About two months ago a friend of mine posted to FB that she had joined a bet on Diet Bet - put your money where your mouth is, commit to losing 4% of your body weight in 28 days. I thought, hmmmm, this sounds interesting, so I checked it out.
And I joined.
I joined a few days after the start of the bet so I didn’t have the full 28 days.
And life happened. I didn’t lose the 4%. I lost my bet. Fortunately it was only $25. Silver lining - other people are a little richer because of my failure.
So I joined another Diet Bet. Warren’s Diet Bet, for $100.
I can’t afford $100. So I figured it would help me make better choices. Why would I choose a bag of potato chips, nice fattening chips, when I have $100 riding on losing 4% of my body weight?
Which is not to say I’ve had no chips. I had a bag of chips on my ride this past weekend. It was a small bag and I had biked 65 miles in ridiculous heat and humidity, salt is a good thing - right?
And just the other day I ordered Tater Tots with my lunch, on the recommendation of my friend. I had no idea I was ordering a ginormous bowl of them! I had a few, though frankly I barely made a dent in the bowl. When the waiter asked if I wanted to wrap anything I offered them to my friend, who accepted.
But I’ve MOSTLY been making good choices.
The bet is almost over and I’m close to my goal weight. Sufficient hydration when cycling long distances in humidity can really screw with the numbers on the scale. Last night I went shopping. I thought about getting some brie to go with my Mary’s Gone Crackers. That is my decadent snack choice, the one I turn to when I want something that I shouldn’t be eating.
I’m not being judgy when I say “shouldn’t”, I’m just referring to things that I choose not to eat, hence the shouldn’t.
I decided not to get the brie.
My life wasn’t ruined because I didn’t have the brie. Not even a little.
The number on my scale hasn’t been going down. Hence the title, you know, a watched pot never boils. It seems a watched scale doesn’t move either. That doesn’t matter to me, I don’t get nuts about it. Daily weighing helps me stay aware of what is going on with my body.
Then today I went swimming. I almost didn’t go, I was really tired. But my friend was going and I was awake so I decided to drag my sleepy butt there. My friend and I started our swim. I was wearing my safety buoy.
I do tend to wear it looser than most folks I swim with, but not loose enough to slide over my hips.
I swam right out of the waist band of the safety buoy. Surely I could have stopped and tightened the waist band, but why? It was SLIDING OFF MY HIPS!
The watched pot isn’t boiling, but apparently that means nothing. The work I’m doing, getting up and biking and swimming each day, the 150 miles on my bike this past weekend for diabetes, is doing the job.
I’ll keep watching the pot, but I’ll pay attention to the other signs as well.