Healthy Wage Weight Loss Journey Weigh In – Week 1

How I’m planning on Losing Over 50 Pounds

This week I finally had it. I needed an extra dose of motivation to lose the 50+ pounds that I had been wanting to lose for years.

I signed up with Healthy Wage. I placed a bet that I could lose 55 pounds in 9 months.

Healthy Wage is a website that helps you actually commit to your weight loss goals by paying you to lose weight. You sign up for whatever amount you choose (I chose $50/month) and if you hit your goal, they will pay you the equivalent of everything you paid in PLUS a profit (my profit would be over $450). You can put in your info here and see what your payout would be!

So why pay in when you could just lose weight on your own?

Brilliant question. What I’ve found over the years is that as much as you really want to lose weight, something will always get in the way. Whether it’s raising kids, forgetting to go to the grocery store (Guiltyyyyy), you slept on your neck weird, got a blister on your toe or anything else. but when you commit yourself to something – well then you’re committed. No more excuses.

They have a no refunds policy so once you’re locked, you’re locked in.

I gained probably 10 pounds in the three months after Michael and I got married and then pregnancy and some life stressors caused some “normal” pregnancy weight gain that I never really lost. Three pregnancies later and I’m sitting on the cusp of technically being “obese” according to BMI calculators. (I mean do you see that cute belly? Not going to lie – it’s cute.)

Let’s talk mindset

So since having kids I’ve noticed that people try to make you feel better about the weight gain.

It’s not bad, but let’s be honest, every time I mention wanting to lose weight I’m almost instantly met with “oh but you had kids!” or “but you look good for having kids!” Or any variation of these types of encouragement.

It almost sounds like “yeah you’re overweight, but all moms are overweight. And you’re not as overweight as some moms.”

I’ve noticed that over time believing these kinds of things leads you into a complacency about your health. It’s not about having a perfect body but over time that much excess weight takes a toll on your overall health.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to have more energy to play with their kids. I mean I’m still in my freaking twenties… let’s not start blaming it on aging already.

My mindset overall though is I’m totally happy with who I am and what my body looks like. I can objectively look at these photos of myself and not feel *ugghh* like I would have 10 years ago. Maybe it’s three pregnancies but I really appreciate my body for adapting to such intense life changes even if I didn’t know how to take care of myself very well.

So what’s the plan?

I’m planning on doing a few things to kick this weight forever.

  1. Track all food intake
  2. Workout consistently
  3. Adjust accordingly

That’s literally it. One of my biggest overall goals is to not follow a specific calorie restriction. The reason for this is that major shifts in diet and exercise can spike cortisol and adrenaline in our bodies. Although you can lose weight running on these stress hormones, you will feel like garbage.

I don’t want to feel like garbage.

I ran a marathon back in 2018 and I can tell you that you can work your butt off, but in the end you’ll look “skinny-fat”. and lose no more than 10 pounds overall if your approach is wrong. Overexercising = stress hormone central. My average pace of 16 minutes per mile should have been an indicator that my body wasn’t handling it well.

But hey, I’m proud of myself for doing it. I would not do it again though >>

So I will be tracking all my meals, focusing on nutrient dense calories, and paying attention to hunger cues. Yesterday for example I ate 2,250 calories but they were all good, nutrient dense, well balanced meals, and I was hungry each time I ate.

As far as diet goes, I read Kate Deering’s book, How to Heal Your Metabolism last year and have been trying to implement some things since I read it. I think my biggest failures have been lack of planning and probably overeating carbs and under eating protein (based on tracking what I ate yesterday I’m pretty sure this is the case). I have gained about 10 pounds since going “pro-metabolic”. Or should I say doing “pro-metabolic” badly…

So I’m tightening up on the nutrient density of my foods but not restricting calories.

Now that’s not to say I won’t choose to pull back on calories later, but I want to start out by changing the nutrient density and types of food I eat first, eating whenever I feel hungry, and if weight loss doesn’t begin happening even though all other signs of a healthy metabolism are in place (good energy, temperatures, pulses, libido, mood etc.) then I will be pulling back the calories gradually.

I will also be focusing on sustainable workouts. Have you ever overdone it majorly on a workout and burnt yourself out for the rest of the week?

I’m not doing that. I’m starting slow and will ramp up as I build muscle and feel stronger.

Weigh In

I weighed in officially yesterday at 209.8… I have 9 months to lose 55 pounds. That would put me at 154.8 in January 2023. That gives me 39 weeks to lose about 1.4 pounds per week.

I will weigh in here every week on Monday and keep you guys updated on my progress, struggles, share tips, things I’m learning etc.

And honestly I guess we’ll see how it goes. I feel like my approach is very relaxed, I feel like I’m approaching this as an overall health journey and not a lose-the-weight-at-all-costs type of diet. My choice to use healthy wage was more for the forced accountability than anything. I have never really done any massive calorie restriction or serious dieting and I feel like my metabolism will bounce back pretty quickly.

I’m also sharing this with you for the accountability. It’s hard to post your weight, photos of yourself at your heaviest. But you know what – I believe there’s a healthier person at the end of this 9 months. I’m excited to meet her.

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