Make March Your Month

Falling off track with our healthiness goals is so much easier than sticking with them. Case in point, this picture of my office gym when I went last week at 6pm on a Wednesday:

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Not even a month ago, I had to actually wait in line to get on one of the treadmills, and last week there was not a person in sight.

Because I think we can all use a little extra motivation at this time of year, I put the idea out there on my facebook page of starting a Beth’s Journey DietBet for the month of March. There seemed to be a bit of interest, so I went ahead and started a game.

DietBet

The basic concept behind it is that you pay $25 to play, and the goal is to lose 4% of your starting weight in the 4 weeks that the game runs. My game starts one week from today on Monday March 4, and will run through Sunday, March 31. Everyone who hits their goal of losing 4% of their starting weight splits the pot, so you automatically get your money back if you hit that goal.

In case you’re curious, I am not making any money or getting any special privileges for hosting this game – I paid $25 to play just like anyone else who is interested will, and I don’t get a cut or anything for hosting. I just thought it would be a fun way to bring a sense of community here and I’m excited to have another forum for support!

On the Beth’s Journey DietBet page, we can post photos, motivation, struggles, etc., sort of like a message board for extra support during the game. You’re also welcome to invite and friends and/or family you think might be interested in participating in the challenge, which you can do through the site.

It’s hosted through DietBet, so there are rules about how to submit your weigh in to avoid cheating which is something I was really curious about. Here are some links with more info:

As of now, 22 people have already signed up to play, so the pot is at $550! I’m really excited to have motivation to get back into weight loss mode for the whole month of March, and a little healthy competition never hurt anyone! I am especially excited about this because I am traveling to Philadelphia for work this entire week from this morning until Friday night, and I always struggle a lot while traveling for business (or in general). This will be a great way to get my butt back in gear right when I get back from the trip.

Who’s in!?



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10 Comments on Make March Your Month

  1. Sarah M
    February 25, 2013 at 9:10 am (1 year ago)

    See…I love this idea! I really want to do it, I just feel like I will be throwing $25 away because as much as I work out and watch everything I eat, I cant see to lose any weight at all right now :( Maybe I should just give it a try and this will be my magical $25 :)

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    • Melissa
      February 25, 2013 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

      Sarah I totally know how you feel! I’ve hit a plateau, and I’m hoping this will be the kick in the rump to motivate me to push my limits and little further and watch my eating a little closer! Whatever you decide, good luck with your journey! :)

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      • Beth
        February 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm (1 year ago)

        Hi Sarah! It can be really hard when you feel like you are doing everything right and the scale won’t budge! Maybe paying the $25 will make you recommit and really look at what you are eating? Sometimes your body also gets used to what you’re eating/doing for workouts, so maybe it’s time to change it up!

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    • Beth
      February 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Sarah! It can be really hard when you feel like you are doing everything right and the scale won’t budge! Maybe paying the $25 will make you recommit and really look at what you are eating? Sometimes your body also gets used to what you’re eating/doing for workouts, so maybe it’s time to change it up!

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  2. brenda
    February 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Brilliant idea!!! I will be looking into this!!!

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    • brenda
      February 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm (1 year ago)

      And…..I’m in…signed up and ready to go!

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  3. Janice
    February 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Love this idea!! I will be doing this!!

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  4. Kerry Mccarville
    February 26, 2013 at 7:32 am (1 year ago)

    Just found your blog and I love this idea. I’m a LT member of WW but new to the PP+ and 360 format. I would love to join but I don’t think I could healthfully lose an average of 1.4#s per week for 4 weeks straight. Even when I am super on plan the most I lose in any one week is .5 to 1 ish. I almost joined anyway just for the fun of it, maybe I still will….good luck. This is brilliant.

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  1. [...] PS: My first DietBet game ended yesterday, but I’m hosting a second DietBet game that starts this Wednesday, April 3, and runs through the whole month! Last game ended up having 405 participants for a total of a $10,125 pot and 2065 POUNDS LOST (as of this morning)!!! Holy crap!! You can read about the way it works in this post. [...]

  2. [...] a description of how it works, you can read this post, but basically, everyone pays $25 to play and has the same goal of losing 4% of their starting [...]

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