on dieting

whole foods

today marked the last day of a silly diet challenge i did via an online game called dietbet.

DietBet is a game where you’ve got 4 weeks to lose 4% of your starting weight. To begin, everyone puts money into the pot. After four weeks, whoever’s hit their 4% goal is a winner and splits the pot.

i joined a game hosted by fitfluential. it was a $25 buy-in and ended up being a $11,300 pot. sounds exhilarating, but you split the pot with everyone who reaches their goal – so if half the players lose their weight, i would make about $12. so it wasn’t about the money. i did it for motivation, accountability…

when i joined i was in the midst of a nice work-out kick. i was taking an hour almost every day during my lunch break and getting the best sweat i could in the gym (i am extremely fortunate to have a small gym in my office). i was on a roll with the motivation of our trip to st. maarten on the horizon.. mixing it up with running, lifting, and yoga. i was eating pretty much all gluten and dairy free. i had lost the baby weight and then some.

then dane’s birthday weekend happened and those 4 sleepless nights that followed. the combination of all the junk food in the house and my exhaustion was deadly. two nights last week i had left-over chocolate cake for dinner. i ate candy whenever i felt the impulse.  i didn’t work-out once. things were not looking good for the diet bet, but mostly, i just felt like total crap.

enter the blueprint juice cleanse… i knew i needed to take desperate measures, so i tried a 3-day juice cleanse that was recommended by my little work buddy, david (who tried it himself a month or so ago).
there are 3 different programs, each with 6 juices to drink over the course of the day. the juices are about $10/bottle. its expensive. but there is seriously good stuff in these bottles and they are very drinkable. 3 days i didn’t eat a thing and it honestly was n o t hard. to ease the financial burden, i improvised a little and bought the bottles at whole foods instead of ordering them online. i bought enough green and red drinks for the 3 days. i made my own lemon drink – you don’t need to pay $10 for a drink with lemon, cayenne, and agave – but it is somewhat reasonable for a bottle with kale, apple, ginger, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley and lemon (the green)… the white cashew drink is also somewhat painless to make on your own. check out this blog which breaks down recipes to all of these drinks.

i lost an easy 4 or 5 pounds and felt good – skinny even – after i finished.

this morning i got on the scale and was 3/4 of a pound away from making my dietbet goal. so i didn’t eat or drink for the following 3 hours (real healthy, right?)

when i got on the scale again, i had just barely made it! (and had my coworker take a couple embarrassing pictures of me on the scale to submit to the game).

can you tell how thirsty i am in this picture?

i am such a creature of habit. i have a very addictive personality and am not good with the “all things in moderation” mantra.  i can’t have one piece of chocolate after lunch. it inevitably turns into 5 15. i need to have none. i know this about myself and the key to looking and feeling good for me is not ever eating junk. now that i’m ‘old’ i am more determined than ever to be the best and healthiest i can be. i want to be the strongest, run the fastest and look the best i ever have… because lets be honest, i’m getting grey hairs and bags under my eyes. i am fighting nature at this point.

i know i am being dramatic and ‘old’ is a very relative term. i just want to put this all in writing because i really mean it and i don’t want to succumb to any more chocolate binges or junk food filled ruts no matter how little sleep i’m getting. i want to be better! a better mom, wife, employee, sister, daughter, friend, athlete… person. and that starts with feeling good about myself.