My mom bet me no small amount of CASH to lose 25 pounds by Labor Day.
Of course, due to the nature of the wager, which I cannot disclose, I will have to achieve the desired weight loss within about 30 days. Suffice to say, said cash will be going toward a plane ticket for which advanced booking will be required.
So I am currently 225 pounds, weighed naked in the morning (which, incidentally, is a great song title).
I will have to lose about a pound per day on average. I will be following the dietary protocol outlined in Tim Ferriss' "4 Hour Body." It's a slow carb diet and fairly restricted to legumes, vegetables, and eggs/lean meats. As I am vegetarian for the month of July and possibly beyond, I will be focusing on the legumes, mainly beans.
I am in fact right now eating at Flattop Grill, where I can choose my ingredients.
I will also weigh daily with a plus or minus 5 pounds range that I must fall within. This gives me a 5 day buffer on either end of the wager period. Thus, tomorrow, on which my median weight should be 224, I will be satisfied with any weight between 229 and 219. If I am closer to the high end, I will adjust my diet by reducing caloric intake that day, and if I am closer to the low end, I will increase caloric intake.
This allows me to adjust day to day.
You can wish me luck if you like, but failure is not an option.