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23 Apr 2013
Categorized As: Dietbet, Hogzilla

I took about an 8 day break due to an ear infection. I decided I didn’t want to weigh because it might depress me, so I measured instead.

I’m -6.75 inches in 23 days! Not bad!! Especially since I didn’t do anything but eat, drink and sloth for 8 of those days…

Now, am I the only one waiting to hear about CarbKiller’s Diet Bet results? I know she made her goal, what I don’t know is how much of that $63,000 pot is she gonna bring home…


29 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, diet, Dietbet

Well, the rate at which crazy people kept joining my diet bet appears to have slowed.

A friend of mine (the one who started my new Diet Bet addiction) just finished her Diet Bet and shared a couple new details about the challenge.

So this is how it works. Say 10 people go into a Diet Bet. They have a $25 bet (like mine above).

10 times $25= $250 total in the pot.

At the end of the diet 5 people didn’t reach their goal so they get nothing. The other 5 people split the $250 after DietBet takes a 15% fee off the top.

$250 pot

15% = $37.50

Which leaves $212.50 in the pot for the five people to split.

They each get $42.50.

So basically, we all wish we’d come up with the DietBet business plan right? While we’re working our butts off (literally) to win our bets, the website gets paid no matter what.

While I’ve never heard of a DietBet where everyone lost 4% and won the bet, let’s say that happened using the numbers from the examples above.

$250 in the pot subtract the $37.50 for DietBet fees which leaves $212.50 again.

You’d divide the $212.50  by 10 and each of you gets $21.25

And yes $21.25 is less then your $25 buy-in. So you lost $3.75 even though you still lost 4%. Because everyone lost 4%.

I’m completely okay with that. I can’t buy a beer at a baseball game for $3.75. If paying $3.75 would help me lose 4% of my body weight I’d be handing out money to everyone around me.

I’m now 10 days into my revised diet and 8 days into my DietBet and the weight is coming off. WOOHOO!

26 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, Dietbet, Motivational

I saw a picture today and knew I had to post it.

I tend to like motivational photos (because I’m cheesy like that), I like the optimistic ones like:

Particuarly since I’m my own worst critic and it’s part of how I self-sabotage.

Then I saw this one and realized I needed to keep it in mind too. There are things that are more important to me then carbs. WAY more important.

So how am I doing?

I was down four pounds my first week with minimal exercise. I used to be one of those people who’d start a diet and immediately launch my kill-yourself-with-brutal-workouts-twice-a-day girl. This time I decided to give myself a break and let my body adjust to my new daily calorie intake before I do crazy stuff. I walked a little, I swam a little. Nothing much, nothing crazy, just enough to get moving a little bit. I think it has worked way better for me.

Today starts week two although I started my dietbet a little late so the numbers there are off slightly. I’m okay with that as long as I manage my 4%.

Did I realize these statements were true before I saw the photos? Of course. But there is something powerful about seeing them in writing. I appreciate that.

Week two, bring it on.

24 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, diet, Dietbet

I’d like to direct your attention to the title of this blog. That’s right. SEVEN. The number of blogs I’ve cranked out this week.

Were they hilarious? I gave up coffee for Lent even though I’m not Catholic so really it’s a miracle I’m not in jail from a detox-fueled rage episode.

But dammit I’m back. And I’m having fun!

As for my diet?

Click the photo for a youtube explanation of the joke :)

24 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, Dietbet

Today’s numbers (note # of players keeps increasing!):

I read on the website today that people can continue to join until the halfway point of the bet (14 days). Not sure how people can lose 4% in 14 days without being at a camp, giving birth or liposuction but who knows.

Anyway, I forgot to post this yesterday when I reported

I lost a pound!

This is what the screen looked like. Not sure why it keeps offering to post to my twitter since I don’t tweet.

I know we tell ourselves a pound is a very small thing in the grand scheme of things but I’m still proud.

So I’m carrying around one less:

(And yes that totally grosses me out)

But woohoo!

I didn’t get a chance to weigh in this morning because I didn’t have access to a scale. I’m back home and eager to see what tomorrow’s weigh-in says!

23 Mar 2013
Categorized As: Apps/Gadgets, CarbKiller, Dietbet, gear

So you want to lose weight what do you need?

I know what you’re thinking *insert chorus of angels* you need motivation! dedication! perspiration!

Um, yeah, I’m not designing a motivational poster I leave that to these people:

The poster says: What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

I say that dude is insane.

But then I’ve finished 36 half marathons in the last 4 years so maybe I shouldn’t be calling anyone else crazy…


So where does that leave us?

Product Reviews!

I’m spending some time typing up reviews of apps and gadgets and gear to give you an overview of what is out there and what you might want and need so check back daily.

If you have questions please feel free to ask.


23 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, Dietbet

Well, we hit the big $60K.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe this experience and I think I finally figured it out.

It’s like playing a video game.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not much of a gamer, I prefer to watch movies or read when I have time but this is like a game. The people aren’t real because you’re never going to meet 2400 strangers. The numbers are crazy (3757 total pounds lost and it started five days ago).  And working out doesn’t feel like a chore, I feel like I’m mentally scoring points towards an immediate goal. And look what I got via email today:

A FREE frothy drink from Starbucks with no strings attached.  And have I used it? Nope. I’m giving it to my dad.

Realistically could I drink it? Sure a tall caramel macchiato is 240 calories according to Starbucks. Same with the tall hazelnut macchiato but 4% is an ambitious goal and I’d rather have the satisfaction of finishing in the green in 24 days.

I’m still eating well and tracking. I didn’t work out today but I was so busy I didn’t eat much. I’ll be curious to see what that does to the scale tomorrow.

22 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, Dietbet

Okay I’m obsessed. Remember how I posted yesterday about my discovery of Social Dieting? At the time there were 2296 people in my bet and $57,400 in the pool.

Well that changed slightly:


Over 2300 people have joined the party for the next 25 days. AWESOME!

I’ve committed to two different Diet Bets (with about 2 weeks overlap in the middle) so I’m in this until 4/30/13. I’m supposed to lose 6% of my weight in 6 weeks. Can I do this? Sure. Is it healthy? Weight watchers would say no (1-2 pounds a week is best). I could argue being overweight isn’t exactly healthy either so I’m doing this and I figured I might as well document it here. I’ve got several races coming up, most notably the 2013 Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland (you do a 10K on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday). I’d like to be fitter when I show up to the starting line because fitter means faster.

So how did Day 1 go? Not bad actually. I swam for an hour and wrote down everything I ate. That’s pretty much a perfect health day for me.

25 more days for Diet Bet 1!

20 Mar 2013
Categorized As: CarbKiller, Dietbet

Today was a rather glorious day. It turns out some brilliant genius has combined two of my favorite things: Social Media and Dieting.

HZ, why didn’t we think of this???

From what I understand it has been around for awhile but apparently I was living under a rock and missed it?

I’m talking about

Here is how it works: you “buy in” to a diet. The group I joined today is MyFitspiration’s DietBet ( this particuarly challenge is hosted by “Biggest Loser 11 Winners Hannah & Olivia” I don’t really watch The Biggest Loser but popularity makes a difference. 2296 people had joined the bet for a total pool of $57,400. If you can’t reach your 4% goal you lose your buy-in (in this case $25 although prices vary). If you reach your goal and lose 4% of your body weight in the 4 week window then you split the pot with everyone else who lost at least 4%. At a minimum you get your $25 back and you could get more if other people fail. I

Do I expect to make a fortune? Not really. But each group has a page that looks like facebook where you can make comments, respond to other people’s comments and post photos if you like. I LOVE that part.

So I’m in as of today even though I’m 3 days late joining the group. I have 25 days to lose 4% instead of the full 28 days I could have had. I’m okay with that because $25 is enough to motivate me but not enough to bankrupt me if I miss my goal.

I’ll be checking in here daily to tell you how it’s going and blogging a bit. Mostly because I actually miss this.

And who knows, we may try a Fat Chicks-hosted Dietbet in the future. I think it would be a fun way to get to know people better.