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I’m Hosting a $10 Dietbet – Starts August 1!

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UPDATE July 31:  JUMP ONTO THIS WEIGHT LOSS TRAIN NOW TO GRAB A PIECE OF THE FUN!!!  You can join in late though it gives you less time to lose the 4%… I know, I know.  I won a whopping $12 on my first Dietbet and wasn’t extremely impressed.  But, my annoyance with the small payout actually motivated me to refuse to lose my other 3 Dietbets.  That meant I stayed on track last weekend even though truly wanted to take a break from calorie-counting, and I won $46 on the 3 Kickstarters.  Soooo…I guess I am indeed money-motivated. I also have been mentioning my Dietbets to a few friends, and they wanted in on the action too. My neighbor friend and strength-training buddy, Debbie, wanted to try it out with a $10 bet.  I didn’t see any of those starting soon, so I decided to host one myself. You don’t receive any kickbacks for hosting small games, but that just means we all have to win so Dietbet gets nothing too.  😉  We can motivate each other to stick to our respective diet and workout plans.  And $10 is cheaper than a month of many other weight loss programs. … Read more

I Won My First Dietbet!!!

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I made 4 bets totaling $125+ on  Those bets generally were me saying that I could lose 4% of my overall weight within a month.  The first bet ended this past Monday, July 17.  My First Bet I started at 175.4 and needed to hit 168.4 in about 3 weeks since I entered this $35 campaign a week after its official start time.  My plan of attack was to track my food intake using My Fitness Pal (a free app) and change very little else.  I already strength train with a neighbor friend, Debbie, twice a week.  My cardio is usually infrequent and with friends like William and Dee. About 6 days into this first bet, I felt pretty dumb.  7 pounds in 3 weeks is 2.34 pounds per week.  I usually lose 1-2 pounds a week during a diet.  Plus my weight fluctuates 1-3 pounds every day.  So I would need to truly have no cheat days and hope to get lucky during the 48 hour final weigh-in period at the end if I was super close to the 4% mark. I was super close. Final Results The final weigh-in needed to be submitted sometime between Monday early … Read more

Thinking about Getting Knocked Up Again

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This has been a crappy year for our procreation plans.  I got pregnant in late November 2016, had a blighted ovum miscarriage in mid-January 2017, got pregnant again in mid-March 2017, and had an ectopic pregnancy miscarriage in late April 2017.  That one took nearly a month for my system to physically reset, and I was told to wait at least two menstrual cycles before trying again.  I was also warned that I would now have an increased chance for ectopic pregnancies with any future attempts.  Wanting to Try Again Despite the scare factor the tubal pregnancy slapped me with, my husband and I are seriously contemplating whether we should start trying again in the next month or so (after my second cycle).  I’ve slammed through all of my stages of grief (sad, angry, depressed, contemplative, snarky, and acceptance).  I also used the time to find a new OB-GYN since the staff of my last doctor treated me like a faceless number.  We meet my new doctor this Thursday and I’ll make sure we are good to go again physically.  If so, we then need to figure out if we want to try again soon or wait a few more … Read more

My First Dietbet Ends in One Week – $35 on the Line

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I joined four different Dietbet campaigns a couple of weeks ago.  In short, I bet $125 overall that I could lose 7 pounds by July 17 and keep it off through July 26.  As of this past Sunday morning, I have 1.2 pounds to go…it just happens to be the week of birthday parties and a baby shower.  I may not have thought this through all the way.  😉 How I’ve Lost the Weight So Far The first campaign had already started by the time I joined, so that left me with a little more than 3 weeks to lose the 4% of my body weight.  I refuse to starve myself, take pills, or do anything that could mess with my hormones.  I want to be a healthy baby-making vessel should the time come and we’ll be trying again in the next few months.  With that slant towards health in mind, I’ve been tracking every single thing I eat in My Fitness Pal and have been walking more.  My Fitness Pal is a free application that set me a daily calorie goal to stay around every day based on my current weight, height, and normal activity level.  I get 1320 … Read more

I Bet $125 on My Weight

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Instead of yo-yo dieting, I yo-yo life.  I’ll have my give-no-shits periods of time where I do and eat whatever I want and procrastinate whenever possible.  Or I could spend significant chunks of the calendar diving into healthy living like a squirrel on crack – exercising, cutting out empty calories, tackling those previously procrastinated projects.  Or I could be in my mellow phase where I balance my donuts-or-die time with stick-to-my-daily goal time and things get done at a normal pace.  It’s the Crystal Life Cycle. Well…I plunged into my squirrel on crack cycle a few weeks ago.  This hasn’t been amazing for our bank account since we had been putting several big things off for more than a year, but it has meant I’ve been happier, driven, and confident.  Confident enough to spend $125+ on joining FOUR Dietbet campaigns! Have You Done Dietbet? I’m now a participant in a $25-per-month group that spends 6 months attempting to lose 10% of our overall weight.  I also joined three 1 month groups aiming to lose 4% of our weight in one month.  Yep, they are concurrent.  In short, I need to weigh 168 pounds or less by July 17 and keep … Read more

Miscarriage #2 is a Wrap…and a Rough Income Report for May 2017

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I actually sent those words – “Miscarriage #2 is a wrap!” – as a text to my mom and then a couple of my friends yesterday.  I know it might come off as glib, but sometimes glib seems right to me.  Miscarriage Synopsis My blood test Tuesday came back as HCG 0, which means my body is back to its starting position.  My tube didn’t explode, so no surgery!  Yay!  I’m no longer bleeding or cramping, so double yay!  All emotions still come way easier and faster than normal for me, so that’s slightly VERY annoying.  Stupid emotions.  Screw emotions. Moving onto happier things… Pet Sitting for the Win! Pet sitting has been truly helpful.  I thought that forcing myself to do some jobs would make me resent the work, but animals really are the best company when you feel like poop.  Between our cats and all the clients’ pets, I was generally surrounded by furry hugs most of every day.  Picking up poop and scooping cat litter is not more fun when you are grieving or angry, but it’s not less fun either…it’s like a constant that makes everything feel a little normal.  When you are going through life’s … Read more

A Healing Cruise – I’m Feeling Like Me Again

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Taking a Cruise for Self Care | Vacation | De-stress | Mental Health

I’m back from another cruise escape and I’m finally feeling like me again! Yesterday, I woke up happy, had a productive day with pet sitting and my online work, hung out with a few friends for several hours each, and was still chugging away at 4am.  I’m nearly caught up with everything from last week…so now I’m only as behind as I was before we left!  😉 I haven’t been able to go this long on 5-6 hours of sleep in more than a year.  I won’t make a habit of it, but I had almost forgotten what energy felt like.  Grief and depression are real bitches. Our Recent Cruise We sailed out on the Carnival Breeze from February 5-12, 2017.  It stopped in Jamaica, the Grand Caymans, and Cozumel, Mexico.  We got off in every port for just a little souvenir browsing, but mainly, we spent the entire cruise relaxing. Our days were spent watching movies, playing 2 person board games like Patchwork and Jaipur, playing “Burger Shop” on our tablets, lounging in the adult-only, Serenity section of the ship in huge chairs, eating Guy’s Burgers (and anything else we felt like munching on), and just enjoying having no … Read more