Challenging Myself with a DietBet

Okay guys, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and try out this DietBet thing that I’ve been hearing so much about.

Oh, you haven’t been hearing about it?

In a nutshell, DietBet is an online game where you bet money that you will lose a certain amount of weight within a certain amount of time. There is DietBet 4 (losing 4% in 4 weeks) and DietBet 10 (losing 10% in 6 months), with lots of different Bets to choose from.

When the Bet starts, you submit pictures with code words to prove your starting weight. Then, after the designated amount of time, you submit more pictures with code words for your ending weight (the pictures are confidential). All the winners who reach their goals get to split the total amount of money that was in the pot.

There is also a social media aspect to the Bet, with a chance to interact with other people in your game. It looks like people share diet plans, fitness plans and also encourage each other. So that sounds kind of nice!

I decided to do DietBet 4 with celebrity trainers Heidi & Chris Powell. When I signed up earlier today, there were 609 players with over $18,000 in the pot. The game starts in 7 days, with my first weigh-in scheduled for 1/26 – 1/27 and my final weigh-in on either 2/25 or 2/26.

You may be wondering WHY I decided to do a DietBet when I JUST said that one of my goals for 2014 wasn’t to lose a certain amount of weight, but to make a workout habit. Well, STARTING the workout habit is really hard. Here it is January 20th and I haven’t REALLY even began my new habit. Also, weight just kind of keeps creeping on… Luckily I didn’t really gain anything over the holidays, but I certainly didn’t lose anything either.

So I figured why not try this to give myself a kick in the pants into the New Year?

By giving myself a set time period and an actual exact goal, I’m hoping that it will keep me on track. While I won’t be disclosing my exact weight for the Bet, I will say that my goal of losing 4% means I need to lose between 6 – 8 pounds. Since I’ve heard that 2 pounds a week is a “normal” dieting goal, I’ve decided to stick with that.

If you’re as intrigued by the DietBet as I am, you can join the game that I’m trying out. In fact, I welcome anyone on this Bet to link up with me as friends so that we can cheer each other on! I put my profile under Pocketful of Joules so that I’d be easy to find.

I’ll probably post an update or two about how the DietBet is going over the next few weeks and I will definitely post a wrap up when it’s all over with! Is there anything else you’d like to know about how the Bet works that I should look into?

Have you done a DietBet before? If so, did you win or lose money? Are you going to join in on the Bet so we can cheer each other on?

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6 thoughts on “Challenging Myself with a DietBet”

  1. I would love to follow your DietBet journey!! I love fitness and health related stuff and I like you, so I’d love to cheer for you! I don’t plan to join DietBet, but I would love to read about it on your blog and tell you I’m rooting for you! Team Joules!!

  2. I like the idea of making it public. It makes us more accountable and when you’ve got friends motivating you, it’s easier. That said and done, I don’t know if I’d do it myself.

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