11 Weeks & 30 lbs to $2,096

There are many different areas of life that vie for our attention and there is only so much time we may devote to any one area.  Generally speaking, I can improve most any area of my life I pay attention to, simply staying aware of any particular facet of life is almost curative in terms of improvement.  So, this blog is kind of like my insurance policy to help me keep track of my weight and running although these days I am most concerned about weight and not running because of a $756 bet I made on HealthyWage.com over a year ago to weigh no more than 212 lbs by July 5th-July 19th which will pay out a nice $2,096 if I can make that weight 11 weeks from now.

There are limits as to how much extreme diet and exercise manipulations can do so the bulk of the weight loss between now and that final weigh in will need to be legitimate weight loss.  If I can get down into the teens, 216 or so then I should be able to employ some emergency measures to hit my final weight.

I am still on my Run Streak and completed day 291 yesterday (4/17/2016) but have usually only been doing the minimum 1 mile per day to maintain that streak.  I’ll have to update my chart on the Running Log page.  I have data for all my runs and mileage but will have question marks for several months regarding my weight.  About 5 days ago I had a legitimate weight of 243.8 which I’m happy with because at the beginning of last year my goal was to weigh in the lower 240s so, I’ve maintained that pretty well and, at the worse have kept with in striking distance of that previous goal weight.

To help push me down to that 212 weight, I put up an additional $470 on DietBet.com and joined three 6 months contest where I need to lose 10% of my weight and will cycle through several one month contest where I need to lose 4% of my weight.  I should be able to turn that investment into $1,000+ sometime in August which will be very helpful in paying the 2nd installment of my property taxes on Sept 1st 🙂

Mainly, sparse eating combined with an increased volume of lower intensity distance training with lesser bouts of speed work and probably some weight lifting thrown in there should be an effective combination towards achieving this 212 goal.  That goal still boggles my mind a bit because …well, I can’t really remember the last time I weighed so little.  In terms of overall health, it may be the case that weighing even less may be optimal but, one step at a time.

The six month, 10% weight loss diet bets which end in August have a target weight of 233.2.  My thinking here is that there will probably be a bounce up in weight after achieving the 212 weight but I wanted to put a cap on it and 233.2 seems like a good cap.  Perhaps I can work at maintaining a weight in the 225 to 230 range which would be very nice 🙂

Other than that, I’ll probably be adding a net tab or page called Money, since i landed a freelance writing gig that has this webpage listed in my bio and figure I would put a link to my Facebook, S4 Mafia Investment Club page since this page doesn’t have much to do with finance.

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Betting to Lose & Week 5 Weigh-In

In this blog:

  • HealthyWage.com
  • A VLOG?
  • Week 5 Weigh-in
  • Drop 70+ lbs in 12 Weeks

 

I kind of messed up my last blog by not completing it, forgetting about it, then not publishing until 4 or 5 days later and then forgetting I didn’t finish it until after I clicked that publish button 🙂  sometimes I get easily distracted.

HealthyWage.com

HealthyWage.com is a website where you can bet to drop an amount of weight of your choosing, in a time frame of your choosing.  I have learned a bit about the specific algorithm the website uses.  For my particular case and set of personal statistics, I’ve learned that any total bet at or above $760 yields the same payout results of $16 per pound loss.  So, that’s a profit of $160 per 10 lbs lost or $1,440 for 90 pounds lost.

It doesn’t matter if I take 6, 8 or 10 months to lose the weight, the payout is the same.  It also doesn’t matter if I bet more – bets of $1,000, $2,000 or even $3,000 yield the same profit of $1,440.

There are two aspects to starting the program.  One is to get a verified beginning weight and the other aspect is to choose your bet.  There are two ways to get a verified weight.  One way is to make a short video of yourself getting weighed.  The other way is to print out a verification form that you would take to your doctor and have them sign and date the form with a weight obtained at their office.

I did both – and my doc was kind enough to take a quick 53 second video of me as well as signing my verification form.  I took a picture of the form and spliced it into the ending part of my video so everything is about as legitimate as I could make it.  In the video it is recommended to wear minimal clothing so I had on shorts and a t-shirt, no shoes.  The video composition is simply of me stepping on the scale, then a close up shot of my weight (which was 292.0) then me stepping off the scale, pulling out my pockets to show nothing is in them, turning in a circle,  then stepping back on a second time with a second reading (which was the same).  Pretty easy and that follows the sample video HealthyWage gives on their website.

I’ve got my video uploaded and now have up to two weeks to decide on a bet.  I’m pretty certain I’ll max out my potential profit with a total bet of $760 but am uncertain as to the total amount of weight to lose or the time frame in which to lose it.

One caveat with that site is that you only can make a bet once.  I have a years worth of statistical data regarding my weight as well as data buried in my computer somewhere from two other times I did the 12 week Lose to Win contest.

One thing I learned from the contest was that each time I did that contest I kept starting out at a higher weight which is a reason I was happy that I maintained my weight within that 260 +/- 3% range last year and from my monthly averages I can see I maintained that range through the end of November.

Overall, I think maintaining any given weight is kind of a farce – at least for me.  I can see maintaining an amplitude range around a given weight and maybe even working to minimize that amplitude range so, if I was 205 then my range might be from 200 to 210 and based on my data from last year, I’d probably be a little rotund during the Christmas holidays but more svelte & sexy towards the end of Summer 😉  🙂

A VLOG?   (Video Blog)

When I was trying to verify the legitimacy of HealthyWage.com I came across a forum where someone suggested looking at YouTube to find people who had shared their experience with HealthyWage.  I didn’t find a lot of personal testimony (none actually) but there were plenty of news stations that had featured HealthyWage.com  Below is a screenshot from one of the videos (you can click on the picture to see the entire video)

2014 HealthyWage Press Release YouTube

I wish I could gain $2,000 for losing 29 pounds.  When you first sign up at HealthyWage there is a small form to fill out and one of the questions ask what kind of a better/person you are – ie, casual or looking to be competitive or one choice is “I’m here to make money (lose 15% or more)” and I chose the most aggressive option of being there to make money so, that might have tagged me as a ringer or something which is why my winning is limited to that $1,440 or $16/lb prize.  That’s still not bad and a $760 bet would still put my total prize over $2,000.

I’ve had an idea of putting up a VLOG before during my previous contest but never pulled the trigger on that idea.  I have received some encouragement on this idea.  I think my student loan may be pushing to make it a reality.  Not including any previous college, just the DC program debt is now made up of 13 different students loans which have topped $270,000.00 and in my mind, if I do nothing with everything I’ve learned then that money spent is truly a waste and can really only have any value if other people are helped in some way.  Even if it’s just one other person, if their life can be made better then we can start to ascribe some value to the educational investment.

idk – I do have many thoughts and ideas regarding a VLOG and maybe I’ll hash them out a little more in future blogs.  If I go that direction I may add another tab on this blog called YouTube.  I only have about 1/2 dozen videos posted and only about three of those are any good but I still get comments on a very regular basis.  My primary audience consist of 1st year med students.  If nothing else, putting up a VLOG could help me get back into completing other anatomical videos that I’ve thought about for a long time.

Week 5 Weigh In 

I better get this part in before my mind goes too tangential and I don’t finish like last time.

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I can update my Running Log tab and put down an average weight of 278 for the month.  It’s actually 277.6 but, I’m trying to keep that data clean and easy to look at.

And Voila!  My odometer/weight table is updated and I’m 15 lbs lighter than I was last year at this time 🙂  Next month I’ll need to average lighter than 269.  And, if I can get my butt outside for almost any amount of time then I’ll be able to enter something other than a zero for my monthly mileage which would beat last years total.

Now, I did have an official verified weigh in of 292 this past Monday so, it may look like I’ve dropped 13.4 lbs in the past 4 days but, I was already pushing 280 the week before and was probably well above 280 the morning of my weigh in.  It just so happened that I could only get to the doctors office at the end of the day so bodyweight is usually higher at the end of the day.  But, the weight measurements have to be pretty legitimate so, for the record, all i had to eat the day of the weigh in was a pizza and the day before it was my traditional pre-contest meal consisting of 4 cheeseburgers from McDonalds.  I don’t eat fast food very often but, it was a good reminder of how miserable one can feel when eating that crap – mainly because of an extraordinary amount of sodium in the food.

For the most part, I do my best to make my weekly weigh ins on Thursday mornings, right after I wake up, as was the case this morning.

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Drop 70+ lbs in 12 Weeks

That would probably make a pretty catchy blog title but, since I’m already pondering it, we’ll tack it on at the end here.

In my previous 3 successful Lose to Win contest I did drop over 70 lbs each time in a 12 week period but, this contest is different.  12 weeks was never long enough to actually get lean or even down to a decent percentage of bodyfat.  BMI scales don’t really apply to me because I still have a fair amount of residual muscle from benching over 500 pounds and scarcely anybody ever builds up that amount of strength & muscle so, those norm BMI scales are for more average individuals.  Funny – it wasn’t until just now with this blog entry that I considered again basing an overall weight objective with body fat percentage.  anything below 20% – something in the teens – even high teens would be good for me.  Especially since I’m probably around double that 20% mark currently.

I’ve mentioned previously an initial weight objective in the lower 240s for this year and I am quite happy with that weight.  I can wear a lot of clothes I own at that weight and don’t mind jumping in the pool ..etc

But, there are personal goals such as qualifying again for the Pikes Peak ascent and finishing that run in under 6 hours or, running a sub 2:30 half marathon which, is what’s needed to qualify for Pikes Peak.

and this HealthyWage competition can be any time frame I choose – anywhere from 6 to 18 months….  so, …. less than 240 is where we start getting into uncharted territories which on one hand can make things intimidating and on the other hand can make things exciting.

A final weight of 200-205 is about all my mind can deal with.  So, if i choose to lose 88 lbs that would put me at 204, just under the top end of what my mind can see.  Considering other weight loss objectives of 78 or 68 pounds would yield a final weight of 214 or 224 and, naturally either one of those would be fine as well.

The money is not a tremendous motivator for me and, in many ways would serve the same function of this blog in terms of helping me pay attention to this situation as opposed to ignoring and forgetting about it.  Competition with other people DOES motivate me and helps to bring out my best efforts.  With over 1,000 other people in previous contest – most are average joes but, there are some spectacular people in terms of effort and determination.  During one contest I walked just shy of 100 miles in the first two weeks.  I took 3rd or 4th place in that contest.  They guy that won did some outrageous number of spin classes – something like 124 during the 12 week period and there’s only 84 days in 12 weeks so I talked to him after the competition and he admitted to doing double spin classes on many of the days.  He would spin for an hour before work and again for an hour after work – just amazing effort and focus to keep that up for so long.

People tend to become a part of what they’re around so, in my competitions I would know there are people like that out there and would align myself with those people.  Knowing there are people busting their butt as much as I was or even more.

As far as competing against myself, I have my run mileage and weight data from last year which is nice but not nearly as exciting.

So, do I push myself to shoot for a 204 weight or make things easy on myself and go for a much easier win with say, a 244 weight?

I’m not sure at this point but my inclination is probably summed up by a quote from Thomas Carlyle, “Make no small plans, for they haven’t the capacity to stir men’s souls”

 

From a Minute to a Marathon!

I can run a minute.  I ran a minute twice today.  I currently travel less than a tenth of a mile in that minute so I’m not even eligible for one of the ‘0.1’ stickers I’ve started to see on the backs of some cars.  Today when I was contemplating this blog and completed my minute runs what I actually said (both times) was, “I can run a minute, and it was hard!”

Non-the-less, it is my intention to build upon that one minute running ability to the point of completing the 26.2 mile 16th Annual Midsouth Championship Marathon to be held on November 1st, 2014 down in Wynne, Arkansas.

“Make no small plans for they haven’t the capacity to stir men’s souls.”
~Thomas Carlyle

About 20 years ago, on October 23rd, 1994 at the age of 28 I ran my first marathon.  It was the 23rd Annual Deaconess St Louis Marathon.  I think I ran it in about 4 hours and 30 minutes …at least, that’s what I like to tell people.  The actual time may have been closer to 4:40.  I think Oprah Winfrey ran a marathon around that same time and I’m pretty sure she beat me although I never divulge that fact when reminiscing and talking about my first marathon.   So, whatever Oprah got plus 10 minutes is probably my time.  The marathon was pretty tough for me and I told myself I would do one every 10 years …maybe I was selling myself short but, ….

I “ran” my 2nd marathon on April 4, 2004 at the age of 37 years 8 months and 29 days.  I had to use quotes because I didn’t do much running in that marathon, in fact I signed up for that run on the Friday before the Sunday run and the only training I did was to walk a 1.5 mile path at a local park the day before the marathon.  I’m not sure what I was thining other than the fact I said I would do a marathon every 10 years and 10 years had passed, so I did it.  The time for that run, the Spirit of St Louis Marathon can be found on the internet and I believe that one shows a time of 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Fast forward another 10 years and here we are – 2014.  Let’s just forget mentioning the age at this point.  And this journey I’m undertaking is about as daunting as it gets.  About 13 weeks ago I weighed a very rotund 316.2 pounds.  We’ll talk about smoking habits later…  but ….how in the world does one go from only being able to jog 60 seconds to completing a full 26.2 mile marathon???  I’ve been sending my brother screenshots of my runs that I track via SportsTracker, an application I have on my phone.  He told me he mentioned to his wife about my marathon aspirations and it looks like she is interested in starting to run and wants to do a 5 or 10k.  One of the text messages I sent him back was kind of the impetus for this blog – here’s the text:

I can add (her) to the running screen shots I send you.
It might be interesting to see  someone who can only jog a minute
to eventually complete a marathon.
I know it’s going to surprise the hell out of me!  
:)”