Today I weighed in at 260.2 which is exactly what I need to weigh this Saturday to win my next DietBet Challenge. Pretty cool :) I’ve actually dipped down into the upper 250s so, I’m well on my way to hitting my previously set goal for this year of being down into the low 240s.
It’s kind of crazy, from the first weigh in of the month when I went up a bit and hit 272.8 I ended up dropping 14 pounds over the next 18 days.
The one month DietBets where we’re supposed to lose 4% of our body weight have been interesting because the one “big money” game where we bet $100 only paid off a total of $108 but the smaller games that cost only $30 ended up paying off about $45 each – easy money.
Next week, I’m going to sign up for a third 6-month transformation DietBet where the goal is to lose 10% of your bodyweight in 6 months. The breakdown of what we have to lose each month is really cool. In order, the weight loss goals are 3%, 3%, 2%, 1%, 1%, 0% and as long as you hit your goals each month, you with money.
These 6 month challenges require a wager of $150 but, if you pay it all at once you can get in for only $125. If you choose to pay monthly then you have the option of quitting at anytime and not paying any more money. Half of the money bet goes towards the final jackpot while the other half is split evenly among the preceding 5 months or rounds. Since I put in $125, half of that or $62.50 goes towards the final jackpot month while the rest is split up and $12.50 (1/5th of the remaining half) goes towards the first 5 months or rounds.
I’ve got one 6 month game, which is generally referred to as DB10 for DietBet 10%, that has completed two rounds so far. In the first round I won $15.67 and there were 296 winners who each got that amount. Just a tad over $3 profit on that round since I had $12.50 at stake. Round 2, however, paid out $24.85 with 180 winners so I about doubled my money in that round. Nothing huge but it sure is fun :)
The Dashboard section of each game shows you exactly where you’re at and what you need to weigh at each checkpoint. There’s also a neat graph which shows every time you weighed in. I’ve never seen my weight on a graph before but, here it is for one game
As things stand now, I’ve already touched on the weight I need to be at for next months jackpot – that round ends in 25 more days.
Anyway, on April 1st I’m going to join my 3rd DB10 game which runs from Apr 01 – Sept 30 and I want to weigh in at exactly 260 lbs so, i might have to eat up to that weigh a bit but I want 260 because that will give me a final weight in 6 months of exactly 234 lbs :) and I like how those numbers all go in order …. 2 – 3 – 4 :) I’m funny that way. :D
234lbs is also exactly about 10 lbs under the low 240s goal. I’m comfy in the low 240s. I have plenty of clothes to wear and don’t mind taking my shirt off to go swimming and stuff like that. 240 might seem like a heavier weight to some but, I still have a fair amount of muscle mass – I’m good with it.
The one thing that is pushing me is the running. I really want to get better. I want to be faster. I want sub 10 minute per mile training times to be the norm again. As a football lineman in high school I ran a 6:04 mile – we needed 6 or better to get an extra sticker on our helmet but, the goal of wanting to get under 6 minutes has never left my head. I still believe it’s possible. When I was a few weeks away from my first full marathon, I was able to maintain a pace better than 15 mph for a bit over 2/10ths of a mile. I wanted to see what a Roger Bannister speed felt like. If there’s anyone reading this who isn’t aware – Roger Bannister was the first person to ever run a sub 4 minute mile.
15 mph is the pace you need to run a 4 minute mile. 1 minute per quarter mile. I remember conversations with friends about that quarter mile and the 60 second mark. Sub 60 seconds would be super cool to hit.
This Saturday is the middle of a 5 week stretch of runs I have every weekend. It’s an interesting mixture of runs I have going. Two weeks ago was the 5 Mile St Patrick’s run in St Louis, last weekend was a 5K at a local University, this Saturday is the inaugural Bridge & Dam 10K at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri then I’ll have back to back 1/2 marathons to cap off the 5 weeks.
Then there’s going to be a weekend break while I’m out of town on business but after that I’m very curious about a local Duathlon which consist of a 1.5 mile run, a 10 mile bike ride then another 1.5 mile run. It’s perfect for beginners :)
The following week is another local 5K which is one of a three part series of local events. The other two events are the local Tour de Belleville which I do almost every year anyway and the final event is a Gingerbread 5k sometime in December but, completing all three events qualifies people for a 2015 Belleville Triple Crown Athlete Medal – sounds kinda cool.
Right now, my current weight is below my average 2014 weight. In April, I’m looking for my average weight for that month to be in the 250s and, probably by May, my average weight for this year will be below what I was at last year. So, three little metrics to ponder and help keep the game fun & winning.
Exactly 1 year ago on 3/26/14 is when I kicked off my running for 2014 so I’ve been able to put in 61.5 miles of running so far this year which puts me well ahead of last year. With this weekends 10K plus a simple 5k I’ll break 50 miles for the month. I only had 4 months last year when I hit or exceeded 50 miles. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year brings in the running aspect of my life :)
Almost forgot to advertise! :) The other bets I was talking about in this blog are from DietBet.com but, i also have a big money kinda bet going on a site called Healthywage.com. Below is what I can win from a $756 bet. If you want to partake and add an extra $20 to my final prize to boot then just click on the picture below and a new window will pop open to let you place your own bet. You pick what you want to weigh anywhere from 6 to 18 months in the future and can wager as little as $10 per month or more to reap some serious cash :D