted an ad that Jillian Michaels was hosting her own DietBet. For $30, I would wager that I could lose 8 lbs in 4 weeks. It seemed like a tall order, but something inside me told me that I needed to do this.
For the last year, I have ramped up my running quite a bit. I can now run a full mile without stopping, and have completed four races. And yet I haven’t really lost any weight. I lost close to 10 lbs at the beginning of the year, but have gradually gained all of it back. I just can’t seem to stick with something that really works. And I keep reading articles say that your diet is the key component to losing weight. Not exercise. Which means that my sucky diet + exercise really isn’t doing me any favors.
Now, I don’t know if this DietBet will work. But it’s worth a shot. I have money at stake, plus I’d actually like to win a bit more too. My plan is that if I do win (that is, lose 8 lbs) I’ll use my original bet to enter into another DietBet, and I’ll use the proceeds to buy some workout clothes at the Running Store where I work. If it doesn’t work, well, no harm no foul, right?
My starting weight is 210.1 (still 4 lbs. less than I was in January, but that’s hardly impressive). My goal weight is 201.7. I’ve rejoined MyFitnessPal (under a new username, AMNimlos) and I’m on a much stricter diet this time, with a calorie allotment of 1330 calories a day. As much as I hate calorie counting, I know that the times that I do calorie count are the times that I lose weight the best. I think I’m one of those people who just kids herself on how much she’s eating. I think “Oh I didn’t eat that much…” when in reality I did. I do plan on eating back at least some of my exercise calories, since I will be exercising at least 5 times a week. I burn about 400 calories on a 3 mile run, which isn’t too shabby.
Another thing that I’m hoping will make a difference in my weight loss goal is that I’ve started taking Synthroid for my mildly low thyroid. I know that it doesn’t necessarily cause weight loss, but I’m hoping that it will help the changes that I’m making. I’m also going to talk to my psychiatrist in November about possibly changing the type of antidepressant I’m on if the Synthroid and diet doesn’t help, because it might mean my antidepressant, Lexapro, isn’t a good fit. But we’re going to wait and see how I do over the next few weeks because Lexapro is actually working really well for me right now.
Anyway, the Dietbet challenge starts today and I’m excited to see how it works!
Has anyone else ever tried a Dietbet challenge or knows someone who has? How did it go?