Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Confession

In lieu of doing a Fitness Friday Post (and mostly because I'm still resting/recovering and have nothing to post), I have a Friday Confession for you.

I joined a diet bet.

What's a diet bet, you ask? is a website where you can join a multitude of different "bets" to lose weight. They vary in price and length of time. The one I joined is hosted by Olivia & Hannah from Biggest Loser (at least I think so, I really have no clue who they are), and it had a $20 buy in which was the lowest I could find.

Most of the bets are for about a month, and encourage losing a minimum of 4% of your body weight. Each hosted bet has a message board where other players can post things like recipes, highs and lows for the day, work outs, and general encouragement.

When you sign up, you submit a photo of yourself in "airport security attire", or Spandex basically, while you're standing on a scale. Also, a photo of you on the scale showing your starting weight and a postcard with the "word of the day". It's verified for authenticity, and then accepted or possibly sent back to you for more verification. They accepted my first photos, so I'm good.

If you lose the 4%, you're supposedly guaranteed to make your money back. We'll see about that.

So far, I'm doing well. We had a pot luck at work yesterday, and I was able to control myself knowing I had some accountability via DietBet. Also, I'd like to get my money back. Monetary incentive is a huge motivator for me. It's typically why I work so hard to ensure that I actually make it to a race I register for - I don't want to be out that money!

I'd like to point out that I'm not looking to lose a radical amount of weight. But I gained about 8lbs during marathon training, and I'd be very happy to get rid of those. This time of year is hard with Halloween candy, pumpkin flavored baked goods, cozy drinks, Thanksgiving!, and of course - all the Christmas goodies that come along in December. So, I figured now was the best time to reset my daily diet (as in what I eat, not a specific diet) to eat healthy during these months and keep myself mindful of what I'm putting into my body.

It's hard enough to stay motivated to work out and eat healthy in the winter - so why not give myself a little help?

Have you heard of DietBet? How do you stay healthy & keep the pounds off during the holidays?


  1. I've heard of it but never done one. Good luck! monatary incentive is huge for me too, so I totally get this.

  2. I've heard about these, but never really checked it out. Sounds intriguing though. I like that you are competing against yourself for the most part.

    1. Yea, but the more you lose then the more money you could win. So that's kind of good incentive too!