Drop It Like It’s Hot

by Roo on March 16, 2013

in miscellany

We finished our first DietBet (details in this post right here) this week.  Check out these craaazy results.


It was so fun to check out photos tagged under #NGNdietbet on Instagram, as well as track how everyone was doing.  In the end, 40% reached their goal of losing 4% of their body weight, and took home a piece of the pot (ended up being about $40 per winner!).  But even many who didn’t hit 4% still lost a significant amount of weight.  Win win all around, y’all!

As for me, I *did* reach 4%.  Here are the before and after photos, wearing the same outfit (minus the leggings).

before and after weight loss

I’m not sure if I can see a difference when I look at these two photos, but I’m one jeans size smaller, this white t-shirt is def looser, and I haven’t been at this weight since I was 24 years old.  I’LL TAKE IT.

[Editing to add:  Check out Allyson’s progress!  She lost 9 pounds!]


Great job, Allyson!

Hitting my 4% was more difficult than I had anticipated.  A couple of changes I made:

– I cut back on dairy, meat, wheat, and sugar.
– I upped my vegetable intake by a lot.  I was definitely eating under my recommended amount, so I made that switch.
– I made myself move more.

AT&T contacted me after they saw Jack’s weight loss, and sent us a couple of their FitBit Ones to try out.  It tracks steps (like a pedometer), but it also tracks miles, calories, how many flights of steps you’ve climbed, and it syncs up with our phones, the FitBit websites, and our MyFitnessPal apps.  I hook mine in the middle of my bra, and Jack keeps his in his pants pocket.  We try to beat each other in steps every day, and I run up and down my basement steps to meet my “ten flights” goal every day.  Plus I love when MyFitnessPal gives me a little alert like: “Hey, that shopping sesh at Target just afforded you another 100 calories.”  Awww, yisss.

A bunch of people have asked for another DietBet!  If you participated in the last one, it’s a great way to keep the motivation going.  If you missed out on the last one, hop on in!


Get it?  Like, drop the weight.  Not necessarily your booty.  But if you want to…  This quick video explains the process:

You can weigh in today, tomorrow, or really any day, but we start Monday!

Disclosure: AT&T sent us some FitBit Ones to facilitate our review.  Our opinions are our own.  Neither AT&T, FitBit nor DietBet has paid for inclusion in this post.  Hug me.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley L Pelletier March 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

When is the deadline and how much does it cost?


Roo March 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hey, Ashley! Woops, I forgot to add the video that explains everything. It’s a $30 bet and it starts Monday!


Nicole March 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Alright Roo, I’m in… just got myself set up and will weigh in tomorrow morning. Conveniently enough, I am attending a seaside wedding in Florida on April 13th, so motivation is at an all-time high.



Roo March 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Yessss! Do you have a dress for it already?


Nicole March 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Welllll… I bought a dress at Anthro about 2 weeks before I got pregnant and have yet to wear it (my daughter turned 1 a couple weeks ago), but I haven’t taken a little celebratory shopping trip off the table!


Roo March 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hahaha, nice!


Laura March 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I think you look great! Could you give an example of a typical day of what you ate? You mentioned cutting back on things and adding lots of veggies which is great, but I was just curious what a typical day would look like with those guidelines.


Roo March 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thanks, Laura! So typically for breakfast, I’d eat a small amount of oatmeal or a ‘clean’ granola bar. I’m not too hungry first thing, but I try to eat something small. I usually eat a big meal at lunch (and this totally can vary… sometimes it’s pizza, haha, oops!), and then I make sure to pile on veggies at dinner. I snack a little throughout the day, but I try to make it reasonable. Mostly, I’ve been adding on vegetable-heavy meals throughout the week. Like…

– vegan split pea soup
– white bean soup with collards and andouille sausage
– salads with a lot of cruciferous vegetables
– roasted vegetables
– sauteed spinach


Allyson Musca March 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

For those wondering, here’s how I lost 9lbs. in 4 weeks:

The first 2 weeks I had very little sugar, carbs, and no junk food. After that I started eating a little bit of those things but watched the quantity. I measured and counted everything I was was eating so I only got 1 serving. I also ate a lot of carrots, strawberries, and grape tomatoes for snacks.

My husband would get home late from work and I used to eat when he got home around 8:30. That was the hardest thing for me to cut out. It’s hard not to eat when someone is eating in front of you and it smells really good. I think that made a huge difference since I was already eating dinner with the kids at 5:30.

I did exercise some, but not near as much as I planned. Probably 2-3 a week I lifted weights, did a class at the gym, or just got on the elliptical for 20 min. Sometimes I would spend 10-15 min at home doing crunches, planks, squats, and whatever Pilates move that popped into my head.

I started using MyFitnessPal app to keep track of my calorie intake. I think that helped a lot too. If you haven’t used that app before, you need to try it out. It’s pretty awesome and FREE!


Roo March 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

You’re doing amazing, Allyson! I totally snack with my husband (a late worker), too, so that’s a great tip.


MommaDJane March 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

Congrats on your weight loss! I think you look fab in both of the photos above but I know you can tell a difference and that’s what really matters! Good job.


Roo March 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks, girl!!


donna-j March 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I’m in – all the way from sleety Scotland! Will weigh in tomorrow.


Roo March 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm



emili March 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

new-ish to reading the blog and I’m totally going to do this! sounds great!! signing up tonight!


emili March 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I just went to sign up and it says that there are only 27 days left… I thought it wasn’t starting til Monday??


Roo March 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm

It started Monday, but you can join in up until the 14th day. A lot of people are signing up but aren’t weighing in til the weekend. :)


Angie Tobias March 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Ob-sessed with my Fitbit One doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings about it. LURV.

Buy one people, you will NOT regret it.


Roo March 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Seriously, we’re like… shoooooot I don’t want to walk across the house without my Fitbit on! Hahaha I want credit for all the steps.


Angie Tobias March 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Agreed. I don’t take steps without it. I hold it to my chest when I need/choose to walk without wearing clothes.

Which is an awkward over share.


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