Anyone who has ever tried and kind of diet plan knows about the wagon. If they’ve been attempting said diet (or any combination of diets) he or she may find themselves gauging their day on their relationship to the wagon. This is definitely true for me. I’m on the wagon. I’m off the wagon. I’m taking a flying leap off the wagon. I’m on the wagon contemplating my escape because the wagon sucks and isn’t going anywhere. I’m being dragged behind the wagon. And so on.
I don’t love the wagon analogy, personally. First of all, it indicates that there’s a clear-cut “right” or “wrong” way to do things. We’re each different, and even though I do believe in CICO (calories in/calories out) I do think that everyone has a different story and a different journey and who knows what the heck is up with our bodies. What works for might not work for someone else, and vice versa. Secondly, isn’t walking next to the wagon healthier anyway?
Anyway over the last week or so I’ve been on and off, so to speak. I read somewhere that the only real goal is to have more good days than bad ones, so that’s what I’m striving for. In order to inspire positive action (and more “on” days than “off”) I have joined my first DietBet.
Basically I bet $35 on myself- that I would lose 4% of my body weight in the month of June. That’s a little over 7 pounds. I’m excited about the monetary motivation of splitting the pot with the other 4% losers, although I don’t actually believe I can or will do it. That’s more than I’ve lost at all this year. But I am trying to think more positively. 5 pounds down would be good news. Plus it is motivating me to get to the gym and be more conscientious about what I eat, which is a good thing.
I don’t think I’ll be 100% “on the wagon” this month. There are vacations, stresses, and other fun stuff absolutely determined to throw me off. But I am going to try! Anyone else tried a DietBet? Did you find it a positive experience? Comment, please, and let me know!