Dietbet: Bribing myself to get fit

My friend Jenn told me about a Dietbet that she’s doing, hosted by Amanda from Biggest Loser Season 8 and Stephanie aka Fat to Fit Darling.  What is Dietbet, you ask?  Basically, you bet that you can lose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time.  If you lose the weight, you split the pot among all the winners and you are guaranteed to get at least your initial investment back.  Most winners get 1.5-2x their initial bet.  Dietbet takes a chunk of the pot for operating costs, but if everyone wins they forgo their chunk to make sure no one loses money.  Chance to get fit and make a little money?  Sold.

I joined the New Year, New You with Amanda and Stephanie Dietbet, which is a kickstarter dietbet so the goal is to lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks.  For me, that’s roughly 5.5 lbs.  Totally doable.  The pot is currently over $49,000.

I am not going to share my weigh-in photo with you because I am not a masochist and it’s an extraordinarily unflattering photo.  But I did inadvertently wear a skeleton tank top in the photo and then had a dream I got kicked out for promoting anorexia.  Nope, I just like the shirt…

Here is as close as I can get to a recent photo: amber and liz

I’ll post a picture for comparison at the end of the month when I DESTROY this dietbet.

My game plan for winning:

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Drink sparkling water instead
  • Avoid added sugar
  • Avoid refined grains
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Limit grains
  • Do something active every day
  • Start lifting

So, how are things going?  I kicked off the New Year with a NYE yin/vinyasa fusion class at Elan and was DD.  I took the day off on Saturday.  On Sunday (Jan. 3) I did a 75 minute vinyasa yoga class at CorePower, followed by some steam room/sauna time.  I also bought groceries so I’d be stocked up on healthy foods.  On Monday, I went to hip hop, had some sauna time and realized that the number of actually insane people using the steam room at Miramont is beyond measure, and filled our bellies with vegetables.  And we’ve consumed a stupid amount of sparkling water in the last few days.  Tuesday was trivia night and I won a beer, so I drank it.  And I ate pizza even though I ate dinner before in order to avoid eating pizza.  You win some, you lose some, I guess.  I am currently 1.4 lbs down from my weigh-in weight so I’m not beating myself up about it.

I anticipate next week throwing me some curveballs, as I’ll be attending two conferences and living out of a hotel room.  I’ll be doing a ton of walking though, as my hotel is about a mile from each of my conferences, which should balance out the crappy event food and Chinese delivery.  I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to find a grocery store so I can get some fruit and veggies in my life.  I’ll also pack my yoga mat and nut butter, because those are the kind of things I do.  I’ll also be taking advantage of the hotel gym and pool in my free time.

Interested in joining the Dietbet?  Either click here or let me know and I can send you an invitation.

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No Spend September: Finally wrapping this up!

The End of No Spend September is here!  Life got in the way…yoga teacher training, a conference, grant reporting, birthday, holiday, blah blah.  So I’m going to wrap this shiz up.

The final week of No Spend September was a success!  I had two No Spend Days, where I spent nothing at all.  I got some free coffee.  I didn’t do much, but that’s ok.  So here are the big results:

No Spend September Savings Results

  • 10 No Spend Days!!!
  • Fun: A lot
  • Added $550 to my emergency fund that wouldn’t have been there otherwise!  If I hadn’t been paying for teacher training, this would have been about $1000!!!!
  • Avoided taking money from savings to pay for teacher training and was able to pay out of pocket.

Because it made such a huge impact on my savings account and could have been even higher, I am trying it again in the new year.

Expect a future post on the yoga teacher training experience.