The race is on!
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.