DietBet: a jump start once again

It’s been 8 months since I last posted. Where did the time go?

Since January I’ve been in a new job: a new environment, a new workplace, and (of course) brand new challenges. I can’t even figure out where to begin with how busy things have been… or how out of control my life has gotten. Or how I’ve felt a little lost as it relates to… well, me. I’ll spare you the boring details (for now) — for now all you need to know is that I finally got back into it.

It was June. I weighed in. 220. I was 15 pounds away from where I was when I first started all of this.

The academic year was coming to an end and I knew that if I was going to find a time to try to fit in fitness again, June would be the best time to start. I wasn’t wrong. A few weeks and a DietBet program later… I’m down to 197.

For those of you wondering, a DietBet is an online bet where you enter a “pool”. The particular challenge I looked at involved splitting the pot with folks who successfully loss 4% of their weight in 4 weeks. For those of you who’ve read my blog in the past, you know how closely I follow Kris Gethins. And you guessed it — he hosted. My best friend and I were enthused… and also skeptical. But between the two of us joking around about entering, we finally did. The pot was at 53k by the time the game officially started.

In case you’re wondering..we did it!

It was not an easy 4 weeks by far. DietBet added a whole new level of accountability, even though entering only costed $35. A financial incentive made challenging your peers that much easier and it helped that I had known other people who participated with me.

I stepped into the gym this evening, proud of my win, and ready for a light day in the gym as a reward to myself. By the end of my workout, I realized I had stayed 20 minutes longer than my usual 50 minutes, and I still had energy for more. This was my non-weight win for the week. I finally remembered what it was like to push myself. I’m starting to find me again… and figuring out how I might fit fitness back into my life.

I knew I had to quickly jot some thoughts downI can’t forget that I need to be accountable, with or without a financial incentive. And yes, I know, I know: accountability ultimately has to come from within… but for now I need to make sure I don’t lose steam. So… I’m putting my thoughts onto paper (technically screen) and into the (internet) universe.

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