The challenge is to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You put money down to enter, and all winners split the pot.
I entered 3.
The first one was sponsored by Jillian Michaels, it had over 7,600 participants with a pot of over $238,000. Wow!
The second one was a random one I found on the site.
I started a third one, and got a handful of friends to enter.
The Jillian weigh in was about a week ago, right after I got back from a week in New York. Bad timing - I lost by a few pounds.
I still had a shot at the other two, but it was going to be tough! I buckled down the last week and put everything into it. I would also need a lot of luck to make it happen.
When the DietBet ends, you have 48 hours to weigh in. My random one and my DietBet ended a day apart, so with each 48 hour window, there was a day overlap - my hope was that on that day, I would hit my goal, the weigh in would count for both, and I'd be a winner.
That overlap day was today.
Yesterday, I woke up a few pounds away. I ate minimally (not the greatest idea), went for a run after work, and stepped on the scale before bed. I had a shot, but it would depend on how my body processed the next 24 hours - I could see it going either way.
I woke up today and stepped on the scale - my target weight was 222.5. The scale read 223.0. So close! I went for a run, which usually knocks off a little bit. I got back on the scale when I got back home- 222.4! I did it! I ran to grab my camera (you need to submit a couple photos as proof), and when I got back, the scale read 222.6. I got off and back on. 222.6. I tried again. 222.6. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
So, I hastily bundled back up and headed back outside - did a quick couple of sprints and jogged back. I approached the scale for one last try.
222.0. Snapped a picture for weigh-in 1.
222.2. Snapped a picture for weigh-in 2.
I uploaded the photos I needed, hoping that they would be officially accepted, because I knew next time I stepped on the scale I would likely be back over the .5 mark.
Then, I got this email:
I made it! Barely, but I did it! 9 lbs down in a month - and I can't wait to see what my winnings from the two are!