So I started a Diet Bet at the start of the year, because well I am super cheap frugal with my money! I knew betting $30 was a large enough amount that I was not willing to lose. I joined a HUGE diet bet with Blogilates January 2nd.
Cassey gave away prizes along the way, and seeing as there was a potential to win some money- I joined in. I love social media so why not social dieting.
Diet bet is a online (not gambling) social dieting game. In my case I bet $30 dollars that in 28 days I would lose 4% of my body weight. If you have been following me you know I have STRUGGLED with the scale and gave it up for the longest time. I was just tired of no progress.
The directions of weighing in and the rules are VERY clear and walk you through it. I just took a picture of me on the scale, and then a picture of me in a full length mirror standing on the scale with a special word they gave me. It gets approved, you fill out your profile, join in the party.
Let me just say- I did not enjoy that forum what so EVER. The people were . .. awkward. That is the only word I can think of to explain it. In the beginning everyone was super nice! You can cheer others on, link it up to your social media outlets, and engage in supporting one another.
I hooked mine up mostly to my Facebook, and parts to my Twitter. It was nice when I would do a weigh in ( not required ) and my mom, and a few friends would cheer me on Facebook in the post Diet Bet made. It was great!
I started using MyFitness pal again, and hit records every week logging my food. I have never been able to log my food consistently for longer than a week, and the incentive to lose weight really has me glued to logging all my food. I am not sure how it even started up again. I just did it! Paired with my Fitbit( which is lost this week…pretty sure Daisy got it..) I was super inspired to be creative with menu planning and eating well.
I tried a few different things, nutrisystem jump start kit that I got, smoothies, etc. I lost a few pounds but I was not really “getting it”. Also? Nutrisystem is DISGUSTING. I would rather eat cardboard.
Then there was this part, about midway through I just started losing interest in the forum. People were getting strange. It was passive non-support, and then the complaining started at the end.
I was really focusing on sticking to calorie goals, and well rounded nutrition. I was losing about 2 pounds a week, but I needed to be losing 3. I was starting to get a little freaked out, and when I turned to the support forum- It was just a bunch of people talking about how they made it already – or freaking out like me. Little to no advice or support like I had invisioned.
I was not expecting the amounts of crazy that came out when it came to weigh in time. People were demanding their money back with excuse after excuse for not making their goals.There was widespread panic, the irrational outburst of inappropriate things to say, just over all sad humans commiserating. I was cursed with the Norovirus, read more about it here, and lost a giant 4 pounds over night and beat my diet bet losing almost 13 pounds in 28 days. So I made it, thanks to being a bucket of “germ suck gross human”.Yay…#sarcasm.
OH! Worst part of it all?? I became obsessive with the scale. Again. I literally would jump on it all the time 3x a day, and it got freaky there how much I started to hate the little box on the floor.
I did gain 2 of those pounds back already but that is ok. I am on track, tracking on my fitness pal, and enjoying food again. Learning appropriate meal size is HARD, and it was definitely a fire under my butt to not lose $30 as I am going to Princess Half Marathon in Disney World this month, and $30 may not go far there, but it is a cocktail in Epcot. Which is all I can think about right now. Anyways.
Would I do it again? Maybe. Diet Bet was fun, I think if I set it up with friends, bloggers, or just was able to moderate who I did it with I would enjoy it. People were literally mad we only won $10.62 in the end. Seriously that meant most people met their goal!! The total pounds lost in the group was over 30K I think. I was not motivated to win extra money, so maybe that is why I am not angry like others. I just wanted to keep my initial bet, on myself that I would lose the weight. People wanting more money from it all…It just caused them to root against each other ( and it happened!) and there were no moderators of the group. I did not like that.
I had no intentions of sharing my photos, as my stomach has returned with my lack of exercise since boot camp/ pre injury. It was a big part of me wanting to focus on my eating and committing to a lifestyle change not a diet. It is working so far, I just do not see the dramatic change I would like. Actually all I and focus on is my weird high lights in a ponytail, and mild tan. I normally do not “see” weightloss till about 25-30 pounds so I am around half way there!
Update: I have completed 4 diet bets since this review, and had much better results and enjoyed them more! I joined another blogger for one she started, and ran two myself. I personally like the “real people” DietBets, verses the celebrity ones. This review was a “celebrity” based DietBet review.
Interested in more weight loss stories? Check out my post about taking a fitness class:
Here is my boot camp results if you missed them!