I won my DietBet!

DB2015-BeforeAfterThis was one of the most difficult things I’ve undertaken–second only to quitting smoking. I don’t like sharing photos of myself really any time, but I’m choosing to share my before and after pictures this time because I’m proud of the progress I made. Real, measurable progress.

In this bet, I’ve learned a few things about what it takes for my body to lose weight, how fast, what’s acceptable, and what undoes my progress the worst. I learned that I do stress eat more than I thought. Or, at least, I tend to make significantly less healthy food choices. I learned that I still love cooking and I will never be able to follow a “meal plan” because it’s not me. If someone invents the “foodie’s diet” please let me know. I’m happy to save calories on breakfast and lunch in exchange for a delicious dinner (and maybe dessert).

I also made my 5k bet! My final time on my Santa Claus Shuffle was 37:18, which is WAYYY below the goal of beating 39:51 from 3 years ago. I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life.

One of the most important learnings wasn’t mine, this time. My boyfriend finally, FINALLY, has learned to become supportive. Instead of suggesting pizza, he bought me whole-wheat pita pockets. Instead of making fun of me and offering me a cracker for dinner, he came with me to my 5k races this year. That means so much to me. It might actually mean more to me than my own weight loss. I haven’t quite sorted out my feelings on any of this.

Right now, my feeling is seriously in the realm of WHERE DA FOOD?! It’s Christmas Day and I WON!

2013 and a new challenge

I haven’t blogged in a very long time, but lately I’ve been feeling like writing again.  So I’m going to, for a while at least.

I have a few things that I left unresolved from last year that I’m going to try to finish up.

I have a few new things that start this week, and I want to write about my experiences.  One, I enrolled in my first MOOC.  It’s Evolution for Educators, and it’s a 4-week course.  I’ve never participated in a MOOC before, and I’m curious, and I wanted to document my experience.

The second thing that I want to keep track of is a 6-month diet bet.  It’s an online thing (actually legit), and I’ve bet that I can lose 10% of my body weight in the next 6 months.  I’m desperate to escape the way things are in my apartment when it comes to food and healthy eating patterns because we don’t have any.  Most of my diets have lasted 2 weeks to a month.  This is longer-term, which I’m hoping will help me build actual habits.

So, those are the things that I intend to write about.  I do still have some photos of the week to post from last year, and I will finish those, and I may even write a year-end summary for 2012–what I remember of it, anyway.