Dietbet - 4 week bet is over! Results/Impressions
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Four week Dietbet recap:
I found out about and decided to sign up for a 4 week and a 6 month diet bet. Since they started at the same time I figured that I would be well on my way for the 6 month bet so I might as well sign-up for both at the same time and let the work count for both.
4 week bet is 4% of your body weight, buy-in $30. For me it was 10.1 lbs
6 month bet is 10% of your body weight, buy-in is $125. For me it will be 25.1 lbs
The 4 week bet just ended and I am happy to say I made my weight and won $46.65. So I made my initial buy-in money back plus $16.65.
I found it surprisingly effective at keeping me motivated and on track. The bet was on my mind every time I made a food choice. Because the bet is so short and the weight-loss % is so aggressive, you really can't slack off at all. I have never thought of myself as a super competitive person but I really wanted to be a "winner" when the time was up. It wasn't really about the money however that definitely played a part, there is a definite "put up or shut up" vibe going in my head with real cash on the line. :) Mostly, I wanted to prove I could do it.
That last week was kinda stressful as I was not sure I would make the weight. I was so close but as we all know you can do everything right and still not show a loss at the end of the week. I was .5 lbs from a win the day before weight-in. The next morning I got on the scale and it showed 242.0. Ugh! Seriously?! I needed 241.9. I got on and off a few times, the numbers flickering between winning and losing. I went to the bathroom. I took off my pants, I took off my shirt... Voila! 241.2!! YES!!! :) Whew! That woulda sucked to lose by .1 of a lb!
I might do another 4 week bet, maybe in November. October is my birthday month and I dont want to have to so strict when I have my bday dinner. :)
All in all I think it was a good experience and I will probably do it again. Plus the 6 month bet is still going and they have monthly weight-ins with prizes to keep you on track. I'll let you guys know how that goes too.