DietBet – My Secrets to Success

As of early this morning I submitted my final weigh in for my first DietBet and it was verified and I WON!! This game started on January 7th and I, along with the 314 others in my game had 4 weeks to lose 4% of our body weight. The prize – each winner earns back the $35 entrance fee plus a portion of the fees from those who did not lose the weight.

How did I do it? I made a plan and stuck to it (and cheated a little to keep my sanity). Here are my DietBet Secrets to Success.

Dietbet Secrets to success

  • Eat ALL the green things at ALL the meals.

Lunch and dinner everyday was served over a bed of greens for the past four weeks. And I didn’t hate it. I didn’t try to cut every unhealthy thing out but I did make modifications to make it work.

Thanksgiving over greens

Turkey dinner over greens. Done!

Dinner - WIAW #1

Pasta (I made it for SL the other night then had some for myself). Done!

Luckily, I really enjoy greens so doing this wasn’t too difficult. I ate through at least 2 large containers of spinach, kale and/or arugula a week. I supplemented the leafy greens with other green veggies as well. Some of my favorites – green beans, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli and brussels sprouts (<– a new found love).

I also made sure to get my greens in during 1 of my 2 daily snacks, usually the afternoon snack.

  • Work out daily


Yes, I said it. DAILY. Every single day I put in the effort to sweat. For the first 3 weeks I aimed to get 30 minutes of cardio (running, walking, dancing) a day and added strength training with my at home BodyPump and some of my favorite Tone It Up videos.

For the last week I added a second 30 minute cardio session each day. I am a cardio queen so this was easy. I got up at 5:15am and hopped on the treadmill for 30 minutes then after work I would do the same while dinner was in the oven. This wasn’t easy but I made it work.

  • Avoid refined sugar, dairy and soy

Did I eat a delicious chocolate chip brownie at the Superbowl party…yes I did and I loved every bite of it but overall I nixed the sweets for the last 4 weeks. Doing this wasn’t too difficult for me because instead of a sweet tooth I like to say I have an Italian sub tooth. I’ll take savory over sweet any day.

Avoiding dairy was another easy one because I don’t like it, except on pizza, I love pizza. Steering clear of dairy wasn’t had but I did miss pizza and I do plan to eat it this weekend at some point.

I love edamame but it doesn’t always love me back. Soy occasionally triggers some body weirdness so I just cut it out for the past 4 weeks.

  • Drink a TON of water

I love water, like LOVE, so this wasn’t hard but remembering over the weekends and when I was at home was the hardest part. I aimed to take in 70-90oz of water a day…yikes. I decided coconut water counted as water too and would drink that during my afternoon/evening workout to give me a little energy boost and hydrate the hell out of me! I toted my Bobble water bottle around with me everywhere.

So that’s it. In all honesty, I didn’t not drastically change my life for this DietBet. I added a few green thing, subtracted some foods that I know don’t work well for me and continued to workout and drink water (just a little more).

Final Results

Goal Weight: 134.4 lbs.

Start Weight: 140.0 lbs.
1st Weight In: 137.2 lbs.
2nd Weigh In: 136.2 lbs.
3rd Weigh In: 136.0 lbs.

Final Weight In: 133.0 lbs!!!
Lbs Lost: 7 lbs.

Let me know if you have questions or if you have done a DietBet in the past!



I Survived the Snowpocalypse + DietBet Update

First blizzard in the new house…check! We got absolutely dumped up and are still shoveling ourselves out and will probably have snow in our yard until July. The house actually looks extremely beautiful blanketed in the white stuff so I am not going to get annoyed with the snow just yet.


Does shoveling count as cardio? I hope so.

But I actually did get a run in yesterday too.

Tuesday run

DietBet Update

  • Starting Weight: 140.0 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 134.4 lbs
  • 1st Weigh In: 137.2 lbs
  • 2nd Weigh In: 136.2 lbs
  • 3rd Weigh In: 136.0 lbs
  • Total Lost: 4.0 lbs
  • Lbs to go: 1.6 lbs

So I only dropped 0.2 lbs this week…whomp whomp. I am ok with it though, just means more work this week (the last week!). DietBet still tells me I have an 83% chance of winning (my money and the losers money).

This week I am going to following the Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down as religiously as I can. But this Sunday…there is a little thing called the Superbowl on TV and it is featuring a bunch of my favorite guys, Tom, Gronk, Jules, Bill and ‘Dola. Anyone want to bet on the over/under on how many snacks I will eat (or hopefully not eat?!)

That’s enough for today.

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What are you eating this Sunday? Who are you routing for?