The downside of resetting my blog and starting over from scratch is losing a few posts that I had made in the past.  I’m going to go back through this one, and since I’m about a month into the program, I can post updates and strategies I’m employing at this point.

The first question several people have had for me are, what exactly is Healthy Wage?  In short, it’s a way to gamble on your ability to lose weight.  In a little bit more of a detailed explanation is you bet a certain amount of money, which are payable in monthly installments, then you choose a time frame and a weight loss amount.  They tell you the payout and you can accept their bets.  Here are some of my numbers:

Time Frame: 6 months, started June 12, 2018

Weight Loss Amount: 40 pounds, or 14.45% of my total weight

Payout: 35% increase over my bet amount

Now, I’ve started working towards this goal.  Currently, I’m 22.3% of the way through the time and am only 8.5% of the way towards my goal, so I’ve got a lot of stepping up to do.  Over the first few weeks I drank a lot of beer and had a cheat meal essentially every night for dinner.  Over the past week I’ve found some rhythm and had lost most of that few pounds I’ve lost over the past week or two.  I actually gained about 5 or 6 pounds over the first weeks.  Keep in mind, I was healing from a sprained ankle when I started this thing, then I pulled an ab muscle after I started, which kept me from most physical activity for a couple of weeks.  I still feel good about my progress and ability to meet this goal.

What am I doing?  I’m glad you ask.  I’m doing any of the trendy diets like Whole 30 or Keto, or anything like that, but I am cutting my carbs and calorie intake drastically.  I’m now consuming around 1,800 calories a day, which is a big deal at 275 pounds. I am working a ton and here are a few of the tools I am using.

YMCA, or the Y, in downtown Orlando is on my way to work.  This morning I did a 6:00 am 30 minute bike ride on the stationary bike.  That was good for a few calories burned off and to get my metabolism rolling for the day.  In conjunction with that, I’ve started walk/jogging.  I am forcing myself to get 12,000 steps per day using my Fitbit Charge 2 HR.  I love that thing, because I need short goals to work towards.

On the jogs, I am using something that I implore anybody who runs or walks to use; the Charity Miles app.  Essentially you turn it on when you leave your house and you get a company to sponsor you, which mine is frequently Johnson & Johnson.  They then donate to which charity you selected based on how far you walk or run.  I’ve been on a Habitat for Humanity kick here lately.  It probably only amounts to a few cents per mile, but I figure every little penny helps.  Plus, it’s motivating.

On the diet front, most days I have replace my lunch with the Lean Machine smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café.  I’ve never been a huge fan of smoothies, but since I’ve move to Florida, that ice cold meal replacement is lower in calories and carbs than my normal lunches and it cools me off, which is always great.

Anyways, I’m going to keep trying to make little gains, but am really ramping up.  Despite being behind schedule, I feel good about it!