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Winning money to lose weight has to be the ultimate incentive to getting back in to shape. Before I ever heard of the Diet Bet Challenge, I was familiar with the interoffice programs where weight loss hopefuls would pool their money together and whoever lost the most weight would receive what was in the pot. This is the same concept, only you are taking a bet on yourself. And if you win, you get your money back and then some.
So I received an email about an upcoming Kickstarter game. With these Kickstarters, you are usually required to lose 4% of your body weight within 28 days. I was ready for a new challenge so I joined the Chris Downing Kickstarter with 800 participants and a jackpot of $28,000. This game required a $35 bet. I weighed in at 231.4 pounds. The app calculated my goal weight to be 222. The first and only time I tried Diet Bet was two years ago. I lost about 5 pounds and my $35 bet. I was salty about my defeat but I was also partially committed to the game.
Once the game started I made sure to follow the posts from the other participants in the DietBet app. Chris Downing is a Super Coach on the Beach Body platform and offers workouts on there. Everyone was posting what they were eating, how they were killing themselves in the gym, or working out to his videos. Most of the dietbeters seemed in optimal shape. I was somewhat in shape but I definitely needed to ramp it up.
I told one of my friends what I was doing and she ordered the Michael Thurmond's 6 Week Body Makeover program for me. The eating plan was very similar to the eating plan my diabetes education counselor laid out for me. And because I lost 33lbs DURING my pregnancy, I was eager to follow this plan. It also required me to focus on exercising in the fat burning zone 4-5 days a week for 45-60 minutes a day. This made it simple since I enjoyed taking my son on walks. But to make sure I stayed in the fat burning zone, I would wear my Fitbit. The Fitbit actually told me my heart rate and displayed the text that displayed if I were in the fat burning or cardio training zone.
So I stuck to the plan for the most. I fell every now and then to some sweets but I made up for it by doing multiple fat burning workout sessions per day. On the day to submit my final weigh in, I walked for an hour with a sweat suit I made out of used plastic grocery bags (I'm super cheap and economical at times, definitely was committed though). And the scale read 217.4. I exceeded my goal. I was too shocked to speak for a while. It had been a while since I achieved a personal weight goal like this. Then when it finally sunk in I made sure everyone in my social network knew. lol... This was a really great way to kick off my personal weight loss goals. I don't know if I will do another Kickstarter, but I have already joined a Transformer game where you have 6 months to lose 10% of your body weight. My expectations are that I will knock this one out the park. My goal is 10 pounds a month.
Oh yes, how much did I win from this $28,000 jackpot?? I won my initial bet plus $8. Looks like everyone was in it to win it!!
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