Wednesday, April 17, 2013

By request: DietBet update

Debbi rightly pointed out that I never did a final update on my DietBet. I thought maybe my reports on this had started to seem obsessive and/or monotonous. Obviously, if I had made my goal, I would not have cared if it got boring, I would be shouting to the hilltops.

I accidentally clicked the wrong button and set my DietBet final weigh-in to the last time I weighed in. I tried to fix it but was not able to do so. I figured it wasn't that important because I didn't win. Actually, my final weigh-out with the clothes was 181.0. That means I was 4 pounds shy of my goal.

I was up a little on my first day of DietBet so the "official" weight loss numbers are a bit inflated. Still, I lost 3.8 pounds between the first Monday and weigh-out day on Tuesday, just shy of one pound per week. Before that, I had lost only 2.8 pounds for all of 2013 so far, a rate of less than 1/4 pounds per week. So it seems that this competition did light a bit of a fire under me and help me to develop habits that should lead to a quicker but sustainable pace of weight loss for the rest of the year.

One thing that this experience has confirmed for me is that reducing my calories is the only way to drop pounds.  Sadly, I'm not going to be able to exercise my way to a low scale number, it makes a difference in the way my body looks and feels.

Obviously, quick weight loss is not my forte. I never was one of those people who could regularly log multiple-pound losses each week.  I was only tempted to even try this bet to have a chance to win the trip to meet Hannah and Olivia. I don't know if I'd do a DietBet again unless I had a similarly-good reason to try it or if I really just needed some extra motivation. It would be fun to organize a game with a smaller group of bloggers and other people I know -- I didn't tend to look at the DietBet posts much because there were so many people posting. It was a very successful group of losers too -- about half the people made their goal, which is much better than a typical game, though not as good for the winners. Out of the $63,000 pot, it looks like each winner is going to get a little less than $45, including their original $25 investment.


  1. I think this DietBet thing would be a lot more fun if it was done with a smaller group of people who all know each other. But then again, I can see the appeal of trying to "win" something bigger, especially like getting to see Olivia! Either way, good job!

  2. Well done Jen! We'll have to scheme up another way to meet H & O :)

    I would be up for trying a DietBet in a small group. I've seen some mass ones on my FB feed but I think I'd just get overwhelmed by that. But people I know, that could be helpful and fun :)

    1. It is possible to create an invitation-only game. I don't have enough readers to make something like that work, but you probably do.

  3. Thanks for this final analysis. Like you, I'm learning that calories count far more than I want them to. My husband was able to lose 25 or 30 pounds when he retired by simply taking a walk every day. He can eat a lot, but he only eats once or twice a day.

    Wishing my weight loss experience could parallel his doesn't work. As gingerzingi points out, we are each our own science experiment. What works for one may or may not work for another.

    I know others who participate in diet bets on a smaller scale, with great success. Not sure if I'm up for one, but your experience has been interesting and I was really hoping you'd win!


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07