One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Stepping up the Wednesday Weigh Ins with DietBet

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Let me start by saying the last 2 days have. been. awesome. Let’s ignore the fact I’ve lived off chocolate, cheese and holiday cookies for a minute. I spend 2, actually no, 4 days just enjoying the company of my boys. This video pretty much captures the essence of our Christmas.

Of course we also had the traditional set up.

Some computer time.

Story Time.

Even a Christmas Eve dusting of snow. (Someones first.)

I didn’t want to worry about what I was eating, how much, when I would work out, how I looked etc. etc. etc. I just wanted to, well, be. And it was great! But now I’m feeling blah and bloated and, well, bad.

I’ve decided not to compound these feelings by weighing in today. I have no doubt it will show a gain, and I’m ok with it. I’ve just decided to move on and I’m excited to announce a fun twist to our weekly Wednesday Weigh Ins starting in the New Year.

For four weeks, from Wednesday, January 2nd to Tuesday, January 29th, I’m partnering with DietBet to create A New Year’s Wednesday Weigh In Challenge!

To join the challenge, players each add $20 to the pot, which is divided up among the “winners” at the end of the game. DietBet doesn’t work like The Biggest Loser, it’s not winner-take-all. Instead, everyone who loses at least 4% of their starting weight will get an equal share of the pot. DietBet supplies “referees” to verify weights using a photo-based weigh-in process.

If we can get 100 people, which is my goal, that’s a $2,000 pot!

The pot breaks down like this…

  • 85% of the total is divided among all the winners

  • 5% goes to DietBet for management, credit card fees, etc.
  • 10% goes to me for hosting the game. Half of which I will be donating to the Hurricane Sandy Jersey Relief Fund

If you’re up for a friendly New Year’s Challenge to kick start 2013, sign up here.

I’m looking forward to this fun twist on our Wednesday Weigh Ins.

Please Note: You can join the challenge and still keep you weight hidden to the public. I’ll also be continuing the Wednesday Weigh Ins here on the site, DietBet is just a fun way to up the anti for those that want to participate. Don’t feel pressure to join unless you want to. If you have more questions about how DietBet works specifically, click here to see the full FAQs.

I’m super excited about this and think we’ll have a blast. I tried to keep the stakes low enough to allow most people to enter but still high enough to give us a fun pot size. Based on the popularity and success of this challenge, I’m totally into hosting a few more if you want to keep going.

OK, I’m gonna run. It’s time to hang out with Grandma! Feel free to “weigh in” below, numbers or no numbers. I’d love to hear how you did this week!

Click here to sign up for the DietBet 4 week Challenge!

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    December 26, 2012

    I can’t be the only one wondering what kind of ornament the hubby got you! Great tradition!


      December 29, 2012

      Ohh I forgot! He had a hard time this year. It was Hallmark Snow Cone people that said Mom, Dad, Son and Son. Here it is..


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 184.6
    CW: 165.8 is what I weighed yesterday afternoon
    GW: 145
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 26

    Had a great holiday weekend spent with some family. Husband finally back home from his 2+ wk Europe work travel. It was a quiet and lazy Christmas and we even got snow here in TEXAS!! Go figure! A white Christmas in Texas! It was fun!


    December 26, 2012

    The scale this morning was scary but also today was trash day so a lot of goodies went out in the trash. I am probably going out to dinner with my hubby Saturday night and we usually have a big meal New Year’s Eve, but other than that, the endless eating is done of the holidays! I will go to my meeting on Saturday as planned, no matter what the scale says, and move on.

    I am excited to do the challenge!


    December 26, 2012

    no weigh in for me….i haven’t been loggin in to weigh in because, since we are full time travelers, my internet has not been very good….but i’m losing :) Yesterday and today was a junk food fest and I’m not worrying about it…just calling it done today and getting back to normal! This challenge sounds like fun, but since my internet is sketchy I won’t be doing this one…but I’ll probly do the next one! Merry Christmas!


    December 26, 2012

    How fun! I am actually starting in a different group of ladies for Diet Bet January first so I cant really afford to join yours also :( But I hope to see great successes in both groups!
    HW: 212
    GW: 150
    CW: 164.8 (down 1.2)
    Height: 69 inches
    I pretty much stayed with calorie counting except for one day. It was easy as I was a homebody and we kept junk out of the house.


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 180+
    CW: 152
    GW: 150
    H: 5’6″
    Age: 52

    Woo hoo, I whipped the scale creep’s butt this week! We are snowed in with about 13″ on the ground, so there will be a good shoveling workout once it stops coming down. I have kids home with me, and am having fun feeding them, but there’s not a lot of junk in the house. Hopefully they’ll be able to get out on their nostalgia circuit around town and get their junk fix!


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 148
    CW: 122.4 (+1.4)
    GW: 120-125
    HT: 5’2″
    Age: 34

    Huge kudos to those who report in today! I am showing a gain of 1.4 pounds, which doesn’t make me especially happy, but I know why it happened and don’t really regret it. I had a big cup of egg nog Christmas Eve, which could almost account for the entire gain (not to say other goodies didn’t play a role!).;) I am heading to see my parents today, and they don’t keep a lot of junk food in the house, and have always been relatively healthy eaters, so I need to keep an eye on portions and activity, and should be fine. Famous last words, huh?

    Since I’m in my maintenance range, I’ll pass on the DietBet challenge, but wish everyone luck!


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 200+ (when pg)

    CW: 134.2 (+.4)

    GW: 129

    H: 5’6

    Age: 43

    i am thrilled to post today!!! i went into the week knowing that really there is no other week of the year quite like the week between Christmas and New Years. It’s a week like no other. i expected to gain and did but seriously .4? YAA HOO!!! makes me so happy to know that the things that i have been striving to make a lifestyle are just that…my lifestyle. i didn’t get to exercise at all due to kids parties at school, last minute shopping, doctors appts., some major calf pain from TRX…and i felt badly about it. BUT i didn’t use it as an excuse to screw up more. i continued to drink 3L of water a day, eat every 2-4 hours, plank 3 min/day, eat 5 servings of fruits/veggies a day. i did eat things that i don’t usually eat, i ate cookies, i drank wine and beer, but it was all in moderation and not off the deep end. i actually felt like because i wasn’t exercising i was really throwing in the towel, but i’m so relieved that i gained such a miniscule amount!!

    a NSV that occurred…i bought clothes at talbots 4 months ago at the beginning of the fall season. i finally had a reason to put them on only to realize that they were TOO big. i looked like i was wearing my older sisters clothes. i had to send them all back for smaller sizes. if you would have told me when i bought them i was going to lose 20 lbs in the next 4 months i would have looked at you like you were crazy and said ‘yeah right’. i feel very empowered for 2013!!!


      December 26, 2012

      That is awesome!! Congrats on the loss! And your NSV is great!


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 229
    CW: 153.5 (lost 2!)
    GW: 131
    H: 5’1
    Age: 31

    Wooooohoooooo!!!!! Finally out of the funk! I lost 2 pounds, DURING CHRISTMAS!!! What?! Who am I?! LOL I stayed under my calories on myfitnesspal all week, ate very little processed food, and cooked more. My biggest secret, and something I just discovered? TEA!!!! I’ve been drinking 5-6 cups of green tea/chamomile/other all day instead of snacking or coffee….I love the warm comforting drink and it keeps me fuller and more satisfied. Where has tea been all my life?!


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 165
    CW: 152.5 (first Wednesday weigh in)
    GW: 143
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 39

    This is my first Wed. weigh in, so sorry if this is info overload- just trying to record where I’m starting:
    I had worked over the summer at managing my eating and was at my GW in mid-August. In September my husband’s cancer came back (he had had a stem cell transplant in January, 2012) and I spent the next 3 months eating (’cause that will make it all better, right?). Just before Thanksgiving, got things back on track and lost a few lbs…then fell off the wagon again (I blamed it on the holidays and the stresses of my husband’s treatments) and am back where I was at the beginning of the summer. I need to find a way to not turn to food when I am sad/mad/happy/etc, though, because my life it too topsy turvy to leave my health (and, I admit, my ego- I like being at GW) to the whims of my emotional eating. I think the crappy eating has also been a contributing factor in my poor sleep too (I go to bed with enough time for 8 hours of sleep, but I wake up several times a night- leaves me feeling exhausted all the time)…which starts a nasty circle of feeling blah, then eating to try to feel better.
    So, back on track.


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 190s pregnant
    CW: 160.2 (+1.4)
    GW: 140-145
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 28

    I want going to get on the scale this morning, but did anyway. It showed a small gain, which I’m not surprised with…actually I’m surprised its not larger! After a tub ov movie popcorn at The Hobbit last night, apple pie, tons of cookie and candies, two nights of prime rib and mashed potatoes… I’m back to tracking points. I had a great holiday, but I’m back to the real world. I’m headed to the gym as soon as my daughter is done eating…90min of cardio, here I come!


      December 26, 2012

      Sorry for the typos!


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 240
    CW: 158 (-3.5 down from last week)
    GW: 140
    H: 5’7″
    Happy with the big loss from last week but think sickness may be contributing. Have been making very conscientious food choices this week despite the Holidays-hoping to maintain the positive momentum! Perhaps DietBet will be the push needed to get to goal!


    December 26, 2012

    CW-184 (+1)


    December 26, 2012

    I too enjoyed wayyy too much candy and cookies yesterday. It’s good to have a holiday, just important to remember to get back on track now that the holiday is over.

    Your boys running into the couch = adorable. Looks like such a happy family time, which is what Christmas should be.

    Sheri J

    December 26, 2012

    HW 305

    CW 258.8 (no change)
    GW 150
    HT 5’3″
    Age 56

    Your boys are so cute, Roni. I will think about the DietBet. I am losing so slowly that I don’t think I can do almost 10 pounds in a month but it sounds VERY motivational as I am VERY competitive!


    December 26, 2012

    HW: 174.8
    CW: 151 (up 1.6 lb)
    GW: 145
    H: 5′ 8”
    Age: 37

    The party is over! I enjoyed every bite, but now am ready to get back to “normal” :)


    December 26, 2012

    I’ve been “stalking” your blog for a long time, hoping your enthusiasm for fitness and a healthy, balanced life would rub off on me and help me gain the motivation to lose weight and live in the now.
    After almost a year, I’ve finally had my “a-ha” moment. I’ve been feeling awful for the last week. Not just bloated and blah from holiday food, but a deep down “something is not right here” bad. I honestly think it has to do with my diet and lack of exercise.
    I’ve realized that I’ve been making the decision every day to stay overweight, unhappy, and unhealthy. And….I’m done with that.

    Today I made the choice to live a happier, healthier life. I thank you for providing some of the inspiration to make this decision!

    Here’s my weigh in from yesterday (Wednesday in Tokyo Standard Time). I’m a day ahead of you since I live in Japan. :)

    HW: 183
    CW: 177.6
    GW: 135
    Age: 35


    December 27, 2012

    I am still here :) Didn’t weigh in either, as I have a fair idea of what the scales will say and it’s not realistic. With all the food and the bloating, I think weighing in will be done in the new year!! :)

    That competition sounds like fun :)

    Karen P

    December 27, 2012

    Highest Weight 187.4
    Goal Weight: 115.4
    Current weight 116.0
    Height 5’1” (I’m short)
    10+ months maintaining my weight
    Overweight 40+ years
    Mid forties

    I stayed in my clear mind and did not give into my emotions during Christmas. I picked Paleo foods /Primal activities- translated: no grains/dairy and time lifting heavy things and playing outdoors and with the fam.

    Hands down the best gift to myself.

    Rocking the first year of weight maintenance. I do not eat my trigger foods anymore Clear mind is the BEST gift I’ve ever given myself. Lots of work, totally worth it.
    Don’t wait til Jan 1. Steer clear of the trigger foods.


    December 27, 2012

    weigh in will happen in January to much fudge and to many pickles.. i have a slight addiction to spicy pickles. :( .


    December 27, 2012

    Kristine •
    GW 130
    12/5 138
    12/12 135.5
    12/19. 134.0
    Kristine •
    GW 130
    12/5 138
    12/12 135.5
    12/19. 134.0
    12/26. 134.0


    December 27, 2012

    So excited to join the challenge! Thanks for hosting this and thanks too for always keeping this journey in perspective for us all. It really helps!
    CW 274 (up 4 over the last week)
    GW 175
    I weigh 3 times a week but posting on Wed. have helped me not lose track of where I am.
    I’m actually looking forward to getting to the gym this weekend and to start using the gym membership gift I gave myself.


    December 27, 2012

    I just signed up! Motivation to keep weighing in!


    December 27, 2012

    Had a fabulous Christmas with all the goodies as well – so am waiting to weigh in next week too. Still love reading and checking in with everyone. Hats off to those of you who maintained, resisted and lost during the holidays – you’re awesome. Will check out the dietbet challenge as well. Happy New Year everyone.

    Jeri Lyn

    December 28, 2012

    HW: 200
    CW: 135 (down .06 lb) YIPPEEEE!!!
    GW: 125-130
    H: 5′ 4”
    Age: 40
    So HAPPY with my .06 loss during the holiday/vacation week. The holiday portion isn’t that hard for me, but the vacation portion is VERY HARD for me. We tend to eat out A LOT when we’re on vacation. Going to try & keep this momentum going for the rest of the holiday/vacation. May not weigh-in everyday, because any gain makes me want to throw in the towel right now, but i’m working hard to resist!!
    So glad you’re enjoying your holidays Roni!! As always THANKS for all you do & hopefully I can post another loss next week!!! :)


    December 28, 2012

    Just joined your DietBet group and will try to remember to weight in here also!

    Jessica S

    December 28, 2012

    HW: 306
    CW: 289
    GW: 160
    H: 5′ 8”
    Age: 27

    Gained 1.2 this week; expected it after indulging over Christmas. Going to focus on tracking everythinggggggg this week!

    A Little Nosh

    December 28, 2012

    Sounds so fun! But my goal this year is to GAIN weight and have a healthy baby in May. Do this again in the summer, though, and I’m in!


      December 29, 2012

      Me too! I am due May 15, one day after my 34th birthday. :-) And this dr.’s visit was the first time I had posted a gain, even though I was so blessed and had no nausea or morning sickness.

    Jody R. Goldenfield

    December 28, 2012

    Pics & video – ADORABLE!!!!!! I am at where I want to be weight wise but I will cheer you all on!!! After all my years at this, I have figured it out so there is hope for all! :)


    December 29, 2012

    All signed up! I’ve been out of control for the past 2 or 3 weeks. Looking forward to getting back on track. Thanks for the motivation!


    January 1, 2013

    Hi Roni,
    I want to join the challenge but can’t until tomorrow morning. I can’t find my cable that connects my camera to the computer and am too tired to do so tonight. Will I still be able to join? I have all of my info typed in except the picture of the scale weight. Please let me know. Thanks so much! Kathy


      January 1, 2013

      Yup! Late comers welcome. :)