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FitFluential DietBet

As you guys know, I’ve mentioned DietBet in the past, and I thought I’d talk a little bit more about it today. I think the concept behind DietBet is very unique and a great motivator to people like myself who are trying to lose weight – whether you are just beginning your weight loss journey or you’re just trying to lose those last few pesky pounds.

Here’s how it works:
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The idea behind DietBet is simple – you pay a specified amount of money, then you have four weeks from the time the game begins to lose 4% of your body weight. So, for example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need to lose eight pounds. All of the player’s money goes into the pot, and if you’ve lost your 4% after four weeks, you split the pot with the other winners.

This is a great way to do it because one person doesn’t win the pot – as long as you lose your 4%, you’re guaranteed to win money back!

You submit  two photos of yourself – one of your weight on the scale, and one of a full body picture of yourself on the scale. DietBet confirms your pictures and you’re good to go!

The losing weight part is pretty much left up to you, but the online DietBet community is amazing. Each game has its own message board where you can post your workouts, what you ate – good and bad, encourage others, get encouragement from others, and ask questions. It’s a great way to connect with people who are trying to lose weight just like you.

You can post your weight (it can be kept hidden) as you go, but you are only required to actually post it twice – at the beginning and the end of the game. At the end of the game, you submit another picture of yourself on the scale and of your weight.

FitFluential is holding a DietBet that I am very happy to be a part of – participating in a DietBet holds me accountable for my actions and makes me really think about whether or not I need that second cookie…or third :)

The Fitfluential DietBet will run from March 12 – April 8th. Perfect timing to get ready for Spring Break!

DietBet is open to anyone and I would love it if some of you would join me in this game! Whether this is your first time trying to lose weight or you’re a weight loss pro, DietBet is a great motivator! If you would like to join in the DietBet with me, you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/ffdietbet

The reason I am most excited to participate in this DietBet is because the last day of the DietBet (April 8th) will mark exactly a year since I started my weight loss journey.

Hopefully, one more picture to go, and I be able to look back on my total weight loss over the past year! Don’t forget to sign up HERE to participate if you want to join with me!

Fitfluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

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Jaden’s Graduation

My baby graduated from preschool last night!

I don’t know who was more excited, him or me.

He was also very happy with the Mio that I bought him. He also got a Toys R Us gift card, but he was more excited about the Mio.

Next school year, I will have a kindergartener and a middle schooler!? Where does the time go? They grow up so fast. And geesh, that means I’m getting old.

Before Jaden’s graduation, I went to my weight loss challenge class to weigh-in. I lost exactly one pound. Not wonderful, but at least I lost weight. This week is going to be very hard because it’s my birthday weekend, and when there’s a birthday, there’s food and cake.

My total weight loss is 16.4 pounds. I have three more weigh-ins to go before the class is over.

Don’t tell anyone, but I ate a Lindt truffle as soon as I got in the car from weighing in. And I wonder why I’m not losing more weight.

I also had a thinkThin bar. I was so hungry because I haven’t eaten all afternoon.

And after Jaden’s graduation, I had lots of cookies. They just all looked so yummy, and I was so hungry. But I had a salad when we got home, so that’s good, right? Hopefully today I’ll be able to get back on track. Thursday are hard because I don’t want to eat before weighing in, but then I’m so hungry when I get home.

I’m off to BodyPump this morning. Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Any graduations coming up for you?
  • Any plans for this weekend?



Filed under Family Fun, Spring Weight Loss Challenge

I Lost

Happy Friday the 13th!


Last night was my second weight loss challenge meeting and first weigh-in.

I lost 7 pounds!

7 pounds! Can you believe that?! When I saw the number on the scale, I kept jumping around and asking the lady if it was right because I couldn’t believe it. She told me to stop moving, so the number would stop changing. Yup, I lost exactly 7 pounds.

I lost the most this week (there’s 10 of us now) and had to give a little speech on how I managed to lose 7 pounds in one week. And yes, I know that one to two pounds of weight loss per week is healthy, and I didn’t try to lose 7 pounds, it just happened. I almost feel like I set my standards too high because there is no way that I can lose that much in a week again, and a lot of the ladies were in awe that I lost that much. I told then not to worry that I’d never lose that big of a number again.

The women with the second highest amount of weight loss was 6.4 pounds. Everyone was very nice and encouraging. The coaches never talked with me about my daily calories intake, so I am going to continue what I have been doing, which is 1400 on non-workout days and 1650 on workout days. (A big thank you to Alli for all her help!)

Since I lost the most weight this week, I got to pick out a Herbalife protein shake. I didn’t mean to pick out the pina colada flavor, but she handed me the bag while I was talking about how awesome I am, and it was the first one I grabbed.

Kidding…about the me being awesome part, not the pina colada part.


This weekend is my anniversary, and Danny and I have reservations at The Melting Pot. I was very nervous about this because I don’t want to ruin my healthy eating, but I really want to go to The Melting Pot. Alli gave me some great advice. She said that I shouldn’t look at it as a “cheat” meal or day because then I am in a diet mentality and would feel bad for eating. Instead she said to follow the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and eat “mentally healthy” 20% of the time (hello, chocolate fondue!) That way I never feel guilty about eating something.

I am very excited for The Melting Pot! If you’ve heard of The Melting Pot, it’s a fondue restaurant where you cook all your food at your own table. The cheese and chocolate fondues are my favorite part!


This morning started out its usual way - with coffee. I usually have McDonald’s coffee on Fridays, but today I stuck with my Keurig coffee.

After dropping Jaden off at school, I had a physical therapy appointment. The physical therapist said that I should be fine to do the 5k next weekend as long as I stick to walk/run intervals, and aim to finish around forty minutes. Yes, that’s slow, but I don’t want to get hurt.

After therapy, I had a few minutes to kill before picking up Jaden, so I stopped at Target at picked up some 100 calorie almond packs. I love almonds and cashews, but I can eat a million at a time, so I love the 100 cal. packs.

After picking up Jaden, we ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I bought some No Name salmon. Has anyone tried it before? It was expensive, so it better be good.


I got to have lunch with this little McCutie Princess today. She got delicious peaches.

I had a potato and egg bowl. I’m starting to eat these a lot more now. The extra eggs add protein, and everything is better with potatoes and cheese.

And everything is even better in a dinosaur bowl.

Danny gets off of work early today, so I plan on going to the gym when he gets home for a quick workout. Then tonight, I have Mommy and Me Night with Jaden at school. He has been so excited for tonight. He had been asking me how many more days until tonight for about a month now.

Questions of the day:

  • What was your workout today?
  • Any fun plans this weekend?
  • What’s your favorite thing to put cheese on?


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You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 30 minutes spin bike
  • 10 minutes treadmill – walking @ 3.0 mph

I had a physical therapy appointment yesterday morning, and afterwards I went to the gym before I had to pick Jaden up at school. Instead of doing the stationary bike, I decided to use the spin bike. I finally figured how to get my rpm higher while standing on the bike. You kind of have to bend your knees more, and I think I was keeping my legs too straight. That spin bike is a workout!

After the bike, I spent 10 minutes walking slowly on the treadmill. I still plan on doing the Dine & Dash 5k in about two weeks, so I wanted to get my body used to walking and maybe a little jogging. I plan on doing the race slow – I don’t want to reinjure myself or make my calves and feet any worse. This race won’t be for time, it’ll be for fun and food! After I walked, my calves felt fine and my heel didn’t hurt any worse than normal, so I took that as a good sign.

My crazy gym hair and I packed a yogurt for after my workout. I was so excited to eat it. Yes, that’s right, I was excited to eat yogurt. But I realized that I forgot to bring a spoon. For a minute, I actually thought about sucking it out of the container, but decided against it. Instead, I drove the three minutes to my house and got a spoon.

The kid’s got Gak for Easter, and they spent yesterday afternoon playing with it. And I spent yesterday afternoon picking up tiny pieces of Gak off of the carpet.

Does anyone remember Gak? It actually came out when I was little, and they recently brought it back. The commercials even say Gak is Back. I think it’s actually a Nickelodeon thing. It’s kind of like slime. Jacob figured out how to use a straw to blow bubbles in his Gak.


I received an email this morning from my weight-loss challenge coach about my daily calorie intake. According to the calculations, to lose one pound a week, I can only have 1,136 calories a day.

If I eat only 1,136 calories a day, I won’t lose a pound a week, I’ll die. And I need 119 grams of protein a day. What? I thought I was doing good with my 60+ grams a day. 119 grams?! Why don’t I just get a cow for my backyard and feast on him. I don’t eat meat besides fish, so 119 grams isn’t going to happen.

First of all, 1,136 calories a day is just stupid. There is no way that I can survive on that. This week, I have stayed between 1,600 and 1,800 calories, and I know I’ve already lost a pound or two. Second, if I did eat 1,136 calories a day, after this challenge was over there is no way that I’d be able to maintain it. I’d gain back all the weight. Third, how do you possibly get 119 grams of protein eating only 1,136 calories a day?

I emailed the coach back, and asked if the calorie count took in account that I work out at least 5 days a week because 1,136 calories just aren’t going to cut it. We’ll see what she says. I’m becoming a little weary of this weight loss challenge.

Edited to add: My daily calorie needs were based on my RMR (resting metabolic rate), which I don’t believe that they calculated correctly because of my activity level.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts fitness class

My gym starting offering a new class on Tuesday morning – Butts and Guts. It’s an hour-long cardio and strength class focusing on abs and glutes. I wore my new one pink sleeve tank.

I’ve also come up with an easy way to keep track of my water intake. I get a 16.9 ounce water bottle in the morning. Every time I finish a bottle, I mark it off on the bottle. Then I refill the same bottle. That way at the end of the day, I count the marks on the bottle and multiply it by 16.9 to see how many ounces I’ve had.

Questions of the day:

  • What are your thoughts on 1,136 calories a day?
  • If you count calories, how many do you consume a day?
  • Do you have a favorite workout shirt or outfit?
  • Any tips to drink more water?


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Donuts, Pastries, and Danish. Oh My.

Since my first weight-loss challenge meeting last Thursday, I have been doing good with eating healthy.

When my family came over on Saturday to color Easter eggs, we ordered pizza. I made my own veggie pizza on Flat-Out flatbread to eat instead. When my in-laws came over on Easter morning and brought pastries, coffee, cake, and donuts, I didn’t touch any of it. Although, I could hear those cheese danish calling my name…Heeaattthhheerr, eeaattt uss. Instead, I made a Van’s blueberry waffle with peanut butter and a side of fruit.

Then we got to my mom’s house for Easter dinner, and that was the end of it. The food smelled so good, and I couldn’t help myself. I filled up my plate.

I didn’t end up eating the bread, but I did go back for more stuffed shells and potatoes. And later I had a small piece of key lime pie and a chocolate cake. I ended up eating a lot more than planned yesterday, including some Hershey chocolate eggs. Since it was a holiday and there was food everywhere, it was extra hard to eat good. My calorie count for the day went out the window. However, the holidays are over, and I am back on track today.

What I learned:

  • I don’t think depriving myself is necessary. I could have had one small piece of take-out pizza, or a big bite of a cheese danish and been fine. My craving would have been satisfied. But by not allowing myself even a small bite, I went a little overboard yesterday.
  • Every meal is a new start. If I didn’t eat so well at breakfast, I should just say, oh well, it’s over. I’ll get back on track with lunch. I shouldn’t just quit and continue eating bad for the rest of the day.

Moving on…

Yesterday morning my in-laws came over to celebrate Easter. My brother in-law and sister-in law, Mike and Mandy, are expecting their first baby together soon! I am going to be an auntie again! I can’t wait. I love babies. I’m so glad that my sister-in-laws have babies, that way I don’t have to.

My in-laws brought the kids a little Peeps s’mores kit. Isn’t that such a cute idea?

After they left, we headed over to my mom’s house. My brother cooked steaks on the grill, and my mom bought crab stuffed sole fish for me.

There was also stuffed shells, potatoes, corn pudding, green beans, bread, and ham. It was so delicious. Then the kids had an Easter egg hunt in the backyard.

After leaving my mom’s, we went to visit my dad and step-mom at her sister’s house.

Baby McCutie Easter Princess met a new baby friend.


The kid’s had another Easter egg hunt.

There was even an egg with my name on it.

Sue’s niece made these awesome Easter cupcakes. Aren’t they adorable? Danny and I shared one.

Then we went home, caught up on our Jersey Shore episodes, and went to bed.

Questions of the day:

  • What is your favorite dessert?
  • Do you find it hard to eat healthy on the holidays?
  • Any workouts planned for today?


Filed under Breakfast, Dinner, Family Fun

Spring Weight Loss

Do you now how hard it is to use a heating pad on your feet, then roll a golf ball on them before you can get out of bed to pee? Well, it’s hard. I snuck to the bathroom at 4:30 am, but before I got out of bed at 7 am, I used the heating pad and golf ball. I’m making progress.

Yesterday, I went to Target to buy the massage stick. Of course, I walked in only needing two things, and walked out spending $50. Oh, I forgot that I need yogurt. Oh, I forgot that I have a coupon for coffee creamer. Oh, they make Funfetti pancake mix?! There are some things that you just can’t pass up.

I was disappointed at first, because the spot where the massage sticks are was empty. Then I found them, hiding where the duffel bags belong. The stick cost $14.99, which I thought was a decent deal.

The first time I used it last night, I screamed. I think a little too much pressure was applied. After I got the hang of it, it was a lot better.

We went to Portillo’s for dinner last night. Danny is too tall, so he usually ends up getting his head cut off in pictures.

I obviously learned that I should wear make-up in public so that I don’t scare people. The lady in the booth behind us seems amused.

I ordered the gourmet garden salad, with little noodles on top. I always get a lot of noodles because Jaden eats most of them. I also gave him the big cheese chunks off my salad. I don’t like big pieces of cheese on my salad.

The Portillo’s location that we went to also has the best lemon poppy-seed muffins. I got two muffins for the four of us to share. Whole Foods also has awesome lemon poppy-seed muffins.

Today’s Workout

  • 20 minutes stationary bike
  • 10 minutes elliptical
  • 10 minutes stationary bike
  • 12 minutes stretching

I originally planned on doing 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the elliptical, but after a few minutes on the elliptical my heel started killing me. So, after 10 minutes on the elliptical, I went back to the bike to complete 40 minutes of cardio. Afterwards, I made sure to stretch really good.

Before I went to the gym, I made sure to foam roll and stretch my calves at home.

Heather’s Gym Confessions

  • When I’m on the stationary bike or elliptical, I watch beauty videos on YouTube on my iPod. Yeah, I realize that my non-makeup face and crazy hair don’t reflect that in real life, but I love watching those hair and make-up videos.
  • Sometimes I put my ear phones in even when I’m not listening to music just so that I don’t have to make conversation with people. I guess I’m anti-social at the gym. I’m in the zone, leave me alone.

After the gym, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things for lunch. Jaden got bananas. I drew a smiley face on his banana once, and now he won’t eat them unless I draw a smiley face on all of them. Hopefully the Sharpie marker isn’t seeping through the peel onto his banana.

If you’re wondering why Jaden’s shirt is all wet, it’s because he eats his clothes.

I also picked up two bars. I didn’t realize until I got home that they’re both cranberry almond.

I must really like cranberry almonds. I didn’t even realize that I bought the same flavors because the Zone bars are on the pharmacy side of the store with the diet pills and protein shakes. The Kind bars are on the grocery side of the store in the health food aisle. That’s a whole lot of shopping in between. Well, not really shopping. Mostly just me yelling at Jaden to put the cookies back and to stop throwing the sweet potatoes across the store.

Tonight is my first class of the spring weight loss challenge at the park district. I am excited, but also a little nervous. I haven’t weighed myself in at least a year or more, and I am not really looking forward to seeing that number.

From the park district guide:

This 10-week program provides:

  • Proper nutrition coaching
  • Meal replacement options
  • Encouragement to exercise
  • Group Support
  • Metabolism and body composition test

…Each week participants weigh-in and consult with the coaches, who help along the way, offering various meal replacement options for reaching ideal weight and body composition. The program encourages participants to eat a healthy level of protein and calories each day and teaches he benefits of good nutrition. Topics include: protein, carbohydrates, water and digestion, vitamins, dining out, exercise, sugar, healthy oils, and more.

Each person will receive personalized coaching. Specific rules will be in place to keep everyone consistent. Previous contests ended with an average weight loss of over 19 pounds and over 10 inches per person.

So, here’s my question – what do they mean my “meal replacement”? No way I’m drinking a shake for lunch or dinner. I need my food. I don’t like drinking a shake for a meal because I don’t feel satisfied. I will drink smoothies for breakfast, but that’s just because I’m not very hungry in the morning. I’m still excited to go, and hopefully will win some cash money! Depending on the amount of participants, the prize money ranges from $450 to $1,000!

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite kind of muffin?
  • Do you have any gym confessions?
  • Have you ever participated in a weight loss challenge?




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