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One month later, almost 9lbs gone!

[DietBet.com 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 DietBet.com. 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 DietBet.com 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 DietBet.com – 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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7 Responses to “One month later, almost 9lbs gone!”

  1. Round Rock Gal on January 31st, 2012 7:18 pm
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    Good luck with the weigh in. Winning $2500 will definitely make shopping for clothes easier. Spend a little on February 2nd and the rest in October for your 140 lb victory lap! I need some motivate as well. Reunions always motivated me, but then you actually have to talk to those people you avoided so many years ago in high school. Shudder!
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    Amy Reply:

    @Round Rock Gal: Ahh, sadly it looks like the very most I’ll get is $1,000, since five out of the seven bloggers are already at their goals. And half of that will go to The Fistula Foundation. But I’m happy with what I’ll get. Plus, I lost almost nine pounds!

  2. Chocolate Mom on January 31st, 2012 8:56 pm
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    Congratulations and good luck at the weigh in! Wish I had the mojo to have started this myself. Just getting my groove back at the gym and I have 5-10lbs that I’d like to say goodbye to forever!!
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    Amy Reply:

    @Chocolate Mom: You should totally try my plan. You’d be done in 4-6 weeks, probably.

  3. Tinkerbell0625 on January 31st, 2012 11:24 pm
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    I saw your other post about your calorie plan, and thinking of trying it. How much working out are you doing?

    Amy Reply:

    @Tinkerbell0625: Sigh. At this point, none, really. I’ve been making a big effort to walk from place to place when I have time instead of taking the subway, but I just haven’t been out of the house enough in the past few weeks for it to make much of a difference. January was really slow, and I’m really lazy.

    I did take my kids on a short jog today, though, and will be continuing. I have to, I’m doing the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 26 days, and I would like to jog at least half of it this time! Eek!

  4. Jessica on February 1st, 2012 8:13 am
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    Good for you Amy!

    Motivation is hard for me too. The skinniest I’ve ever been was for my 30th birthday. I even got a little lower than I was in high school and I was thin then. But it was not sustainable and I quickly went up again.

    Now I’m trying to lose 10 pounds for Memorial Day. I am using the Dukan Diet which seems to be working for me at the moment but I also really like your diet plan. I may switch to that if Dukan doesn’t work out.

    Good luck and keep us posted!