Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The race is on!

I must be crazy or stupid or both. A girlfriend of mine has been doing Medifast for the last 14 weeks and has lost 47.6 pounds. She needs to lose 25 more pounds to lose to reach her goal of 160 (she's 5' 9"). I've been doing Weight Watchers for 14 months, and I still have 20 more pounds to lose to reach my goal of 135 (I'm 5' 6 1/2").

She hasn't exercised once in 14 weeks (she's never been into exercise). She eats all pre-packaged liquid food (soups and shakes), and gets one "real" meal a day consisting of 6 ounces of chicken or fish and 1/2 cup of vegetables. The diet is about 800-900 calories a day. It sounds horrible to me, and I would never do anything so extreme to lose weight (okay, the old me would, but the new me, no way!).

The reason I'm crazy/stupid is because I agreed (actually suggested) a little friendly competition. Whoever gets to goal first wins. The prize is to pay the other person $1 for each pound lost. That will be $104 she'll pay me if I win, and about $75 I'll pay her if she wins.

The reason I feel like this was an idiotic idea on my part is because how on earth can I win when she's only eating 800-900 calories a day? Even if I really cut back and just consume my 19 Points a day, plus five extras, or 24 Points, that's still 1200 calories. I do exercise a lot. Lately I work out 1 1/2 hours in the morning, and if it's not raining, then an hour long bike ride at night (but I live in Seattle so it rains a lot!). I'm burning about 800 calories in exercise a day when I go to the gym and bike at night, if my heart rate monitor is correct. It usually displays half of what any machine displays so I think it's accurate.

I guess it doesn't matter. I made the commitment and there's no backing out now. I know it's going to make me be very diligent about tracking my food and drinking water so maybe this is a good thing. At least it'll get me back in the game and with any luck, $104 richer.


Sandy said...

I think the challenge should be, who can keep their weight off for 6 months. I'd put my dollar on you. Is she going to use this stuff for the rest of her life? What happens when she starts eating "normally"?

You are doing awesome, keep up the great "work" and I'm hoping you get some mula too ;)

antgirl said...

You should modify the bet to maintain for six months. :) Then you'll win. How long can you do that diet?

You're doing the healthy thing that will give you long term results. You're doing great! I've been at a plateau for about a year. I figured out because I wanted to be. I know my magic numbers ... :)

spunkysuzi said...

That was my question, what does she do when she starts to eat regular meals again? And i thought they only did the medifast for people who were severely obese!

D said...

great blog. I’m on a diet right now, so this really helps

Brooke said...

Friendly competition is always a good motivator. Good luck!! And I definitely think you are doing it the right way - I agree with the others - what's gonna happen in six months?

arielcircleofnine said...

I think we are all on the same page....she will not survive on liquid packages of food forever and I hate to say it, but crash dieting eventually leads to crash binges and putting it all back on and then some. I dont wish that on anyone, been there done that, but I think slow and steady wins the race!
Even if you have to pay her, I think you'll be the winner in the long run. You look fabulous!!!! Oh and by the way, Id LOVE to be 135 lbs, and I am only 5 feet tall :-D

Tony said...

Hey, what your friend is doing is extremely unhealthy, so you have won regardless of whether or not you lose more weight than her during this competition because in reality you will be able to keep it off and she won't.

Miz said...

you KNOW I agree with everything said above.
lifestyle change.
that will make you the WINNER no matter what the scale ever says.

bbubblyb said...

I did a diet very similar to medifast years ago, I lost 100 lbs and promptly gained it right back when I stopped doing the prepackaged stuff. It just doesn't work long term and with no exercise she's just losing muscle too. I hope you win but even if you don't you're still the real winner doing it the right way.