My Results in the @DietBet Challenge

On Saturday, the DietBet Challenge that I started in May ended.

Truth be told, I was terrified that I wouldn’t do well in the challenge at all. Stress has been a killer the past few weeks, and then with VBS last week, it took a toll on my diet. {Our church feeds everyone Sunday night – Friday night for dinner. TONS of food, and more dessert than should ever be allowed to sit on one counter at any given time.} BUT, I stayed strong. {Several nights I brought my own dessert: Fat free Snackwells or Fat Free Fig Newtons. Definitely not what I wanted, but every little bit helps.}

I started the challenge at 183.8. That put me at about 30 pounds less than I was when I started dieting and exercising in January.

Before I show you the video of my final weigh-in, let me apologize. This was taped around 8am on Saturday morning. I had been up since 5am and exercising since 6am. I wanted to get that weigh-in done and over with, so that means you get to see me at my worst. Sorry about that!

Ok, that being said, here’s my final weigh-in for this challenge:

I was totally stoked! I dropped 10 pounds in those 28 days! Even with all the odds stacked against me, I was still able to lose more weight. And, because I dropped to 173.6, that means I have officially lost 40 pounds since January. Yahoo!

Take a look at what just 10 pounds can do to a person:

By the way, the jeans that I’m wearing in the After pictures? Those are a size 8! They were my “goal” pants for a very long time. I held onto them for years, just hoping I could squeeze my big butt back into them someday. The last time I wore those jeans was in December 2005 for our family pictures. I got pregnant with Lucy right after that, and I haven’t been able to get back into them since then.

Until now! Now, I have a new goal. I would love to get myself back into a size 4 – which is still bigger than I was when I married my husband and size 0 hung off me. I started in January as a size 16, and I’ve made it to an 8/10. I am really excited, and I KNOW I can do even better.

As far as the results of the challenge, I had 3 people that never sent me their final weights. 🙁 I went ahead and ended the game, though, because everyone was getting anxious to find out who won.

Here are the results from those of us who weighed in:

  • Amy – Stayed the same.
  • Teri – Dropped 2.6 pounds
  • Tara – Dropped 4.4 pounds
  • Suzi – Dropped 9.08 pounds
  • Angie – Dropped 10.2 pounds

Not too shabby, ladies! Great job!

According to the DietBet rules, Suzi & I are the winners. Therefore, I am giving her the $50 Amazon Gift card that was up for grabs.

I have had SO many people ask me how I’ve lost the weight and what I’ve been doing to keep the weight off that tomorrow I will be putting up a special post to answer a lot of the questions I’ve been asked. If you have a question that you’d like me to answer, please add it as a comment to this post. I hope my hard work and effort will encourage you and motivate you to meet your own weight loss goals.

I still have a long way to go…. about another 40 pounds…. but I KNOW I can do it. I want to encourage you to reach your own goals.

I do have to say, though, that 40 pounds makes an amazing difference. I feel better than I have in years!

The DietBet Challenge is ON! My Official Weigh-in.

I’m a little behind posting this. Things have been kind of crazy around here.

On Saturday, I started a new DietBet weight loss challenge. This time, I competing against 6 ladies. At the end of the challenge, we will see who the winner{s?} is{are?}, and prizes will be awarded.

I am really excited about this challenge, for lots of reasons: First, I do better when I’m competing. It keeps me from eating things I know I shouldn’t, and it motivates me to exercise and push myself just a little harder. Secondly, I am already doing so well at reaching my goals, and I think this is the “push” I need to keep going.

I am also really excited about sharing this experience with some very special people in my life! Last time I did the DietBet challenge, I didn’t really know the girls I was competing against. This time, however, I know most of these girls on a personal level. I’ve known one girl since we were about 3 years old. We went to school together – from preschool all the way through 5th grade. {I moved to Chicago the summer between my 5th and 6th grade year.} We got back in contact in 2002 completely by accident… I ran into her mom at the little cake shop that made our wedding cake. It turned out her daughter was getting married about a month before I was. We were able to go to each others’ weddings. We lost touch again, and through the power of Facebook, we got back in touch. We’ve both struggled with our weight, so we’ve been cheering each other on for a few months now.

I’m also competing against a friend from a church I went to in Ohio, a friend I go to church with now, my best friend’s mom, and 2 other fabulous ladies I’ve just recently had the chance to meet. I am STOKED! Although, this may not be such a good thing. I may get so busy cheering them on that I might just forget and eat a box of donuts or something. 🙂 I’m sure they wouldn’t mind that at all.

Ok, ok. Time to get to the hardest part of this post. The video of my official weigh in. It’s a little different than my official weigh-in in January when I tipped the scales at 213 pounds. I’ve definitely lost some weight since then… but getting on a scale in front of anyone just isn’t easy.

And before you watch this video, let me just tell you that I had just finished playing 3 hours of volleyball. So, my hair is in a ponytail, and I’m pretty sure I sweated all my makeup off. But, that’s the real me… scary, I know.

Ok, here’s the video:

Crazy. 183.8. That’s down almost exactly 30 pounds since January, which is great, but I know I can do better. I really think this challenge will speed things up again. At least I’m hoping that’s what it does.

Now, here are my “Before” pictures for this challenge. {Be sure to check out my Before & After pictures from the last challenge. It made such a difference, I’m hoping to do it again!}

Yep, I still have a loooooong way to go. But I know I can do it!

I hope you’ll stick with us for the next 4 weeks. You can follow our DietBet Challenge by clicking here: DietBet Challenge – May 2012. Be sure to leave me some love on my profile page. I’m going to need it!

Also, I am still looking for a few more sponsors for the challenge. If you have a business and want lots of exposure, contact me today!

Let the games begin!

Seeking Sponsors & Participants in a @DietBet Weight Loss Challenge

I am competitive by nature. Sometimes that’s a good thing… especially when it comes to weight loss. Earlier this year, I participated in a DietBet Challenge, and I lost a total of 17 pounds during the challenge. It was amazing. I felt great, and I saw a major change.

But then, I slacked off. Sure, I still ate right – for the most part -and I kept portions sizes much smaller than they had been. I still exercised – almost daily – but I just wasn’t feeling motivated to really work hard at reaching my goals. Actually, for awhile, I got into a major funk and just couldn’t bring myself to do anything.

I want to change that. I want to give myself another swift kick in the butt, and I want to see those results again. I’m down a total of 29 pounds since my first weigh in, so I KNOW I can do it. I just need some motivation to do it… and that why I’m coming to you!

I have set up a DietBet Challenge, and now I’m looking for Sponsors and Participants. Here’s what I’m thinking…

Sponsors: Money for so many is tight right now. While putting our own money into the “pot” would be a great motivator, many of us just can’t afford to put anything into the pot. That’s where you come in. I am looking for sponsors that are willing to donate prizes to the winner(s) of the challenge. The prizes can be anything: cash, gifts for moms, fitness products – I’ll let you decide that part. Each sponsor will receive top-sponsorship sidebar advertising on my blog for the duration of the contest. {That’s a $45 value.} You will also receive a post on my blog about your products/services as well as what you are offering for the challenge, and that will never be deleted. {2 SEO friendly links will be included at no cost to you.} At the end of the challenge, prizes will be divvied up among the winners. If you would like to donate a prize to the Blessed Beyond Words Weight Loss Challenge, please use the contact form to let me know. Please put DietBet – SPONSOR as the subject of your email.

Participants: If you are SERIOUS about losing weight, a DietBet Challenge is a great way to do just that. I would LOVE to have you join us. You will be required to weigh in twice: Once at the start of the challenge, and the second at the end of the challenge. I will need proof of these weigh ins – either video or a photo of the scale while you are standing on it. {It keeps us honest, and it holds us accountable.} If you want these photos private, I ask that you email them to me, and no one but me will ever lay eyes on them. You can also set up DietBet to keep any numbers you post completely private. There’s no reason for you to feel humiliated. Promise. I will tell you that I will post ALL numbers and videos to my blog. It’s a key motivation factor for me. But, that’s my choice, and mine alone. If you want to keep to yourself, I have zero problem with that. If you are interested in participating, please use the contact form to let me know. Please put DietBet – PARTICIPANT as the subject of your email.

I already have several people signed up to take the challenge. I’d like to get this all set up so we can have our first official weigh in soon and start the challenge.

Are you with me?

The Results are In for the #DietBet Mom Bloggers Challenge

It’s official: All 7 Moms in the Mom Bloggers DietBet Challenge have met their goals! That means we will all be splitting the $5,000 pot. Each person and/or charity will receive $715.

I want to congratulate each of the other bloggers:

dietbet I also wanted to share my experience with the DietBet challenge with each of you and give you my honest input.

First, I love a good dose of friendly competition. I am one that does NOT like to lose. {Unless I’m losing weight – that I like.} Competing against other people – even if they were complete strangers gave me a sense of desire to eat right the entire time and not stray off my diet and exercise routine. I do kind of wish it had been a winner-take-all sort of deal, because I did so well in the competition by almost doubling the 4% goal that DietBet set for me.

Second, I *love* that I can donate my winnings to charity. If I had been in it to just win the money for myself, I know I wouldn’t have done as well. Knowing that DietBet is sending a check to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in my name for the amount of $715 makes every second of the challenge worth it. I never could have donated that much money to them otherwise.

Third, I loved actually going to my local Curves office and weighing in once a week. Now the ladies at Curves know me by name, and they have been *such* an encouragement the entire time. I still don’t own a scale here at home, so I’ll probably have to drop in there every so often to see if I’ve lost more weight.

The only thing I wish had been different is that I wish DietBet would calculate pounds in decimal increments. For example, the second week, I lost 1.5 pounds, but DietBet didn’t round it up, it said I only lost 1 pound. {Boy, was that depressing! At least give me that half a pound!} I guess if you don’t have much to lose, that really isn’t a big deal, but honestly? It’s a really big deal to me. I worked hard to lose every pound – and half a pound – over these 4 weeks.

So, would I do another DietBet again? ABSOLUTELY. I found it to be exactly the motivation I needed to jumpstart my weight loss. Now, all I want to do is keep on the same track and keep losing until I’ve met ALL my goals.

I plan to keep the weight loss section up on my blog. It’s a great way to keep myself motivated and accountable. I have a very long way to go, but I’m hoping to be at my goal weight by the end of this year. I know I can do it. {Although, I have to say I’m a little jealous of the other bloggers who have been contacted by large weight loss companies. Wishing one of them would find my blog and help support me in meeting my goals.} But, even without them, I’ve proven that I can make the changes necessary to lose weight, and I can do it all on my own. I’m not giving up – no matter what.

Will you continue to support me through my weight loss journey?

Disclaimer: DietBet gave me the opportunity to participate in a Mom Blogger’s Challenge and compete for $5,000. Since each blogger won, $715 will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am not a doctor. Any steps I take to lose weight are my own, and individuals should seek their doctor’s opinion before starting a weight loss program of any kind.

My Final Weigh In for the #DietBet Mom Bloggers Challenge

It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of the DietBet Mom Bloggers Challenge. What a roller coaster of emotions this has been.

I had my final weigh in yesterday, and I have to tell you – I was nervous! This past week has been insane. Between moving, painting, cleaning, and the stress of everything combined, it was nearly impossible to find the time to get on the treadmill for my routine exercise. I had still been eating right and was only drinking water, but I didn’t know if I was still burning enough calories to make a difference and lose weight.

At my last weigh in, I was exactly 200 pounds – down 13 pounds from my starting weight. I just knew I was either going to go back up or I was going to be stuck at that big round number.

When I started the challenge, I needed to lose 9 pounds to meet the DietBet goal and be considered a “winner.” But, I had set a personal goal for myself to lose 15 pounds and bring myself under that 200 mark.

Do you think I did it?

Here’s the video….

Did you catch that? 196 pounds. I met both goals. Actually, I exceeded both goals, and I am so excited. I’ve lost 17 pounds in the challenge, and I think that’s fantastic. I’m pretty darn proud of myself.

I had hubby take some more pictures yesterday so I could see the before and after difference. Take a look… {You can click on the picture to see the larger version.}

Weight Loss Journey - 4 Weeks In

The past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been having more and more people come up to me and tell me they’ve noticed that I’m losing weight. I really hadn’t seen it until I looked at the before and after pictures side by side. I’ve lost half my face – and at least one or two extra chins. I also have to say that since I gave up soda and junk food, I feel so much better. I’m definitely keeping these changes and I’m determined that 2012 will be MY year to become a healthier me.

I know I still have a very long way to go, but I’m definitely off to a great start. And, I owe it all to DietBet and their Mom Blogger’s Challenge.

Soon I’ll post the final results and tell you how all the other moms did in the Challenge. I was up against some tough competition, so I wouldn’t doubt it if we all ended up splitting the pot.

So, how did I do? Are you impressed that I stayed motivated the entire challenge and lost as much as I did? Will you continue to support me in my weight loss journey?

Disclaimer: DietBet is giving me the opportunity to participate in a Mom Blogger’s Challenge and compete for $5,000 – which, if won, will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am not a doctor. Any steps I take to lose weight are my own, and individuals should seek their doctor’s opinion before starting a weight loss program of any kind.

End of Week 3 DietBet Weigh In

Can you believe that there is just ONE week left in the DietBet Mom Bloggers Challenge? These 3 weeks have flown by, and I’m finding that it’s getting easier and easier all the time to eat right, exercise, and live without Pepsi.

I went for my weekly weigh in yesterday afternoon at my local Curves facility. The girls there all know me by name there now, and they have been such a support and an encouragement. I was really hesitatant to step on the scale because last week I had only dropped a pound and a half. I was so afraid it would be worse this week and that my confidence would plummet.

bathroom scaleBefore I get to my results for this week, let me recap my numbers for you:

  • Day 1 – Official weigh in revealed I was 213 pounds.
  • End of week 1 – Lost 8 pounds, dropping me to 205 pounds.
  • End of week 2 – Lost 1.5 pounds, bringing me down to 203.5 pounds.

Again, I was expecting to have not lost much this week. I haven’t made any changes at all during the DietBet Challenge, so I never know what to expect when it’s time to step on the scale.

Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and saw that I had dropped another 3 and a half pounds!

That’s right! I am down to exactly 200 pounds.

I am so, so happy. My personal goal for this challenge is to bring my weight under 200 pounds. I’ve still got one more week to go, but even if I have another week where I only lose 1.5 pounds, I will meet that goal.

Hard work pays off – and so does sticking with what works. I still eat the things I like, I just do it in moderation. I want chips? Ok. I get 2 – 3 chips. I want a cookie? I take a bite of Parker’s cookie. And I exercise. I burn 300 calories on the treadmill daily, along with the calories I typically burn. {Although, this week, I’m pretty sure I’m burning lots of extra calories with all the packing, moving, and painting going on.}

If you take a look at the DietBet Standings for the Mom Bloggers challenge, 3 of us have met our DietBet goals. The others are right behind us and are doing great! As of today, January 25th, 47 pounds have been lost – and 13 of those pounds are MINE!

Are you trying to lose weight this year? If so, how are things going for you?

DietBet Challenge – End of Week 2 Weigh In

Well, just got home from my local Curves office where I weighed in for the end of week 2 in the DietBet Mom Bloggers Challenge.

bathroom scaleThe results were not near as good as I had hoped they would be, and I am trying not to kick myself for it.

My starting weight in the challenge was 213 pounds. Last week, I weighed in at 205. I was super pumped that I had dropped 8 pounds in just a week.

I guess I expected to stay on that same downhill spiral and see even more weight come off when I stepped on the scale today.

Instead, I weighed in at 203.5. Yes, I went down. But not nearly as much as I wanted to. I wanted to be under 200 by now. I wasn’t asking much – just 5 or 6 more pounds gone. It was so discouraging to see the scale still set on the 200 mark.

I know there will be good weeks and bad, but a pound and a half? I’ve worked my butt off this week, and I lose a pound and a half? And don’t give me the “muscle weighs more than fat” line. I despise that line more than any other phrase out there.

Looks like it’s back to the grindstone for me. I still haven’t had soda in 2 weeks, in fact, I haven’t had anything but water in 2 weeks. I’ve eaten super healthy, reduced portion sizes, and am exercising at least 1 hour a day, 6 days a week.

I’ve met my goal for the DietBet Challenge, and have lost all of the weight required to win the money for St. Jude. {I just can’t gain ANY weight for the next 2 weeks. At All.} But my personal goal? That’s far from being met. I’ve got a very long way to go. And if it continues at just 1.5 pounds gone per week, it’s going to take me eons to get where I want to be.

Sigh. So not what I wanted to see when I weighed in today.

How are YOU doing with your weight loss goals?

Remember, you can follow my progress in the DietBet Challenge here: My Profile Page on DietBet.

Disclaimer: DietBet is giving me the opportunity to participate in a Mom Blogger’s Challenge and compete for $5,000 – which, if won, will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am not a doctor. Any steps I take to lose weight are my own, and individuals should seek their doctor’s opinion before starting a weight loss program of any kind.

Diet Bracelet & Kit to Help You Lose Weight

If you swing by, you will find a rather unique idea: A Diet Bracelet that helps you keep track of your calorie and water intake and helps you lose weight!

diet braceletThe bracelet also comes with a pocket book that will tell you everything you need to know about taking weight off and keeping it off. It also lists over 2,500 foods and how many calories they contain.

If you use the promo code BABY at checkout, you can get the bracelet and kit for NO COST. That’s right! You just pay $4.95 in shipping costs, and that’s it.

The bracelet is available in 6 different colors and 2 sizes, so they’re perfect for everyone.

You can order as many bracelets as you’d like with this promo code, but you’ll need to place each bracelet as a separate order.

I’m not sure how long this will last, so don’t delay! Use the code BABY today and get your free diet bracelet and kit.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

End of Week One Weigh In #DietBet

I have been working hard all week at eating right, exercising more, giving up soda, and keeping my big butt off the couch. I’ve cut out all soda and junk food, I’ve reduced my portion sizes, and I have started exercising. {Walking on a treadmill at 2.8 MPH for 30 – 45 minutes.}

Since I don’t own a scale at home, I had to go back to my local Curves office to weigh in. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that the scale was 8 pounds lighter! That’s right! I went from 213 to 205. Awesome. That means I am just 1 pound away from meeting my DietBet goal, and I am that much closer to my overall goal.

bathroom scaleI have been very, very careful not to overdo anything: For the first time in my life, I am eating 3 meals a day plus healthy snacks. I’m drinking nothing but water. I don’t over exercise, and I’m continuing to take in more than I work off. I want to do this the right way.

I am convinced that giving up soda and sweet tea is what has helped the most. Not drinking 4 – 6 cans of Pepsi every single day has made a world of difference. Already I’ve noticed that my pants are getting looser, my belly doesn’t appear nearly as bloated, and I just feel better.

I’ve still got a very long way to go, but if I stick with the what I’ve been doing for the past week, I’m sure to get a great start on meeting my final goals for this year.

Remember, you can follow my progress in the DietBet Challenge here: My Profile Page on DietBet.

Disclaimer: DietBet is giving me the opportunity to participate in a Mom Blogger’s Challenge and compete for $5,000 – which, if won, will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am not a doctor. Any steps I take to lose weight are my own, and individuals should seek their doctor’s opinion before starting a weight loss program of any kind.

No Soda Equals No Motivation #DietBet

Some people need coffee to get through their day. I, however, need Pepsi. To be honest, I’m a bit of an addict. Before starting the DietBet Challenge, it was not uncommon for me to drink 4, 5, or even 6 cans of Pepsi in one day. Seriously. I craved the sugar and the “high” that Pepsi gave me to get through the day. With 6 kids, I am always exhausted. {Sorry kids, I love you all to death, but some days you just wear me out.} Add to that the fact that Parker and Gage do not sleep through the night, and when it forces me to live on 2 – 3 hours of sleep per night {if I’m lucky!}, I need a kick in the pants from my Pepsi.

So, I’m sure you can imagine how I’m feeling right now. I haven’t had any soda – in fact, I haven’t had anything but water and one 8oz. glass of low fat milk – since early Tuesday morning.

I am slowly going out of my mind. Seriously.

At least that’s how it feels.

I knew this would be the most difficult part of the challenge for me, but I also knew that cutting out soda would make a world of difference. I don’t even want to know the amount of sugar I was consuming day after day after day. Shudder. No wonder my weight was so high.

I’ve steadily increased my exercise. Day 1 I walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill. Day 2 was 25 minutes, day 3 was 30 minutes… So, slowly but surely I’m increasing the things I should be increasing, and I’ve completely cut out the things I shouldn’t be eating. No desserts, no junk food, no chips. I don’t put anything into my mouth without checking the calorie and fat content first.

But I have to be careful.

Some of you may already know, but for years I was an anorexic. Actually, I flip-flopped between anorexia and bulimia a lot. It was bad. In fact, when my husband and I met, I was at my lowest weight of my adult life: 90 pounds. At 5 foot 9 inches, I was nothing but skin and bones. The only time I was ever able to “shut off” the disease was when I was pregnant. So, obviously, with 5 pregnancies in the last 9 years, I’ve had to “shut it off” a lot. I guess I’ve gotten used to it, and discovered that I really like eating and not bringing it back up. Ok, so I really like eating.

But, I also know how easy it is to fall back into old habits.  I think that’s why I’m so determined to do this right. I want to eat right, exercise, and just get to a healthier me. If that brings the weight down in a good way, then so be it. I have way too many people counting on me now, and I can’t fall back into the trap of not eating anything.

Ok, so I totally rabbit trailed there. Sorry. Let’s get back to the post…

Anyone got any tips on what I can do to increase my energy since giving up soda?

Come Cheer Me On! #DietBet

I posted yesterday that I’m participating in the DietBet Challenge.

I just found out that you can view my scoreboard, stats, others in the competition, and cheer me on. To do so, just click here: Mom Bloggers DietBet Challenge

I would love it if you would swing by and give me your well wishes. I need all the encouragement I can get.

I’m on Day 2 of no soda and no junk food, and I must.avoid.pinterest. All those sugary recipes are about to do me in. But, I’m doing pretty well. I got up this morning, ate some yogurt and then walked a mile on the treadmill. Slowly but surely, I know I can do this. I just need to lose 9 pounds.

I can do this. I know I can.

Will you come be my cheerleader?

Taking on the DietBet Challenge

If you haven’t heard of DietBet, you soon will. I have been selected as one of the participants in the DietBet Challenge along with 6 other mom bloggers.

dietbetDietBet is a fantastic way to have fun, lose weight, and win money! You just Set up a free four-week game with friends to lose weight. {You decide if you want to lose 8 pounds or 4% of your starting weight.} Then decide how much money everyone “bets” and puts into the pot. At the end of 4 weeks, if you lose the weight, you WIN!

For this challenge, DietBet put $5,000 into the pot and let us pick our charities. They also let us decide how much of our winnings would go to charity. I love the idea of winning for someone else, so I was really excited when they approached me about this.

I selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as my charity. And I also selected that they will receive 100% of my winnings. That’s right. I’m not keeping a penny for myself, I’m giving it all to them.

And that’s why I am so motivated to win this challenge. I want to see $5,000 go to St. Jude.

But I’ve got a long way to go, and I’m going to need your encouragement over the next 4 weeks.

Here are the other bloggers I am up against:

I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I know I can do it!

Now, let’s get to the heart and soul of this post. The most difficult part for me: The numbers. The weigh in. The photos.

I had to find somewhere to get my official weigh-in for the challenge. Because I’m so far away from the other DietBet Challenge participants, I couldn’t just meet up with them and have my weigh-in done at the same time. Luckily, my local Blairsville Curves facility allowed me to come in and get weighed by one of their consultants.

Here’s the official weigh-in:

I’m officially cringing.

Did you catch that number? 213 pounds. I am sick to my stomach. When my husband and I were married in 2002, I weighed 100 pounds less than I do right now. 100 pounds in 10 years. Gasp.

Since I’ve already embarrassed myself with the video, I guess I can share the Day 1 photos:

Day1 Day 1

Ugh. Those pictures make me sick to my stomach. When did I allow myself to get like this?

Obviously, I’ve got my work cut out for me. But I can do this, right?

I’m changing everything: eating habits, exercise frequency… you name it, I’m changing it.

Over the next 4 weeks, I will be keeping you updated in my challenge every step of the way. The only thing I won’t be doing is weighing in again. I’m waiting until the 4 weeks are up, and I will head back to my local Curves center for the final official weigh in.

But, you can certainly count on me to post different updates: new recipes I’ve found, exercises I like, and more. In fact, starting today, you will notice a whole new section of the blog entitled “My Weight Loss Journey.”

My goal for the next 4 weeks is 4% of my body weight – that’s 8.52 pounds. I KNOW I can do it. And I’m hoping I can do way more than that. Eventually, I’d like to be down to 150 pounds. Healthier than the 113 I was 10 years ago for my 5’9″ body frame, and just better for my overall health. Where I am now is just too big, and it’s got to change.

I hope you’ll join me over the next 4 weeks and watch my progress. If you have any weight loss tips, recipes you love, exercises I need to try… or just some encouragement, I would love to hear from you.

And if you’d like to start a challenge of your own, I would encourage you to round up some friends, decide how much you’ll throw into the pot, and start losing weight with DietBet!

Disclaimer: This Challenge is being sponsored by DietBet. I have been given the opportunity to win up to $5,000 for myself or my favorite charity.