Monday, March 29, 2010

5 weeks down, 35 to go!

WooooHooooo! Half way through the exercise bet and feeling goooooood!

One eight of the way through the Cinderella pact and feeling good!

Lost my pound for the week, exercised for the week. Not bored yet!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Week 4, 36 to go!

Can you believe a month has gone by since we started?

Well, this little Cinderella Pact is growing. I hear there are others who would like to participate and create their own little groups. So, if you want to create an auxiliary group, wow! I am so glad you are here! Best of luck to you all! Here is a quick review of rules:

1. Find at least one other person to do this with you because changing the way you eat and live is difficult and having someone to lean on and boost you up is key.
2. Each of you puts ten bucks in the pot. Then decide on a monetary amount that you feel like will motivate you to lose the weight, for me it is 20 bucks. Then decide how much you will lose in 2 weeks. Ours was 2 pounds in 2 weeks because we didn’t want it to be a starvation diet since we obviously didn’t learn anything from those crash and burn diets we’d all done before. Have a neutral party hold your money, so that you are not tempted to give up. I chose my spouse. Pick someone you trust!
3. Pick an end date and a goal to be working towards. Ours was Thanksgiving.
4. Post your results here!

Thoughts about these last two weeks:
There has been some discussion about banking pounds and my overall feeling about that is…NO! That just opens up a whole can of worms better left alone. The beauty of the two week time line is that even if you had a terrible night of temptations you can balance that out the rest of the 13 days. I can also see in the future where the scale will refuse to move for a week and then you have to put your 20 bucks into the pot, but guess what, that next Monday is a clean slate. You get to start over, because wouldn’t banking pounds mean that if you failed then you were in the red and you had to then lose 3 pounds to stay on track?

Anyone else’s jeans getting loose? I need go buy a belt, hee hee!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Week 2 down 38 more to go for Cinderella Pact & 8 more for exercise bet

Everyone’s update thus far:

Rachel – down 3 lbs & exercised 8 days within the last 2 weeks

Holly – down 2 lbs & exercised Apollo 2x the last 14 days making her have LOTS AND LOTS of banked days! Not that Apollo will let her have a day off!

Gretchen – down 6 lbs (due to liquid diet & surgery) exercised as much as the doctor would allow. Her new goal is to maintain within a 3 lb range for next two weeks.

Amber - down ?, will start exercise bet on Monday!

Some thoughts on this week:

This week I thought I did everything right however Monday – Friday however, I hovered in a +/- 0.4 he[[. Monday I went up .2, Tuesday went up .4, Thursday went up 2.2 and then Friday went down .4 and then on Sunday I was down 2.9 which roughly translates to NOTHING LOST FOR A WHOLE BLESSED WEEK! I was good, I didn’t spiral out of control into a sugar induced coma (not comma, thank you spell check gods), which is where I would have gone 2 months ago. Instead I told myself that, it is probably my body’s reaction to loosing 3 the week prior and kept going.

Which leads me to an interesting question; what do you tell yourself when the scale doesn’t move? I have read from multiple sources that the scale isn’t the only measurement we should use. The experts suggest that I get a tape measure out and measure my lovely parts and keep track of that. Others say to weigh myself only once a week. I could do the first *if* I could find my measuring tape; the latter is hard as I really like those silly stamps on the wii calendar. To be able to look at a whole month and see how many times I exercised is a point of pride for me. I did take a picture of myself last Monday, as a ‘starting weight picture’ so maybe a good idea would be to take a picture (gulp) every Monday and then I could see my weekly progress?

The only mantra I can seem to come up with is: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, ala Dory from ‘Finding Nemo.’ Any others?