Way back in November I really decided to get serious about losing weight. And this was mainly because I was not happy with how my clothes were fitting, and how I looked in photographs. I know we are our own worst critic, but I was gaining weight and it was obvious in the pictures that were on my blog.

My Weight Loss Journey - Ups and Downs

So I decided to try a product to see if it would help. And it does help, when I remember to take it. But expecting to still eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and not exercising and hoping the pill would just magically make the weight come off was not very realistic.

I was still going out to eat almost every day at work, and food was my happy reward for going to work every day. So the weight stayed on, and the scale let me know something wasn’t working. And I was consumed with thinking about my weight.

My Weight Loss Journey - Ups and Downs

And while I was always thinking about the scale, and eating, I was trying all kinds of different diets. I tried Keto, I tried lo carb dieting and no carb dieting. Whatever was being pimped on Facebook or Instagram, I was trying it. But I didn’t see any success, and worse I ended up gaining more weight.

I knew what I really needed to do, but I didn’t really want to do it. And then a friend talked to me about how she had been able to lose weight. She lost a lot of weight actually, over 20 lbs. And she told me how she had been able to do it. And I should mention this wasn’t over several weeks. She has been working on herself for the past 6 months. She shared with me what she had been doing because she said she knew how competitive I am. (Me? Really? Competitive???!??!)

Diet Bet

Vickie told me about Diet Bet. And I was like….huh? Diet Bet? What is that? Diet Bet is an app that you can put on your phone, and you join up with a group of people for a set period of time and you bet a set amount of money. At the end of the time period, if you reach your goal you get your bet back, plus you have the opportunity to make a little extra money.

So I decided to give it a try. I am competitive, but more than that I don’t like spending money frivolously. And now I was not only accountable to myself, but also to my bank account.

diet bet logo

The group I joined had a bet of $30.00, plus a $5.00 membership fee. My total investment was $35.00. And the group had 279 people with a total combined ‘pot’ of $8370.00. The bet was from February 3rd through March 2nd. And when you sign up, you take a photo of yourself, and yourself on the scale. That is how they determine your starting weight. They also give you a secret word. This way they know that the photo is legit.

diet bet program for losing weight

This was my starting point. I was a little more than sad when I stepped on the scale. But, this was my starting point. And seeing the number on the scale did not make me happy. But looking back at this photo I wished I would have had shorts on to have a real comparison photo to my ending photo.

And to go along with my Diet Bet, another co-worker is getting ready to go through a gastric bypass surgery and had to go on a liver shrinking diet. So a group of us at work decided to support her by going on the diet too. That was hard. And while I didn’t see a lot of weight loss from that, I guess my liver isn’t fat, it did help me with setting an eating plan.

I wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I did get through it. That liver cleanse diet was for 2 weeks, which coincided with the start of my Diet Bet. And this is what my ‘diet’ looked like:

  • Breakfast: Protein shake
  • Lunch: Protein shake
  • Snack: 2 cups of fresh vegetables or 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • Dinner: A sensible dinner, no bread

The first week of this diet sucked. No eating out, no bread, no dessert or cereal. I was not very happy at this point. And the fact that Valentines day was happening during the first 2 weeks, and I was really not happy. I do admit that I did cheat and ate an incredible shortbread cookie that a patient gave me. It was worth every calorie too.

I Work Out

But in addition to the ‘diet’ I also made an effort to get at least 10,000 steps a day and also do real exercise at least 5 days a week.

workout for women app logo

I found a free app that I could put on my phone, Work Out For Women. It’s a free app with tons of different work outs. And it is easy to follow. They have beginner, intermediate, and advanced work outs that go from 7 to 26 minutes. And the best part is the app is free, unlike a lot of other work out apps that charge you a minimum of $5.99 a week for their work outs.

So every night after I ate dinner, I would do at least one 7 minute workout. That is unless I was spending the day shoveling snow out of our driveway. I considered shoveling snow a great work out, so I would forgo the ‘official’ workout for the day.

No Eating Out

And as I progressed through my challenge, the biggest change I made was no eating out. And this was not easy for me, at first. But as the weeks went by, it got easier, and it has become a habit to not to go to lunch every day. Instead of driving to my favorite restaurant (or three or four) I use that time to go buy what I need for my latest project that I want to work on for my YouTube channel, or this blog.

And after 4 weeks of not eating out I have established a habit. And this is a habit I like. I don’t have to eat out every day. And while I am not as diligent with what I am eating now, I have bought a lot of freezer meals which makes packing my lunch much easier for work. I now have a protein drink for breakfast, and a freezer meal (400 calories or less) for lunch, and I’m good. I’m not as hungry as I was, and I don’t really need a snack. But I do bring a protein bar, or piece of fruit with me, just in case I do get hungry around 3:00 pm.

Mid Way Weigh In

And throughout the Diet Bet challenge, they offer prizes if you submit a weigh in photo.

woman standing on a scale

And while I am not looking my best, I have achieved the 4% weight loss that I needed too in order to meet my Diet Bet. But then I started to get worried. This is more close to the third week of the challenge. So I had to keep off the weight for another week in order to hit my goal, and hopefully be able to get my money back from my bet! Talk about being stressed!

So even though I had hit the goal I wanted too, and I had moments of where I thought about binge eating, or having a bowl of cereal at night, I tired to behave myself. I mean how bad would it suck to have achieved my goal three weeks in only to allow myself to give in to my cravings and then not make it? That would totally suck.

So I stayed with my current plan, and forced myself to get my 10,000 steps along with little work outs each day. It was not easy, not at all.

Final Weigh In Day

And here we are, the end of the challenge, and I am finally able to submit my final weigh in photos. I’m not going to lie, yesterday was tough. It was very cold, and I didn’t really want to do much other than sit in front of my TV and binge Game Of Thrones. But I behaved myself. And this morning I got on the scale for the last ‘official’ time.

a woman on a scale

It ins’t the best picture, but the results are there, 170.4 lbs! I did it! I won my first every Diet Bet! And the biggest thing I notice when I compare the beginning photo and the last one, other than my weight, is that I can see some changes. My thighs aren’t touching anymore. I don’t see as big of a bulge in my mid section, and I look a little bit smaller than I was a month ago! I call that a win. And even though it was not easy, I did it!

Diet Bet did reject my weigh in because they said my face was obscured (sure….they just didn’t want to pay me my winnings!) But I resubmitted with my face totally clear because my husband took the photo the second time, so hopefully they will accept it.

And then I wait for 48 hours, and find out how much I won! But even if I don’t win a lot of money, I won in another way. My self esteem won, and I proved to myself I can lose weight, if I try. And I mean really try. That means a lot to me, and solidifies that we are capable of whatever it is that we want.

So set some goals for yourself, and believe that you can do it. If you can believe it, you CAN achieve it. That is if you are willing to put in the hard work that it will take to hit your goals. So even though my Diet Bet is over, I am going to continue to work toward my end result goal of 150 lbs. I don’t know if I will do Diet Bet again, but I do know I will move forward with the habits I have created by doing it one time.

a snow covered driveway

So now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shovel the driveway and complete my workout for the day. Happy Sunday!


Lisa
Lisa

I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

    4 replies to "Losing Weight – Finally"

    • Theresa

      You make me feel grateful for always being health and weight conscious…and even more so in the last three years.
      Sorry but diets do not work… Lifestyle changes are what work in order to maintain your weight and health.
      Another thought for all you horsewoman… Think about your poor horse lugging around all “your” extra weight…
      If you really want to get serious about good health, I could share a lot more. But I will end with my favorite quote on this subject:
      “Let food be they medicine and medicine be they food” – Hippocrates

      • Lisa

        Hi Theresa,
        I agree with you that lifestyle changes are how you can achieve the results that you want to, and it is a continuous process. There are no short cuts. However not everyone is as healthy as they should be and sometimes due to circumstances that perpetuate like bad habits you gain weight, or I should say I gain weight. No one is perfect obviously. But it is coming to terms with how we aren’t perfect. But it’s in the little victories that help us to become healthier, or better riders, or even how we feel about ourselves that matters. In regards to good health, I am serious about my health. At one time I was on blood pressure medication and I’m sure my weight and lack of exercise had something to do with that. But now my body can manage without medication. I am able to do more now (exercise) than I could a month ago. So a little less extra pounds for my horse to be lugging around this summer. I have come to grips with the choices I have made, and I’m doing things to change in my own way. But I’m not going to point my finger at someone and think that I’m better than them. Everyone has their own struggle. And everyone has challenges they have to overcome.

    • Sandie

      Lisa,
      Thank you so much for writing this entry! I’m in the same predicament and reading your post, I’m inspired to work even harder. Thank you! I’m working on the Keto diet and the first month’s results were spectacular. Loosing 25 lbs was motivating but quickly plateaued and haven’t lost a lb in two weeks. I can’t give up because I too and striving for 150. Starting at 206 following cancer treatments, 25 just isn’t enough. Ground work has been great for my horses but I need to ride again and feel too bad about my weight to do that. Many have told me that horses carry bigger, stronger heftier men than me but they are my excuse to finally drop this weight. Thank you again so much for posting your challenge.

      • Lisa

        Hi Sandie 🙂
        Wow, 25 lbs???!?!? Congratulations! That is so incredible, and I hope you are proud of yourself for the work you have been doing. It isn’t easy, but just think about how great you will feel when you reach your goal. Hopefully the weather will get warmer soon, so we can be outside working with our horses more. I am looking forward to the time change that is coming soon which will give me at least an hour every night to get out and be with my horses. Again congratulations on your weight loss, you can do this, WE can do this!!!! 🙂

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