Amy's Story

Lost 73 lbs

Won $1,221

"This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but DietBet has been my saving grace."

In the fall of 2012, after struggling to get pregnant with our second child, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I was 271 pounds, the heaviest I had ever been.

My doctor urged me to lose 10 to 20 pounds, saying that it would help me conceive and I would feel much better. I don’t even know if I realized then how bad I felt, but looking back, I was so unhealthy: I had acne and anxiety, I slept all the time, and I couldn’t keep up with my family. But it took being unable to get pregnant for me to start caring.

I was able to lose the 10 to 20 pounds on my own, and conceived our daughter Aubrey. Throughout my pregnancy with her, I did feel better. I knew that once she was born, it would be time for a life change. But when she came in October 2013, I felt completely discouraged. As a mom of two with a firefighter husband who is gone every third day, changing my lifestyle that drastically felt impossible. I was able to lose a good amount of weight on my own—44 pounds—but then I hit a wall.

That’s when a friend told me about DietBet—and because as a mom of two in need of motivation, I knew that betting on myself was the only way to do it.

The accountability of DietBet was exactly what I needed. The unofficial weigh-ins were there for me to use as much as I wanted, and I vowed to check in every day and see my progress. Some days there was amazing progress, and some days nothing—but those weigh-ins taught me a lot about what different foods and lifestyle choices were doing to my body. The scale wouldn’t lie to me, and DietBet’s progress chart wouldn’t lie. It was like having somebody to answer to all the time. As I made progress, I loved watching my pictures change on DietBet!

With DietBet giving me motivation and accountability, I was able to lose weight strictly with diet and exercise. I took up running twice a week and going to the gym two to three times a week. That first workout, it took me 18 minutes to walk a mile, and I set a goal to get faster and go for longer. I moved up to 5k, then 7k, then 10k, and I just finished my first half marathon in January. I didn’t walk one step—I was able to run the entire thing!

Eventually, I lost 70 pounds, reaching my current weight of 157 pounds. This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but DietBet has been my saving grace. I’ve completed three Transformers to get here, and each one pulls me right back into check. I feel like I have every excuse in the book to quit—two young children, a husband with odd hours, working full time—but DietBet and the community remind me I’m not alone and I never will be in this. I can’t wait to try the Maintainer once it’s ready!

Losing the weight has let me do so many things. I went ziplining with a bunch of friends when I crossed the 100-pound threshold, which I wouldn’t have been able to do before because of weight requirements and the hiking aspect. It was amazing. I also used the winnings from my first two Transformers as gas money to go to Disney World! We went in June both years, because the heat no longer bothers me like it used to, and I was able to ride on roller coasters that I couldn’t before. My third Transformer is funding a hotel for a weekend getaway in California with my husband. DietBet has opened so many doors for what I can do physically, and made it possible financially to do them!

It’s also been about the things I didn’t even notice I couldn’t do before…sitting on the floor with my kids with my legs folded; crossing my legs; buying clothes at all stores! We went to a wedding and I danced with my husband all night. I didn’t realize I couldn’t do that before, but while we were dancing, it occurred to me that I hadn’t taken any breaks. It was awesome!

My change has also inspired a wave of people in my life changing their lifestyles. At least five people I know have lost weight dramatically and healthily after seeing that I can do it. And several of them also used DietBet!

Thank you DietBet!

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