At 34, Sara Lugger was over 340 pounds and effectively stopping herself from leading her own life. However, thanks to a well-placed bet, Lugger came away a big winner and is a woman who says she is finding herself more.
Lugger had struggled with weight for most of her life. She had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was younger and put on prednisone. The steroid made it challenging for her to lose weight, and when she had further surgery to correct the condition, the woman noticed that her own bad habits were what governed her eating habits, not the prednisone. She had even gone so far as to say that she was not a basketball fan simply because she knew she could not fit into the arena seats.
Thanks to DietBet, the 34-year-old woman has become a Detroit Pistons fan. She had placed a $5 bet that she would lose a certain amount of weight, and had been inspired by a friend’s success to do so. She says that her progress on her weight loss journey was helped by her all or nothing mindset.
In betting she will lose, Lugger is a woman who is now $330 richer. In addition to dropping from size 28 to a size 12, she moved her bets from the minimum of $5 to $50, a factor that has certainly contributed to her winnings. She and her friend Christie Williams, who has lost 60 pounds as a result of her wagering on DietBet, are now planning on doing a 5 kilometer run.
DietBet is a website where you initially bet that you will lose 4 percent of your body weight for a minimum bet of $5. As you move into greater weight loss goals, you can steadily increase your bet, where you can bet you will lose 10 percent of your body weight in 6 months. According to the site, there has been nearly $150,000 paid out to date. Celebrity weight loss guru Jillian Michaels is also getting in on the action; for a $30 bet, challengers can work on getting “ripped in a month.”
She began her weight loss challenge shortly after her birthday in February 2013. To meet her weight loss goals, Lugger got rid of all the junk food in her home and decided to get up a half-hour earlier each day in order to work out on her elliptical trainer. She replaced her usual breakfast with a protein shake and now, after losing 140 pounds, she has discovered she actually loves basketball.
The woman who bet to lose and ended up winning says she is enjoying that she is no longer hiding behind her weight. In keeping to a 1,200 calorie a day diet, Lugger is continuing to lose weight and according to Williams, is the same person who loves to dance and have fun that she has always known. Betting to lose in order to win seems to have worked for the 34-year-old physical therapist, who also makes use of the exercise equipment at work to stay healthy. She notes that she was also then able to go out in the evening with friends if she wanted to. In transforming her life, Lugger says she has found herself – and a few extra dollars for a new wardrobe, too.
By Christina St-Jean
The People’s 411