Saturday, February 8, 2014

Starting a Dietbet (or Two?)

This week I decided to join a four-week Dietbet on Alex Respess' team (from Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition).  Dietbet is a website where people pledge money to lose 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks. Those that meet this challenge split the final pledge money. I have thought about doing one of these many times, but I finally think I am in the right head space to be successful.

In reading many reviews of other bloggers' experiences, I noticed that a lot of the negative reviews had to do with the frustration of people who tried to cheat the system and rig their weight loss attempts. While I understand their frustrations, I think that if you go into this challenge only worrying about meeting your own goal, then there is nothing to be frustrated about (although, I'm only on day 4, so it will be interesting to see if this changes as I go along!)

I picked Alex's team for several of reasons: 1. I got to talk to Alex when auditioning for EMWLE a while back, and he was a really sincere guy. 2. I think he and Courtney Crozier make a very cute couple, and she has been a huge inspiration for me, as she and I share a lot of similar attributes. 3. It's a Dietbet with many people, so there will be lots of support and opportunities to get to know other people. There is another Dietbet that I am looking into joining that is a 6 month challenge. While I like the idea, I am not sure that I want to invest in that financially right now.

In other news, I am excited to share that I now consider working out to be a good habit! I have heard other people talk about how, eventually, exercising just becomes part of your routine. I never thought I'd be one of those people, but I noticed this week that exercise was no longer a negotiable thing. On Friday I taught all day with a really nasty soar throat and a little bit of a fever (I know, I know, I shouldn't have gone into work, but if you are a teacher, you know that sometimes it's just easier to go in than it is to write sub plans!), and I still managed to walk 1.5 miles after school. Success!


  1. That's inspiring that exercise is now a part of your lifestyle! See you on Dietbet!

  2. I also considered the 6 month diet bet, but be sure and read the fine print on that one. If you lose too much, you are disqualified. Those for whom low-carb works really well, and you seem to be one of those, much like me, are likely to be disqualified and be out the money. I figured I'd watch my loss rate and possibly join later, when the rate slows some and I need a bit more motivation. Granted, I haven't done the numbers, I'm just going by my past results with low-carb eating. :D Something to consider when making your decision.

  3. Thanks everyone! Melissa - I absolutely considered the disqualification rules, and honestly, if I make it to round 6 and have lost over 30%, it will be well worth losing the money for a healthier me :) You're right, though, it is a bit sneaky of them (although I can see where they have to draw the line somewhere!) Thanks for posting!