Putting My Money where the Scale is

I feel like my posts are jumping all over the place lately, but I suppose that’s because my life is a little busy, a little nuts, a lot happy, and a little sad… and my writing reflects that. At any rate, thanks for sticking with me through the ups and downs.

10 days in, I’m excited to say that I am still doing really well with my 6 week health & fitness challenge to myself! The scale is not really reflecting it yet, but I’m trying to focus on continuing with my toning workouts and dialing in my food and drink choices. I’ve drank a little too much this past week, and I really want to rein that in for the next month (except for Ann’s wedding on 9/26 – I can’t wait to celebrate she and Adam’s marriage with Charlie at their open bar! *grin*)… but in all seriousness, I want to really focus on my body and health and get back in the habit of treating myself well.

SO, I was reading Mama Laughlin the other day and she had written about this new fitness challenge she was organizing over on DietBet. Initially I clicked away and thought no way, but I kept going back to it and I ended up taking the plunge! Basically, for $35, you bet that you can lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. If you don’t do it, you’re out the $35 you bought in for. If you DO lose 4%, you split the pot with everyone else who achieves it. According to their website, roughly 31% of people hit their goal on average, so the “winners” tend to take home 100-150% of their initial buy in.

I’m super cheap on a lot of things, so this is good motivation for me to really buckle down and do this. 🙂

The challenge starts this morning, and I weighed in at 160.4# when I did my official weigh in yesterday morning (here’s my profile). That means I need to get to 154# by October 7th, which dovetails nicely with my original goal for this 6 week challenge to myself. I don’t normally believe in trying to lose more than 0.5-1.0#/week because I don’t think it’s a sustainable lifestyle change, but I like the idea of hitting it hard for a month to jump start change and then scaling back to more a toning and maintenance lifestyle. Ultimately I want to be a fit & toned 150#, and I think this will be a great way to keep me going in that direction.

As I write this on Monday night (I just finished watching Bachelor in Paradise after my workkout – awhhhh), there are over 1,400 players competing in the challenge and there is over $50,000 in the pot. After DietBet takes their 25% cut, if 31% of the people hit their goal (including ME!), the winners would all walk with $85+ AND healthier bodies.

I’m incredibly excited about this challenge and saying goodbye to the 160s forever!

Also, FYI, if you want to follow along with my 6 Week MILF Challenge to myself, I’m detailing it on this page as I go. It’s my goal that between those workouts helping me to drop a few more pounds and tone up and focusing on my food to hit my goals for the DietBet challenge, I will hit that 9 month postpartum mark feeling strong and confident and healthy. Who’s with me?! 🙂


  1. I love that challenge! I know you can do it! 6.4 pounds is nothing given what you’re doing!

    I’ve been a bit bad this past week or so and FINALLY just saw a decent number on the scale today. If I hit 157, I have a meltdown of epic proportions in my head. I fully expect to have a meltdown after returning from telluride on Sunday!

    Go get ’em!

    1. You need to enjoy your vacation though!!

  2. Wow, what a great idea! I’ve heard of Diet Bet before, but never knew exactly how it worked. You got this, I can hear your determination in your writing.

  3. You are SO much more disciplined and dedicated than I am. Good luck!

  4. Good luck! And for the record, I enjoy your blog posts jumping around! We aren’t one-dimensional people 🙂

  5. I love anything you write and I actually love the broader lifestyle posts as I get to know my fave bloggies over and above IF. In saying that my main commented and viewed posts are always IF rants 😉 Go for it girl!! Us type A’s need a goal don’t we!!

  6. I am doing Skinny Meg’s diet bet and failing miserably. Breastfeeding allows me to lose .5 pounds a week. ONE HALF A POUND. I’m working out HARD and boom. Geez. I had to lose like 2 pounds a week to reach my goal. NOT going to happen. So I’m bitter. Yes, we should meet up whenever you can. I’ll shoot you an email!

    1. Ya, that’s the one thing I’m worried about. My supply is all jacked lately b/c harvey is barely nursing (kids LOVES his solid food)… so I’m trying to keep up nursing but still lose weight. We shall see…

      Definitely email me about meeting up!

  7. lparsons15 · · Reply

    Best of luck to you!!

  8. […] I’m 2 weeks 1 day into my 4 week DietBet weight loss challenge and 3.5 weeks into my 6 week MILF workout challenge, and things aren’t looking so hot for me […]

  9. Ohhh I would love to try something like this once a bit further out of post baby woods. I like to have a special motivator and hey, what better than money?!? 🙂 Fun!!

    The wedding is tomorrow night? Have fun with that open bar!! Jealous 😉

  10. So I decided to creep your blog after this weekend (because I’m creepy like that) and then I had to draw attention to my creepiness by commenting that we have the same scale. Heh 🙂

    1. Hahaha. I’ve read a few of your posts off and on this past year, but I totally didn’t connect it was you that night. 🙂 Welcome!

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