Sunday, December 8th, 2013
I won the weight loss challenge that I took part in. I needed to lose 7.7 lbs and I lost 8.0 lbs. Out of the 24 participants, 11 people were winners. The pot was $840. I put in $35 and I got a payment of $57.25. DietBet takes out a 25% fee apparently. I’m just happy I got more than I put in.
I didn’t do as well as I could have. I didn’t lost as much in the first week as I did in weeks two and four. I was still eating too much junk food. I actually gained weight in week three, which was Thanksgiving week. Altogether we lost 189.7 lbs in 4 weeks. Good job everyone!
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
I decided to take part in Geek Out Loud’s weight loss challenge. It’s called Civil War Episode 7: The Fatoff. It started yesterday and goes until Dec 6. Basically, everyone put $35 into the pool. Each person who loses 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks splits the pool. Right now the pool is at $805. I have to lose 7.7 lbs to win.
I lost 90 lbs, but then I put about 25 back on. It’s shouldn’t be too hard to drop 7.7 lbs if I do what I know I should be doing. My only issue is that I hate the word diet because of what it sometimes implies. I made a lifestyle change when I lost my weight. I never changed what I eat, just how much of it I eat.
Anyway, I think I’ll get back the $35 I put in, maybe more. Maybe I’ll get back down to my former weight within the next few months. Check out the page here.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Man, I haven’t had much to say since Comic-Con. I have recovered, but I keep wishing I could go back. I’ve even had dreams about being in San Diego. I have made a few adjustments in the past month.
- I’ve started going to bed earlier and because of that I’m getting up earlier. Who’d have thought that going to be earlier makes it easier to get up in the morning? Weird how that works. When I get to work early, I feel like I have conquered the day.
- I started eating bigger but also healthy dinners so I won’t have to snack as much at night. When I do snack, I tend to eat fruit instead of chips and candy. I did this because I had reached a point where I wasn’t losing anymore weight even though I wanted to lose another 10 pounds. Since I made those changes I’ve lost 7 pounds.
- I cut back on the number of TV shows that I’m watching and the number of new fall TV shows that I want to watch. It had become a chore to keep up with all the shows I was watching. Now I have more time to devote to my other hobbies. I’m thinking about picking up something new, I just haven’t figured out what it will be yet.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
I’m not going to lie. It is nice that people are noticing that I’ve lost weight. Unlike the last time I lost a bunch of weight, this time it’s happened all the right way (I think). I’ve had a few people ask me what I’m doing and my answer has been 1) exercise and 2) eating better.
It always takes me a while to get in a good pattern, stop making excuses, and start exercising on a regular basis. For me this happened when I was on vacation around Labor Day of last year. Since then I’ve been doing cardio for 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Now I’m used to going 5 days a week. It’s part of my normal routine on those days. There are times when I don’t want to go, but I do and I feel good after I finish.
I refuse to give up any of the foods I like or count calories. I just have to keep everything in moderation. Even after I started exercising, I noticed that I was eating enough for 2 at dinner each night and I was eating too much junk at other times. Now I’m only eating enough for 1. I still get to eat my chicken, burgers, steak, pasta, etc. I don’t snack much throughout the day. When I do, I tend to eat peanuts, apples, or a small piece of candy. I used to eat 1 or 2 packs of Reese’s Big Cups a day, but now I might have 1 a week. I don’t eat fast food often these days. I rarely eat meals prepared outside home. This has been fun because I’ve learned to cook a lot of good meals. Also, I don’t drink soda much anymore and I don’t really miss it. I drink lots of water, juice, and tea instead. Saturday tends to be my cheat day. That’s when I’ll eat fast food with a Dr. Pepper and have a Reese’s at some point during the day. Another benefit to eating better besides weight loss has been the money that I’ve saved. I estimate that I’m saving around $150 a month on food. That more than pays for my gym membership.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing. It may work for everyone, but it’s worked for me. It’s all been worth it.
P.S. – The next time someone asks me what how I’ve lost weight, I’m going to say cocaine, diet pills, and cigarettes just to see their reaction.