Jo's Story

Lost 56 lbs

Won $2,071

"I thrive on competition and deadlines."

I first started my weight-loss journey when I signed up for a free 5k in my area. I've never been a runner, but I knew I needed to make some changes in my lifestyle if I was going to get fit. I lost 10 pounds while training for the race. I tried counting Weight Watchers points, but I found that it didn't actually lead me to make healthier choices, just points-based ones. I became obsessed with point values for food over the nutrition it offered. 

I needed some extra motivation to stick to my healthy habits and reach my goals. I'd heard of DietBet before and wanted to give it a shot. I thrive on competition and deadlines. I definitely work harder when there's a clock ticking down. The combination of limited time and the money on the line really motivated me to keep at my goals. Additionally, the camaraderie of a large group of people all working towards weight loss kept me on track. I wanted to be the winner, so if I saw "Mary C" post about her run and healthy lunch, I'd have to go out and run and eat well, too!

People are genuinely happy to congratulate you on another 0.2 pounds lost on the DietBet boards. The group rallies together and gives everyone a boost of confidence. Since everyone is in the same boat, they're honest about the difficulties as well as the successes. You don't feel alone in struggling to avoid the office donuts.

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