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I Won!

May 2nd, 2016 at 01:02 pm

I won my Diet Bet. I bet $30, so I get that money back! The final winnings are still in the process of being verified, so I will know in a couple days what the return on my financial investment was.

I lost 9.4 pounds! I can see the difference and my husband can too. This was exactly what I needed to get moving in the right direction. I wasn't even sure yesterday if I would make it, as the scale was still .2 pounds away from the Diet Bet goal. I ate right, exercised and drank a lot of water. I also got eight hours of sleep. And today when I stepped on the scale I was down even more than I expected and with plenty of room to spare!

I'm now in decision mode about doing another bet. I feel like I really need to do another one to keep me moving in the right direction. Even during this last month I had some bad days where I didn't exercise AT ALL and several days where I was eating more than necessary. So without the bet, and the risk of losing money, I feel I may get complacent, which is definitely not what I want!

I think the only thing that is really getting in my way of deciding is knowing that I have family visiting two different times in May for a total of 12 days. That will mess with my routines and meal plans. And I don't want to fail!!

I think I need to do another Kickstarter and maybe start a Transformer(which is a six month bet) at the same time. If I don't try the odds are more stacked against me mentally, right? If we don't try, we don't get where we are going!

I did post about my hesitancy on the Diet Bet forum, and someone has suggested that I start a Transformer now, and then in month three do a Kickstarter. I think there is some validity to that idea. The Transformer would only require me to lose 3% of my body weight in May, rather than the 4% required if I did a Kickstarter in May. That gives me a little more wiggle room with guests, but would still get me to my ultimate goal by November.

I'm sharing all of this and realizing there is some similarities to paying off debt. If we don't have a goal we can't get where we want to go. If there isn't a consequence for failing it is much easier to give up. The consequence for holding on to debt, is less freedom, more interest paid, and if you haven't stopped the excess spending you'll have more debt! Gosh, you could say the say thing about holding on to excess weight...more health issues and likely more weight gain if we don't stop our bad habits.

I'll let you know what I decide to do. If any other Diet Betters have thoughts on how to plan my next bets let me know. I like to hear the ideas of others.

10 Responses to “I Won!”

  1. MIchelle Says:

    Congratulations CCF! You must be so excited.

  2. BuckyBadger Says:

    I just joined Diet Bet - I can't wait to get started.

    So you think it really helped you? I did the "Transformer" challenge starting tomorrow. Tell me about your experience!

  3. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    Congrats!!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Congratulations!

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations! I am doing a kickstarter again after april off and a transformer. I am worried more about the transformer and long term implications.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    What do you mean, LAL, about long term implications on the Transformer? And did you buy tokens? Or know much about those? I think I may skip those, since they cost another $20!

    I think I am going to start the Transformer tomorrow. And wait for the Kickstarter again in July...although that may be vacation month. I guess sometime July or after.

    BuckyBadger, I will say I was mentally ready to shift my weight in another direction. The Diet Bet did help keep me from stopping. It's so easy to start a diet and after a week or two just give up...well at least for me. And there are a whole group of people trying to do the same thing. Of course, everyone has their own method to get there. I like it enough to try it again for six months, so that is good, right?

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Woo hoo! Way to go! I've never done back-to-back Diet Bets, but you know, I've always gained the weight back. (Not right away, but gradually.)

    You're making me think I need to do a couple bets this year!

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Great work!

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CCF - I would skip the tokens personally. I bought them .... and wished I hadn't within a few months.

    Congrats on the weight loss! I think your plan of starting the transformer, and then later doing a kickstarter is a good idea.

  10. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Good job!!!

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