10.02.2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Dietbet Style

The last couple of days I've been MIA because I've been sick. Being the good wife that he is, Bradley has been taking care of me and cleaning the house to my liking. Hopefully he'll find time tonight to write his blog post since he's no longer busy being my nurse maid ;)

My photo session went incredibly well Sunday morning, and hopefully later this week I'll have time to post some images, but for now, we have more pressing matters at hand to discuss.

Like how this girl "won" Skinny Meg's Diet Bet!



I didn't actually win as in "first place for all the marbles" type deal. But, since I lost at least 4% of my weight, I qualify as a winner. So at the very least I'll make my $25 back, and hopefully a little more depending on how many people didn't meet their 4% goal who will forfeit their money. Suckers.

My total weight loss for the month of September was 8.6 pounds. I weighed myself the day before and came in at 190.0, and I was like, "Okay cool, by tomorrow when I weigh in I have to at least be somewhere in the 189 range!" Nope. I weighed in at exactly the same weight. Go figure.

Our starting weights were 198.6 and 239.6 respectively, and we were hating every pound of it. Yesterday I weighed in at 190, and Bradley at 228.6. Together we lost 19.6 pounds in the month of September. We've been cranky and hungry and caffeine deprived, but we worked hard and stuck to our goals and we are so proud of each others progress.



I feel like in my before and after pictures I don't really notice a change, which is frustrating. 8.6 pounds is a lot of pounds to lose in my opinion, but I don't think the pictures do it justice. I can however say that my clothes fit so much better now. My work pants are comfortable and my muffin top is no more. So while I may not at first glace look like I lost almost ten pounds this month, the buttons on my pants are definitely feeling the change.
Bradley on the other hand definitely looks like he's lost 11 pounds in his midsection. Where before he had some serious love handles, he looks more smoothed out. His face also seems less bloated and he definitely has had a lot more energy the past few weeks.
The diet bet has been both a blessing and a curse here at the Glover household. While it has been great at making us accountable and giving us a goal to reach for and work toward, it has also been a crash course in reality. I don't know that we're both mentally ready to make all of the changes we need to make to keep this weight off and keep moving forward.

And I'm not ashamed of that.

What I've learned in my weight loss journey is that you can't force it to happen. If you're not ready to lose the weight and cope with life without junk food and sitting on your ass five hours a night watching TV, then it just isn't going to happen for you. Or if it does, you won't keep the weight off because you're not mentally doing what you should be doing.

This isn't my first rodeo folks. I know my brain and I know my body. I need to get myself mentally committed to working out, eating healthy, and giving up all those bad habits that I love so much. I just don't know how to get myself back there. When my Father passed away, it was like a light bulb went off in my head and I was just able to live it and do it. Now, I don't know where to start.

But I can tell you this; I will make it happen. It might take me a few weeks to build myself up to going to the gym. Getting my feet wet again. Eliminating bad habits like not eating breakfast and ordering a soda when we go out to eat. But I will do it. I just have to prepare myself and dedicate myself to it. Otherwise I will fail. Plain and simple.

To all of you who go to the gym everyday, who eat your fruits and veggies, who drink your protein shakes and who prepare your healthy meals in advance, my hat is off to you. If you could bottle that knowledge, willpower, and energy, please let me know so that I can buy some. I am truly jealous of you and I appreciate the example you set to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.

And to those of you who are like me and you can't get your shit together, don't give up. Weight loss isn't a period in your life, it's not a phase, and it sure as hell is not something you wake up one day with all the answers to. That's why I always call it a journey. Because I feel like I'm always in search of the skinny girl inside of me, and I just have to figure out the right path to get to her. Some days I wish I just had a freakin' map to her already, and other days I spend hoping she gets fat too so that she's easier to find.

Either way, I just need a little guidance and a lot more motivation. I will do this, and once I get started I will be unstoppable. I just have to work on getting started first.




15 comments:

  1. Congrats on sticking with it!
    I have a really random suggestion that might help. My fiancĂ© (I get to say that now!) is in the same boat as you, he says he wants to be in shape but he doesn’t want to diet or work out, like I can’t even get him to take the dog for a walk, so I he started eating a salad before every meal (except breakfast), like the out of the bag kind with low fat dressing, because he is lazy when it comes to food. He dropped like 10 lbs just form this addition and nothing else.
    PS: it’s ok to tell me to stfu and leave you alone about it, he does it all the time.

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  2. Great job girl. I'm with you I want it bad. I want to wake up early and get in a double workout and then I think but I could sleep and I really like my sweets. Here's to getting my shit together because you did.

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  3. I think you look great, and can see the difference in your mid-section too! We are always our worst critic, though, I understand that. 8.6 pounds in a month?! That is awesome! Great job! I wish I could lose that in a month. Keep it up, girl!

    -Dot

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  4. I'm so proud of you! Even if you're not mentally there yet you've had a few kick ass weeks... you should both be proud!!

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  5. Congrats on a great weight loss! I am like you in if I am not 100% mentally ready it won't happen. Right now I am stuck in that place but trying to move towards getting back into reaching my second phase goal. In one year I dropped 31 pounds, which felt amazing. Since reaching that goal and working on the last 10, I have lost my motivation (and time as two daughters are keeping me very busy with their activities) and am back to getting rid of that 10 pounds plus 5 that I have brought back on.

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  6. almost 10pounds?? Congratulations!! I admit that I didn't even join in because I knew I couldn't lose the 6lbs required. ha! Its the same six pounds I've been trying to lose for almost two years now. So you are one step ahead of me in actually making that change.

    Keep it up, and way to go for Bradley as well....doing it together makes all the difference!
    whereas I'm the sole weight-challenged person in this house.

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  7. Way to go on your diet bet. I had to stop doing those, because I kept losing too much money! I totally agree that weight loss is a mental game. We all know what we NEED to do. It's the executing!

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  8. You did great!!! I GAINED 4 pounds in one week--how is this possible?
    All of this:

    And to those of you who are like me and you can't get your shit together, don't give up. Weight loss isn't a period in your life, it's not a phase, and it sure as hell is not something you wake up one day with all the answers to. That's why I always call it a journey. Because I feel like I'm always in search of the skinny girl inside of me, and I just have to figure out the right path to get to her. Some days I wish I just had a freakin' map to her already, and other days I spend hoping she gets fat too so that she's easier to find.

    Either way, I just need a little guidance and a lot more motivation. I will do this, and once I get started I will be unstoppable. I just have to work on getting started first.

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    ...Thank you-I completely get it...truly.

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  9. I'm right there with ya on the needing to bottle everyone's energy, willpower, and knowledge. And your right, weight loss isn't a phase of life, it's a WAY of life.

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  10. That is amazing! Congrats to you two!
    Girl, I don't think my head will ever be 100% in the game. I've just been working on finding some kind of weird balance between vegging out in front of the TV, with healthy/smart choices. lol
    But you'll get there, you'll find something that works for you!

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  11. VERY well said!! I am right there with you, I don't mind working out everyday but my eating is awful! And almost 10 pounds is WONDERFUL!!!!! You are so right if you aren't mentally ready you won't do it!

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  12. Way to go! I was too scared to sign up for the Diet Bet,,,just knew I couldn't get my stuff together to lose the weight. Trying to get on track and stay there...had a salad for lunch so that has to count right?!? Right?!?

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  13. Congrats on being a winner! I was totally going to join that, then I chickened out last minute and made up some pretty good excuses for why I shouldn't. Fail. Anyway, thanks for posting this. I'm struggling to get back on the wagon and it's always good to read about someone who's at a similar stage of weight loss as yourself. Have a great rest of your week!

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  14. I'm right there with you girlfrand!!

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  15. Okay, I am finally getting caught up on reading your blog. Please brace yourself for an onslaught of comments.. :-).

    Good job on the loss! 8.6 pounds is awesome! I just barely "won" too, only to be my own worst enemy with Halloween candy. I hate the damn candy bowl at work! I was gonna say candy dish, but it's more like a trough.. haha!

    Jen
    Jen.amileamemory@gmail.com

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