Friday, October 4, 2013

Diet Bet

I have struggled with my weight almost my entire adult life.  I had no problem with my weight as a child/teenager.  I think it really started when my kids were little.  They wouldn't eat something, so I would finish it for them.  We would bake homemade bread and eat the entire loaf as soon as it came out of the oven!  You get the picture.

In 1996/97 I decided to do something about my weight.  I started running/exercising and also watched what I ate.  The weight started falling off!  I went from the 150's to below 120 in about four months.  I also went from a size 14 to a size 4!  It was awesome!!  Of course, some people said I was losing too much weight!  What?  Losing too much weight?  Was that even possible?  OK, maybe I became a little obsessed....

2001 was not a good year for me.  I had surgery.  I had a stroke.  The company I worked for went bankrupt and I lost my job!  Whew!  What a year!  I also started to put on a few pounds.  Not a lot so I wasn't that worried.

Between 2001 and 2004 I put on about 15 pounds.  No problem.  I'll just start running and exercising again.  Losing weight when you are in your 30's is a lot easier to do than when you are in your 40's.  The weight wasn't coming off, but I wasn't gaining any either.

In 2009 the facility that I worked at was shut down because of the budget and I was transferred to our Central Office.  I started eating out almost every day and by 2010, when mom fell, I stopped exercising.

I have gained over 30 pounds since 2009 and it just keeps going up.  Now that I am in my 50's it seems to be even harder to lose and it's also harder to find the time and energy to exercise. That's where Diet Bet comes in.  Diet Bet is a 4 week social dieting game.  The cost is $20 and I have 28 days to lose 4% of my weight.  The pot is at $18, 940.00 and will be split among those that lose 4% or more of their beginning weight.

The standard weigh-in process involves submitting two photos, one of you on a scale in airport security attire (t-shirt and shorts) and another of the scale's readout with your weigh-in word (this is a word that they email to you).  How do they prevent cheating?  They have a photo review process in which players submit proof of their initial and final weights to a team of Referees. They also have algorithms that detect unusual activity within a game or across games and use an auditing system where some players may be required to submit extra proof of their weight loss using a video weigh-in. If a player is flagged for unusual weight loss behavior, they will have to submit a video weigh-in for all games going forward until the flag has been removed by the DietBet Referees. This includes both initial and final weigh-ins.

A co-worker has joined also, so I'm hoping that with a diet partner it will be a little easier.  We can keep each other motivated!  

Here is my starting photo!  ACK!  I can't believe I am putting it on here for the world to see, but hoping that will motivate me even more!!!

And here is a picture of my starting weight:

I'm glad that's over!  Now let's get this weight under control!  Stop by next week to see how I'm doing!!

As always, thanks for stopping by and spending.....

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