Friday, October 4, 2013

Diet Bet 10 - Month One Summary

Official Diet Bet starting weight:                                           228.8
Official Month One weigh out:                                              222.4

Total Weight Lost in Month One:                                              6.4

Weight I needed to lose to win Month One:                               .5

In a weigh in post  from a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I joined a new Diet Bet, but that this one was different than the previous ones I joined.  This one was a beta test version of a six month long bet they are calling "Diet Bet 10."  It's called that because rather than the standard bet, where you are betting you can lose 4% of your body weight in a month, you are betting you will lose 10% of your weight in 6 months.  I am much more of the "slow and steady wins the race" mentality and was glad they adopted this approach as well.

Well, the first month is complete.  This first month we were betting we could lose 3% of our body weight.  I, unfortunately, was a half a pound off, but I'm okay with that!  1.) I signed up for the bet late.  There were only 3 weeks of the month left when I joined.  2.) I didn't even really get my head in the game until half way through the month.  So, in essence, I lost those 6.5 pounds in the last two weeks.  I know that most of that was water weight from the crap food and lack of exercise for the past month, but it's still nice to see the drastic drop.

I'm happy to be back in the low 220s again.  It's so weird, and such a mental thing, but I really do feel like I look drastically different when I'm sitting around 220, than I do when I'm around 230 (like I have been the last few weeks.)  I feel like my legs look leaner and my stomach flatter.  For a person of my height, I know that ten pounds really can't make that huge of a difference, but oh well!  The mind thinks what it wants to I suppose!

I must admit that I like this six month version of the bet so much better.  Even though I was only required to lose 1% less this month than the standard bet, that's still (in my case) a couple of pounds.  When losing weight, a couple of pounds can be HUGE and a lot of work.  I was losing close to 10 pounds in a month in those standard four week bets.  That's no easy fete and honestly, in my opinion, shouldn't really be done on a consistent basis.  It's too much weight to constantly be striving for.  If someone wants to jump start their weight loss, or has been stagnant for a while and needs a boost?  Sure, I say go for it.  But the staggering of bets (people sign up for multiple bets at a time and they will have one or two bets that end per week and then cycle through) that's where I think it gets to be too much.  But, that's just my opinion.  I guess if it works for them, and they are winning?  Who's to say it's bad I suppose...

Anyway, I figured I would write a little round up post for this first month of the bet.  My goal weight for this next month is 215.1.  So, I have four weeks to lose 7.3 pounds.  It will be hard work, but I think I can do it.  These next two weeks I'm in Boston, and while there is lots of good tasting (but bad for you!) food choices there, I also know that there is lots of good tasting (and good for you!) food as well.  My hotel is right next door to a YMCA and I'm hoping to get in a couple Zumba classes per week while I'm there.  Would be silly not to!

Alright - that's it for this post.

Diet Bet 10 - Month One.  Complete.


  1. oh so close. i was actually under by half a pound (in the afternoon too). but i blame that on the other dietbet i just had finish up (the anti jared), my goal where there was 1 lb lower than i was yesterday at my weigh in. i blame my nasty cold on that. but im healthy now. back to the grind. good luck with month 2, im at 55 % of my goal weight already.

    1. LOL - I can't believe I didn't put two and two together. I just read your comments on my dashboard, I didn't see your blogger pic. Then I would have gotten it. :)

  2. Hi Maia, this is Katherine, from our DietBet 10. I am from Boston and I think you'll be right near a Whole Foods. I travel for my work too and that's my best way to eat healthily, to use the salad bar, pre cut fruit, yogurt, etc. Hope you have a good time in Boston and congratulations again on all your success!

    1. Thank you for the tip! Yeah, I am currently near a Whole Foods in DC and definitely take advantage of their salad bar. I think we're also near a Panera and when you pay attention to calorie counts there, you can get some good stuff there as well.