Category Archives: Fitness

05-17 and 05-22 side  comparison

DietBet – Week 6, Day 3

Another week, another game lost. I’m down $50 now. I’m still seeing steady progress in my inch loss and the scale is slowly showing a loss as well. It’s getting easier to maintain my calorie deficit, but weekends are still a struggle.

This week I start a new DietBet, my own challenge. If I’ve inspired anyone to lose some weight, why not join me in the new game? http://bit.ly/104UjSA

 

Stats:

Current weight: 165.2 lbs
Time spent exercising: 1194

 DietBet 3DietBet 4
Weigh-in Weight172.4168.6
% gained or lost-4.18%-2.02%

 

HipsWaistThighCalfNeckForearmWrist
-2.70
inches
-3.35
inches
-1.30
inches
-1.00
inches
-0.75
inches
-0.10
inches
-0.75
inches

 

I am quite excited that I’m already past my goal for the game that is ending next week. The pot is high, but there are a lot of people who’ve already hit their goal, so I may only end up winning less than my total bets so far. And I have 12 days to hit my goal for my fourth game.

Last week I started Week 3 in my Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30” workout DVD and I still have 2 more days before I should progress to Week 4. I do feel like I’m getting stronger: I was able to complete my Bear Crawl without needing to stop! (You get on your hands and knees, lift your knees off the ground about and inch – you’re standing on your hands and toes – and walk forward 4 steps and back 4 steps, left hand moving with the right foot, right hand moving with the left foot. Go ahead, try it! For 30 SECONDS!)

And though I’ve lost inches since my last measurement, my weight is up slightly (not enough to make me freak out) and apparently the lighting in my room sucks. I actually look bigger than last week!

05-17 and 05-22 front comparison

05-17 and 05-22 side  comparison

 

I’ll probably go on a bike ride today instead of using my DVD; I’ve got a lot of emotional crap going on and riding my bike seems to help.

DietBet – Week 5, Day 5

So I’m down to three games this week. My own game ended Monday with my weight being higher than where I started. I keep telling myself that I’m losing weight the right way, by watching what I’m eating, increasing my activity and having a caloric deficit at the end of the day. So I didn’t win my first game. But I lost inches, and that’s good.

I used a different scale this morning to check my weight, so I’ll have to double weigh myself again tomorrow morning on my normal scale, but I like the results I got from today’s! And check out the stats for DietBet 3… remember the rules of the game? Lose 4% of your starting weight…

 

Stats:

Current weight: 164.6 lbs
Time spent exercising: 1105 minutes

DietBet 2

DietBet 3

DietBet 4

Weigh-in weight

170.2

172.4

168.6

% gained or lost

-3.29%

-4.52%

-2.37%

 

Hips

Waist

Thigh

Calf

Neck

Forearm

Wrist

-1.7 inches

-2.85 inches

-1.3 inches

-1 inch

-0.75 inches

-0.1 inches

-0.6 inches

 

I haven’t measured myself today, so my inch loss hasn’t changed. But I’m guessing by the progress pictures I’m about to show you, I’ve lost a little bit more. I look forward to measuring myself tonight.

Author’s edit: I measured myself this evening pre-workout. The numbers are now current.

I finally noticed a difference in my size today! Something about the way my shirt fit when I got dressed made me take a second glance in the mirror. Finally, FINALLY, some visible progress to match how hard I’ve been working!

This week I started Week 3 of Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30” workout DVD. The workout session seems to go much faster than the previous 2 weeks, but Oh. My Goodness. This session is killer!! So much leg work I feel like I can hardly walk when I’m done! I’m not as sore the next day as I anticipated and I feel like I can do more (can’t keep the same pace as Jillian and her minions) and my form is better. I might go back to weeks 1 and 2 before I start week 4. But, man, oh man, am I seeing results.

 

6 week front comparison 04.02.13 thru 05.17.13

 

6 week side comparison 04.02.13 thru 05.17.13

 

And just in case there are doubts, I was NOT sucking in my stomach during today’s pictures! In fact, I kept thinking I wasn’t relaxed, that my stomach should have been rounder than that!

So my next game, my own game starts up late next week. I’m hoping that if I just keep doing what I’m doing (1800 caloric intake, Jillian Michaels, 160-170 grams of protein…) I’ll actually win at my own game! If you’d like to join me, you know what to do: http://bit.ly/104UjSA

 

Author’s edit: Okay, so I can’t help myself. I had to put the first picture and today’s picture side-by-side. I’m sure I’m bragging or sounding conceited right now, but honestly, it’s just pride in myself and my accomplishments so far.

04.02.13 vs. 05.17.13

I decided to use my picture from 4-15 because it's closer to what I weighed when I started this game.

DietBet – Week 5, Day 1

 I knew it was coming. I knew I was going to lose my own DietBet challenge. And yet, I’m still very disappointed in myself. There’s not been one weekend where I didn’t gain weight, either due to water retention or poor food choices. But this weekend was worse. I actually gained inches back! I have until tomorrow night to submit my final weight to end the game, but I know I won’t be one of the winners. I’m still in three other games, so I need to keep pushing forward, but defeat is not easily overcome – at least not for me.

Stats:

 Current weight: 170.2 lbs
Time spent exercising: 1045 minutes 

 

DietBet 1

DietBet 2

DietBet 3

DietBet 4

Weigh-in weight

168.8

170.2

172.4

168.6

% gained or lost

+0.83%

0.0%

-1.28%

+0.95%

 

Hips

Waist

Thigh

Calf

Neck

Forearm

Wrist

-1.5 inches

-2.25 inches

-1 inch

-1 inch

-0.6 inches

-0.2 inches

-0.5 inches

 

Though I’m seeing inches lost in my measurements and I can see some changes in my pictures, I’m still not seeing it in the mirror or in the fit of my clothes. I struggled this weekend with what to wear to the Renaissance Faire because I knew it would be hot but none of my tank tops fit properly yet. I hate looking like this.

I decided to use my picture from 4-15 because it's closer to what I weighed when I started this game.

I decided to use my picture from 4-15 because it’s closer to what I looked like and weighed when I started this game.

 

The scary part? I weighed 3 pounds more 24 hours after taking this picture!

The scary part? I weighed 3 pounds more 24 hours after taking this picture!

 I’d adjusted my caloric intake numbers last week, but I’m struggling to actually hit that number without going over. During the week I’m so strict about what I eat at work so I have enough left for dinner that I frequently don’t get enough calories in before bed. But on days when I do eat enough at work, I seem to be even more hungry at dinnertime and go over what I’m supposed to consume. I know that being under one day and over the next is okay, that it’s pretty much the average that counts, but I’m not seeing a loss like I should. My weekly TDEE was calculated to be 18237 last week and I ate 12284 – nearly 6000 calories below – so I should have seen a loss of at least a pound, if not 1.5 pounds. Instead, I stayed the same weight and gained 2 inches all around!! I’m not going to change my TDEE – 20% just yet; I’ll give it a few more weeks. But it is very frustrating to see reverse results when I feel like I’ve been working really hard the last 4 weeks. 

 

Not at all happy with my gain in inches.

Not at all happy with my gain in inches.

 

My stomach looks just as round as day 1.

My stomach looks just as round as day 1.

 

So I lose. I’ve got 3 more games to complete, so I can’t give up just yet. But it’s going to take some serious digging to find the motivation to continue. Because we all know what the definition of insanity is…