So, for some of us out in the blogosphere, this is the last few days of Roni’s New Year Dietbet. DietBet is kind of a cool motivational thing where we all pay in a few bucks (in this case $20) and we work together to lose 4% of our body weight in a month. And the site is social – everyone in a particular game can post and communicate and support each other, and all of the people who lose the 4% share the pot at the end.
I thought it sounded awesome. For one, I happen to be a person who is extremely motivated by money. It’s just true. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m always thinking about how I can develop and expand and meet some need with my business yes because I love what I do, but also? Mama’s got to pay some bills.
But also I liked the idea of it because, like with so many others, my habits start getting a little sloppy around Halloween, and by New Year’s Eve I’m ready for an overhaul. And it’s not even so much the candy or treats or food. This year especially, I was just run ragged keeping up with my schedule. I love our busy and our chaos, but as we slid into the last few months of the year, we relied pretty heavily on a lot of processed foods (I kind of have a frozen pizza hook up. And, like the GOOD frozen pizzas, too!) and quick decisions and hungry shopping and meals on the go. When I took my week off over the holidays, I indulged in lots of rich food and no movement. Which I feel like I desperately needed. But looking into 2013 and my January schedule – teaching 63 classes plus mothering and wifing and dog loving – I knew I had to get back to basics in the kitchen.
So I joined and I got started and I worked hard this month and re-made some necessary changes and I think the idea ROCKS. But? I don’t think I’m going to finish. I’m pretty sure I’m going to skip the final weigh in.
The thing is, DietBet has already done what I needed it to do. I’ve refocused our eating and meal planning. There were ZERO fast food stops and my freezer still holds almost all of the frozen pizzas we started out with. I cooked about 110% more than I did in December (thank the lawd for Pinterest) and both my eating and my grocery shopping were much more mindful. My teaching and workouts were fueled in a much more nutritious way, and just yesterday a student pointed out a couple of areas on my body that look smaller.
I did a weigh in about halfway through the month and had gotten halfway to goal. I already know I lost weight this month. So, say I get on the scale Wednesday and I don’t hit The Number. Should I then feel like I ‘lost’?
I’m excited for all of the people who are hitting their numbers and counting their cash. And I really like the idea of it all. But I’m pretty sure that no matter what the scale would say on Wednesday, I’ve already won.
How have you guys done with your January healthy living goals?