Anyone try HealthyWager? I just signed up for a $1080 prize if I lose 25lbs in 6 months!

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  1. MikeNamez

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    This happens to me too, your not alone. I'm in maintenance after losing 100 and I now eat what I want on the weekends. Monday is always tough to go back to calorie counting but usually by mid week im back in full swing. Keep it going, you got this!
     
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    You're doing fantastic!
     
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  4. elaine amj

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    @MikeNamez @iivye Thanks so much! It's sometimes challenging but I'm continuing to plug away.

    Was helping a friend with home renovations for about 10 hours today. They fed us with Pizza Hut and I got so hungry that I ended up eating 6 slices of pizza and a couple of cookies. Ended up eating 1700 calories. A little high considering I was hoping to keep it to 1200 calories but it's OK.
     
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  5. elaine amj

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    Dropped another pound!!! Super excited to see the weight shifting.

    It's been about a month and a half now since I started this whole thing and I have to say - I am pleased I went ahead with HealthyWager. I was very hesitant at first. I am super careful with my money - actually more of a cheapskate haha. I spend ages debating over every dollar spent.

    I had a rough day a few days ago and was so tempted to just eat everything in sight the way I have done in the past. Then I thought of my HealthyWager and managed to keep myself under control. So I continue to feel good recommending it if you are in the right mindset to lose weight (if u are not, it might be too risky - I personally find weightloss to be a mind game).

    If anyone decides to sign up, make sure you get a referral link as you can get an extra $40 bonus. My referral link is https://hwage.co/574832/ (I also get a bonus).
     
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  6. MikeNamez

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    Your doing a great job, I'm sure you can do it. I wish I had known about this before I started to lose weight in July 18'. I feel like it would have been the easiest money I ever made. I dropped 100lbs in 5 months..I'd sign up now but with my smaller frame its much harder to lose at that steady rate.

    Keep it up, I'm living vicariously through you! lol
     
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    Good job! Can I ask, how many calories are you eating each day? You have a similar starting weight as me and I am seeing TINY results on a pretty strict 1500 cal/day, along with exercise, but nothing like what you are seeing. I am wondering if I should go lower or just keep at 1500. I'm a female, 5'3", for reference.
     
  8. elaine amj

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    I would suggest tightening up your logging. Especially if u are not seeing the expected loss, the likely culprit is that you are eating too much by eyeballing. Then again, u mentioned you are a strict 1500 calories so possibly you already weigh everything.

    I use MyFitnessPal and at 5ft, they allow me 1200 calories plus all my exercise calories. To allow for a fudge factor and some logging inaccuracies (I weigh a lot of stuff but not everything), I only eat half my exercise calories (especially since I don't use a Fitbit so these are just vague estimates and always seem too high).

    Weightloss is not linear but when looked at over 1-2 months, I am steadily losing the expected 1lb a week I plan for.
     
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    Yeah, I log everything using MFP and weigh almost everything. I go over 1500 on heavy exercise days, when I KNOW I have burned 600-800 calories. I do lots of long road bike workouts that last 1.5 hours at high intensity the whole time, and use Map My Run to log runs/walks, and base that calorie burn on the distance. I workout every other day, for at least an hour at moderate to high intensity, and will go up to maybe 1800 calories on those days. On days I don't workout, I never go over 1500, but never much less than that either.

    Part of my issue seems to be that I tend to bloat VERY easily and also suffer from digestive issues (slow digestion), so I might see a drop of a pound or 2, and then a few days later, I'm up by 3 or 4. It is very frustrating. I weighed 150 on Thursday. This morning, I'm 153. Sigh.
     
  10. elaine amj

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    Ugh that is so insanely frustrating :( :( And yes, road biking is very high intensity and should burn quite a few calories so u should be eating at least a big chunk of it back.

    I do know my weight fluctuates 1-3 lbs on a daily basis. At one time I used trendweight to curve my daily weigh ins and even out the daily fluctuations so I could get a bigger picture beyond the noise.

    How much does MFP give you to eat at 5ft 3? 1500? Maybe try cutting it back a little and see if the scale starts budging?
     
  11. DLgal

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    MFP always gives me 1200. I've tried going that low and just suffered from daily headaches and major insomnia. I read an article recently that said instead of telling MFP what you weigh NOW, put in your goal weight and tell it you want to "maintain current weight." That is supposed to be a much more accurate way to estimate calorie needs. At my goal weight for my height, I'd need 1510 calories per day to maintain. So that is what number I am using now. That number is very close to my RMR right now.

    This is me trying for like the hundredth time to lose some weight. I will say, I do not constantly feel starving at 1500 calories and am able to exercise without feeling like I'm going to faint, so I think it is a good number. But, probably would lose faster at 1200 calories so that is why I don't eat back all my exercise calories most days.

    I have heard about smart scales that show you trends over the long term, accounting for daily fluctuations. Maybe I should try one of those. I know that water weight can often mask fat loss, and I'd really like to know if my efforts are making any difference.
     
  12. elaine amj

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    When I used trendweight (happyscale is a similar iphone app), I just manually input my weight every day into a fitbit app (I don't have a fitbit) I had synced to the trendweight website.

    When you ate at 1200 calories, were you correspondingly not eating your exercise calories? I did that a few years ago and after a couple of months, I was fatigued and cranky. So now I eat half my exercise calories to allow for my slightly inaccurate food logging as well as inaccurate exercise logging since I don't use a fitbit.
     
  13. elaine amj

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    I got home from a long weekend away with a lot of social eating and did great! Followed my plan and ended the week still on track according to MFP.

    With my HealthyWager is mind I was very very motivated to make sure I didn't sabotage myself. And yet, I wanted to relax and enjoy my social meals without counting every bite. So I put in a bunch of extra workouts before the weekend and ate less throughout the week so I would have extra calories "banked" for the weekend. I also planned in some fun active stuff during our trip including long walks and trying out a couple of different ice skating trails.
     
  14. DLgal

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    I will check out some apps. Thanks.

    When I ate 1200, I would eat back exercise calories as My Fitness Pal told me to. I would follow whatever guidelines they set. I have my Map My Run app synched to MFP so it always downloaded my bike rides and runs and then changed how many more calories I was "allowed" each day. Saw absolutely NO results with that strategy.

    This strategy seems to be working better, as I'm seeing very slow weight loss.
     

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