1.15.2014

Update: Diet Betters

It’s time for the weekly updates from our diet betters!

First up is Jennifer:

1.   Have you weighed yourself? Are you on track to win the bet or not?
I am current down 7.2 pounds. This puts me at 98% of the diet bet goal. This is totally due to a radical change in my diet. It's amazing how going from junk and fast food into clean food can make a huge difference. But, I'm quite certain the weight will slow down now! 

2. What food plan are you following? How many calories are you eating? 
I've been following the Dr Oz two week detox program. I'm still trying to decide what to do next (after the two weeks). I may try to follow it mostly with a few adjustments going forward. 

3. What exercise plan are you doing? How many days/hours are you getting in? Any best practices? Anything you feel you need to work on, like cardio/weights/intensity?
Ugh! This is my major pain point. I'm trying to walk more but nothing much yet. This is definitely an area I need to improve in. 

4. How are you feeling overall?
Awesome. I've started taking a great multivitamin, omega-3s, vitamin D and a probiotic. I'm not sure if it's completely this change or the eating better. Quite possibly both!

5. What are you struggling with the most? 
Dinners!! I can successfully fix three breakfasts (daughter, husband and myself), two lunches (daughter and myself) all before work. But coming home and fixing dinner is not my strong suit. I have slipped a few times and had foods that weren't on the detox list. But I could tell - the way I felt after was different than when I followed the plan. 

Cassie:


I am a weighing in fool. I love to see the progress. Right now I am on track to win the bet.  I am doing Weight Watchers and currently allowed 45 points. I am not sure how many calories that equates to, but I am becoming very cautious about my food choices even with Weight Watchers. I mean a cookie is 5 points but I can have so much more food for 5 points why waste them on a not so good cookie? I am trying to make healthier choices while still enjoying food! I have been kicking butt on the water intake, that was another one of my goals.
Exercise is what I struggle with the most! Right now it is cold, freezing temps here, and I am just unmotivated to do my videos or ride the elliptical. My husband did set me up a nice space in the basement in front of the TV (yeah, call that lazy) so I wouldn’t be bored will riding it. My goal is to do it 3 times a week. So far I haven't made that goal! I wish it was warmer outside so I could run and start C25k, I love that program!
I can't believe much support I have got in the past few weeks from the Blogging Community.  The support and well wishes really do help keep me on track. It is funny how not wanting to let down "strangers" can really impact your motivation.  I really appreciate all of your help on this journey. It has only been a week, but seeing the scale move and actually eating better foods makes me even more excited to lose this weight. 



Next is Michelle:


1.    Have you weighed yourself? Are you on track to win the bet or not?
YES - and I'm down 6.6 lbs since I weighed in for the dietbet last week!!!  

2. What food plan are you following? How many calories are you eating?
I'm not really doing a "diet" so to say, but I'm trying to meal prep on Sundays, and plan our my breakfasts, lunches, and 3 snacks.  I am trying to eat every 2-3 hours, so I have breakfast at 8:00 a.m (such as protein pancakes or oatmeal)., snack at 10:00 a.m. (protein shake), lunch at 12:00 p.m. (taco soup or grilled chicken with quinoa, sweet potato), snack at 2:00 p.m. (hummus with tomatoes), snack at 4:00 p.m. (apple with almonds), dinner at 6:00 p.m. (grilled chicken, tuna, etc.).  I'm eating around 1300-1400 calories a day, give or take.  I'm new to all this "clean" eating so I'm slowly learning, and last week I had 1 "cheat" meal and went to a Mexican restaurant.  I was VERY surprised at how I haven't been craving things like sugar, sweets, etc.  Before, on a normal week, I would snack ALL the time, have at least a couple snack size candy (like fun size milky ways), and at least 3-4 raspberry chai's from a coffee shop!  Another thing I've noticed it that I'm not ever hungry!!!  I guess it's because I am eating so much, I don't have enough time to think about the sweets, or eating other things, because I know that in a little bit, I'm going to eat again!!!  One thing I am trying to research is options!!  I'm okay with having the same thing for 4 days (I work 4 days a week so I meal prep for 4 days) but I am SO ready for something different by Friday!!   

3. What exercise plan are you doing? How many days/hours are you getting in? Any best practices? Anything you feel you need to work on, like cardio/weights/intensity? 
 I signed up for a workout challenge at a local gym in town, and part of the challenge is that you go 4 days a week to the gym, and I was chosen to work with a personal trainer, so I go to the gym on Sundays (with the trainer), Tuesdays (with the trainer), Thursdays, Fridays, and sometimes Saturdays.  These workouts at the gym include lifting weights (which I'm starting to fall in love with!!), crossfit classes, etc.  On Mondays and Wednesdays, I try and go across the street from my work to a park that has a great trail and run at least a mile or two. I am just learning the whole "HEAVY lifting" concept of how it will actually HELP me lose weight and I'm actually excited to one day see some definition!!!  I'm trying to research some ways I can lift at home after the 12 week challenge is up at the gym! 

4. How are you feeling overall? 
Overall, awesome!!!  I will say last Monday and Tuesday I had a HORRIBLE headache, but I think it was my body saying "WHERE IS OUR SUGAR AND POP, AND, AND, AND!?!?!?"  Haha! :)  But, I have had more energy, and I'm really enjoying the foods more than I thought I would!!  

5. What are you struggling with the most?
Keeping up the momentum!!! I've made an inspirational type board in my room, so I'm forced to read the quotes every single day and I've also made a couple goals for January and I'm reminded of those also!!!  I'm a very RIGHT NOW type person, so even though the scale is going down, which is awesome (it's been awhile since it's moved at all!!) I'm still that person that looks in the mirror and sees ALL my flaws and imperfections and thinks I'll never get to my goal weight and never get to where I want to be!!! I feel like more than the food, exercise, etc. is the MIND game that goes on between yourself and yourself!! HA!  I'm trying to put those thoughts behind and say "TRUST THE PROCESS"  I didn't get this way overnight, so getting it off isn't going to change overnight!!!!!  I CAN and WILL do this!!!  

6. Any extra comments you would like to give! 
If anyone had any meal planning, clean eating, or heavy lifting (mostly from home) advice, would they PLEASE let me know and share their secrets with me!??  Thank you!! :)

Now for her Mom, Lisa!

1.    Have you weighed yourself? Are you on track to win the bet or not?
Yes - just a few more pounds!!!  

2. What food plan are you following? How many calories are you eating? Following clean eating program and eating small amounts every 2 hours.  It's been around 1500-1600 calories. 

3. What exercise plan are you doing? How many days/hours are you getting in? Any best practices? Anything you feel you need to work on, like cardio/weights/intensity?
I'm doing Zumba twice a week for an hour each time, then 2-3 miles on the elliptical two days a week, and if the weather would cooperate, I will be getting at least 3-4 miles to start training for half-marathon.  I'm thinking I need to add some weights, but not sure where to start or how to work it in.  

4. How are you feeling overall?
 VERY good!  More energy and don't feel so blah at the end of the day. 

5. What are you struggling with the most?
Actually two things: 
One:The time it takes to prep all this food!!!!  I like to cook, so that's not an issue, but every night seems like it takes forever to repack the bag and get everything ready.  I'm sure it will get easier, I hope?

Two:  I have been tracking calories on My Fitness Pal, and I'm struggling mentally with eating 1500-1600 calories. For YEARS I've thought I needed to eat way less and exercise more!   Obviously, it's working, because since Monday, I'm down 2 pounds, so I'm continuing with this, while Michelle is telling me to "Trust the Process" and I have that note on my computer at work, taped on the mirror at home and in my car.   

On to Wendy:


1.   Have you weighed yourself? Are you on track to win the bet or not?
I had a good, but mentally challenging week.  I was down 2lbs when I weighed this morning.  I was 205, which should put me on track to hit my 4% goal. 

2. What food plan are you following? How many calories are you eating?
I chose to do WW Simple Start because it’s mostly whole clean foods without tracking or weighing the foods on plan.  I can have 7 Points Plus a day for indulgences.  I don’t track calories, in fact, I loathe counting calories.  I’d rather track WW points.

3. What exercise plan are you doing? How many days/hours are you getting in? Any best practices? Anything you feel you need to work on, like cardio/weights/intensity? 
In November I started getting up at 5am on the days that I had my girls, walking/jogging on my treadmill, and now I’m up to jogging/running 2 miles 2-3 times a week.  On the other days I use the Workout Trainer by Skimple app.  I do the strength training and abdominal routines mostly.  I try to shake things up so my body doesn’t know what’s coming.  These workouts are usually less than 30 minutes, by my doing, so I feel like I need to change the duration setting and turn these workouts up a notch. I usually spend 30-45 mintues during a workout and this week I clocked in 4 days.  I think I’m going to start following the Biggest Loser Half Marathon training schedule, which is identical to my workout routine with some longer runs included.  

4. How are you feeling overall?  I’m pretty pumped.  Normally a 2lb loss in the first week would be discouraging to me, but it’s a pretty big win this time and I feel more empowered around eating and exercise.  I’m even considering the Biggest Loser Half Marathon here  in Austin on March 30th.  Dream Big J

5. What are you struggling with the most? This is my week that we all dread, where my body is fighting to hang on to every ounce of water weight, every pound and it’s screaming for me to find all sweets and devour them.  Sunday was my hardest day.  I really REALLY wanted to sit on my couch with an entire jar of crunchy almond butter and eat the whole thing.  I resisted, but I did have more spoonfuls than my daily indulgence allowed for.  I’ve had to really talk myself out of any nightly sweets this week because if I have one, I’ll want more.  It’s been a mental battle.

6. Any extra comments you would like to give!  I was mentally prepared to not lose anything this week considering my body was fighting against me.  (I don’t know if you want to use PMSing, haha).  Even though I was pleasantly surprised, I had already prepped myself knowing that this is a part of the journey, and this next week would be extra awesome.  Even a small gain can result in the weight loss game, but you have to just keep it up and the progress will follow J.  I’m also incorporating my girls in workouts when I can.  Knowing that they’re watching me and looking to me as an example is a huge motivator. 

And finally Meredith!


1. Have you weighed yourself? Are you on track to win the bet or not
I have been weighing myself daily due to the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse.  I will continue to weigh 2-3x a week throughout the Dietbet to keep myself accountable, but not stressed.


2. What food plan are you following? How many calories are you eating? 

The past 10 day I've been eating very clean.  No processed foods, very little carbs except for fruit.  Also, no sugar unless it has been in natural form.  No coffee, no tea, no sodas, no red meat.  I'm pretty sure this weekend I'm going to need a tall coffee, a 72 oz. steak, and all the Reeses I can find!  Hahaha... just kidding.. maybe.  After the cleanse, I am going to continue my hardest to stick with this type of eating.  I am not a calorie counter, more of a clean-eater.


3. What exercise plan are you doing? How many days/hours are you getting in? Any best practices? Anything you feel you need to work on, like cardio/weights/intensity? 
I'm doing the #5amclub exercise plan.  Hahaha, I get my butt up at 4:40 and make it to the gym by 5:20am.  I take classes at my gym 3 days a week... 4 days if I'm feeling extra frisky.  I love classes.  They are mindless and I enjoy doing them.  That is the only way I'd be able to continue... well, and because Megan would kick my butt if I stopped.  I also run on the weekends, as I'm training for a half-marathon at the end of March.  I'd love to see more of my muscles I'm working on, but I also know the diet has to continue to be in check or that is lose-lose battle.

4. How are you feeling overall?
Overall, it has been amazing.  I hope that this high energy and amazing sleep continues. 

5. What are you struggling with the most?
My biggest struggle will always be food.  The Reeses here, the Diet Coke there, the simple piece of chocolate here, the sweet tea there.  Just small things.  I also miss eating out.  I know what I need to do and I know that with all the exercise I do, it is pointless to continue shoving crap in my mouth if I want to see change.

6. Any extra comments you would like to give!
I've been posting almost daily on my blog stepping through the Advocare Cleanse.  Many pictures, food ideas, and recipes there!





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7 comments :

  1. I really, really love this! Just seeing how "real" women are doing- and how they are succeeding!- is reminding me that I too can do this! Thanks for the encouragement & motivator! I can't wait to see how these ladies progress!

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  2. I really love this!!!! I hope you do it again, I would LOVE to be apart of it next time lol!!

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  3. Skinny Meg, these weekly updates are AWESOME! Thanks for doing them!

    Ladies -- WOW. You are all doing so great! I am so excited to follow along with you gals for this! Don't give up, you have a lot of people out here to support you!

    -Kara @ Two Ton Teacher
    http://twotonteacher.blogspot.com

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  4. Thank you Meg and Ladies for the support this is by far the most fun and rewarding way to lose the weight :)

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  5. I'm motivated even more this week after seeing eveyrone's results this week. Fantastic job ladies. Here's to week 2!

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  6. I really recommend stumptuous.com for any woman who is wanting to begin lifting weights, but doesn't know where to start.

    They provide very basic routines and show how they can be modified with free weights or body resistance, and link to videos on form.

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  7. Thank you ladies!!! I love seeing everyone's progress and you all help motivate me!

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