I started these posts five weeks ago when I began my second Diet Bet. I did a very honest post explaining how I had used injury, time off running, and a whole string of excuses to let myself go way off track. My clothes stopped fitting, I wasn’t happy with how I looked, and more importantly I wasn’t happy with how I felt. I admitted that I am not perfect, not even close and that I still slip up sometimes and fall back into my old ways. However, I am really working hard on getting back on track, learning from my slip-ups, and making them less frequent.
When I asked you all if I should continue with the Diet Bet there was an overwhelming, “Yes!” You all said that if I felt motivated by having to check in every week I should go for it. So, that is what I am doing. I am continuing my weekly check-ins for another 4 weeks, 8 weeks total, in the hope that I can make these smarter decisions a habit.
I will admit that I am not considering this a diet – I am thinking of this as a way to get back on track with a healthier lifestyle. I want to live healthy for the rest of my life, not just a few weeks while I “diet”, and because of that I am working on a plan that is manageable for me. I am working out 6 days a week as usual (part of my marathon training), tracking my calories using MyFitnessPal, and trying to make smarter food decisions. However, I do still believe that it is important to have cheat meals, in my case that is usually dinner out with family and friends, and occasional treats. I want to make this something I can stick to and I know I could not live with out my little indulgences, so I am working on learning how to included them in a healthier lifestyle without going of the deep end and binging.
In truth this means I probably won’t lose the weight fast. After all my calculations last week I really only should have lost about half a pound. However, I am fine with this. A half a pound a week is still two pounds a month, but more importantly – I hope to learn how to make better eating and smarter food choices part of a healthier lifestyle, and I hope it is a change that will stick with me.
If I said I should have lost a pound then why is the scale up +0.8?
Well my ladies will understand me, sorry guys, when I say this is the one week a month where I am super bloated and weigh a bit extra no matter what. I wasn’t perfect this week – I enjoyed food at a ball game with my parents, sushi with my best friend, and then dinner at a Bunco night with the girls. However, through all that I worked hard with exercise and other healthy meals to balance things out and I am proud of that. I hope that next week, the half pound or so I should have lost this week will be reflected.
It was so hard to restrain at the ballpark.
What is your favorite baseball game food?
I split nachos with my mom, because she was craving them, and they were delicious.