Diet Bet

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I'm not big on dieting.  I fully believe that eating right and exercising is the key to a healthy weight (duh!).  Unfortunately, I don't always eat right and I definitely don't always exercise.  My problem is generally motivation.  I would much rather read a book or watch a good tv show than trek to a gym or go out for a run in the middle of winter.

Erica House is a blogger I've been following for a while.  I'd suggest you go check out her blog if you're looking for some inspiration because she seems to have turned her health (and maybe her life!) around completely.  She is running a program through a website called DietBet.  I hadn't heard of it before her most recent blog post but I have to say I was intrigued.  You can check out her explanation here, but basically it is a bet you make.  $20 in at the start, and after a month if you've lost 4% of your body weight you split the pot with all those who hit the 4% mark.  Which means if you lose the 4%, you get your $20 back plus some.
Some of the things I like about this:

  • Who doesn't like wagering a little money now and then?
  • Who isn't more motivated when their money is on the line?
  • The bet lasts for a month which is a completely reasonable timeframe to maintain some healthier eating and some increased exercise (though obviously the greater goal is to continue beyond that!)
  • 4% is a completely reasonable number to lose in a month.  It won't require anything drastic, but it would make enough of an impact that I would be pretty happy

    And most importantly,
  • Bathing suit season is quickly approaching and I haven't been on a beach in almost two years!
Anyway, the bet starts on Monday so if you're interested go check it out.  I think it sounds pretty cool.  Plus, if you lose I get your money!

3 comments:

  1. omg. this is BRILLIANT. I've never heard of this!!! Gonna share this with my friends... Thanks for this!

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  2. love love love the new layout, good job!!! so excited about this push of motivation- just took my weigh in shots!! xo

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    1. Thanks, Kayla! I'm excited to start... the pot is already up to $820!

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