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.
— Stina (@stina6584) January 15, 2013
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.