Floss is not Just Another Pretty Name


If I had to give a word of advice to my younger self, it would be to say, “Don’t forget to floss.” In fact, I probably would use a more serious tone and say something like, “Don’t you come out of that bathroom until you are done flossing young lady!”

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You Want to Take Me Where?


A phrase, often used, can fall into the realm of clichés. I too am guilty of using them from time to time, probably because it is so easy to do. We use clichés so often during our every-day speech that it is often difficult not to use them in writing. Also, because there is truth in them, they are hard to avoid. Perhaps a ten or twenty-year ban would suffice, after which the offending phrase could once again take its proper place in the world to be revived like an endangered species, that you were never quite sure existed in the first place.

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Looking Forward


My excitement levels over an anticipated birthday have somewhat tempered over the years. I went from an excited kid waiting for that telescope (that never came) to an expectant teenager hoping for something other than clothes (I’ve since outgrown that sentiment). As an adult, birthdays became reasons to go out and celebrate. Today, whether it be mine or other people’s, I still enjoy birthdays. Who doesn’t with all those offerings of cake flying around? The reasons to look forward to a birthday may change over the years, but for most, it is something we look forward to celebrating.

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Renovation to Innovation


I am not a handy kind of girl. What I mean is things like carpentry, plumbing, and drywalling do not come naturally to me. (I have left out electrical because some things should really be left to professionals.) I do not have that inherent handy gene built in. I have never followed any carpentry or handy type courses, nor have I had the luxury of having this type of information passed down to me by more learned acquaintances. I have learned everything I have needed to learn, thus far, from the Internet, YouTube is my usual go to. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video? That, my friends, is priceless.

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Betting to Win while Hoping to Lose


No one bets to lose, well aside from illegal gaming rackets and some stock market players, almost no one bets to lose. In this case, I am going to try to lose some weight and put some money where my waist is.

I’ve just finished a month long DietBet challenge, and it was so fun that I thought I would give another game a go, and of course, you are all invited to join in should you be so inclined. Whether you have a lot to lose or a little is no matter. The point is getting to a healthier place through exercise and making better eating choices.

Through my month-long escapade of eating right and exercising, I lost 11.2 pounds. (That 0.2 lb is important you know.) If I can keep this up from now until the summer, I should be well on my way to the world of a much healthier me—I can’t wait, but I will have to.

This is not The Biggest Loser, nor is it some sort of extreme excercise regimen. I am not starving, nor am I craving anything. There is no deprivation here. There is no magic pill, there is no one shouting at me to “Stop the Insanity!” There is just a good dose of healthy eating with exercise, which takes time. That is it.

For those who are new to the game, the premise is pretty simple. As an example, you bet an amount designated by the organizer, usually about $30, that you will be able to lose 4% of your weight in one month. You do a weigh-in and a weigh-out with two photos. One is a full-body photo of you on your scale, and the other is close-up of the scale with a “weigh-in word” that is sent to you by e-mail on the days of the weigh-in placed beside the scale.  When you attain your 4% weight-loss goal in a month, you win in so many ways: mentally, physically, and monetarily. The amount you win depends on the how much is in the pot. That’s it in a nutshell.

I hope to see you all there on the DietBet message board and losing to win!

P.S. I forgot to add DietBet’s No Lose Guarantee that says, “If you win your DietBet, you won’t lose money. We guarantee it. Even if everyone in your game wins, we’ll forfeit our cut so winners never lose money.”

With that kind of guarantee, how can you lose, except for the weight of course.