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#GoTheDist and DietBet: miniupdate

so after (over)thinking about it, I decided to join a DietBet. While they didn’t work perfectly for me, they were a good jump start and that’s what I’d like about now. I also think I’m in a better frame of mind for it then I was when I took a break last year. As an added bonus, I had winnings in my DB kitty from one last year, so it was free. Double win if I win.

I also updated my #GoTheDist goals so they are as follows:

  • Q1, beat 2013’s Q4 totals since I seem to like beating myself (in a positive way). Totals for 4Q were:
    • 641,913 steps
    • 269.41 miles walked
    • 55.16 miles on the bike

    So my Q1 2014 goals are: 700,000 steps, 300 miles walked and 75 miles on the bike. Those are totally random numbers (not a %) so we’ll see how they go. I’m off to a good start on the bike with 10.68 miles yesterday and am bummed I’m snowed in and can’t get to the gym today.

  • Annual: 1100 miles walked (200 1Q, 4Q and 350 apiece for 2,3Q). Yes, that contradicts my math above. Oh well
  • 2.5m steps. I actually think I could hit 3m, but I’m underestimating since I don’t have a full year’s worth of step data to work with.

And as I mentioned above, snow day! Can I go play and count that for #GoTheDist?


Weight Watchers vs. Calories

an interesting post, via @LoseIt.

While it’s an interesting explanation of what the pro version of LoseIt offers (which the site itself doesn’t explain as clearly) it’s also a very solid look at the reasons I started to struggle with Weight Watchers despite my initial success with the program.

I had fallen out of love with Weight Watchers, and it was time for me to move on. I still recommend it to people who are new to weight loss, especially people with a lot to lose, but I find that most people end up wanting to move on to something else when they are in maintenance mode.

It wasn’t that I reached maintenance, but I hit what was essentially a 2.5 year plateau. Part of it was my own doing and I think it was good maintenance training, but WW lost that spark for me and I didn’t have the passion I had when I started.

Speaking of starting, March is my WWversary. I’m not at Goal yet (and, to be honest, I still haven’t set my Goal) but I’m in a much better place than I was in March 2009. And that’s what matters. While I don’t think LoseIt is perfect, it’s a good app for me right now. I could easily count in Excel, but I like the ease of the app. So LoseIt, in combination with the competitiveness of DietBet has me on the right track.

Oddly, I still find myself going back to some of the same tenets from WW. Is two packages of Cosi baby carrots really only 40 calories, or via math is it something like 800. But the scale is going down and calories are making it happen.

And despite my recent radio silence, I’m still on track. It was just a very busy period for me, but most importantly, I didn’t use that as an excuse to give up.  I didn’t win the last round of DietBet but I ended the four-week period weighing less than I did when it began, so that’s a Win for me. I joined a higher stakes DietBet this month and am off to a good start with a solid first week.

I walked home yesterday and hope to get back to the gym on Saturday,

DietBet Round 2: Official Winner

Congratulations, your final weight has been verified!

You are now an official winner in your dietbet game!

You will be splitting the pot with the other lucky winners of your game.

We’ll follow up shortly with details about your winnings once all player weights have been finalized. In the meantime, think about what you are going to splurge on!


I didn’t end up as far down as I thought I would because my scale has been all over the map and I did my final weigh in in the evening but. WOW!

The goal was 4% of my weight per Diet Bet guidelines, but I lost 5.4% if my excel calculations are right. 5.4% in one month. That’s awesome and I am proud of myself.

Perhaps the single most reason I was able to exceed this month’s goal? I tracked. Every single day of the last four weeks, I logged every morsel (down to one dorito one day) in LoseIt. I think that was even more crucial than the m&ms I ended up giving up.

I’m still not ready to set a Goal (and was glad to realize I’m not the only one who has a goal fear) but I’m going to follow Jess’ lead and set a few mini goals:

  • Lose another 4%. I know at some point my weight loss will slow down but it doesn’t need to be this month. I realized from my spread sheet that if I hit the 4%s I will hit one of my goals by mid June. I want to get another solid step in that direction
  • Track. That’s what I did this month, that’s what I did when I started this back in 2010. There is no excuse not to track because it’s all tracked on the scale anyway
  • More water, less soda. OK, at least more lemonade.

Maybe more tomorrow. In the mean time, I’m tucking into the peanut butter sandwich I’ve wanted for two days. #HappyCari

DietBet: WI 2

WIs for Diet Bet 2 and 3

WIs for Diet Bet 2 and 3

also known as “I don’t see it in the mirror daily but I definitely see it in the photo.”

This also has to be the first time where the first place the weight (or lack thereof) has shown in my face before anywhere else.

I haven’t officially won Round 2 since weigh out isn’t tomorrow but barring diving into a massive salt vat, I will. WOW. I’m not sure what it was about DietBet that gave me the kick in the ass I needed, but I’m definitely doing Round 3., which starts Monday.

Here’s to another month of good food choices, successful weekends, and a behaving scale.

Weigh In: February 17

Weekly Loss: 1.8 lbs

Total Loss: 10.6 lbs

Ahh the early stage “honeymoon”. I know I won’t lose 10lbs in 3 weeks going forward so I’m definitely going to enjoy it.  I’d love if I could consistently lose almost 2 lbs/week. This week was a bit odd. I’m sick again and haven’t felt hungry. I actually thought that, per my LoseIt numbers, I’d be lower. But… a loss is a loss.

Had a scale freak out at the gym yesterday. I don’t normally weigh myself there because it’s later in the day, I’m clothed, etc. But when I lose I don’t always trust my home scale so I wanted to double check it against another scale. The gym scale is new and it turns out it’s one of those like the Biggest Loser where the numbers go crazy before settling in. Didn’t realize that and freaked at first. In the end, it verified my home scale (taking into account clothes, water while working out) so yay!

This week is going to be crazy, but here’s to another good number and finishing off DietBet strong.

Weigh In: February 10

– I had a really good post, and then FireFox ate it :-(

I was going to say I stole this format from Jess, but I won’t put my weight on the internet (despite, you know, the fact that I did before) so I’ve modified it.

Weekly Loss: 3.0 lbs

Total Loss: 8.8 lbs

I’m a daily weigher/scale peeker. Fluctuations don’t bother me — but what has bothered me with the scale I bought this fall is that it doesn’t fluctuate.  Oddly, that makes me not trust it. Bizarre. So I was peeking during the week and the scale wasn’t doing what it was supposed* to. I soon realized that was because a visitor was due.

Despite some poor food choices and thanks to said visitor taking leave, nice loss. I know I won’t get 3.0 lb losses each week – or maybe not any week – but I’ll take it while it lasts and I will re-learn that any loss is a good ones. For the first time since my initial run, I really feel like my brain, heart and stomach are in the right place. Game on.

Speaking of game. I hit the DietBet 4%! It doesn’t “count” until 25 Feb final weigh but there is no excuse not to collect my winnings and be ready for the next month.

*Yes, I know our bodies aren’t optimally tuned machines but I’m silly enough to want my body to do what it does when I eat the same thing day in and day out.


11 days back OP

11 days tracking

10 days ( 8 work days) without m & ms although I badly wanted some when I was still at work at 9p yesterday and I had no Cheerios or snacks.

Yep, this is all day by day.

It’s Week 2 so I don’t have the w1 losses, but I’m not using that as an excuse to say “oh fuck it” as in “I’m not losing so I might as well not try”. Even the day that I fell into the bag of candy, I didn’t let it turn into days… and I tracked it.

I’m also fiddling with calories day by day. When I started Weight Watchers in March 2010 it was pre Points Plus and my point total a few months in, without using weeklies and/or APs, was about 1000 calories. I didn’t realize that at the time, and by the time I did I was set in my eating routine. According to LoseIt, I should be eating about 1300 calories a day. So I’m keeping a close tab on my numbers and seeing what works the best for me.

I just know for sure I’ll keep working it each day.I’m 82% of the way to my DietBet goal. I will do this.

eating out, weekends and sick, oh my

As I mentioned, eating out is a stressor for me. Has been since 2010 and honestly, probably always will be.
I didn’t bail on lunch Friday because I needed to get out. I used a strategy that a couple of friends mentioned and I’ve used in the past – pre plan. Well, sort of. I was all set that I wanted salmon which a) I love b) I can’t cook. But when we got the menu the only salmon they had on it was char-grill Salmon, organic beets, potatoes, saffron yogurt. The salmon is fine – the other three, not so much. So it was time to re-think and also keep in mind a price point because I was being treated and I hate over spending when someone else is paying. So I went with the crab cakes. Specifically: Jumbo lump, olive oil cured, blackeyed peas (95% Maryland fresh crab). It came with some deliciously spicy sauce that wasn’t on the menu. It was similar to a remoulade in texture so I used that for my tracking. I will not use not knowing what it is as an excuse not to track. It was good lunch with good friends and despite restaurant portions the soup salt bomb I had for dinner, I was still down .4 this morning. Win.

The aforementioned salt soup bomb? Yeah, that’s because I’m sick with my semi-annual cold. I have no voice and badly wanted the soother that is soup. However it was 9p when I got home and there is no good soup spot between my bus stop and apartment. The only thing I really miss about my old place is the diner on the corner. I could have had delivery but I wanted my soup and to go to bed so Progresso Italian Wedding it was. For canned soup it’s not terrible, but it’s also not as good as homemade soup. But it hit the spot. Didn’t use the cold as an excuse not to go to the gym and had a nice if not high intensity workout. Better than sitting on the couch – which its what I did after finishing errands & setting up my new humidifier. It is the little engine that could and I love it. Couldn’t believe how much drier this apartment is – such is the side effect of actually having working heat.

What do errands mean? Oh yeah, weekends. aka Saturdays spend running around so that I can watch football, or soon, baseball on Sundays. The biggest change from my 2010 loss – cannot stomach Subway. The bread literally makes me gag. Have no idea why but I’ve had it once in the last few months and it still happened, so that’s gone. I still haven’t found the perfect lunch, but I did have a good sandwich today that I could almost taste. The biggest challenge for me has been avoiding snacks. The m&ms sit next to my desk at work but they’ve become a personal challenge to avoid. I don’t keep sweets in the house, but sweets are always a temptation while running errands. Today I avoided the siren song of sour patch kids. So good, but so bad since I can’t have only a handful. They are my potato chips. Good eating so far today. Aforementioned sandwich, a brief stop at Fairway’s olive oil bar (tracked!) with a handful of chips and guacamole. Nice cup of cinnamon tea and will likely have a smoothie before bed.

Will be nicely under LoseIt’s weekly budget and on track for DietBet. Life is good

GTD 2013: Q1

It took a lot of editing and re-editing not to call it “Q1 down the drain”, but I know Robby would brain me if I did that. :-)

I went off track with #GoTheDist last year when the weather got better. I naturally switched to walking home more which hurt my GTD goal (750 miles on the bike). I was at about 50% for the year (after a kickass 136% start to Q1) when I quit tracking there. But I just looked at my Map My Fitness totals and…. 682.9. 91.05%

I think if I’d realized I was so close I’d have pushed harder to find those miles.

But anyway, this year I flipped it. I made walking my primary goal and the bike secondary (translation: miles don’t count). Through January I’ve walked 16.28 miles and biked  58.89. Let’s see where that decision lands me. Right now I’m thinking I shouldn’t have switched up my main and alternate exercises.


that’s the new name of my game. I have maintaining down to a science. This year, I’m going to get the rest of my way to goal. Here are some small and big picture things I’m doing to achieve this accountability:

  • Blog. Yeah, we’ll see how that goes. But when I was losing, I was blogging. So we’re going to try it again
  • On the writing theme, I’m tracking. I was a master at tracking way back when and it’s time to go back. I don’t see what my road block is here. I face the foods when I see the number on the scale, it’s time to face it in my tracker. I tracked today. Including the m&ms. That’s a start
  • Money. I joined Run With Jess‘ DietBet challenge at the instigation of a Hive friend. It cost me $10 but I will lose my 4% and if I do that every month it won’t cost me another cent I don’t think. AND if I hit the 4% goals each month (a big if, I know), I’ll hit goal by July, which gives me plenty of breathing room if I have an off month.
  • #GoTheDist. I gave up on tracking this a chunk of the way through last year although I continued to track my workouts in MapMyFitness. But the challenge is a great motivator and it gets me to the gym when I don’t want to go.
  • Smoothies. Yep, back to smoothies for dinner. They help with the salt retention and they give me my chocolate fix when I otherwise eat things I have no business eating when I get home.
  • I’m not giving up soda. Not yet, at least. I was the queen of fake lemonade last time and while I’m contemplating getting a soda stream, I’m not ready to make the switch off soda. I’m afraid I won’t drink enough until it’s warmer. But it’s diet soda so that’s a partial win.

Other Notes:

  • S is for Spark. as in the Spark to get to goal. As in SparkPeople. If I do what I did with Weight Watchers online, I can make it work with Spark. There is no difference in the foods I’m eating.
  • I’m going to get my knees to the point where I can do more than one squat, or I’m going to quit putting off knee surgery and get it done.

So let’s see where this lands. That’s not everything, but it’s a start.