My brain is still stuck in high-school-metabolism mode, even though my body is shouting at me that I can’t get away with those old habits anymore. I haven’t been able to eat all the fatty food in the world, proceed to sit on the couch, and stay at 105 pounds in about 5 years. And it’s exponentially getting worse—much worse. My BMI score informs me I am overweight and let me tell you, I’m freaking the F out.
So what do I do? Commit to eating healthy, of course. Here’s my honest day-by-day mindset to a healthier me:
Sunday: Okay, this is the last day I will permit myself to eat whatever I want. Starting tomorrow, I am going to actually begin with the smoothies, salads, lean meat, whole grains, and vegetables. Today, however, all I want is a 1,000 calorie brunch—and I’m not even going to feel guilty about it, because I don’t start my diet until tomorrow.
Monday: Drank that breakfast smoothie, ate the healthy sandwich, and cooked a great chicken dinner with brown rice and sautéed veggies. Success! I can already feel the pounds falling off, so I’m going to reward myself with a beer (or 2).
Tuesday: Oh, crap—I forgot to make my smoothie last night and I don’t have time before work to make one. No worries, I’ll make it till lunch surviving off wheat thins and jelly beans in the office. Uh oh, there’s nothing to eat in the fridge. Good thing I have my coupon for a free barbecue sandwich (even if it’s from Dickey’s, which is below advantage). Grocery run to tide us over for the rest of the week, buying only healthy food. Successful ground turkey naked burrito dinner—whew, back on track.
Wednesday: No time to make a breakfast smoothie (again), but hey, I have sugar free Redbull! Sandwich for lunch, but I’m still hungry… those sour cream and onion chips won’t hurt. Yeah, I don’t feel like cooking so we go to Pete’s for dinner. 24 oz beer, buffalo wings, and a burger with fries please.
Thursday: Shoot, I’m supposed to be eating healthy, so let’s make that smoothie for breakfast. Probably should make a veggie wrap for lunch, but I still have that second half of my Pete’s burger—I mean, I can’t waste that so I guess I just have to eat it. Too bloated from the burger, I make us chicken Caesar salads for dinner.
Friday: Coworker brought senorita bread from Starbread to celebrate Friday morning. That’s it, I’m officially tossing in the towel for this diet.
Saturday: Sorry, I’m too busy eating huevos rancheros, barbecuing, and drinking beer to think about silly things like eating healthy. I’ll worry about that on Monday.
No joke, this is every week with little variation. (I know, such a misleading stock photo at the top, huh?) I didn’t even include the exercise because, who I am kidding?, it doesn’t exist. My coworkers are leaving me in the dust on our Weekday and Weekend Fitbit challenges, and it’s become more than just a little embarrassing.
Around 2 months ago, there was a solid 3 weeks that I was doing well with eating healthy (about 60% of the time) and regularly exercising (walk/jogging 2 miles). I felt productive, energetic, slim, and sexy—not to mention, the pounds were shedding like Ollie’s fur coat. Just from those little changes! I saw the transformation extend far beyond the scale—because while to see that weight number go down is great, it’s only a small portion of the bigger picture.
I learned about DietBet through Sarah of Venus Trapped in Mars, and it immediately spoke to me. 28 days to lose 4% of your weight—and competitively? I can win money if I lose that weight? But those dollars go to someone else if I don’t? There’s that extra motivation I’ve been looking for! I’ve been checking out the program for about a month now and finally decided to take the plunge. Without really knowing what I’m doing, I joined a game yesterday. I will not let my $35 go to waste! Oh no, not on my watch!
Friends, I need some help. How do you get into the habit of changing your eating and exercise habits? How do you control yourself on weekends from gaining all the weight you lost during the week? What the heck am I supposed to do when coworkers bring delicious food into the office, or worse, when Jake wants to eat something unhealthy, or even worse!, when we go out on the town? Have you tried DietBet before? I NEED ADVICE.