boot camp, karate, running, success :)

OK, I had to wait until current DietBets were finalized before i could sign up for new ones and I did that as soon as I could so, for right now these are the dates and body weights I need to be at in order to win my diet bets on DietBet.com

  1. May 16-17, 238.6 lbs   (a 10% 6 month diet bet)
  2. May 23-24, 232.9 lbs    (4%, 4 week diet bet)
  3. May 23-24, 238.6 lbs  (a 10% 6 month diet bet)
  4. May 25-26, 233.1 lbs    (4%, 4 week diet bet)
  5. May 26-27, 233.1 lbs    (4%, 4 week diet bet)
  6. June 1-2, 238.6 lbs      (a 10% 6 month diet bet)

That’s the reality of the body weights I need to achieve in the foreseeable future.   I’m currently in the 240s …Low 240s so I have my work cut out for me.    There were several days when i expected to see a weight in the 230s but that hasn’t happened yet so I’ve had to re-evaluate and think a bit.

For one thing, sparse eating worked very well in the past in terms of melting away bodyfat & weight and I’ve emulated that but I’ve mainly only been doing my minimum 1 mile per day to maintain my runstreak (which is somewhere around day 310 now)  Previously, I was running much more and even hitting that 100 mile per month milestone in terms of miles run per month.  So, increasing mileage is one solution and since the weather is getting nicer that should be a do-able goal.

Another thing – I haven’t known exactly what I’m eating or how many calories per day I’m consuming so I broke out the MyFitnessPal app to help track things so I know exactly what’s going on.

ANOTHER thing …. My mom helped me with this one.  I told her about expecting some weight drops that didn’t happen and she mentioned ….Beer.   huh?  yeah – ok.   Well, I was only counting food, i never counted beer before.  However.  On one of the days I expected a weight drop, I only ate 3 helpings of wings ….I was at a bar that had free wings and $1.50 bottle beers …..Blues game …then the Cardinals game …then the Kentucky Derby ….it was a good day for sports 🙂  and I had maybe 6 wings per plate and figured that was very little for the day but never considered the beer ….I guess there’s calories there also….  so, now we track beer and I may have to do without that staple until I hit my 212 bodyweight …we’ll see.

Other solutions thus far…..

Karate – that’s going pretty well, if i can make at least 30 minutes of class then I go and I may just go even if I can only make 10 minutes – doesn’t matter, i need to be there and one of the guys is wanting help training for his black belt testing this coming October and, more than likely, I’ll be able to test also as long as I keep showing up.

between him, myself and another black belt named Jesse, we stay late after class to brush up on our katas and other fun stuff like that.

Boot Camp – this is new.  In fact today was my first boot camp workout and a very local gym.  I’ve got 30 days with them I got via a Groupon coupon which is much nicer than the $147 or $197 price they charge which ….will never happen.   However, I also belong to a regular gym where I take my karate and have a friend there that runs several classes so I’ll probably hook up with her to continue to augment the boot camp type workout.

The workout was interesting this morning.  It only last 30 minutes but that seemed REALLY long when you’re pushing yourself for that much time.  We had a series of 6 exercises and would do each exercise at our own pace for 12 repetitions then we would go through the cycle again for 11 repetitions then again for 10 reps and so on until we eventually did 1 rep per exercise.  Today I made it down to 9 repetitions 🙂  so….  idk, 6×12 plus 6×11 plus 6×10 plus ……2×9 plus 3 reps – that’s how many i did.

there were several boards around the gym room with the exercises on them so I took a picture of one of them so maybe i can finish up the reps later tonight after work.

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So, that’s the dirty dozen..

 

I’ll try to bump my mileage up.  I seem to recall doing 2x per day at one time, maybe 3 miles in the morning and 3 in the evening or maybe 45 minutes in the am and 45 in the pm.  doing that all in one shot is too much for me, at least it was in the past and probably is now as well  but breaking it up reduces the intensity.  I’d like to get back to Long Acre park, that’s the place where I first started running for my first marathon back in 1994 and, I did meet a lady who goes there after boot camp so I’ll probably meet up with her there later this week.

I’ve also got a Walk with a Doc program  …one of about 1,000 different ideas floating around but have someone interested in that so that will add to my activity. .

gotta run – will keep everyonen posted – primary goal – 212 lbs by July 5th to July 19th, somewhere in that time frame I gotta weigh 212 or less.  …piece of cake 😉

Run Log Updated & 30.6 lbs to $2,096

10 weeks and a couple days from today I have a two week window to weigh 212 lbs, in which case I’ll win $2,096 from HealthyWage.com.

I hadn’t updated my Running Log since last August but now have my miles filled in through April ’06.  My run streak is in tact and as of yesterday I’m at Run Streak Day (RSD) 298

2016-04-23 Run Streak Day 293

I count on my Nike Plus app synced with Smashrun to keep track of my streak now since it can be a bit cumbersome to make out a post for Instagram everyday to keep track of my running.  If anyone is interested I can be found on Instagram at @drdukowitz

I have 6 months worth of question marks for my weight in my Running Log but, I really don’t mind because I don’t necessarily want to have to keep track of my weight every day or even every month of my life (if i don’t have to) but, I did weigh in yesterday for another wager going on DietBet.com in which I needed to weigh no more than 243.8 and I beat that by a bit over a pound with a 242.6 weigh-in.

2016-04-23 Run Streak Day 293

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I don’t think I’ll have time for all the cropping and edits to make nice charts so readers will just have to deal with my feet being in the pics.  Regarding the Log which I keep under my Running Log tab it’s not too shabby

Running Log

Last year I kinda got huge into running and while there are still ambitions there, my priority focus is definitely body weight mainly because if I don’t make my 212 weight then not only do I not get a $2,096 prize but I’m also out the $756 I put up to make the bet.  I have to say it’s a lot easier with other real & local people that you know you are going to meet up with after 12 weeks like was the case in the local Lose to Win contest I was in.  There’s a much higher degree of competition which, for me, fuels a lot of activity and motivation.  However, this will still be a good test.

Looking at that log, it appears I’ll need my average weight to drop a decade with each successive month.  May will have to average in the 230s, June in the 220s and July definitely in the 210s.

One motivational aspect I’ll use is working to obtain the 3rd rarest running badge available on Smashrun.com which is the Towering Stairs badge.  To get it, I’ll need to increase my mileage by at least 15 miles per month for 6 consecutive months.  I made a go at it last year but was starting with mileage well over 100 and would have needed to work my way up to 165 miles or so during the 6th month …something kind of ridiculous, at least at this stage of the game.  Anyway, I have another shot at it here.

2016-04-23 Towering Stairs Badge

My next run is a half marathon in Nashville, TN this coming weekend so I’ll be sure to have all the miles I need in for this month.  After that, I am registered for a half marathon in Geist, Indiana.

I’ll just have to keep posting because this stuff isn’t always on my mind and a big challenge now is simply maintaining awareness of this 212 goal in spite of everything else I’ve got going on.

My next scheduled weigh in is for Tue/Wed the 26th/27th of April so maybe we’ll see a number less than 242.6 and since I’m blogging and have this on my mind, I think I can sign up for another 1 month 4% weight loss dietbet and use that 242.6 weigh in as a new starting point …..calculating……that would mean needing a 232.9 weight or less in 4 weeks.  I guess the weather is nice enough to get out and run more often now….

OK.  We can only be in three 4% 4 week bets and three 10% 6 month bets so I only had room for one more game and found Mama Laughlin’s DietBet which starts tomorrow and my last verified weight of 242.6 was able to be used as my starting point.  I have two more of those 4 week dietbets ending this week, one in two days and one in three days ….looks like those two weigh-ins overlap on the 27th so….well, honestly, I don’t want to lose too much in the next couple days or I might get a goal out of reach ….or, maybe just let the chips fall where they may and put ‘er into high gear to help make my 212 weight asap.  I’ll post again Wednesday with updates.

btw – This latest DietBet I joined has 1,916 players (more pending) a total Jackpot of $67,060 and only $35 to join.  I was given a link directly to the game if anybody wants to join —> http://diet.bt/9iCOzw

 

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.

St Pat’s 5 Mile Run & Hot Water Analysis

St Pat Banner

I have a part time gig working at a pizza place where we make our own dough.  With each batch of dough we need 3 gallons of water at a specified temperature.  I suppose the math part of me comes out and I look at the water going in the bucket as the independent variable and the overall temperature of the water in the bucket as the dependent variable.  If the water in the bucket is 84 degrees and the water going in is 92 degrees then eventually the overall temperature of the water in the bucket will go up.

My current efforts as tracked on Nike+ are like the independent variables in my personal running equation and where I end up ranking in various runs is like my dependent variables.  Basically, where I’m ranking in my runs is kind of cold but I’m working to add HOT water to the mix to bring up my rankings temperature 🙂

A picture taken from my Nike+ website page might help better illustrate the hot water going in.

Nike+ you vs community

Since the miles I’m putting in are more than the Community average, I conclude I’m putting in water that’s hotter than what’s already in my running bucket.  To see what temperature the water is in my bucket then I only need to look at my ranking in a previous run.  Below are my results from last Saturday’s (3/14/15) St Patrick’s Day Parade Run.

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Overall, we see I came in 6,784 out of 7,551 runners.  If we divide those two numbers we can obtain my percentage ranking or 89.8% which is to say I did better than about 10% of the runners participating in that particular race.  So, the water in my running bucket is a bit on the cool side.

To be honest, this is still an improvement over last year.  I was entering my half marathons into a running log on halffanatics.com and when I looked at the specifics of my runs last year via athlinks.com most all of my percentages were in the 90’s, sometimes as high as 98% or 99% which means I only did better than 1 or 2% of the other runners in those particular races.

The size of the runs has a lot to do with how I’ll place overall.  With bigger runs, you get a lot more people doing the runs just for fun and who don’t specifically train to get better at running.  In the Nashville, Country Music Marathon last year, for example, there were 19,149 people who did the 1/2 marathon distance and I came in 16,842 or at the 88% mark.  But, in smaller runs where you get mainly hard core runners such as last year’s Washington, MO run there were only 120 runners and I was 99%.

The overall running goal I came up with in my head last year was to eventually work my way up into the top 50%

hmmmm… reality has a way of keeping us humble.  Looking at my next to last place finish for last year’s Washington, MO run I noticed that was also a 5 Mile run and nearly 2 minutes faster than what I got this year.  But, to be fair, that MO run was in August of last year which was well into the running season and during a month where I had knocked out 100+ miles in training.  It’s really amazing how much effort and time needs to be put in to make improvements with running, at least for me anyway.

Last year at this time I still had zero miles in the books and my first run didn’t occur until March 26th.  Currently, I have 52.5 miles logged over 18 runs this year.

Since I broached the topic of humility, I’ll share one more picture.  When I registered for this years Macklind Mile, I saw, for the first time, pictures from last years event and while scrolling came upon the following picture.

I saved this picture with the filename, "cute little girl humbles me.jpg"  :)

I saved this picture with the filename, “cute little girl humbles me.jpg”  🙂

I’m the lumbering guy in the yellow shirt and blue shorts up to the right who’s trying to stay alive and is hoping he doesn’t have a heart attack upon completing the run.  She’s kind of joyful looking and it’s probably no different to her than just being outside and playing.  Sort of like the running is so natural to kids and, i guess, used to be for us too. Now-a-days …running is so rare that we document and log the events using GPS and apps on our phone – blog about them, share the accomplishments on facebook or Instagram.  How different it was back then, when we were kids.

 

2015 Week 10 Weigh-In

It looks like the status quo of weight loss is being maintained and, after 5 consecutive weeks of drops we have a gain to this morning’s weigh-in of 272.8lbs.

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Why do I say status quo?  I say it because in three previous 12 week contest with over 1,000 other competitors, I’ve ended up placing 1st, 3rd and 4th so, I did about as well as a person could do and often better than most and in each one of those contest there were 3 times my weight would go up in each 12 week period of time.

To be honest, I’d forgotten this was Thursday and time to weigh in again.  I got an email this morning from DietBet stating that Round 1 of one of the 6 month bets was over and I had 48 hours to weigh myself, take pictures then submit all that good stuff to dietbet.  The email said the weight goal I needed was 272.8 lbs and it just so happened I hit it right on the button so I took the pics needed, submitted, got the weight verified and now …I’m one of the official winners of this Round 1.

Now we get to have some fun!  There’s finally a challenge!  Besides those two Six-Month bets I have going on, I added a single 4 week challenge that ends on the 28th of this month.  I’ve got $100 riding on this bet and will need to be at 260.2 lbs by Saturday, March 28th – a full 12.6 lbs less then I weigh today in only 23 days 🙂

Thus far, I am undefeated on DietBetter.com – 5 for 5 which includes three 1 month challenges where I was to drop 4% of my bodyweight as well as Round 1 (the first month) of two 6 month challenges.  Let’s make it 6 for 6 come the 28th of this month 🙂

2015 Running Preview – Part 1

I’m currently signed up and registered for 11 of 15 runs on my list for 2015 and will definitely add the Macklind Mile once registration is available.  Here’s my current list (also found in my Running Log tab) and what’s cool about each of them.  🙂

2015

  1. Saturday 3/14 – St Pats 5M Run. – REGISTERED
  2. Saturday 3/21 – McKendree 5K – REGISTERED
  3. Saturday 3/28 – Bridge & Dam 10K – REGISTERED
  4. Saturday 4/4 – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – REGISTERED
  5. Sunday 4/12 – 15th Annual GO! St Louis 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  6. Sunday 6/21 – Go! St Louis All American 5k – REGISTERED
  7. Saturday 6/27 – Macklind Mile – registration not yet available
  8. Friday 7/10 – Tour de Belleville – registration not yet available
  9. Saturday 7/11 – Tour de Donutregistration website. ($30)
  10. Saturday 8/8 – Moonlight Ramble – registration not yet available
  11. Sunday 9/20 – US Navy/AirForce 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  12. Saturday 10/17 – RnR 5K Spinning Medal – REGISTERED
  13. Sunday 10/18 – Rock n Roll St Louis 1/2 Marathon – REGISTERED
  14. Saturday 10/24 – 5K Monster Dash – reg not avail. pending.
  15. Virtual Run – Race with Reason – 500 Miles in 2015 for Fighter Medal

 

March 14th, St Pats 5M Run

March 14th – St Pats 5Mile Run
What’s cool about it? – Registration for one thing!  This is a 15,000 person run through the streets of downtown St. Louis and the cost even two weeks out is a mere $29.  What’s really cool about it is that there are NO additional fees tacked on to that price.  It’s really $29!  I’ve never ran this race before so I have nothing to offer first hand but I am anticipating lots of green things and beer.  Which is another cool part – I can take the MetroLink over and have all the green & beer stuff I want and don’t have to worry about driving 🙂


 

Ramble Into Spring 2015

Ramble Into Spring 2015

March 21st – McKendree 5K
What’s cool about it? – McKendree University (population 2358) is nestled into the historic community of Lebanon, Illinois (population 5523)  I’m guessing it’s historic because the last time we played golf out there me and my buddies stopped at a bar afterwards and the road out front was made of cobblestone.
For me this race is cool because it’s local (a plus), it’s 5K (a distance I can actually run) and it was only $15 bucks!  (I’m frugal)  🙂


 

2015 Bridge & Dam Half-Marathon & 10k

2015 Bridge & Dam Half-Marathon & 10k

March 28th – Bridge & Dam 10K
What’s cool about it? –
Are you kidding me?!!?  How about a list?

  1. It’s the INAUGURAL Run!!!  How many times do you get to participate in the very first time a run has ever been ran?
  2. BRIDGES – lake-of-the-ozarks-half-marathon-10k-run-bridge-img2-500x220
    I was under that bridge on a jetski last year on my birthday! 🙂
  3. DAMS – Bagnell-Dam-img-500x220
    Maybe it’s a guy thing but, I think bridges and dams are cool!
  4. LAKE OF THE OZARKS!  My family has had a condo at the lake since the 1980’s so it’s familiar territory but I’ve never ran across any of the bridges or dams so I’m really looking forward to this race.
  5. The MEDALS! – In my opinion, these are some of the coolest looking medals I’ve ever seen:

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April 4th – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
What’s cool about it? – It’s classic!  Walk where Lincoln walked – literally in Springfield, Illinois.  There isn’t just cobblestone here, there are several streets & houses where Lincoln lived and roamed that have been preserved to this day.
I’m also a bit of a numismatist so the medal has a special appeal to me and traditionally, a GIANT penny is the medal! 🙂

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I’m hoping it’s a wheat penny this year.  Those were made from 1909-1959.  Lincoln was born in 1809 and the Lincoln wheat penny helped commemorate that and in 1959 is when we saw the switch to the Lincoln Memorial pennies at the 150th anniversary of his birth.   And, of course, in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of his birth there were 4 varieties of Lincoln cents …predominantly made of zinc (97.5%) since 1982…

One really legitimate cool thing about this year’s LPHM is that it has been selected by the Road Runners Club of America as the Regional-Central Championship Half-Marathon and it’s one of only four regional championships sites nationally for the half-marathon distance.  So..there may be a slightly bigger crowd than last year when I ran this race for the first time.

oh yeah – you get to have your picture taken with the PRESIDENT after the run!!!

Major Presidential Cool!

Major Presidential Cool!


 

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April 12th – 15th Annual GO! St Louis 1/2 Marathon
What’s cool about it? – Actually, plenty.  If you’re from the coastal states and are looking to knock off two states at one time in your quest for 50 then this run will cover both Missouri and Illinois!

This race course has you covering TWO bridges (hence, the two states) and even has a race within a race which consist of the 3.5 miles it will starts at the entrance to the Eads Bridge and concludes after finishing back on the Martin Luther King Bridge.  This race w/in a race is called the “Bridge Challenge 3.5” and comes complete with top age group winners & medals.  More details w/ a map of the race can be found by clicking HERE.

I’m not sure how much this race is, I usually sign up before December 31st of the previous year to get the best deal, as I did for this one and don’t remember.  Anyway, gotta run – to be continued 🙂

2015 Week 9 Weigh-In

In spite of a pizza before bed last night (and the night before) I’m still down 2.2 lbs from last week with a weight of 267.6 and have an average weight for February of 272.

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It is an odd and different situation to find myself “underweight” according to these DietBet games.  The only real reason I have for not letting myself drop too much is because of another one month long 4% diet bet challenge which starts on February 28th …and …holy cow – I just checked that game and it looks like the initial weigh in is …NOW.   I have between today and the 28th to weigh myself in for an initial weight.

My unique weigh-in word is FOOTBALL.  I like that 🙂  I don’t have time before work to take care of this but, it looks like I’ll need to drop another 10+ lbs or so between that initial weigh in and March 27th.  That will put me down to 257 lbs.  These weight drop goals are pretty small and it does look like I’ve had 5 consecutive weeks of dropping weight.  In previous 12 week “mad dash” weight loss contest there are usually 3 times where my weight will go up or stall.

I’ve updated my Running Log tab and have 17.5 miles of running in for the month.  I also spent some time a few days ago updating my individual runs with some extra thumbnail pics.

I do have those two 1/2 marathons coming up in April and I remember well, after my Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon last year my legs were totally spent after the 13.1 miles and had them packed in ice right after the run because there wasn’t any formal training before hand.  I’m looking to avoid that this year and would also like to beat whatever time I got last year.

I did a 2.5 mile run yesterday and was testing out a new 1/2 marathon run strategy.  In the past, I got one of my best (recent) times by chunking the race into 5 minute run/walk intervals.  One great thing about jogging a minute or two every 5 minutes is being able to pass people throughout the entire race (assuming you start at the back of the pack which, I normally do)  because nobody else jogs at all in the back of the pack, especially towards the end of the race.

With this strategy, I am considering jogging the first and last mile and doing 5 minute intervals in the middle 11 miles.  As I progress throughout the year, then I’m thinking I can increase the beginning and ending run times thereby minimizing the 5 minute interval times.

For now, my goal is the same as last year – to simply finish a half in under 3 hours.

(Calculator out…)  3 hours times 60 minutes per hour…. 180 minutes …divided by 13.1 … equals …13.74 minutes per mile or, about 13 min 45 sec per mile.

I should be able to do this.  I let myself jog at a more normal pace yesterday since I wasn’t trying to maintain my jogs for any great length of time or distance and that equated to speeds ranging from 5.8 to 6.2 mph or, about 12 minutes per mile.  I’ll just need to keep aware of not letting my walking intervals get too slow.

Looks like a pace of 13.75 min/mile comes out to a pace of just under 4.4 mph which is a fairly brisk walk but, doable.  I just need to build up the endurance between now and April 4th …probably need to request off from work as well 😉

Betting $1,266.00 on Myself

In this blog:

  • Betting $1,266.00 on Myself
  • Week 6 Weigh-in

 

Betting $1,266.00 on Myself

I’m keeping things fun, interesting and definitely upping my level of self awareness when it comes to my weight by placing a total of 7 different bets which now total $1,266.00.  This could possibly be confusing and it’s taken a while for me to wrap my head around it all but, I guess that is part of what makes it all interesting.  These money bets have been placed using two different websites so, I’ll take each one in turn.

HealthyWage.com
People are only allowed to make a single bet on this website once.  The bet is to lose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time for a certain amount of money.

The parameters are that the time frame is anywhere from 6 months to 18 months and the bets can range anywhere from $6 to $500 per month.  The amount of weight to be lost is up to the participant.

I’ve set a target weight of 212 lbs in 18 months or, by June 26th of 2016.  Since any bet beyond $750 yields the same return – namely $16 per pound, I decided to minimize my risk (as well as upping my yield) by dividing that 750 by 18 months which comes out to about $41.67 per month.  Only round dollar amounts can be bet so I’ll be betting $42 per month.  There is an option to pay all the money up front or to make automatic monthly payments.  I’m doing the monthly payment option.  As long as I win this bet then it’s a pretty cool & very profitable kind of savings account.  My personal payout badge is shown below along with my potential prize.

HealthyWage 2036 Badge

At $42 per month, my total investment will be $756.00.  That $2036.00 figure would be getting my original $756 back along with an additional $1,280.00.  That’s a return of 169%.

There were many factors that went into choosing a final weight as well as the time frame.  Enough factors that would take up a very long blog posting in itself.  In short, however, I picked the 212 final weight because …well, for one thing, it wasn’t nearly as scary as picking a 204 weight.  But, a little over 10 years ago I know I was at a bodyweight of 222 when I benched 515 lbs.  That’s about the only weight I remember from back then and 212 is at least within striking distance of that weight.  I know at 222 there was still some flab that could have been trimmed so the 212 weight goal pushes me beyond a previous best without getting too ridiculous.

The 18 month time frame was picked for a couple main reasons.  A big reason is because of the other website where I’m placing bets and we’ll get into that in a bit but, another reason for the 18 month time span is to help maintain awareness of my weight.  I know that if I don’t do something, like this blog for instance, that I simply won’t be thinking or caring about my weight and my weight will increase.  I think this was pretty well demonstrated during the last couple months of December and January, maybe November too a bit.

That $42 per month is also going to show up on my banking statement and that will be an extra reminder to pay attention to my health.

Almost forgot – I get an extra $20 for anybody that I refer to the HealthyWage.com website that signs up for a wager of their own – just use this link: http://www.healthywage.com/referral/healthywager/name-your-own-prize/75264742700057 which will open up in a new window!  🙂

DietBetter.com
This is a really cool website and a lot of fun.  HealthyWage is great for making a big bet and being able to win some serious cash but it’s lacking in any kind of a fun forum to be able to interact with fellow participants.  DietBet, on the other hand, has an Activity Wall for each game which is a lot like Facebook but it also has a lot of other features which makes it even more fun for people working to improve their health.  There’s literally so much, I’m not sure where to start.  There are two basic games which can be played on DietBetter.com, one is called the Kickstart and the other is called Transformation.

Kickstart – DB4
The objective for this game is to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks.  It’s commonly referred to as DB4 which refers to the Diet Bet 4% game.  There are dozens of DB4 games to choose from on the site.  Some have a hundred participants and some have thousands.  The most common wager is $25 to $35 per person.  At the end of 4 weeks, everybody who lost 4% splits the pot.

I’m currently in three of those games right now which all end between Feb 28 and March 2nd.  Two games are for $30 each and one is a $100 game.

The hundred dollar game is called Bet Big to Win Big and has 130 people in it.  Another game I’m in is called ObesetoBeast.  It has 578 players and the guy hosting that game is somebody who lost 170 lbs themselves.  Their theme is Obese to Beast, hence the name of the game.

The largest DB4 game I’m in is called …(I’m almost embarrassed to say this) the Blogilates Hot Body Challenge.  In spite of the name, it’s got 4,718 players and a total jackpot of $141,540.00.  So far, all us players have lost a total of 4,654 lbs.

Transformation – DB10
This game involves dropping 10% of your bodyweight in 6 months.  The game consist of 6 one month rounds with a specific weight drop objectives each month.  The gray diamonds in the graph below represent the specific goals for each month.

Progress Chart

For each month the cummulative weight loss goals are 3%, 6%, 8%, 9% then 10% for the final two months.  From what I understand, half of the total pot is split up between the first five rounds with the remaining half divided up at the end of the 6th month.  Below is a screenshot from the Feb 5 to Aug 4 Transformation game.  It’s what each player sees on their dashboard.

Game Progress

I’ve never done anything before with specific weight objectives and these are pretty reasonable goals to obtain.  When I looked back over my data in last years 12 week contest, I threw out the weight losses in the first and last weeks to consider only the data in the middle 10 weeks which represented the most legitimate weight loss and that came out to 32 lbs in 10 weeks or, 3.2 lbs per week so, even half that effort should keep me in line with the above goals for each round.

So, right now I’m in three DB4’s and two DB10’s.  You can join a DB10 game up to 14 days after it starts and do a verified weigh in up to 48 hours before a game starts.  The 14th day of a 6 month game that started Jan 21st just happened to coincide with 2 days before the Feb 5th game started so I joined them both.

Also just signed up for another DB4 game which starts on the same day as one of these other 4% game ends which will make for some totally legitimate weight loss since I’ll be using my ending verified weight for one game as my beginning verified weight for the next game.

All in all, it’s a really cool & fun site.


 

Week 6 Weigh-in

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I’ve tried to clean the wallpaper up a little for 2015 by having one single month per line.  I’ve added in all the various bets to help keep track of them easier.  Most end around the same time so it shouldn’t be too difficult.  The black borders along the sides are so my desktop icons are easier to see and don’t obscure the weigh in data.

For now, I’ve just added the Russian Cyrillic alphabet to the right of the wallpaper.  I think I’ve mentioned my foreign language interest before.  Duolingo.com is a site I have an 84 day streak going with in German.  From what I’ve read in the forums the lessons are like (or even better) than Rosetta Stone but free which is a great price!  The language courses themselves on duolingo are generated by users of the site and often native speakers.  The website ultimately makes money when students become proficient enough to start translating documents from one language to another.  Kind of clever.  🙂

It’s sort of like a fun game and doesn’t take too much time per day.  I’m currently at level 10 in German with a vocabulary of 308 words.  I’ve also played around with French, Italian and Spanish but am really anticipating the completion of Russian which is currently at 62% completion.

For now, I’ve been working at developing some proficiency with the Russian alphabet which has 31 characters plus an additional two symbols which designate either a hard or soft sound.  Memrise.com is the site I use for that.

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.

……………………….

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”

 

Betting to Lose & Week 4 Weigh-In

In this blog:

  • HealthyWage.com
  • Week 4 Weigh-In

One thing I’ve learned about myself is that when I have some sort of competition or support system outside of myself that I can & have done extremely well with improving myself, as was the case in last years Lose to Win contest.  I’ve also learned that when I just try to fire myself up on my own to make significant advancements in my physical health …well, it’s kind of like trying to light a wet match.

So – since there is no Lose to Win contest to help me kick off improvement for this year, I decided to Google around and see what other contest might be available.  This lead me to a website called HealthyWage.com.

With this website, you make a bet to lose weight.  From what I’ve learned it looks like you can bet anywhere from $20 to $500 per month that you will lose anywhere between 10 and 150 lbs and can take 6 to 18 months in reaching your goal.  The inputs, given those parameters are totally up to you.

The website has a proprietary algorithm which then calculates the terms of the bet and allows you to not only win your money back but, to make a profit as well.  You are allowed to place 3 different bet scenarios every 24 hours.

After researching the website to verify it’s legitimacy to my satisfaction, I’ve been placing different bets to help learn about the algorithm used and quasi reverse engineering the algorithm to help maximize the return of any bet I might make.  Below is an example of one very profitable bet.

750 bet 90 lbs 6 months 290 to 200 - Copy

[note: this blog entry was written Fri, 1/23/15.  I didn’t have time to finish and never published – it’s Tue, 1/27/15 and I’ll post what I have today]