This past winter, we did a DietBet. It’s a social way to lose weight. Maybe like Pinterest, if there were no more oreo lasagnas on Pinterest. Here’s a quick video that explains it much better than my dumb metaphors ever could:
Really cool, right? In February, 182 players joined, and we collectively lost 1,007 pounds! Wooooo! The winners (those who lost 4% of their weight) put in $20 and ended up with $38.68 at the end. Most people lost weight, even if they didn’t hit their 4% weight loss goal. We did another DietBet right after (I just hosted instead of joining), and a bunch of you guys lost more weight (bet $30, won $50!). The ones that did two bets back-to-back were incredibly happy with their weight loss. I hit my 4% after the first DietBet, and lost 5.8 pounds. Check out the before + after photo and some stats here. It doesn’t look like a lot, and it doesn’t seem like a lot, but I felt better. I had been eating really well and fit into all of my clothes with ease.
Then I stopped breastfeeding Minnie, and I immediately gained 7 pounds. I was so used to eating the extra 500 calories that nursing allowed me per day. I couldn’t easily burn it daily via exercise. I assumed my body just needed to ‘normalize’ and I’d lose the weight. Six months later (fiiiine and some chili dogs later), and I’m not back to my goal weight. (The lesson to take from this is to just keep having kids so you’re perpetually breastfeeding OR stop eating chili dogs, whatever.) I can attribute the weight gain to Minnie no longer nursing, but I have to attribute to the lack of weight loss/consistent healthy living to… you know, not making it a priority. My treadmill has become a cliche in the basement, and I can’t let an investment become a cliche, KWIM?
Many of you have been asking for all of us to do another one, so yeeeaahh let’s do another one! Click below to join:
UPDATE: This one just ended! Here’s our newest DietBet.
It starts Monday, so we’ll start weigh-ins this weekend (after you have the consolatory plate of fajitas or whatever).
We check in on the website, weigh-in every few days, cheer each other on, and post photos of our super healthy granola to Instagram (#nfdietbet this time around). I will be re-thinking my food choices and visiting my treadmill a little bit more often. After talking with my doctor about my family’s medical history, I need to stop being lackadaisical when it comes to my health. My mom was young when she was first diagnosed with cancer, and my cousin was really young when she was diagnosed with cancer. My doctor slapped the Cheetos out of my hand and told me to get my act together. >:|
Some resources that you may like:
- Here’s how Jack lost 31 pounds last year.
- Here’s food that Jack ate while losing weight.
- I did the Whole Living Challenge at the beginning of the year. It was modified because I was nursing, but I’d like to do it again (the real way) this time. It’s up on Whole Living’s website, but if you’re interested in doing this, you must check out my friend Dusty’s blog series on it. She’s been doing it for the past couple of years and has great insight/tips on making it happen.
- Here’s why Amanda lost 40 pounds.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I am now a part of DietBet’s ‘Coaches Club’ program.