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.