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One month later, almost 9lbs gone!

[ has given me the opportunity to participate in a blogger competition with the chance to win up to $5,000 for meeting a weight loss goal. The following post is part of my participation in the program. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionist, and following any advice I post is done at the reader's own risk.]

So tomorrow is my final weigh-in for the blogger challenge over on I’m feeling good about it. I needed to lose 7.7 pounds in order to meet my goal of losing 4% of my body weight in four weeks, and as of this morning I’ve lost 8.6. Whoo-hoo!

I really believe that helped me through this last month. There were times when I wanted to go off of my eating plan, but the thought of losing face in the blogger challenge – and losing money! – kept me going. There are a million diets out there, but the key to every single one is motivation.

DietBet helped motivate me in other ways, besides just the bet. The seven bloggers participating were able to talk to each other on – to celebrate little victories, share tips, and threaten to send cheesecakes to each other. There’s a leaderboard to track everyone’s progress (and if it you don’t want to reveal your actual weight, it just shows how close you are to your goal).

You can also share a link to your public profile, letting people follow your progress and leave you messages. And again, you don’t have to share your weight publicly – you can opt to just show your progress.

No matter what happens tomorrow, all seven of us lost weight, and that’s something to be proud of. But I’m a little worried about what happens after tomorrow. The DietBet came along at exactly the right time, when my motivation was started to go down. Once I don’t have that hanging over my head, how will I keep going?

I’m thinking of starting another DietBet, that’s how! I still have more than forty pounds to go until I reach my goal, which is to weigh 140lbs by my 40th birthday in October. Why 140? Because the last time I weighed 140 (more than ten years ago) was the last time I remember being happy with my body. I don’t need to be skinny, I don’t need to wear a bikini. I’d just like to go clothes shopping without getting disgusted and discouraged.

A huge thanks to DietBet for getting me a lot closer to that goal!

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