Scare the Scale Dietbet

We all know that the scale can be an utter beast, but let’s face it, we like to see it go down. And sometimes we seem to be more apt to doing our absolute best to make that happen when there is some money involved. I know that money can be a huge incentive for me to get my butt in gear.

I had so much fun hosting my Birthday Bash Dietbet, that I decided to host another. I love the concept behind Dietbet and find it to be encouraging. You pay a small bet which goes into a pot, if you lose 4% of your starting weight in the 28 days, you get at least your initial bet back and in most cases a little more.

Last Dietbet the winners walked away with almost $15 more than what they put in! How awesome is that?

Here’s a quick video on how it works:

My Scare the Scale Dietbet starts on October 1st (weigh ins Sept 29th-30th) and ends October 28th (weigh outs Oct 29th-30th) and is $25 this time around. Last time we had over 500 people join with a mini challenge each week and lots of GREAT support throughout the game. And there were over 3,000 pounds lost! So amazing!

I’m hoping to get more people involved this time around and have even more weight loss in the group. Oh, I’d also like to actually WIN the Dietbet myself! ;)

So, let’s scare the scale with an amazing weight loss through the month of October!

CLICK the photo to join!

Scare the Scale Dietbet

What do you say? Are you up for the challenge?

Dietbet and I do NOT endorse unhealthy ways of losing weight! This is supposed to be a fun way to help us all be encouraged to get healthy! NOTHING is worth risking your health, not even money!

Have more questions? Check out the FAQ page from Dietbet! Most everything can be answered there!

Scale Woes

It’s no lie that I have gained weight. I’ve been pretty open and honest about it, because well that’s all I know how to be. I can think of a million reasons/excuses why it has happened, but we all know it is due to not enough tracking and too many indulgences. (I’m looking at you, beer!)

The weight crept on slowly at first and I told myself that I would get it off in no time, but that ‘time’ never came and more weight came on. No matter how many times I tried to get my head in the game, it just wasn’t working. Life would happen, dinners would be consumed somewhere beside home, and there was SO MUCH beer.

Excuse after excuse and the mindset of just NOT WANTING TO BE IN WEIGHT LOSS MODE got me a 20 pound gain.

Yep, you read that right…. 20 pounds. That’s 6 pounds more than what I was when I gave myself some tough love.

A lot of those things that I talked about in that post are still applying at the moment (anxiety and no daily structure). I must say though, that I have really been giving it my best these last two weeks. Measuring, tracking, moving daily, and crossing off goals.

I’m doing much better than I have in quite a while. So, when I stepped on the scale last week and didn’t see any change, I was mad. Why hadn’t my hard work paid off?

I was hoping for the miraculous huge loss that you have the first week back on plan. It didn’t happen and I wanted to say “Eff it” and eat all the things. I didn’t though, I vented to some friends and went back to my day being on plan.

Not going to lie, I was still annoyed. Why would I put forth all this effort if I wasn’t going to see results? Then I remembered that I was feeling better physically and mentally. I was feeling great about the choices I was making and knew they would pay off.

Being someone who has been doing this weight loss thing for a while, I know that the scale isn’t the only measurement of success. I actually preach this regularly in my meetings. But not seeing that scale go down is SO FRUSTRATING! Especially when I have to weigh-in for my job and in order to be in good standing with my job, I have to be within my healthy weight range according to the BMI chart. That begins at 164 pounds for me, which I’m currently 10 pounds above.

I won’t get into all the details of Weight Watchers employee weigh-ins, but I will say that it is due time for that scale to go the other direction. No, I won’t be doing anything drastic to make that happen, because I’m not one to give into things like that.

While I know that my ultimate goal is to see the scale go down, I won’t be putting all my focus on that right now. Stressing out about it doesn’t make things easier. I know that I need to focus on all the things I’m doing right in life and continuing to make sure my goal digging is happening.

So, the scale has been banished to the closet and probably won’t be coming out any time soon. The plan is to only weigh in at work. I haven’t decided if it will be a weekly thing or just when my employee weigh in is due.

All I know is I can’t be stepping on that scale daily and feeling discouraged when in all reality, I’m doing the right stuff.

At the end of the day, as always, we are more than that number on the scale.

Checking In!

When I was back in weight loss mode, I used to do weekly weigh-ins. They worked great and helped keep me accountable, so I figured why not bring them back?

I won’t be posting my weight though, because I’m currently trying to stay off the scale. (There’s a whole post coming up about that this week) But, that doesn’t mean I can’t share other amazing things that I did throughout the week!

Last week was pretty on point for the most part. I pulled out my Weight Watchers food scale, which I had never used (I had just a regular one before) and man is it awesome! I love that I can calculate the PointsPlus with the food right on the scale.

Pulling the scale out was pretty eye-opening. Like I said last week, the oatmeal I had been enjoying for breakfast while doing Simply Filling was coming out to 9 PointsPlus without any toppings. I measured everything that I could and realized that a lot of the time I have been eating much larger portions than I need to. I had MAJOR portion distortion.

So as much as I was hating switching to counting PointsPlus again, I’m glad that I’ve switched it up. Another leader and I were chatting that sometimes just switching the approach opens up other options. I do agree with that and I have noticed myself eating different things for meals. I haven’t resorted to a bunch of processed things, which is something I was afraid of. But I’m finding different breakfasts that I’m enjoying and dinner has been more creative as well. (I promise to post a recipe or two this month!)

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Snacking has been good too. I found individual packets of pistachios for only 2 PointsPlus! I love pistachios, but having a big bag of them proves to be a problem. It’s so easy to grab a handful or three and not think about it. Having them already portioned out is perfect!

My exercise is improving. I’m tackling my half-marathon training like a champ! My mom and I did our first really long walk yesterday of 5 miles! It was kind of hot out, so it was a little challenging towards the end when the breeze decided to disappear! We did it though and it felt pretty awesome! I am SO PROUD of my mom for doing this with me! Things have been cruddy health wise in her world, but she’s determined!

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I also tackled some workout videos as a daily goal. I didn’t do one everyday as I was hoping, but I did more than usual and that is what matters! I danced my heart out to Dance Central 2 on the Kinect one night. Got sweaty with my girl, Jillian and her Killer Buns & Thighs video (amazing workout for those areas!). I also found this awesome and quick arm workout which I am going to incorporate 3-4 times a week from here on out. I’m really missing the arms I had last fall and hoping that doing this will help get them back!

I earned 17 Activity PointsPlus this last week too! I haven’t had a week that good in quite sometime, so I’m pretty stoked about that! I didn’t make it to a WW meeting or get a chance to work outside the home, but that’s due to poor planning on my part. I am going to schedule those things in my calendar to make sure they happen! I did pretty well with not eating past 9pm with only 2 nights where that happened and I was really good about getting my 20 minutes of doing a hobby in. I finished a knitting a dishcloth and read The Fault In Our Stars (which was good, but didn’t live up to the hype for me).

I would say all in all it was a great week! Friday and Saturday were a little rough which I knew would happen. Mr. B was in a wedding, so there was a lot of free wine consumed and not always the best food choices. Didn’t we look fab though? ;)

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Today starts a new week though and my food scale is on and my tracker open!

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How was your week?
How are you going to make this week awesome?

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