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How I kicked butt on my weight loss plan last month

** I was in no way compensated for this post – I’m just so happy to find something that kept me motivated. I did all the work myself, so DietBet won’t magically make you lose weight, but it may help your motivation last at least a month and help you succeed like I did.**

I have been pretty serious about my weight loss journey for about the past four month.  After having two babies in under two years, I had a lot of weight to lose and didn’t get serious about it until my littlest was almost 6 months old.

Needless to say, I still have a lot to lose.

Last month I made some huge gains.  With meal planning, Couch to 5K, and some strong self-control I managed to knock 15 pounds off my overall weight loss goal.

Oh yeah, and my secret weapon.

I started joining DietBets.  I entered two, figuring that I was going to lose the weight, so I might as well win more.

I spent $20 on one and $35 on another.  For this frugal lady, that was a lot of motivation,  I was not going to lose that much money just because I couldn’t control myself.

DietBet works like this.  You accept the challenge and upload two private photos to weigh-in.  You then have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight.  When the month is over, if you are a winner, you verify with two more private photos and split the pot.

It took me a long time to decide to try this out.  I was looking into every way possible that this could be a scam.  It seems legit.  It is possible to win the game and not get your money back because DietBet keeps 15%, but I don’t think this happens often.

The way I see it, I need to lose weight.  If I get the motivation I need from trying not to lose money, that is a bonus.  If I make money in the process, that is a major bonus.

This is a win-win for me.

Last month, I lost 15 pounds and I netted around $28.  This time, I am rolling my $83 credit into as many bets as possible and am determined to lose again (and win).

I have started my own game with a smaller $15 bet for anyone who wants to give this a try.  “The Final Days of Summer” game is to help us all lose weight and look great during the final days of summer. Give it a try!  Hopefully it will be the perfect motivation for you like it was for me!

Healthy Meal Planning for the Cabin

The cabin is usually my sabotage for healthy eating. Something about that place makes me want to pretend calories don’t exist and turn my head to the obscene amounts of unhealthy choices I make.

This time I am going to be prepared!

I entered two diet bets and can’t afford almost a week of setbacks. Want to join in?  It’s over on the 3rd so we can overindulge on the forth (and start all over again!).

It’s going to be hard, but I’m committed! I started looking through some of my old Weight Watchers cookbooks Best Eats and Sensibly Tasty Deliciously Easy and outlined a meal plan and shopping list.

This goes against all my thrifty, couponing training but, regardless of price (within reason), I’m going to shop for this health goals are much more important at this point. I’ve also found many recipes with ingredients in common so they’ll do double duty.

Without further ado, on to the plan! Keep in mind that this is an outline – I plan to utilize each recipe but times and days may change.


Lunch – this one is up in the air because we’ll be driving up after Baby Gymnastics -I’m thinking sandwich or salad

Dinner – Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries


Breakfast – Egg Florentine

Lunch – Ham Sandwich with Edemame Spread and Black and White Bean Salad

Dinner – Grilled Flank Steak with Potato and Pepper Packets


Breakfast – Breakfast Pizza with Turkey Sausage

Lunch – Steak Salad

Dinner – Orange Beef with Noodles


Breakfast – Bacon, Egg, Hashbrown Stackers

Lunch – Curry Chicken Salad

Dinner – Grilled Pizza with Chicken Sausage, Sweet Peppers, and Onions


Breakfast – Oatmeal

Lunch – Frozen Pizza Snacker with fruit

Dinner – Stir Fry

And an alternate – because it looks/sounds so good.

This is just a general idea. I’m not going to feel so stuck that I can’t deviate from this plan. I know things will change as we have boat days, raining day, etc. We can always grill chicken breasts or grab some yummy Trader Joe’s Tomato Soup if there is a rainy day. At least I feel like I have a plan and some ideas. Next, I need to figure out some healthy snacks, but there’s always fruit or veggies.