I've never been competitive.  

Don't have a competitive bone in my body.  

My idea of playing sports is as a spectator.  

I wear a Fitbit because my husband wanted one.  Some days are really good and some truly suck.  

Now, I have tried just every diet under the sun.  Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Grapefruit, Fat Flush, Eat Right for your Type, Over 40, Over 50, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, fat free, carb free, whatever.  I have taken that ridiculous pill that gets rid of the fat (trust me when I say that you don't want to be far from the bathroom when you take that one).  Some real, some made up by people who think that they know what they are talking about.  I have met with nutritionists and talked about my increasing weight with my doctor.  

I remember celebrating at one Weight Watchers meeting when I realized that I had lost my son.  Not literally, but at that time he weighed 52 pounds and I had, at that weigh-in, hit a 52 pound weight loss.  He now weighs 100 pounds and I need to lose him again plus more.  

Over the years, I have spent a small fortune on diets, diet foods, diet pills, diet books, doctors and nutritionists.  

For all the good that it has done, I could have just as easily flushed that money down the toilet.  

So a bit more than a month ago, I read somewhere this little article about DietBet.  Intrigued, I decided to give it a try.  After all, its just money.  And, if I lose the weight, I will earn money and, maybe, just maybe, gain a healthier lifestyle, more energy, ease up the pain in my joints, walk easier, have more energy and, again, earn some money.  If not, its just another flush.

I logged every bit of food and drink in My Fitness Pal.  I checked the nutrition and kept a keen eye on my carb intake.  I really learned what foods had natural carbs (did you know that 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries have 7.3 carbs.  Amazing.).

I took stairs even when I was tired and achy.  I wore an ortho boot for my shin splints.  I drank water until my eyeballs floated.  I held my coffee ransom until I drank another glass of water.  If I had an alcoholic drink or wine, I drank double the amount of water.  I spent a lot of time in the bathroom.

I won.  You have no idea how incredible it is to win.  I knew I had won before I stepped on the scale.  I could walk easier and farther.  I wasn't as winded walking up steps.  I could TAKE OFF MY JEANS WITHOUT UNZIPPING OR UNBUTTONING THEM.  Truly a feat worth rejoicing over.  And I lost 11 pounds.  

I not only won but I won during a month when I celebrated at a baby shower, a friend's birthday, a three day conference and shin splints.  

I feel like ROCKY!