It’s spring (I guess. I mean, it still doesn’t really feel like it around here). Bikini season isn’t that far away, and let’s face it, we could all stand to firm up or trim down or eat a little better now and again.
In January, I had foot surgery, which left me literally grounded. I wasn’t able to work out for a very long time, let alone walk normally, and I’m just now able to take walks with my dog and do moderate exercise, but still with some difficulty.
Because I wasn’t able to move around normally, I made a lot of quick and easy meals or had comfort food made for me. It definitely wasn’t the healthiest time in my life, and I didn’t gain that much weight, but enough to make me feel a little “blah.” So, I thought I should kick myself into gear by joining another DietBet and lose a few before my birthday.
For those of you who don’t know what DietBet is, it’s really a great incentive to lose weight. You put a certain amount of money in a pot, get a group together, and bet that you will lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. Anyone who reaches this goal splits the pot with the other winners. I’ve done this a few times now, and have always been successful. Money is definitely my best motivator for getting back into shape.
For the next four weeks, I’ll be posting my progress and ups and downs with the DietBet. My plan is to eat meals you might normally eat on a detox, but not to that extreme of a degree. I’m going for whole foods, little to no wheat & gluten, no processed sugars, no caffeine, no alcohol, and no peanuts. What I will be eating is a lot of fruits and vegetables, brown rice, gluten-free grains, the occasional turkey/chicken/fish but mostly plant protein, nuts, and beans.
I’m also hoping during this time to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of different detoxes, and lay out the detoxes that are popular nowadays. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Clean Program, the Master Cleanse, or various juice cleanses that are out there. How healthy are they? How safe are they? Is there a benefit to downing smoothies and juice over just eating whole foods? I plan on testing some of these ideas out during the course of the DietBet.
Let’s see how long I make it.