Monday, June 2, 2014

Let's make a bet!

You know the sayings that people use when they’ve resorted to old eating habits, things like falling off the wagon or getting off track?

I hate those sayings with almost as much passion as I hate the use of the word dieting. You are always on a diet; a diet is what you eat! Getting off track or falling off the wagon implies that there’s only one way to eat correctly, which is completely untrue. It’s a disordered way of thinking about your eating habits and I just refuse to use that term to describe what’s been going on with my habits.

Making poor choices would be a far more accurate assessment of what’s been happening with me. And that’s not to say that the occasional bit of fried food, prepackaged food, sweets or bread (in my case) are poor choices. The problem emerges when they become a mainstay of your diet; that’s when I think it’s time to reconsider.

Being on vacation for the last week has provided me the requisite distance to do exactly that.

I’m not happy with where my weight has gone. I’ve gained 10lbs since I first got injured two years ago, and while obviously my lack of regular running has contributed, it’s more than just that. I don’t cook as much as I used to and I fall back to prepackaged meals far too often to feel truly satisfied with my food choices. I’ve become complacent and about meal planning, procrastinating it to the point where it never gets done.

I’ve tried to motivate myself to remedy this, but I haven’t been successful. I need a good kick in the butt and that’s why I’ve decided to start a four week DietBet game. For anyone who isn't familiar with the DietBet concept, it's pretty simple. The goal is to lose 4% of your starting body weight in 4 weeks. You'll be required to take pictures of your scale with a code word at the weekly weigh-in, but that's it.  I don’t want to completely open it up to the public, so if you want to join in drop me an email using the little email link at the top right of the page. The game will start next Monday and run for four weeks, and depending on how it goes, there might even be a follow-up game.