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Motivating Mom Jenn: 100 pound weight loss and a healthy family

Motivating Mom Jenn lost 100 pounds and is setting a healthy example for her family. She is sharing her tips and how she does it.

There is nothing extraordinary about me, and every woman can achieve body bliss like I did!

I love hearing from other moms and how they stay committed to a healthy lifestyle and model healthy habits for their children. Jenn is an amazing woman who struggled with her weight all her life and ended up losing 100 pounds! She is an inspiration and is working to set a wonderful example for her girls.

Let’s hear from Motivating Mom Jenn!

If you’d like to be featured as a Motivating Mom, send a message to Exploring Domesticity on Facebook or email exploringdomesticity(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject, “Motivating Mommas.”

Motivating Mom Jenn lost 100 pounds and sets a healthy example for her family

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Charting for Accountability {#thestruggleisreal}

I see the hashtag #thestruggleisreal all the time and that is definitely how I feel right now about my weight loss efforts.

I. Am. Struggling.

The easy excuse is that life has been so busy lately. We no longer have our wonderful nanny that made our lives easier all summer long. I’m trying to make up for how much slacking I did on the blog this summer, and I’m still having trouble saying no to the awesome review opportunities that come my way. My amazing job with DietBetter can be really hard to find time for without a large blog of time to get into a grove without the start and stop of fielding children. My kiddos deserve any extra attention I can give them during the day. Last, especially after BlogFest, I am dying to get some time in on up and coming projects that seem to fall to the bottom of the list!


Whew! Now that that’s over…

I can still do this!

I’m a very visual person. I have a million to-do lists, dry erase boards on the back of cabinets for meal plans and reminder, more than one planner, and multiple notebooks to hot things down.

Especially now with how much I have on my plate, I need some reminders so that the time doesn’t go by with me completely missing some important things.

Charting weight loss and fitness goals

When I found this “Class Chart” at the dollar store, I knew I had my temporary solution! I know have a “Kick Ass Chart” to help keep me on track. I placed everything in the order of my day and when I’d like to remember certain things. I also placed things in there to remind myself how easy it can be to fit something in.

No, I don’t plan to do five workouts a day, but I do want a reminder that I can fit in a naptime workout or run if I didn’t do a morning workout, or a quick 10-15 minutes before my shower if I still hadn’t had time for anything. I also need those many water reminders because, when I’m busy, I realize far too much time goes by between water breaks!

I’m getting there. It’s doing the trick so far and I love checking things off!

What do you do to keep yourself accountable? Are you a list and chart person?

How to Host a Dietbet

Is making fitness fun and social a philosophy you can get behind, and do you like helping others reach their goals while building a sense of community and your brand?

Hosting a DietBet game is an excellent way to do all of that!

Wait… What the heck is a DietBet? This is a DietBet and this is the Dietbetter Mission. And this is How to Host a Successful DietBet.

How to Host a Dietbet

Get started!

Picking a start time may seem easy, but have you considered a few things…

    • The best day to start a diet

There is a psychological advantage to starting a diet at the beginning of the week, so it stands to reason that most people would like to join a DietBet that begins on a Monday, or even a Sunday. The exception being the beginning of a month since many times that will signal a fresh start as well.

    • How many games are starting at once?

It helps to take a look at when other games are starting. There may be 20 games starting one week and only ten the next. To increase your chances of having a larger game, it would make since to pick the week with less games starting.

    • When does it end?

Another important thing to consider is when your game is ending. These games last four weeks, and the Transformers last 6 months, so it helps to look ahead because your players likely will. I know I am more likely to chose a game that ends just before a holiday rather than just after.

What’s in a name?

The first thing potential game players are going to see is your name.  Fans looking for your game need something they can recognize, so it can help to involve your brand in your name. It’s also important to make sure your name draws people in, but also has mass appeal. For example, if you’re channeling your inner Beyoncé and name your game “all the single ladies” you may miss out on all the men, as well as the ladies with a ring on it.

Dietbetter money on the scale

Bet $35

Let me just say, this is strictly my opinion from a year of participating in DietBet games, so it’s not proven but I have a theory for people looking to gather players for the Dietbetter website… Bet $35.

Why this magic number? I used to try to keep my bets low thinking it would draw people in. Two things: People tend to look at the size of the pot before considering the size of the bet (at least I do). Also, larger bets add up quicker and games, for the most part, are listed in order of the size of the overall pot. A larger pot means less games for potential players to sift through before finding you. From my completely informal research, $35 seems to be that magic higher number that people are still comfortable with betting.

Add incentives

I notice this a lot in larger games. The big names, such as Jillian Michaels, offer incentives for inviting friends to join. So, if you have something to offer (product you sell, ebook, etc), offer to give something away to motivate your players to help promote your game.

It may also be a great idea to offer a giveaway of an entry into your game. Create a little buzz by giving potential players the chance to join for free. The hardest part, coming from someone who watched for months before committing to spending the money, is jumping in and setting up that account.

Dietbetter support

Share tips and inspiration to keep your group motivated

Players want to join your bet because you have something to offer. Whether you are a fit foodie, have an arsenal of awesome workouts, or are a great motivator, there is a reason people joined your bet. Use your strengths to keep players engaged and promote the building of an awesome supportive community. It’s also a win for you since you have the ability to drive players to your site and engage players who may not be familiar with your brand.

Keep it going!

Now that you’ve created an amazing group interested in helping each other reach their goals, why stop now? Dietbetter makes it so easy to roll into a new game and invite all your former players. So, if you did your job and made it a fantastic experience, they’ll follow you into the next game and your following can grow.

Join the Coaches Club

Once you start hosting a number of games, you may be elligible for the Coaches Club. This is great because you can start to share revenue from Dietbetter’s portion of the pot. Woohoo! Grow your brand, help people lose weight, and get paid!?! Win, win, win!


So, are you wondering what I get out of sharing all this info about Dietbetter???

I receive nothing for sharing my experiences with you. I’ve been passionate about Dietbetter since I started joining games a year ago and have mentioned it quite a few times on the blog with no compensations. For a little background on my Dietbetter experience search the “Dietbet” on this site or check out my contributing post over at VMG206 – Social Dieting.

I have been sharing my love of Dietbetter for free and I’ll continue to do so.  Now, however, my passion has secured me a job with Dietbetter and I can share my experiences with other influencer and help them grow their brand and help their fans reach their health and fitness goals.

So, while I receive nothing from sharing my posts with you, I’d be thrilled to talk to anyone who would like help hosting a game and maybe we can end up working together!

Have you participated in a DietBet?

Would you consider hosting a game?

Any other tips you would add to the list?

{Healthy} Tips and a Tricks Tuesday #28

** only hours left to enter my Energybits giveaway!**

Hey all!

It’s Tuesday again and time to share our healthy living / fitness tips and tricks or to look for support, guidance, or inspiration from others to make this journey a little smoother.

Join us and share all of your amazing weight loss advice, or link up a topic to get some advice.

{Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Thanks to everyone who shared last week! Here is the most-clicked link:

Love a Food, Will Share Share an awesome recipe for Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo.

Also, be sure to check the Tips and Tricks Tuesday Pinterest board to see if your post was featured there!

{Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday

So, here’s the deal:

  • Link up any past posts you have that you think may benefit others in any way – advice, recipes, reviews, workouts, motivation, inspiration, etc…
  • Link up any past posts in which you are searching out advice from others – help staying on track, products, workouts, food, motivation, etc…
  • Make sure to include the topic of your post in your title (I’ve noticed putting “Kristin @ Exploring Domesticity” in the title spot is a total weight loss blog trend – we’re looking for the subject so people know what they’re clicking on.)
  • Follow your lovely hosts, Kristin and Kristin – let us know and we will gladly follow you back!  Hey, we’re all here for the same support, right?
  • Place our button somewhere on your blog or link back in your posts – let’s gather as much advice from as many people as we can!
  • Last, visit as many links as you can – help answer questions from those looking for help and let the others know how much you appreciate them sharing their own tips and tricks.
  • Each week we will try to feature the most clicked link, as well as others that seem particularly helpful and deserve a little more recognition.



Now on with the show!

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