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Winning money to lose weight has to be the ultimate incentive to getting back in to shape. Before I ever heard of the Diet Bet Challenge, I was familiar with the interoffice programs where weight loss hopefuls would pool their money together and whoever lost the most weight would receive what was in the pot. This is the same concept, only you are taking a bet on yourself. And if you win, you get your money back and then some.
So I received an email about an upcoming Kickstarter game. With these Kickstarters, you are usually required to lose 4% of your body weight within 28 days. I was ready for a new challenge so I joined the Chris Downing Kickstarter with 800 participants and a jackpot of $28,000. This game required a $35 bet. I weighed in at 231.4 pounds. The app calculated my goal weight to be 222. The first and only time I tried Diet Bet was two years ago. I lost about 5 pounds and my $35 bet. I was salty about my defeat but I was also partially committed to the game.
Once the game started I made sure to follow the posts from the other participants in the DietBet app. Chris Downing is a Super Coach on the Beach Body platform and offers workouts on there. Everyone was posting what they were eating, how they were killing themselves in the gym, or working out to his videos. Most of the dietbeters seemed in optimal shape. I was somewhat in shape but I definitely needed to ramp it up.
I told one of my friends what I was doing and she ordered the Michael Thurmond's 6 Week Body Makeover program for me. The eating plan was very similar to the eating plan my diabetes education counselor laid out for me. And because I lost 33lbs DURING my pregnancy, I was eager to follow this plan. It also required me to focus on exercising in the fat burning zone 4-5 days a week for 45-60 minutes a day. This made it simple since I enjoyed taking my son on walks. But to make sure I stayed in the fat burning zone, I would wear my Fitbit. The Fitbit actually told me my heart rate and displayed the text that displayed if I were in the fat burning or cardio training zone.
So I stuck to the plan for the most. I fell every now and then to some sweets but I made up for it by doing multiple fat burning workout sessions per day. On the day to submit my final weigh in, I walked for an hour with a sweat suit I made out of used plastic grocery bags (I'm super cheap and economical at times, definitely was committed though). And the scale read 217.4. I exceeded my goal. I was too shocked to speak for a while. It had been a while since I achieved a personal weight goal like this. Then when it finally sunk in I made sure everyone in my social network knew. lol... This was a really great way to kick off my personal weight loss goals. I don't know if I will do another Kickstarter, but I have already joined a Transformer game where you have 6 months to lose 10% of your body weight. My expectations are that I will knock this one out the park. My goal is 10 pounds a month.
Oh yes, how much did I win from this $28,000 jackpot?? I won my initial bet plus $8. Looks like everyone was in it to win it!!
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During the course of my first pregnancy, I managed to lose 33lbs. And I owe it all to an amazingly proactive doctor, a very knowledgeable diabetes education counselor, and very knowledgeable perinatal doctors. I call them my dream team. But at the start of the journey I never even imagined losing weight. I was actually very anxious and nervous for what this baby was about to do to my body. I heard the horror stories about women describing how their bodies changed for the worse after having their first child. And it wasn't like I was a young gal, I'm getting close to 40!!
I weighed in at 248lbs at my first appointment on week 8. Due to several risk factors such as my weight and age, my doctor diagnosed me with gestational diabetes and scheduled me an appointment with a diabetes education counselor. (Sidenote: She had been warning me for several years to lose the weight and asked me to take the education classes before, but I was stubborn, I didn't see the need.) It only required 2 visits. In the first visit she described the new eating plan for meals and snacks that I was strongly recommended to follow. I now had to use a glucometer and take regular blood sugar readings. I had to write down everything I ate for the duration of the pregnancy.
At first I was mad about the new changes. I hate needles, and it made me remember how I used to watch my grandmother test her blood sugar when I was younger. But when I thought about how this was going to make sure my unborn child was born healthy, I decided to put on my grown lady panties and get with the program.
There were 4 things I changed to make sure I was able to follow this plan. I had to change my environment for this to happen. Old bad habits die quick. But I know that working to change these 4 things is what helped me to lose the weight.
1. My Diet Had To Change
Pre-baby, I used to eat 2-3 times a day. With this new diet, I was required to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks. I was limited to 30g of carbs per meal/snack. I had to eat every 2-3 hours like clock work. So the first thing I did was found some really great snacks to carry around in my bag between meals. My favorite go to snacks were Fiber One Bars, string cheese, Chobani greek yogurt, and Karr's sweet and salty trail mix. My favorite meals were breakfast sandwiches, salads with seafood and a garlic roll, and soups.
2. No Excuses, Exercise Was A Must
For my first trimester I was still able to stomach my regular routine workout minus the sauna afterwards. During my second trimester, I transitioned from my Cordless Jump Rope workout to more walking during lunch breaks. I didn't feel like doing all the extra. Then in my third trimester I only walked for my exercise. And what really reinforced my walking is the fact that I gave up my car and resorted to using public transportation. So I walked a lot!
3. Plenty Of Water At My Disposal
I was always thirsty. So I ordered a filtered water pitcher and had it delivered to my job. Everyday I would fill up this container multiple times a day. And since my body now demanded ice cold water, I made sure I kept plenty of ice in insulated cups at my desk.
4. No Stress Environment
This part was a challenge. I had many weird situations that broke out around me during my pregnancy. Call it changing hormones or seeing people for their true colors, but I had to take control of my personal space and only engage in conversations with people that were positive and supportive of me at that state. I refused to talk to certain people who were eager to push my buttons. I was determined to have a peaceful pregnancy and delivery. So I had to consciously make a decision to exclude certain situations and people from getting into my mental space.
So after changing those habits and monitoring my sugar levels for 37 weeks, I was able to deliver my son via c-section at 6lbs 7oz. He is the most peaceful and amazingly alert little boy I could have ever fallen in love with. After 2 weeks of breast feeding, I stepped on the scale and saw 215lbs. The next day it read the same again. I couldn't believe I actually lost the weight and was keeping it off. You don't understand, I had not seen the number 215 in over 3 years. So it almost made me want to say... let's do it again, I need to see 176 by 40!!
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I’ve been hiding a secret for a while. Actually I waited until I was 12 weeks to let the cat out of the bag to my Instagram family. I’m excited to know I’m expecting a son sometime in August. And I swear... the journey started out crazy.
My pregnancy is high risk because I’m obese and I’m over 35. I’ve had prediabetes for a while so my doctor immediately diagnosed me with gestational diabetes. Everything was a whirlwind. I started off with 2 UTIs back to back. Had to learn a new way of eating while testing my glucose levels daily. It was like I was stumbling trying to find my balance with what will work for me. Stop taking this supplement, no fruit for breakfast, no juice at all, NO SAUNA AFTER A WORKOUT... NOOO ALCOHOL!!! Lawd have mercy... I need help making it through!!! Halfway there though!
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I used to wonder exactly where and how fat exited my body. I used to think it came out in BMs. I had absolutely no clue how fat exited my body so I could never come up with a strategy to keep it off. People say eat this to lose weight, do this exercise and lose weight, or drink this diet detox tea to lose weight. But after watching this video I found out the simplest truth that made it easier for me to get motivated to lose the weight. The explanation in this video was that “duh” moment as to how the body loses fat naturally. Watch this video and prepare to be motivated!!! Cause it really motivated me!
Aloe Vera serves as an excellent addition to a regular plus size diet. There are so many ways to prepare Aloe Vera for ingestion. I prefer the old country method my granddaddy taught me.
Honestly, as soon as the Aloe hits the water the gooey oozes into the water but you can let it sit or a few minutes or you can sip it everyday. I pour water back into the jar as I sip.
If you didn't understand my method, then here's another method below that I also found useful.
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