Wanna Make A Bet?

It seems the new rage in the world of weight loss and healthy living blogs is this little site called DietBet. I’ve been seeing Tweets about it for a while now, and I finally decided to check it out this week.  After a couple days of considering it, and some feedback from Mindy and Sarah, I decided to join up.

Before we go any further with that, I think we need a quick trip in the weight loss time machine. Back in June 2011, I signed up for Weight Watchers to jump start my weight loss and drop the final 15-20 pounds after being stagnant nearly a year. My first official weigh in was164lbs with a goal of 141lbs. Sometime in January 2012 I reached my lowest weight ever (well, not literally ever, but at least since 2002) at 150lbs. Then I hit the height of marathon training in March and shit started falling apart. It’s not uncommon for runners to gain weight during training, and I am extremely proud of my accomplishments. But I struggled to get back on track after finishing the marathong, and a year after starting Weight Watchers, I was basically back at square one.

In July, I started working with a trainer to remedy my t-rex arms and build confidence when it comes to lifting heavy things at the gym. I’ve made a lot of progress, but I haven’t lost a single damn pound. Part of me is okay with this. Despite the lack of disappearing pounds, I’ve lost four inches in my waist. I feel good about my body, and I feel stronger than I ever have. Weight loss has always been more of a secondary goal to me. My main goal has always been to “get healthy,” and that is still true.

BUT “get healthy” is vague, and being a secondary goal does not mean weight loss isn’t a goal. I think I’ve really lost sight of that fact. I’ve reach my goal of lowering my blood pressure and in my most recent blood work, my cholesterol was within normal ranges. This is something I thought I’d never see thanks to genetics. I’ve reach my goal of building a base fitness level. This weekend I went out and ran 6 miles with a friend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I ran more than 5K at once! I’ve reached my goal of finding the confidence to stroll into the gym to lift heavy things. In a lot of really important ways, I’ve reached that goal to “get healthy.”  With that goal met, it really is time for weight loss to become a primary goal.

Then last week, my bff Laura wrote a hugely inspiring post on the weight loss mindset and weight loss vs healthy lifestyle.  I’d already been giving thought to how I could get the weight dropping again, and her post was really a tipping point for me.  I realized I’ve definitely lost the “weight loss” mindset.  When I first started losing weight in 2009, I went balls to the wall.  I measured and weighed my food.  I tracked every bite.  I worked out like an animal.  I don’t except quite that level of vigor now, if for no other reason than I know I’ll burn out quickly, but I know I can do more.  I know I can be more diligent, and as Laura said in a comment to me on that post, I need to make myself uncomfortable. 

The idea of getting uncomfortable isn’t new to me; I am constantly reminding myself in my training/ workouts that you have to be uncomfortable if you want to improve.  Laura has said told me before that I need to make myself uncomfortable to lose weight, but this is the first time it’s really clicked for me.

So back to this whole DietBet thing…

With the idea of really committing to weight loss at the forefront of my mind, I started looking into DietBet.  Mindy just wrote a great post explaining how DietBet works, but basically it goes like this: you sign up for the DietBet of your choice and commit a predetermined amount of money.  Once the bet starts, you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight.  Everyone who loses their 4% splits the pot.  

I was hesitant to sign up because 4% seemed like a lot to lose in 4 weeks.  It’s about 6.5lbs which doesn’t seem like a lot of weight to lose, but considering my weight loss trends for the last two years, it was kind of an overwhelming amount to consider losing in 4 weeks.  I thought about doing a small bet, $5 or maybe $10, but I still wasn’t sure so I took to Twitter.  The responses I got from Sarah and Mindy were that they really did find it motivating and they recommended I give it a try. 

After scoping it out some more, I decided to join the FitFluential DietBet for $25.  $25 was more than I was initially willing to invest in this, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I would probably be okay with losing $5 or $10.  $25 won’t break the bank by any means, but it would hurt to lose.

TL;DR version of this post: I’ve recommited to weight loss, and to (hopefully) motivate me, I joined the FitFluential DietBet.  Come join me or cheer me on!

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6 thoughts on “Wanna Make A Bet?”

  1. I’ve looked into DietBet before, but I’ve been scared I wouldn’t lose enough (slash told myself I COULDN’T lose that much during my internship) to win. BUT, you’re right – $25 won’t break my bank and seeing that all the FitFluential people are doing this, I think I will join.

    But you are absolutely right – tracking every bite, working out like mad, getting in that water and those freggies. Doing all the things we did in the first months of weight watchers to see that weight come off. I’ve been hella diligent thanks to some accountability I’ve built through doing the Beck Diet Solution, but I am not seeing the scale move yet. I’m just trying to hold on and keep it going!

    And I’m totally jealous of your fitness. In a lot of ways, I’m still way more fit than I’ve ever been in my life – but I’m nothing compared (especially in muscle) to where I was in August/September. This literlaly haunts me daily – but I am just trying to remind myself I’ll have time to get it all back this summer and if I can just re-commit to ST one time a week, I’ll be a lot closer once I start back hot and heavy in the summer. Plus I haven’t lost ALL my muscle at this point because I am active and on my feet all day, every day. Anyway – glad to see we are all feeling re-inspired!

    Also, can you remind me to sign up for this, this weekend? haha thanksss
    Laura recently posted..being honest about losing weightMy Profile

    1. Hooray joining! (I’ll remind you on Saturday since that’s weigh in day.)

      I think maintaining muscle and that feeling of being strong is probably the most frustrating aspect of fitness. I meet with my trainer every two weeks so we met right before Christmas and then on New Years Day. With everything going on in between because of the holidays, I basically didn’t work out at all. (I might’ve done like 10 pushups the whole two weeks.) When I met with her again on NYD, I felt like it had been MONTHS since I’d lifted anything. I felt so weak, and it had only been two weeks! So I can vaguely imagine how you’re feeling. Even if you can only commit to once a week at this point, once a week is still more than no times a week. Hell, even if you can only commit 5 minutes of pushups or crunches a day you’re still working to maintain and build your muscles until you get your life back.

  2. oops. major fail to me for not replying to your tweet. forgive me?

    i like diet bet so far! although, there are some people in our bet who weighed in on day 1 (after submitting their weight 2 days before) and had lost something like 75% of their goal already. i know it’s unofficial until the end, but the irked me. anyway….i’m still glad i’m doing it! today marked 1 week in. i haven’t weighed in yet, but i’ve been making good choices, so it better be reflected in that darn scale!
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..this weekend…My Profile

    1. Haha, no worries. I was just looking for feel back and I remembered seeing a tweet from you at one point.

      Laura and I were talking last night about people cheating, but like I said to her, if you lose your 4% you at least break even so it doesn’t really matter if people are cheating beyond just taking away from the spirit of the game (and being annoying). Plus even if I don’t make the whole 4%, just losing consistently would be a MAJOR victory for me!

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