Monday, September 28, 2015

Diary of a DietBet: Final Weigh-In

Starting Weight:

Final Weigh-In:

Total Loss: 8.3

I haven’t written much in the last few weeks because a) I’ve been extra tired due to the increased activity level,  b) I’ve been focused on making good decisions and c) the small human has decided to wake up at 5AM on a regular basis. I also know that getting wrapped up in the day-to-day minutiae of losing weight isn’t good for my mindset. I get antsy and upset at the total amount of weight that I have to lose, and I just don't need that distracting me from my end goal. I'm pretty good at keeping my head down and chipping away at a task when it's something that I really want, and blogging daily actually interferes with that ability. So ultimately, this weight loss thing doesn't make for very interesting blogging. Sorry, not sorry.

So, obviously this DietBet is over, but I've already signed up for the 6-month/10% one starting on September 30th because I want to keep the momentum going. I'm confident in my abilities to win a portion of the end pot despite the next six months involving three very food-filled holidays. I'm tempted to do weekly updates but we'll see. I'm frequently too busy with life things to sit down and write about them.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Diary of a DietBet: Day Five

I had an entire Day in the Life post typed up in Google Keep, and much to my dismay, through some strange sequence of keys the entire thing just got deleted. I'm too tired and aggravated now to write up anything more than this. Argh!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Diary of a DietBet: Day Four

One of my biggest challenges, weight loss or maintenance, is meal planning. I frequently create overly complicated meal plans that require too much weeknight effort. Knowing this, I approached the menu for my first week of the Diet Bet a little differently than I have in the past. I came up with the following guidelines for menu planning:
  • One protein a week (chicken, pork, fish, etc.)
  • Four accompanying sauces to maintain variety each week
  • One serving of frozen veggies with each meal
  • Sous vide is the preferred method of cooking
  • Homemade Pizza Fridays because pizza, duh.
  • Protein has to be present in every major meal of the day.
This week is chicken week and so far I'm pretty pleased with how it's gone. I even impressed myself by making two of the sauces and starting the sous vide while being the designated baby caregiver. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Diary of a DietBet: Day Three

My most pressing question today was:

Why is the man on my Band-Aid container doing yoga? I don't really get it. Obviously they're trying to say that the fabric of these bandages is flexible but I look at it and think, "Are these Band-Aids for people who do yoga? Do people who do yoga frequently require these bandages?"

Anyhow, as you can probably guess, today was rather uneventful. I made it home in time to prep dinner, hang out with Cecilia and go to Zumba. The days that I work are easy though, we'll have to wait and see how Thursday goes. It's a lot harder to get steps and move around with her throughout the day.