Going into the 6 month Transformer challenge, I was really optimistic. There hasn’t been a DietBet I couldn’t win, and I’ve never lost a round, ever. I’m sure you can see where this is going. Unfortunately, for the first time ever, I didn’t make it to my DietBet goal.
I was about a pound away from my goal, meaning that I ended up getting fairly close, and did manage to lose a couple pounds between rounds. So, it’s not like a total fail, but it also doesn’t feel great to lose.
In order to win the next round, I have to drop 8% of my total weight from the first weigh-in by April 7th-8th. The added catch to this is I may need to do an early weigh-in, so I really need to kick things into high gear.
(Goal: More apples, less cookies!)
Since my food habits have been relatively good (outside of the lures of those damn Girl Scout cookies) my focus this month is going to be on finding more time for exercise and ramping it up. On the first warm day after winter, I was able to take my dog for a 3 and a half mile walk, so I’m hoping that sets the tone for the rest of the month.
The hardest thing about this challenge is that short-term slip-ups can really bite you in the butt in the long run. I probably celebrated too much with too many junky foods after round one, not thinking about how round 2 would be the shortest (with February being the shortest month) and really was off my game from week 1. This month, I’m allowing myself to have the occasional treat, but I’ve also been diligent about asking myself if I truly feel like I am hungry, or if I might want water instead, or maybe if I’m looking to eat out of boredom. It has been helpful in the first few days of round 3.
In the last week or two, I’ve really hit what feels like a weight loss plateau, so my biggest challenge will be bursting past that to continue to lose the weight I need to lose. In my next blog post, I’ll be writing about these plateaus and how people say you can get past them. I’ll employ the techniques in round 3 and report my success (or lack thereof) at the beginning of round 4.