Happy Monday everyone!
Did you enjoy the weekend? I’m so glad we’re FINALLY experiencing some normal spring weather. Last week was just awful. Toronto had an ice storm, which basically left me sleep deprived and making poor life choices. In short, the idea of hibernating in sweatpants was more appealing than being productive. Luckily, inspiration came by way of Instagram and I finally signed up for my first DietBet.
For those of you who don’t know, DietBet is a social way to get fit and lose weight.
Here’s how it works: over the course of four weeks, participants “bet” an amount of money that they’ll lose a certain percentage of their body weight. Prior to the beginning of the challenge, players submit two pictures of themselves on the scale, one body shot and one showing the number on the scale (there is a privacy option). When the game ends, winners have 48 hours to submit their pictures again. While it’s possible to win more money (depending on the size of the pot), as long as you achieve your goal, you get your money back. Throughout the duration of the game, players can communicate with each other, share tips, workouts and meal ideas.
At first I was skeptical. Aside from the guilt I was experiencing for wanting to lose weight (just google ‘diet culture’) how could I possibly participate in a program that gives the scale waaay too much?
But at the end of the day, I returned to my why. And to be honest, my list of “why’s” has grown. I decided to re-commit to my why’s and to my journey (because it is mine) and signed up. So far, one of the things I love about Dietbet is that it’s helping me make “SMART” goals.
By breaking up my goals into smaller and more specific parts, I’m not only focused but motivated. I feel less overwhelmed and I’m finding it easier to stay in the moment. The social support from the players is also amazing. Connecting with other people who have similar goals is not only encouraging but also keeping me accountable.
As I head into my second week of the game, I’m not sure what Wednesday’s weigh in will look like. To be honest, I’m not sure if I will even win this game. What I do know for sure is that I have meal planned, meal prepped and have been consistent in tracking. By adopting new lifelong habits, to me, that the biggest win of all!
Have you ever tried a Dietbet before? How do you stay motivated? As always I welcome conversation and love hearing from you.
Hope you have a great day!