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I Bet $125 on My Weight

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Instead of yo-yo dieting, I yo-yo life.  I’ll have my give-no-shits periods of time where I do and eat whatever I want and procrastinate whenever possible.  Or I could spend significant chunks of the calendar diving into healthy living like a squirrel on crack – exercising, cutting out empty calories, tackling those previously procrastinated projects.  Or I could be in my mellow phase where I balance my donuts-or-die time with stick-to-my-daily goal time and things get done at a normal pace.  It’s the Crystal Life Cycle.

Well…I plunged into my squirrel on crack cycle a few weeks ago.  This hasn’t been amazing for our bank account since we had been putting several big things off for more than a year, but it has meant I’ve been happier, driven, and confident. 

Confident enough to spend $125+ on joining FOUR Dietbet campaigns!

Have You Done Dietbet?

I’m now a participant in a $25-per-month group that spends 6 months attempting to lose 10% of our overall weight.  I also joined three 1 month groups aiming to lose 4% of our weight in one month.  Yep, they are concurrent. 

In short, I need to weigh 168 pounds or less by July 17 and keep it off until at least July 27.  Then I need to keep going for 5 more months.  Failure is not an option because I’m not in the mood to accept it right now. 

How I’m Currently Losing the Weight

Don’t worry, I’m losing the weight by being healthier, not by starving myself or diving into drugs.

I blew the virtual dust off of My Fitness Pal app a few weeks ago and let it set my daily eating goals for me.  I get to chow down on 1320 calories a day, and I’m concentrating on making those 1320 calories come from mostly healthy sources. Hello protein and fiber!   Goodbye high fructose corn syrup.  I mean, I do still have the occasional super treat like a Chocolate Overload Cake from Jack in the Box (300 calories), but the majority of my meals are some sort of meat or cheese and with vegetables and fruit for dessert.

I also have continued strength training with my neighborhood pal, Debbie, who continues to make me feel like a total wuss.  And I’m walking a bit more often with my friend, William. 

The best assistance has been that my husband, Len, wanted to lose weight too.  Since we both cook for each other, it’s nice to be on the same page.  And we’re finally using healthier substitutes like the Romaine Chicken Fajita Boats using lettuce instead of tortillas.  We have had regular fajitas with tortillas too…just depends on how many calories (or in his case, Weight Watcher Online points) we have left by dinner time.

Progess So Far

I started tracking with My Fitness Pal on June 16 and weighed in at 177 without all my workout clothes.  I then joined all 4 campaigns on June 26 and weighed in at just over 175 wearing my workout pants and tshirt.  As of July 2, I was down to 171 with the same outfit. 

Only 3 pounds to go!  Not too shabby. 

I weigh in on Sundays and will update y’all here these next 2 weeks.  If you download My Fitness Pal (the basic version I’m using is free), then you can totally friend me if you’d like – [email protected] is the email I’m using for that account.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to hit the 168 pound goal as long as I keep monitoring myself.  I am more interested in seeing what the actual payoff ends up being on the 4 campaigns for this month.  I will also need to decide if I want to stay in the 6 month one since I am paying month-to-month and can withdraw any time.

Have you ever participated in a Dietbet campaign?  If so, how did it turn out?  Hope to see y’all friend me on My Fitness Pal!

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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7 thoughts on “I Bet $125 on My Weight

  1. I am excited to hear what you win (because you WILL win!!) as I have done it multiple times and never won. UGH. Even when I say “this is my month!” nope. I have some sort of mental block I guess. And yet I NEED to lose weight. As in, 80 pounds.

  2. I joined a pre-diabetic group and lost 18% of my weight in 16 weeks. I have been trying to lose another 10% with no luck for 5 weeks now. In fact I am almost back to what I weighed 5 weeks ago. Maybe I will join you, because my knees and back do not like the extra weight. I felt better when I had a few less pounds too. Good luck, hope you make out like a squirrel.

  3. @Helen, I’m really interested in seeing what the payout is too! If you ever want a text pal on the weight loss journey, let me know. Dietbet or not. I used to walk with Suba from Wealth Informatics by talking to her on the phone – she walked in California while I walked in Texas…I need another late night walking buddy!

    @me, you were looking good last time I saw you! Good luck on shaving off a little more!

  4. Good luck to you, Crystal! Something tells me you can reach any goal you are serious about. Looking forward to the updates.

  5. @Catseye, awww, thank you! I’m really going for it!

    @Lizzy, I would suggest jumping into 1-2 one month ones. The 6 month one is going to drive me bonkers during the holidays…

    @teinegurl, hahaha. Thanks!

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