Have you heard of Dietbetter? The game where you bet on yourself to lose weight in a specified time frame. If you win a round you are guaranteed to win back your initial bet and possibly more. Count! Me! In!
When I joined Mama Laughlin’s DietBet scheduled to start on January 1st, the pot had in it approx. $40,000ish & 1000 some odd people playing. To date, the pot has grown to $158,200 and 4520 players with a reported “unofficial” 12,823lbs lost thus far. Wow! I can account for only 3.8lbs of that.
We are down to 16 days left of the game. I faltered for about 4 days … ate a big fatty, salty meal out on Saturday and had to finish it off with dessert AND I didn’t exercise all weekend. But I am back again & going to finish strong!
In reality, this is not my finish, it is only my beginning. Actually beginning number 584,000 plus. At this point, I have at least 50 pounds to lose. I can always lose weight. But, I can never keep it off. I am definitely a yo-yoer!
I am 5’2 1/2 (and please don’t forget that half!) And I weighed in at 187.2. A mere 5 pounds less than my heaviest weight ever! I joke that I am a happy eater, a sad eater, a bored eater, a stressed eater. I just love to eat! I rarely drink alcohol. I have never smoked and I have never experimented with drugs. Good food that is bad for you is my only vice. That and sweet tea! What can I say, I am a Southern girl!
I can chronicle how I have gotten to this point. If you were one of my whopping three followers and have ever read my old blog before, you may have seen my story. But, I feel the need to tell it again, here and now.
I graduated high school (well over 20 years ago) weighing 127 pounds & 5’4. I went to college and married. And as is somewhat the “norm,” I gained weight. I was 145lbs when I got pregnant the first time around. When my OB came in my exam room after a large weight gain, he held up a Vogue magazine with a beautiful model on the front and asked me, “Do you ever want to look like this again?” I cried, “I didn’t look like that before!” And I cried some more! Needless to say, he never tried that tactic again on me.
In 1992 and pregnant with my 3rd child, we found out that she had died in utero. I delivered my beautiful little girl in December. Everyone else was celebrating and I just wanted to crawl in a hole! My weight dropped to my lowest adult weight ever of 117lbs.
After the fog started lifting and our life got back to routine, we decided to try one more time to have a child. Bam! Infertility! I was treated for depression in hopes that that was the culprit. I was treated with hormones to make my cycles more normal. And then clomid to stimulate the ovulation. And, the pounds started adding up. After my husband had a vivid dream about God talking of our next son and me declaring I would not try to get pregnant after my 30th birthday, I got pregnant on the clomid. One baby, our son. I weighed 160ish lbs.
After my last delivery in 1997, I breastfed and got down to 145lbs during a contest at work called “Lose Your Lumps.” I won the contest and kept the weight off for a little while.
Around 1999, I settled at 172lbs for many years. Sure, I would lose a few and gain a few here and there. But, 172 was my norm.
Then came my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome in 2002. When I am good and following my diet and exercise and taking my metformin, I settle around 160. When I am not, I find myself right back to where I am now … struggling to get it all back together.
Then, in 2008, I suffered a bout of extreme anxiety and depression after the hospital closed the unit that I was working on. I did not seek treatment until 2009. And, did not truly feel well again until 2011. It took years to find the light again. But, I did! With God’s help! Later (2013), my NP started me on a new med, Fetzima. It has been a complete miracle for me!
Just 6 months ago, I was 162lbs. So easy to gain and so much harder to lose!
Currently, I have gone back to the basics … making sure to drink at least 8 glasses of my most un-favorite thing … water! Adding lemon and other fruits has helped me to actually love my water! If I do this, I still allow myself to have a lightly sweetened tea. For now. I am exercising on the treadmill at least 3 days a week with 1 day of yoga, some time on the stationary bike and a little strength training. I know I will have to ramp that up soon. But, if I go too fast too soon, I will just quit. I know me! I have been making better choices in my foods … eating way more vegetables, fruit, less white bread, less sweats, less sodium. Again, I will have to make more radical changes on that soon, too if I want to see more results. And, I am taking my meds.
And, I keep track old school.
It is a rough road for anyone trying to lose weight, to begin exercising and to get healthier. But, I am betting on me. Are you betting on you?
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Dietbetter or the pharmaceutical company which makes Fetzima. I am a current user and am speaking of my experiences only. Always seek your doctor’s medical advice before starting any new medications or diet and exercise program.