Reignite Your Fire to Achieve Your Goals!


Every New Year’s Eve, Chris and I gather up our friends, family, and EWL peeps for a little resolutions party. It is without a doubt one of my favorite days of the entire year. Together, we hang out, set off fireworks, and laugh about the crazy adventures over the last year. Right before the New Year hits, we each write out individual resolutions on paper lanterns and release them into the sky. There is something so powerful about declaring your resolutions out loud to those closest to you. These kinds of promises, as opposed to silent promises, give us an added layer of accountability that we all need…including me!! It seems like just yesterday we were sending our lanterns off with the season 4 peeps…and in just a few days now, we’ll be repeating this tradition with our new group of friends!!

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. You know…that time of year when at least 45% of us make those New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, or save money, or get out of debt, or go back to school, or cross off that bucket list item…and on and on.

Why is it, then, that on December 31st, only 8% of resolution makers are successful? Why do we have a hard time achieving any goal, no matter when we begin? Why is it so hard to do what we know we need to do? What quenched that burning fire we felt on day 1 of this “fresh start,” and how can we reignite it and be successful goal achievers? It might take some trial and error to find your fire, but go for it—you’re so worth it!

Here are my six solutions for reigniting, and then keeping your goal-achieving fire burning brightly—with some motivational quotes thrown in for some extra kindling:

1. Have a heart-to-heart conversation with yourself and ask—and answer—the hard questions: Why do I want to achieve this goal? How will my life be better by achieving it? If this is a repeat goal, why did I fall (because we never fail!) the last time? What will I do differently this time?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~Unknown

The best goal has a deeper motivation—that burning fire you feel within: to get a better job, to be able to play with your kids without feeling like you’re going to die, to retire at a certain age, etc. And while a goal to fit into that pair of jeans might get you started, it’s probably not a long-term motivator. Find that “burning fire” purpose and you’re good to go!

Purpose is the most powerful motivator in the world. ~Gandhi

2.  Prioritize:  If your calendar and to-do list don’t match up with your goal, you’ve got a problem.

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage…to say “no” to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger “YES” burning inside. ~ Stephen Covey

Yes, you need to take care of life and the people in your life, but if your to-do list is full of too many low-priority “other” things, you’ve lost your bigger, burning YES! Carefully prioritize your life and make sure those YESs are front and center.

3.  Replace fear with courage: The fear of failure is a huge fear we all have to deal with when committing to a goal, and the hardest part of reaching that goal is often convincing ourselves we can change even though we’re afraid! One of the easiest ways to find the courage amongst your fears is to make and keep one small Promise to yourself. Success ignites even more courage!

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. ~Disney’s “The Princess Diaries”

4.  Celebrate every single success, no matter how small: Set up your own reward system—it works for kids, why wouldn’t it work for you?! Make your rewards something tangible, motivating, and goal-related, and remember that each tiny success makes that fire burn even hotter, so celebrate!

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. ~Tony Robbins

5.  Be realistic:

  • Achieving this goal will definitely make your life better, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it will make life “perfect.” If you do, you’re setting yourself up for a big fall.
  • Be prepared to fall, and when you do, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and confess, reassess, and recommit to your goal. Remember: Falling is not failing!
  • Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Feeling comfortable is definitely a fire extinguisher!

Life is not meant to be lived in your comfort zone. ~Laurel Day

6.  Some other ways to keep that fire burning:

  • Work on one goal at a time and make sure it’s a SMART Goal.
  • If you don’t know where to start, do some research, ask others, and become a budding expert. For a weight loss goal, check out our Carb Cycling program—it works!
  • Just begin. Focus on one small thing you can do today to move closer to your goal. Get on that treadmill for just 5 minutes, deposit $5 in a savings account, or look over your resume. One small thing.
  • Prepare for and take care of small bumps in the road before they become huge roadblocks to your success.HeidiPowell_Lanterns

Guys, I’ve got an amazing way for you to get a great start on that 2015 weight loss goal, and it starts January 5th. Chris and I are hosting another DietBet game—“Get Lean in 2015 with Heidi & Chris Powell”—and we’d love to have you on our Get Lean Team! It’s simple: Bet $30, lose 4% of your body weight in 30 days, and split the pot (which is growing every day, BTW!). What an awesome way to invest in yourself in more ways than one. 😉 Who’s in? Get all the info here!

And remember, finding your fire and keeping it burning brightly is all up to you—no one can do it for you. So what’s your resolution for 2015 going to be? I’d love to hear it – leave your resolutions  for the New Year in the comments below!





  1. Sara D - January 7, 2015

    Did anyone win the 2 entries?

  2. Patti Collins - January 5, 2015

    One thing I really want to change in 2015 is to get more sleep. Every year I have the same goal to eat better and lose weight, but I never seem to address the sleep issue. Lack of sleep affects how I look, how I feel, and also has a negative affect on reaching my goals. I also read somewhere that sticking to a set schedule for getting up and going to bed is really good for you. So I’m going to try the set schedule in order to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and hope that will help me reach my goals this year. :-)

  3. Carla - January 5, 2015

    My 2015 – I really need to be realistic so small goals, so with you on that Heidi! Here with all of you new friends, I say I will drink more water each day and eat within 30 minutes after waking up. I need to lose some pounds as well but will start small and happily add in the coming months as I make these goals. Thank goodness for the New Year and the hopefulness of a better self. Cheers!

  4. Isabel - January 5, 2015

    My resolutions for this year is take action and keep going. I feel like the continuatioj of a good habit is what makes me reach a goal. And I need to make it a habit. Working out and healthifying my diet.
    I want to not have my back ache debilitating me.

  5. Carolyn - January 5, 2015

    I am excited to embrace 2015! I have a lot of issues to address: physical, mental, and financial. I joined the diet bet contest, and since I have been living as a hoarder, the first hurdle will be clearing a space so that I can actually take a picture in front of the mirror. I had joined a diet bet last year, and never was able to take the pic :(
    I ‘m not one to just list resolutions. I’ve been reading and working through the questions in the 2nd chapter of CHOOSE MORE, LOSE MORE FOR LIFE. I joined an amazing gym/wellness center last year, but my attendance was sporadic. I actually LOVE being there, and the exercise seems to help my depression and agoraphobia. The questions in the book are reinforcing my desire to take charge of my health, and my finances. I will soon be 56, I’m very overweight, and due partly to a fracture in 1977, I have severe arthritis, and walk with a cane. I don’t let that stop me from dancing in Zumba classes at the gym! This gym also has an amazing aquatic area with many water classes. As far as financial; I am facing the possibility of foreclosure on my house…and I have not aggressively pursued employment that rewards my education and talents. 2015 is an open invitation to TAKE CHARGE OF MY LIFE!!! And I must add, The Powell Pack provides constant motivation! Thank You!

  6. Stephanie mills - January 4, 2015

    I am going tO do for ME. Everything I have ever done has been for everyone else, my kids my husband my family my friends. I deserve to be happy and healthy and this is MY year, the year of ME!

  7. Brian Lindsay - January 4, 2015

    I’m going to dedicate an hour a day (30 min when I wake up & 30 min before bed) to self improvement and self reflection.

  8. leslee lovell - January 4, 2015

    To drink more water with lemon essential oil and try to eat only real whole food .

  9. Robin - January 4, 2015

    I started a new job and I am going to follow the example of my healthy co-workers and continue on my weight loss journey. My husband and I did well on your last Diet Bet and felt we could keep the momentum going. It did not work as we planned. My co-workers are great at reminding me to drink my water and make healthy choices. My husband and I were raised making poor food choices and our 6 year old son is falling into the same cycle. It is time to make changes all the way around. Every year we have said we are going to “TRY” this year the word try is gone and we are going to ‘DO”! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  10. Dinah Wiederstein - January 4, 2015

    The one thing I am working on this year is journaling my feelings. I am an emotional eater and I need to be sure I am eating because I’m hungry… not because of something else… boredom, anger, frustration….. So, I’ve started doing that to keep me on track!

  11. Jodie - January 4, 2015

    I am studying to become a health coach so that I can learn how to properly feed myself and my family. I also plan to help cancer survivors, cancer warriors and those predisposed to get cancer learn how to feed their bodies to keep them strong and healthy. I am writing this as I eat my quinoa burger. I also hope to recover from my most recent surgery so I can get back to the business of running and training for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

  12. Trina - January 4, 2015

    My goal is not only for me but my family. The choices that i make will also include my children and husband as introducing clean eating is healthy but also does not have to be boring. I intendvto folloe the bode plan, my children love the shakes. They are both into high energy sports. We find a drink after replenishes what they lost during the sport, also great as a breakfast kick off. 2015 is going to be a dab year. New kettle bells for appropriate lifting for all too. Cant wait to rock this year.

  13. Mary Jo - January 4, 2015

    I joined a cycling class at the YMCA. I have very bad knees, but I figured I can do what I can do – even if everyone else is pedaling faster – at least I am trying.

  14. Allison - January 4, 2015

    My goal is to get to my healthiest weight for my 50th birthday and to make exercise a part of my life. My husband had quintuple bypass surgery this year unexpectedly and it really shook us up! I want both of us to be the healthiest we can be!

  15. Amanda - January 4, 2015

    I ran my first marathon in 2014 and while it was amazing, distance training left little time for strength training and I wound up injured. My goal for 2015 is to do 2-3 days of strength training each week to make me a better runner!

  16. Tyann - January 4, 2015

    I love you guys! Your whole family! I have had fluctuation weight since I turned 18. I went from the too skinny girl to the fat girl. I worked so hard a few years ago to lose weight and I was down to a very nice 138- then I had a breast cancer diagnosis and it seems getting my body to do what I want after a mastectomy has been hard and not motivating. As of December 31, I have tried to make sure I get my 9 a day in! YesterdY WAS a struggle. My family wanted to go for pizza and when we got there the salad bar was broken. I ended up eating 2 breadsticks and two slices- I came home sad and depressed. I am 190 as of today that scares the crap out of me. I want this to be my year! If you would pick me for the free membership I promise to work hard and surprise you!

  17. Melissa B - January 4, 2015

    I have been drinking water instead if soda. When I grab a snack I bypass the chips for fresh veggies. I have been walking more. All baby steps I know but I have to start somewhere and with limited income I have to do what I can.

  18. Linda Bullock - January 4, 2015

    My goal for this year is to lose that last 30 lbs of my weight loss journey. I have included a new treadmill and Fitbit Charge into WL challenge.

  19. jen Capitao - January 4, 2015

    I am changing my families way of life. My husband was just diagnosed with serve diverticulitis and i am not going to lose him this young! We are scared but committed to a healthier life! WE quit smoking 8 years ago together, we can do this together! I would love a free entry because i can not afford the $30. Entry right now

  20. CAROLYN MABE - January 4, 2015

    I have Chris’ book coming in Choose more to loose more and have his Vemma Bode chocolate protein shake . I will take one day , one meal, one step at a time and increase my exercising each day. Plus drink half of my body weight of water each day If I fall down I will shake my pants off and start again the very next day. We can do this !!! I also am going to teach myself to love myself ! Good luck everyone and God Bless , Carolyn Mabe.

  21. Gabrielle - January 4, 2015

    I’ve suffered with my weight all of my life. I’ve been overweight since the age of 9 and I have multiple health issues. I have tried numerous diets, fads, pills, & gyms. I never made it work. I do suffer from asthma & multiple sclerosis, but I’m determined to not let that stop me. This year, I have the help of Vemma Bode’ to keep me on track. *Praying* And I have 4 dogs to keep me busy. With the long walks, water drinking, shakes, & yoga that I plan on doing….. I’m feeling that this year will be the one where I’m able to lose the weight that I desperately been wanting to get rid of. It’s been a long time coming…

  22. Kandyce - January 4, 2015

    I am teaming up with supportive friends and coworkers so we can support eachother in getting healthy this year!

  23. Kayla - January 4, 2015

    Great post and advice! I am tracking my water intake with the app Plant Nanny to be sure I’m staying healthy and hydrated!

  24. RK Menghini - January 4, 2015

    I have been an athlete all my life… a former college volleyball player and wife of 29 yrs to a collegiate FB and Baseball player. We have 3 beautiful daughters, all very athletic-2 were college softball players and one is still in HS. I’ve been inspired by you recently filming in a town I teach in. In fact, the young man going through the life change with EWL actually loved playing VB with the HS girls that I coached and he was darn good at it!! I have put on over 50 lbs since then and just had rotator cuff surgery. My husband was bit by a spider yrs ago and long story short-it about took his leg~instead it took his ability to exercise, career, and determination. Hence, he has put on approx 200lbs since we’ve been married. I have stopped drinking pop~and plan to walk more to get exercise. I’m SO looking for a way for the 2 of us to lose together–we are both very competitive by nature! Your words are inspiring and I hope to be as fortunate as some who have found that balance in life where exercise is on the forefront!

  25. Shelley Stockdale - January 4, 2015

    The first thing I realize I need to do is quit beating myself up. It’s ok and I will do my best. More water and eating healthy will be a big part of my resolution. Also being ok with who I am will definitely be a part of my goals as well. ☺️

  26. Amanda Pounds - January 4, 2015

    My goal this year is to continue my fitness journey throughout my pregnancy and then to reach my ideal weight by the end of the year. To reach this goal, I’m committing to a 30 minute workout each day and a daily spiritual devotion.

  27. Kerry - January 4, 2015

    I have joined your dietbet and I am so excited to work off the extra weight I have put on in the last year. Thank you for your blog and motivation! My first few goals are to get back to yoga consistently, exercise for at least 30 min 5X/week, and drink a gallon of water a day.

  28. Kimberly - January 4, 2015

    I have not really made any resolutions before, but know this year it is very important for me to do so. I am 49 and probably over 350 (not sure because my scales don’t go up that far). I found out I have 2 surprises coming this year, my 2 daughter’s are each having their 1st baby. One lives across the US in North Carolina. I’d love to be there for the birth, but I’m pretty sure I won’t fit in the seat of an airplane. She’s due in July, so I have a goal to get down small enough to make the flight for my grand baby’s arrival. An overall goal is to get healthy so I can be there for both grand babies as they grow up. I know that, if I don’t make goals and stick with them, I will miss it all completely.

  29. Patricia Roberts - January 4, 2015

    Two goals for 2015: I registered for a half marathon in May and I’m going to kick off the year on Heidi and Chris Powell DietBet Challenge!!
    I started my fitness journey two years ago in January 2013. I lost 50 pounds the first year! I maintained the loss the second year. I eat better and I exercise consistently. There’s no going back!!

  30. Jessica - January 4, 2015

    A few years ago I found out I had a PCOS. I was upset but it also explained why I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life and why I have such intense sugar cravings. 6 weeks ago we had a baby girl, yay :), and so one thing I’m doing to help reach my goal this year is to cut out sweets! It’s going to be so dang hard but soooo worth it! It’ll help my baby girls health as well as help get my PCOS under control! I am so excited about this diet bet and really hope you pick me for the entry!!

  31. Marge - January 4, 2015

    I’m going to love myself no matter what! Through all the ups and downs of this month I’m going to be strong.

  32. Jennifer Neumann Brooks - January 3, 2015

    For 2015, and beyond, my goal is to live a better life and be a better, bolder me for my two little girls! One way I plan to do this is by being active with them. When my girls want to go outside, I will encourage this and enjoy this time, rather than finding a reason not to!
    This will be a great year for me and my family!

  33. KristenDoze - January 3, 2015

    My plan for 2015 is to prepare my lunches the night before so if I’m running late I don’t have an excuse to grab fast food!! This will definitely take a lot of stress out of my mornings!

  34. Shauna - January 3, 2015

    I am committed to moving more and making better food choices in 2015. Going to join a spin class to ensure that I get off the couch!

  35. Fran - January 3, 2015

    Chris & Heidi,

    As a cancer survivor (bilateral breast cancer 2006) I have learned to appreciate life & that I am alive. My goal this year is to remind myself that God has chosen me to keep me alive, then I need to embrace it and do everything I can. I don’t want to waste my life. I go to the gym, make healthy food choices, and get plenty of sleep.

    Thank you for the consideration.

    Fran Parker
    nana to Jaedyn & Caspian

  36. Annette M - January 3, 2015

    I want to eat more colorful food and to drink more water. I want to start little so I can keep it up rather than trying to change everything and fail.

  37. Madeline - January 3, 2015

    drink half my body weight in water everyday, and increase my running mileage to 30-40 miles a week to build a marathon training base.

  38. Felicia Basagoitia Rash - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to take more time for myself and work on self discipline.

  39. Fran - January 3, 2015

    As a cancer survivor (bilateral breast cancer 2006, I have learned to appreciate life. My goal this year is to remind myself that if God has chosen me to keep me alive, then I need to embrace it and do everything I can. I go to the gym, make health food choices, and get plenty of sleep.

    Thank you.

    Fran Parker
    nana to Jaedyn & Caspian

  40. Lauren - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to drink more water, love myself and include more exercise, b/c running is cheaper than therapy into my life in order to reach my goals. It’s time to make time for me.

  41. Amanda P - January 3, 2015

    After losing 50 lbs in 2012 I felt my best then gained most of my weight back in 2014 due to work and home stress. No more excuses. I’m getting lean in 2015. How can I be a role model to my son if I’m not willing to put in the hard work? I am motivated by everyone on Dietbet. I’m looking forward to the challenge and permanent lifestyle change. I rejoined a gym and have started working with a personal trainer. Now I need to get my meals, snacks and water in line and I’ll be good to go.

  42. Renee Pierson - January 3, 2015

    I was diagnosed with Lupus in Sept and I am at my heaviest weight in 15 years. I bought Choose More Lose More and a Nutra Bullet and my goal is to follow the carb cycling and do 30 minutes of excersize 6 days a week. My Dr has told me that getting my health and mental well being back in balance would go a very long way in getting my Lupus in remission. My wonderful now fiance proposed on Christmas day and I also have a long term goal to lose 80 lbs by Oct 2015 so I can buy my dream wedding dress. Thank you for all you an Chris do. I would be honored to be chosen to participate. ☺

  43. Joanna Garcia - January 3, 2015

    This year, I’ve signed up for the 2015 in 2015. That’s alot of walking and jogging! It seems I stay on track better when I have a challenge and some competition! That’s also why I joined the DietBet. This is going to be a great year! Thanks for the encouragement!

  44. Susie - January 3, 2015

    I am making sure I eat protein with each meal while staying balanced nutritionally!

  45. Katherine Masters - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to focus on food preparation and journaling what I eat.

  46. Liz - January 3, 2015

    My plan for 2015 is to drink more water & complete my goal of 10,000 steps per day.

  47. Debbie - January 3, 2015

    i want to read Chose to Lose and learn about carb cycling. And, I want to use an app I heard about today called Waterlogged to keep track of drinking water throughout the day.

  48. Molly - January 3, 2015

    I plan to manage my time better this year. I have 5 kids ages ten and under and I have a hard time fitting in a wirkout inbetween house work, running kids places, and school things. I have 30 pounds to lose and I would love to feel more confidant. I love everything you do for people. You guys are awesome examples.

  49. Gerri - January 3, 2015

    I lost 40 lbs in 2014 and am so glad I’ve found a way to lose weight without feeling deprived especially because it makes me feel so good. Whole30 for January and increase my exercise levels then continued clean eating to reach my goals.

  50. Jennifer - January 3, 2015

    I signed up for your Dietbet. I plan on doing one a month until I reach my weightloss goal. I will be doing Kickboxing twice a week and I am going to train to do the Flagstaff Extreme Challenge in March. I want to try to start running again. I finally feel strong enough from recovering from a shattered ankle. 2015 is my year to not only help myself get healthy, but it also my year to help others with their journey!

  51. Bridget - January 3, 2015

    My goal is to eliminate drinking soda and lose that last bit off weight that I need to take off.

  52. Debbie - January 3, 2015

    Wanting to get healthy (I.e. Lose weight and quit smoking) because, after almost 7 yrs of marriage my husband finally wants to start trying for a baby of our own ( I have a 9 yr old step-son)!!

  53. Kim Pena - January 3, 2015

    Hi Heidi!!! I have been using my Jawbone to keep track of my steps each day! And, to help me get enough sleep! Happy New Year!!!

  54. June - January 3, 2015

    I plan to plan my food and exercise. I matter!
    Do you have any suggestions for shift workers? It is a challenge.

  55. Stefanie Stephens - January 3, 2015

    I designed and printed my own simple planner and had it spiral bound so it is easy to keep with me and use. The ONE THING above all else I’m going to do is be brutally honest and log every bite I eat…every ounce of water I drink…all my activities and workouts…and write at least one positive thing that happens each day. This is going to be a phenomenal year!

  56. Patricia P. - January 3, 2015

    I am working on myself, eating better, owning my choices and learning more about carb cycling.

  57. Michelle - January 3, 2015

    Ok, it’s before midnight! , In 2015 my goal is to complete at least one 5k race each month and inspire my friends to do them with me. My wish will be to have a new coworker, friend, family member complete one with me and thru the fun we have, inspire them to lead a healthy life!
    ***fingers crossed I’m chosen, I don’t get paid til after it starts (sad face)***

  58. Jennifer - January 3, 2015

    2015 is “the year of me”! That’s what I’ve let my family know.. I have spent the last few years focusing on everyone and everything other than me and this year is about balance and self-love

  59. Evan J. B. - January 3, 2015

    Last year was amazing for me, I was able to move out of my parents house! Along with gaining independence, I’ve also gained self control. I noticed that my family has a very unhealthy lifestyle and of course that is no excuse for me but it definitely didn’t help me reach any type of fitness goal. I don’t allow myself to live like that now and since I don’t live with them there are no temptations in my home, and no need to tag along to late fatty dinners.
    This year I hope to keep a healthy lifestyle. To do that I hope to; 1. Drink LOTS of water! 2. eat more protein! and 3. exercise at least 4 times a week.
    Here’s to a healthy, happy, goal achieving year! 2015 I’m coming for you!

  60. Karen - January 3, 2015

    Stop making excuses! Drink more water, exercise at least 3-4 times per week, get off my butt….and do this for ME!!

  61. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    I gave up chocolate. Anyone who knows me knows that is huge for me!

  62. Kendra - January 3, 2015

    I am going to train for a marathon

  63. kristy - January 3, 2015

    mt goal is to start loosing the 30-40 lbs I’ve been wanting to loose and feel better mentally and physically!

  64. Barbara G - January 3, 2015

    I injured my knee in March of 2014 and was beginning to feel almost healed up so that I could start exercising; but then I was in a car accident (rear-ended) and that re-injured my knee again (and other parts of my body), in Sept, so I have been unable to do anything physical and I have gained some weight and I’m very out of shape. My goal to start this year is to begin to move and get my body healed and start eating WAY better than I have been.

  65. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    I am making a resolution to stay positive! We’ve even started a negativity jar in our house. Negative comments, attitudes, etc owe a quarter:). I have lots of things I want to accomplish this year and I think the key to achieving my goals is to stay positive!!

  66. Alyssa - January 3, 2015

    I will verbalize my goals with my husband. I love how ideas become concrete when spoken.

  67. Tamara King - January 3, 2015

    I’m committing to finally living me! My first husband passed when I was 27 and pregnant with my/our first child. From then forward I felt guilty, stopped caring about me and focused on everyone else. In addition I battle bipolar and anxiety. The anxiety was made worse after the loss of my first spouse. I obsess over losing another loved one. My husband now battles the rarest form of multiple sclerosis and needs to be able to count on me. My daughter and three step kids need to be able to count on me. I want to count on and love me. I choose now. I choose happiness. I believe it’s my time. It has to be. I have to let go.
    Blessings and good luck ALL!

  68. Karen - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to be kinder to myself….as in the “self talk”….Figure out this loving myself stuff:)
    Happy New Year

  69. Carlee Belnap - January 3, 2015

    I am going to eliminate diet sodas, and work on loving myself.

  70. Joellen - January 3, 2015

    Focusing on me.mind,body,and spirit!

  71. Kris - January 3, 2015

    I got myself a weight set for Christmas! I’m going to commit to doing 30 minutes of weights, 3 times a week and intersperse cardio 2 days a week. I’m also getting back to a more plant based diet and cutting down on the carbs and sugar. 2015 is my year!

  72. Sally Larsen - January 3, 2015

    Drink more water!!

  73. denise - January 3, 2015

    Use friends (accounabillibuddies), #dietbet, apps, websites and fun to keep me motivated. I love that so many 5ks are now much more #colormerad #dirtydash. We have big gatherings of families getting active at these races.

  74. Olivia - January 3, 2015

    I am going to be more consistent. It is the biggest struggle for me to remain consistent when making good choices!

  75. Elizabeth - January 3, 2015

    Thanks for the giveaway! One thing I’m doing this year is to focus on getting more sleep. I have bad sleep hygiene and am constantly tired, which contributes to weight gain, lack of motivation in working out, and a generally bad quality of life. An earlier bedtime is one of my resolutions!

  76. Sharon - January 3, 2015

    I walked 5 miles a day, did aerobics and cycled for many years until I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. I managed to lose 50 pounds last year, without exercising, and had success in keeping it off for 8 months. Now the weight is creeping back up and I am feeling the dreaded ” I have to do this again” coming on. I can never seem to maintain my weight losses and now, with my health preventing me from being able to exercise as I need to, it makes it even harder to lose. I am joining this challenge for support and to learn how to live a lifestyle that will be with me for a lifetime, not until the weight I need to lose is gone. Thank you for all the encouragement you give to everyone, I am so glad I found this group!

  77. Kaley - January 3, 2015

    One thing I’m doing to reach my goals is setting up a chart for me to check off my progress. It helps me remember and keeps me on track!

  78. Sandi - January 3, 2015

    My resolution is to keep reminding myself that I can do this on my own. I think for too long I’ve been waiting for support that never comes- and as it turns out, I really don’t need it.
    I can do this.

  79. Dana - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to walk 10k steps or more each day. :)

  80. Sonya butler - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to drink more water daily.

  81. Barbara Devine - January 3, 2015

    I have not been active — AT ALL. My son bought me a FitBit for Christmas and we set it up on Sunday afternoon. I have walked more than 10,000 steps every single day this week … 82,000 steps this week (42 miles!!!) I turn 50 this year .. and I am going to celebrate my birthday by weighing 50 lbs less!!!!

  82. Tauna - January 3, 2015

    To help achieve my goals in 2015 I recruited my son to work out with me five days a week and my mom to motivate her to be more active and eat healthier too.

    I’m excited to get me back again….making exercise and good eating a permanent part of my life.

  83. Arrianna - January 3, 2015

    2015 is my medical school application year — at the ripe age of 35. Stress and weight gain have always gone hand in hand for me, and I’ve promised myself this year I’m not going to let that cycle happen again. Especially with a commitment to going into medicine, I’ve got to be practicing what I preach with a healthier lifestyle.

    I’m getting back on track with exercise after falling off that horse last year. 3x week, at least 30 minutes. No matter how busy or stressed I get during the week, I /will/ make that time for myself.

  84. heather - January 3, 2015

    I’m starting a whole 30 tomorrow to kick start my weight loss and help break my sugar addiction.

  85. heidi - January 3, 2015

    Im going to be following the simply filling with weight watchers. Ive lost with it so far but got a medding in may .

  86. Kristin Austin - January 3, 2015

    My 2015 goals are to meal prep for my husband and I each week, drink a gallon of water daily, run/walk 2015 miles in 2015 divided with my hubby, loose 50lbs, make straight As in grad school, and enjoy life in the process!

  87. Joy Bassett - January 3, 2015

    I am going to lose 50 pounds this year. I will start by setting SMART goals and keeping the promises I make to myself.

  88. Julie - January 3, 2015

    Goal 1: be introduced to carb cycling approach to eliminate weight and belly fat by participating in the EWL 6 week challenge.
    Goal 2: trial an elimination diet for 30 days to determine effects of food intolerances on auto immune disorder (Hashimoto’s and adrenal fatigue) and regaining health.

  89. julie - January 3, 2015

    My goal this year is to drink 64 Oz of water every day and write down what I eat.

  90. Kimberly Leeds - January 3, 2015

    I plan on continuing my journey and achieving my goal this year. I lost 78 lbs in 2014 after I decided that I couldn’t, NO wouldn’t let life get in my way. I WILL meet my goal weight this year while also achieving mini goals of different workout moves – no knee push ups, pull ups and box jumps. I WILL succeed!

  91. beth - January 3, 2015

    This year I will do two 5ks and lose 50 pounds

  92. Rena S. - January 3, 2015

    Things I’m doing to achieve my goals this year: DietBet, FitBit Flex, MyFitnessPal, working my butt off, and watching what I put in my mouth. I figure a combination of all will keep me accountable!

    Why am I doing these things? Because my husband and I would like to try to conceive this year and I need to be as healthy as I can to ensure I’m doing everything I can for my future child and family!

  93. Crystal - January 3, 2015

    I am sharing my goals with those closest to me to help keep me accountable.

  94. Megan - January 3, 2015

    This year I am writing everything down! I love lists and I’ve found they are the best way to help me stay focused and motivated to accomplish my goals. 2015 is my year to get healthy! I am making better food choices, drinking more water, meal planning, and challenging myself to workout more. I have been overweight my whole life, but I just turned 25 and am tired of not feeling confident about the way I look. I would love to partake in the Dietbet to keep me accountable and encouraged!

  95. Kathy - January 3, 2015

    I have struggled all my life with my weight. I have gone through a divorce and it is fine to focus on myself for once. I PCOS and it’s out of control due to my life style. My first goal for 2015 is to start learning how to eat clean. I need to eat more fruits and veggies- fresh. I am also a carb person so cutting way back and choosing healthy carbs instead. I need added support to help me through this journey. I have 100+ pounds to lose.

  96. Cayla C. - January 3, 2015

    My resolution is to lose weight, my overall goal is to lose 130 pounds, but starting with 30 pounds at first. I am planning meals and planning out my gym time in my busy college schedule. As going to school full time and working part time, just going to the gym is hard. So I am planning my week out and getting snacks ready!

  97. Shannon S - January 3, 2015

    This year to meet my fitness and weight loss goals I am going to meal prep, limit my sweets and sugar, drink more water and find a workout routine that I can stick with. I am afraid of weights because I don’t know much about them but I will overcome this by learning and doing as much as I can with them!

  98. Infpness - January 3, 2015

    I lost 135lbs, got off meds for diabetes and high blood pressure in 2014. For 2015 I want to focus on fitness and drop an additional 65lbs. I’d love to run a race or do something I never thought I’d be able to… I hope to go white water rafting this year for the first time ever!

  99. Veronica - January 3, 2015

    I will be recruiting an accountability partner (my sister). We will be motivating each other along our journey.

  100. Denise Schneck - January 3, 2015

    my 1st resolution for 2015 is to hit my DietBet goal weight. I’m currently in 3 diet bets (2 transformers and now this one) and now that I’m done having kids, I’m determined to get my body back/get fit again and love the motivation that comes from dietbets!. I ran 10 miles this morning and hope to log 100 miles for the month of January. I’m blogging about my journey on

  101. Tara - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to drink more water and be more positive about weight loss journey!!!

  102. Sabrina - January 3, 2015

    I know you hear it all the time, but I’m a huge believer in the importance of giving people credit when it’s due. We’re so quick to say nasty things to people but we hold back on complimenting others. Thank you so much for sharing your kind heart with the world and motivating others. You inspire so many.

    I digress. Lol!

    After I was injured at work I became extremely depressed and basically just gave up on myself. And as a result gained about 50 pounds. So my New Years resolution is not only to lose weight and get healthy again, but it’s also to start loving myself again. And to do that my first step will be signing up for your dietbet. Also I want to commit to running five days a week so I can work up to running my second full marathon. It would be an AMAZING opportunity to win one of the two dietbets you’re giving away. I hope you have an amazing 2015! God bless!

  103. Jennifer Wexel - January 3, 2015

    I will reach my goals of being a healthier me by drinking half my body weight in water, eating healthier, and being more active.

  104. Karen - January 3, 2015

    I am getting up at 4am to hit the gym before work to help me achieve my weight loss goals of this year!

  105. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    I want to lose my last 30 pounds so my husband and I can start trying to get pregnant! I would love free entry into the diet bet to help me stay accountable and get started again, after losing 65 pounds already!

  106. Shelli - January 3, 2015

    My 2015 goal is to lose 30 pounds!

  107. Stephanie - January 3, 2015

    I made and I have been working on my New Years Resolution since October. I was asked to take part in the Seneca 7 (A Relay. 7 team members. 77.7 miles around Seneca Lake) and I said yes. This will be my first major run ever (I’ve done a sprinkle of 5ks) and I would like to finish it in good time. Running has never been my thing but I know if I keep a positive mindset and keep pushing forward, doing that relay will be the best gift for my 25th birthday and a major accomplishment in 2015.

  108. Megan - January 3, 2015

    Makes me wonder if anyone is even out there……earth to life. I can honestly say that it’s hard to believe anyone one will read this ,on any level of goal. Here I am, desperately leaving a message for a chance to even comprehend the fact that one of you will see and respond. I am here. And all my goal for the new year, the new “me” may be revealed. I do have goals. As ihave every year, that brutal sself control obsticle keeps blinding me. I have gain 90lbs from my sever addiction to food. Last year I’ve lost 73lbs. This year , as always i thought, I’mgoing to loose another 60lbs. I woke up jJanuary 1st and realized that losing weight has always been my obsession . So much that it has controlledmy life. II’m on disability for sever depression and lack of other words, self hatred, no worth. I have recently maintained a normal relationship and learnt to do the “every day mom” type of things. In all honesty , this normalcy has turned my eating into a down ward spiral. My house, my kids my husband, a normal life has scared the shit out of me. I’m used to chaos, to abusive relationships, in all, a life of hell. Needless to say, this is the first time I’ve openly admitted to this. So I can say, my goal is to find myself. Track down that little girl that used to have dreams and goals. Where personal appearance has nothing to do with succeeding. I can tell you that I will diet and do cross fit 4 times a week, but in doing so not putting 100% of myself forward. I want that 100% I want that acceptance of myself. I want to not want materialistic things or that whole “skinny” view in my mind. I want healthy. Mind body and spirit. I seek not only the outer but the inner health. I need this, my kids need this. My arms full of scars need a break and acceptance. My goal. Health.

  109. Leslie Corl - January 3, 2015

    I started my weight loss Journey in 2012 weighing in at 320 pounds. In December of 2014 I lost my first 100 pounds!!!! 2015 will be the year that I lose the rest of my goal weight! I will be scheduling my workouts like they are my job and join a support group full of positive people! I know I can do this! Reading these comments are so inspirational! Your blog has given me so much insight and I know we can ALL do this. Thanks Heidi!

  110. Kylie Springsteen - January 3, 2015

    Hi Chris and Heidi!

    In 2015 I plan to DRINK MORE WATER to help me reach my goals!

    CANT WAIT for the DietBet 4% in 4 weeks! Let’s go!!!

  111. Angie Wilson - January 3, 2015

    To reach my goals I am going to follow a “Clean Eating” program using The 21 Day Fix. I have already finished 2 rounds and lost 13 pounds. This is my first DietBet. I am excited for it to start on Monday!!

  112. Bonnie - January 3, 2015

    This year I am continuing to get my morbidly obese husband on the healthy bandwagon. He’s come a long way but his long list of daily meds takes two people and a spreadsheet to prepare for the month. I know these are slowly killing his organs. I believe with a healthy lifestyle he could be ridden of at least half of them. He’s been my biggest cheerleader for the past 30 years. Like him I still have a way to go to reach my health goals too even if they aren’t as extreme as his. This will be our year to excel!

  113. Katie - January 3, 2015

    Cutting back on my sugar intake.

  114. Kateri Rang - January 3, 2015

    2015 I am going to log my food that I am eating on the Classic Carb Cycle and I am going to drink half my body weight in water! This is my year and my goal is big, 30%of my body weight!

  115. Shell - January 3, 2015

    Lets do this… going to eat smart, work out hard to be the best me in 2015

  116. Lisa - January 3, 2015

    I am going to reignite my commitment to going to the gym, take the dog on a really long walk at least 3 times a week , meal plan, and honor myself and this process of health!

  117. Amelia - January 3, 2015

    I just signed up for the diet bet. This year my goal is to make it into the healthy weight range for my height. I am 14 lb over weight according to my BMI. To make my goal and health a priority I am going to first believe I can do it and not fear failure, this is a biggie, and two I am going to stick to my healthy eating EVEN on the weekends! I tend to slide off the wagon Friday and Saturdays and struggle to get back on on Sundays. So from now on I can slide off for one meal on a weekend during this time I am trying to lose weight.

  118. cathy - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 I plan on being more diligent worth my workouts, drinking more water, and eating better. I also plan on not being so hard on myself about things and finding some ways to deal with stress in a healthy way.

  119. Dawn - January 3, 2015

    My husband and I joined our local fitness center and are committed to getting healthy together as a team like you & Chris . We want to be the best role models we can for our awesome sons. Were going to join your diet bet to get a great kickstart.

  120. Laurissa - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to apply to school to upgrade to an Registered Nurse, all while trying to make healthier choices.

  121. Danielle from PA - January 3, 2015

    My goal this year is to strengthen my legs to be able to dance pain-free with my son on his wedding day on 8/29/2015. I have arthritis in my knees which is very painful, especially when I’m carrying too much weight, so my other goal is to lose the extra 100 pounds that’s exacerbating the issue. To do this, my husband has partnered with me as we begin this journey together on 1/5, eating healthy meals and encouraging each other in exercise and meeting small goals along the way.

    Chris and Heide are great examples for couples like us who want to help build our family’s health!

  122. Ginger - January 3, 2015

    I am partnering up with my husband exercising and utilizing the Dietbet as a way of being accountable.

  123. Rachael Flaten - January 3, 2015

    Since June 2014 I have been using dietbet to lose weight, it has been a great incentive for me to stay on track. I have lost 40 lbs and my goal for 2015 is to lose another 35 lbs. I plan to continue my healthy eating and exercising. My weight loss has slowed so I am looking at your carb cycling program. Hopefully that can jumpstart my 2015 goal! I would love to join your dietbet this month, just need to come up with the funds. Thanks for your encouragement!!!

  124. Samantha - January 3, 2015

    Going to change my eating habits and drink more water!!

  125. Lisa - January 3, 2015

    I would love to sign up, but don’t have the funds as I am in massive amounts of debt! However, I desperately need it since I am having BAD flare ups of my hepatosplenomegaly! I could really use your help!

  126. Penni Jones - January 3, 2015

    Like many women I am a wife, a mom, and work full time as a second grade teacher. It seems like I ALWAYS put myself last. So in 2015 I am promising myself to make time for ME! This includes eating better and getting that water in! Also, my goal is to work out 5 days a week. I want to be a better role model to my own child as well as the chikdren I teach! Looking forward to a great 2015!

  127. Lesley - January 3, 2015

    I will succeed in 2015 because my son and I are exercising and eating healthy together! We set weekly and monthly goals for the next 3 months!

  128. Lydia - January 3, 2015

    I am going try to work out with my son. He is trying to get into shape for hockey. I was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease 1 year ago. I really want to show him that if I can better myself so can he.

  129. Kayla cooper - January 3, 2015

    Hey! In 2015 my goal is to cook healthy foods for my family. Have more family dinners at home at the dining table. I want my husband and I to carb cycle and exercise at least 3 days a week.

  130. Alexandra - January 3, 2015

    This year is MY year! My new years resolution has been to stay focused and work out. So far, I have done my workouts each day in this new year. Even though I was unmotivated, I felt horrible going to bed without a workout and got it done anyways. I just recently found the show on YouTube and they have kept me motivated throughout it all! You guys are so inspirational!

  131. Melissa - January 3, 2015

    This year to achieve my fitness and health goal I am starting T25!

  132. Erin Meise - January 3, 2015

    One thing I am doing to reach my goals is to inspire others. By being an example of what to do and leading the way, I will inspire others to do the same. Giving up soda, drinking enough water, eliminating fast food, upping my fruit and veggie servings and being consistent in my workouts! 2015 is going to be a GREAT year! Thanks to you both for your inspiration and encouragement as well!

  133. Kathy - January 3, 2015

    I am tired of living in fear. I fear that I am going to get diabetes and/or heart disease. I fear going to the store because I have to buy a larger clothing store. I fear that I won’t be able to see my daughter grow up because I prefer instant gratification of fats and sugar. I want to be fearless. I will do this by first adding five minutes of exercise to my day, eating one vegetable or fruit with each meal and limit sweet intake.

  134. Shannon C - January 3, 2015

    I am investing in myself in 2015. I just bought a package of personal training sessions at my gym. All splurges and treats must be for items or services that further my goals.

  135. Tracy Hagen - January 3, 2015

    I lost a total 90 pounds since June 2013, and gained at least 5 pounds since Thanksgiving. So my goals for 2015 is to lose that 5 lbs and to tone up my stomach by walking on my treadmill more and slowly working my way into running. Hoping in 2015 I can reach those goals!!!

  136. Michele T - January 3, 2015

    This year I resolve to spend more time with my kiddos doing something active everyday! Hopefully by doing this I will be able to start exercising and actually stick with it for longer than a week or two. I also hope to have a more grateful heart and in being thankful daily I hope to have a more positive outlook on life with less stress and more laughter!

  137. Jelani Morton - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to continue my meal preps to ensure I am eating properly. I will make sure I am meeting my water intake daily as well.

  138. Michael Young - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to be honest with myself about my health. Being honest allows me to focus and set realistic goals.

  139. LEigh - January 3, 2015

    i am eating clean and working out. I’ve lost 40lbs in the last 9 months and I have 15lbs more to go. My 40th bday is in April so I am on a mission!

  140. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    I have joined the diet bet, and I’m putting it out there for the universe to see: this is the year I do it, get fit, healthy and let my inner athele out. Thank you Powells for inspiring me and giving me the tools & courage to finally take this step!

  141. Tiffanie - January 3, 2015

    One of my goals for 2015 is to run a full marathon for the first time!!! This year is going to be great and I can’t WAIT to start the dietbet!!!

  142. MIssy Hornsby - January 3, 2015

    I will be 50 this year so I want to be in the best shape of my life. I want to do some type of exercise every day and drink more water. I can do this!!

  143. Missie - January 3, 2015

    I am a single mother of 4 and I’m ready 2 put MYSELF a priority!!! I want to get back healthy so I can be here for my kids and be involved in their lives! I lost 50 pounds last year but I’m extremely stuck…ready to get back going and be a much healthier me & Mom

  144. Tammy - January 3, 2015

    In 2013 I lost 50 lbs. However work got in the way and gained back 9 lbs. I plan to get back to a more dedicated workout schedule and lose that last 60 lbs. Starting the year with already working out 2 of the 3 days.

  145. Mary - January 3, 2015

    in 2015 I am going to be determined to lose the weight that I had lost two years ago and seemed to find again once more. I am in a wedding in April and would really like to be at a healthy weight, feeling good about myself not only on the outside but the inside as well. Any help and encouragement is much appreciated.

  146. Mary - January 3, 2015

    I have enjoyed watching your show on Extreme Weight Loss each summer. You are true inspirations, and I mean that! I have gain and loss weight for the last 20 years or so. I never had trouble gaining weight when I was younger, but it seemed to become quite a struggle as I reached my 30’s and well into my 40’s ;-( I need to have a set mind and determination to do this, and lots of motivation. I would like to lose 40 pounds by April. I am in a friend’s wedding and I would really like to achieve that goal and start feeling good about myself on the inside as well as the outside. I would appreciate your help! 😉

  147. carmen antczak - January 3, 2015

    This year my I am going to make a huge effort for my husband and I to eat clean and walk together. We both are in need to loose weight. Baby steps!!

  148. kristy ricardi - January 3, 2015

    This year I am focusing all of my time and energy and getting myself and my MOM fit! I will be taking her swimming twice a week and getting myself to the gym (that I LOVE) 3-4 times a week. NO EXCUSES and NO time off. This is a big year for our family and I NEED and WANT my mom to be healthy and happy to be able to enjoy the best times of our lives.

  149. Stacey M. - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I am committed to being more active. I feel like my body is begging me to be more active and I am up for the challenge. I am not approaching this new year with the goal of being on a diet, but with a commitment to make healthier eating choices most times, practice portion control when I do indulge, and to be more active. I deserve to present my best self to this world. Watch out 2015, I am showing up and I came to WIN.

  150. Heather - January 3, 2015

    My main goal for 2015 is to focus on eating intuitively. I’ve spent so much time obsessing over calories and fat and such that I never learned how to eat based on how I was actually feeling in my body. Now I want to hone in on my bodily sensations and learn to recognize actual hunger, satiety, fullness, and thirst. I think this will really help with my emotional eating or eating out of boredom just because I have “calories left” in the day.

    Here’s to a great 2015 for all of us! :)

  151. Stacy - January 3, 2015

    these are great tips to help me stick to my goals for 2015. My big goal is to feel comfortable in my own skin, not to be skinny. I would like to wear a bikini in summer for the first time. I plan to prioritize better and celebrate the little things. I want to focus on meal planning and win the battle in the kitchen for me and my 3 daughters. As a mom you are a great inspiration! The DietBet would be a great jump start towards reaching my goals.

  152. Debbie - January 3, 2015

    10,000 steps
    Working every day into 2015 and beyond.

  153. Alvina - January 3, 2015

    Know in my heart that every day is a new day.
    Goal: try to crossfit 3-4times a week and eat clean.
    #eatclean #getlean2015

  154. Dana W - January 3, 2015

    I’m doing 2 things this year to get going on wright loss. I’ve started drinking 64 ounces of water/day (small steps!) and using my Fitbit to get in 10,000 steps a day. I really want to look better and more importantly feel better this year. The big 50 is quickly approaching (next year), and I want to greet it with a smile and a big “I don’t care ’bout no stinkin’ number!” But first I’ve got to get that number on the scale down 😉

  155. Becca - January 3, 2015

    I am DETERMINED to hit my goal this year. We are officially done with babies (after 3) and I’m ready to be “me” again! 30 pound lighter here I come! 😀

  156. Kate - January 3, 2015

    I have never been able to accomplish my new years resolutions before. I would always make them and basically disregard them almost immediately. But this year I am motivated. For the past four months I have been exercising and eating healthier (not perfectly, but I’ve made the effort consistantly and gotten back on the horse several times after bouts of bad eating). My goals for 2015 are to reach my goal weight (I’m about 25 pounds away), run a marathon (I’m up to 15 miles now), go sky diving, stay on the dean’s list for my last two semesters of college, and (little embarrassed about this one) write and perform stand up comedy. Really excited to see what happens over the year!

  157. Daniel Vega - January 3, 2015

    Last year I gave up sodas and lost nearly 40 lbs. I workout several times a week and have been trying to eat healthier. This year, I will continue to develop healthy habits and plan on running my first marathon.

  158. Kasey - January 3, 2015

    My goals for 2015 are to start working out more religiously. I hope between eating better & working out I will be able to reach my goal.

  159. Katie - January 3, 2015

    i am working with my therapist on loving myself and making me time a priority.which just walking every day. Yesterday and today I walked 5 mins out 5 mins back. I was given some Vemma products but haven’t started it yet. Help with a dietbet would be good. A good motivation I hope.
    Side note, love reading your blogs and watching yall!!

  160. Robert - January 3, 2015

    Unable to locate a scale to weigh myself I know I am over 440lbs I I intend to increase my water intake to exceed 200 oz a day. I will also try nto increase my activity as I am able.

  161. Rachel - January 3, 2015

    I am going to try to drink 1/2 my weight in water every day!

  162. Marisa Dominguez - January 3, 2015

    My main weight loss goals are to drink water because I literally don’t drink any and make it an effort to be physically active each day, even for a short while.

  163. Sharon - January 3, 2015

    I am going to start believing in myself!! and take care of myself not just my kids. but do it so i can take better care of my children and be there for them for the long haul!!

  164. Lindsey G. - January 3, 2015

    My husband and I want to conceive a child in 2015. I’m doing everything possible to get healthy and eat clean. It’s no longer just about a number on a scale (though it needs to be lower!) it’s about preparing a healthy body to create the healthiest possible little being. I’m promising to take it one day at a time and forgive myself for minor mistakes. I’m usually an all or nothing gal!

  165. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    My resolution for 2015 is to be active in all areas of my wellbeing. I want to be more active health wise. I want to be more active in my career, making steps forward. I want to be more active spiritually, seeking out God in my life.

  166. Audrey - January 3, 2015

    I will do my first mud run this year. I want to compete with my son who is in the Air Force. I have never really exercised much before, so this really is a challenge.

  167. Sabrina Fichter - January 3, 2015

    My new years resolution is to lose 10lbs since I just started being a group fitness instructor and I want to make sure I’m leading by example. I am going to reach those goals but eating right but allowing myself to cheat so I don’t feel deprived. I will also keep up my workouts 6 days a week. I joined my first Dietbet that Heidi and Chris is hosting and very excited to lose my 4%. I have also given up they horrible stuff they call soda pop!!

  168. keri kutterer - January 3, 2015

    Hey my name is Keri. I really appreciate you giving people a chance to get in that don’t have the money to. I am 186 lbs and I have started using an app called spark people. This has really opened my eyes. Thank you have a wonderful night!!!

  169. Jennie - January 3, 2015

    To help me reach my weight loss goal this year I am going to try meal planning (including snacks and rewards!) and using one night each week to do the bulk of meal/snack prep for the coming week :)

  170. Michelle McClune - January 3, 2015

    I am making small but meaningful and achievable goals throughout the year las I accomplish one, I will either add to it or add a completely different goal. I am going to document this process daily whether it is journaling success or failure, I know I can look back and learn from both. Her is to a New and improved me in 2015!

  171. Beth T - January 3, 2015

    I have made a promise to myself that this year I am getting healthy. I am just getting over the flu/pneumonia and I need to come out with a bang. I haven’t been eating bad foods only real foods healthy food and this has shown me how it has helped me heal. Imagine how I would feel if o just continued to change my habits. I don’t want this feeling to end. No aches or pains. Crazy what a good diet can do. I never hold myself accountable. I’ve had a lot of down time to think and reflect what I have done to lose this weight and opportunities I never took advantage of because I was scared. I’m done letting the insecurities dictate the rest of my life. I’m in charge! Jumps or leaps… It’s only forward from here. Getting this would really propel my confidence that I can do this because I have people that will cheer me on. Not laugh and say I knew you couldn’t do it. Thank you.

  172. Danielle - January 3, 2015

    My goals for 2015 Healthwise are:
    –stop negative talk. Someone told me once to pick my favorite picture of myself and paste it on my bathroom mirror. Anytime I feel like telling myself something negative, say it to the picture of myself as a child. She said it is impossible to do and redirects thoughts to more positive and uplifting ones.
    –quit soda! I never drink diet because I hate the taste, but I want to quit all of it! Only drink water!
    –Do something active everyday. Even if it is just taking the dog for a walk, I am setting aside at least 30 minutes a day to be active
    –I would like to lose 40 lbs and get back to my pre-night shift worker weight!

    Thanks Heidi and Chris for always reaching out to help others!
    Good luck everyone!

  173. Sarah Davis - January 3, 2015

    I’ve already lost 35lbs. My plan is to continue my workouts at the gym and focus on eating whole foods. I want to eat things that make me feel good!

  174. Charity Barnhill - January 3, 2015

    What a great idea the diet bet is. I suffer from depression and food addiction, but I keep going :o) If I had the money, I would definitely join the bet. Keep up the great work!

  175. Kathryne - January 3, 2015

    in 2015, my word for the year is restoration. I’m turning 40 in July and by that BIG 40… I’m working towards restoration of my health, fitness, relationships and most importantly… My faith! Physically I am working towards being 20 lbs lighter. I am working towards reaching 250 classes of Pure Barre by July and running a half marathon in March!

  176. Veronica H. - January 3, 2015

    Working out was never my issue, the kitchen is. My 2105 goal is to prepare 80% of the food I consume. Taking it one day at a time. I Believe it is possible because I believe in me!

  177. SaraJo Gibson - January 3, 2015

    One of my goals is to kick my addiction to soda. I’m only 26 and am paranoid about getting ospeopoeosis and that’s not okay. 2015 is my year!!! I’m pumped and more importantly I’m ready! : )

  178. Vanessa - January 3, 2015

    I have 3 amazing children I want to be with for a long long time. I will be 40 in 6 months and really need to lose quite a bit of weight.

  179. Kelly Goodwin - January 3, 2015

    Great advice! I have mapped out exercise on a calendar, ordered a Fitbit to keep sure I am moving enough, ordered a Bode Transformation Pack. Tomorrow I make a meal plan for the week. I also joined a support group online challenge of no junk food for 30 days. I’ve looked hard in the mirror at myself and habits and need to change so badly. Thank you for your advice above!

  180. Gina - January 3, 2015

    i was an avid runner who has had to take the past year off due to a torn hamstring. In this past year I’ve gained 30 lbs and sank into depression. Trying to find the motivation to get back with it. Total, using Chris’ book, I did my shopping and I’m hoping to get back to living life with healthy eating, exercise and loving myself.

  181. Stacey - January 3, 2015

    This year I would love to loose all the extra weight I have been carrying, but even if I can’t get rid of all of it I really want to be a better mom (more active) to my kids. Also to spend time with them while they are still young so they will know a fun mom and not a couch potato.

  182. Heather - January 3, 2015

    I would love to have participated in the diet bet but I am unable to come up with the 30$ by the 5th I’m hoping you guys do another one soon it seems like an amazing opportunity and look forward to participating in the future…. You guys are awesome :)

  183. Chantal Dufour - January 3, 2015

    carb cycling hot me to lose 20lbs and its the only thing i believe in, it works and u dont start … I want to join the Dietbet but winning th free entry would push me even more cause id feel a kick in the butt . You and Chris are my biggest role
    Model and inspiration and u guy make me believe each time i watch your show that I CAN do this …. Love u guys you are the best xox

  184. Bern Dougherty - January 3, 2015

    I plan on getting back on a regular gym schedule, cutting back on unhealthy eating. You definitely inspire me to be better and get fit. I actually love working out.
    My other goal unrelated to fitness is to start an Etsy page and sell some of my graphic design projects!

  185. Christine Carl - January 3, 2015

    I am going to try carb cycling. I’ve been trying to get rid of 20 lbs for the last several years but I do not stick to one thing. I think carb cycling would help me focus on eatting right.

  186. Sarah - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to track my foods in MFP and drink more water! Time to nix the Dr Pepper once and for all!

  187. Nate - January 3, 2015

    I was accepted as a member on the American Liver Foundation team running the 2015 Boston Marathon. I run in honor of my father as he fights liver disease.

  188. Mike Sewell - January 3, 2015

    I am going to try to watch what I eat more. I am also going to drink more water instead of Soda or Tea. I will also start to not drink my calories for Meals. (I think Julian Michaels said something like that.)

  189. Brittany Collins - January 3, 2015

    Im getting rid of all the bad influences that have effected my weight loss over the past few months, and tracking everything I eat, even if I fail to stay within my goals

  190. Stephanie Davis - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 my goal is to finally lose my 30 pounds I’ve been wanting to shed. Last year I lost my initial 25 pounds which started me out at 185lbs. So 2015 I would like to reach 130 pounds! I also would like to participate in a lot more runs, last year my husband and I did our first Spartan race! It was probably one of the funnest things I’ve ever done! Heidi and Chris, you guys are so inspiring. From your enthusiasm in helping people and how wonderful you guys are with your children, perfect family 😉
    The dietbet is going to help me finally reach my goal, it will give me that extra push I need!

  191. r todd - January 3, 2015

    I plan to use my Fitness Pal everyday and cut down on artificial sweeteners.

  192. Samantha-Lee - January 3, 2015

    I’m starting 2015 with things that i want to change. I am determined to lose weight this year and i would like to be able to, but i may not have a lot of motivation.

  193. Lizzie - January 3, 2015

    This year I’m running a 5k in March, a 10K in July and a half marathon at Disney in November. This will be my most fit year yet!!

  194. Genevieve - January 3, 2015

    I just did my weight-in for the DietBet. I know i have a LOT of work to do to achievement my longterme goal, but i’m not discourage. I know in my heart I can do it and I have a good support from my husband and motivation from my 2 littles girls. I just (easy word, hard to do;)!) have to control my portions and not have my emotion take the best of me. Yep, i’m an emotional eater. Hopefully, i’ll be strong, stay strong and feel stronger after losing some weight. I will be using my new friend, fitness pal. Thank you to be such a good motivator. You’re inspire me so much to be a good wife and mom:).

  195. Nicole Beam - January 3, 2015

    My New Years resolution is to change my self talk. I have started and stopped “dieting” so many times i can’t count. One thing that remains the same is my inner voice. It’s always telling me what others have told me for years, “she’s so fat, she has a pretty face if only she’d lose weight, why do you even bother, you’re not worthy”. I want to have a better me and i’m about at my wits end. I have to do something before i die. So this year i’m going to start with my inner self instead of my outer self. I’m hoping my physical appearance will soon follow or I just give up. I pray i’m chosen to compete in the “game” because i can’t afford it myself right now and i’m fiercely competitive.
    Best New Year to Everyone!

  196. Estela Clouse - January 3, 2015

    I started training for something I thought I could never do. A half marathon . When I use to 220 I could barely walk without running out of breath let alone run for even 3o seconds. I finally decided to get inshape . Dropped to 160 just 15 pounds shy of my weight goal when I got pregnant. Now at 178 my goal this year is to run a half marathon :) and get to my goal weight ! I love you guys!

  197. Bonnie Jensen - January 3, 2015

    I am starting my health journey by scheduling a physical, to make sure I can go this in a healthy way. I am drinking more water and not allowing diet soda to pass my lips. I am also going to walk/jog/run 2.015 miles in 2015. If I don’t challenge myself to change, no one will.

  198. Rachelle - January 3, 2015

    Our family is going to work together to eat better. Cutting down on sugar and learn to make healthier choices. Also, becoming more active and enjoy some fun outdoor fitness.

  199. Tamara - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to move more and try to find out more about carb cycling.

  200. Amy K - January 3, 2015

    I am going to keep my chin up, stay positive and workout as hard as I can!!!!! Dietbet here I come!

  201. Katie - January 3, 2015

    Hi Heidi! Thank you so much for your positivity, advice, and encouragement. You, Chris, and the EWL participants are incredibly inspirational- I cry at every show and I am NOT a crier. I don’t have a big weight loss goal for 2015; not more than 30 lbs, but I’m dying to be out of the overweight zone that I’ve been stuck in almost my entire life. I don’t know why I can’t control it- I start off great on a diet and exercise plan and taper off. I have exercise induced asthma so it is much harder to get conditioned and I rarely get endorphins from working out, but I can still manage 45-60 minutes of reasonable exercise. My goal this year is consistency and being happy with small successes. I have joined your dietbet, have an accountability buddy and a committed gym buddy. I’ve mapped out an eating plan that I think has little enough variety to make it easy and economical but enough to be interesting. I will probably try carb cycling later in the year. Thank you and Chris so so much for all of the direct and indirect support and hope and love and encouragement you offer people- it is amazing.

  202. Jacki - January 3, 2015

    I plan to go to the gym everyday and drink more water!

  203. Angelika - January 3, 2015

    I have purchased a large calendar and have made time allotments/appointment with myself to make time for me. I also will be planning my meals better , drink more water. My Why is to be healthy for my grand daughter and future grand kids and most of all enjoy my adult years like I have never done. Dance like no ones looking, sing like no ones listening and just enjoy life.

  204. Misty - January 3, 2015

    I want to lose the last bit of pregnancy weight, so I can be healthier and have more energy to keep up with my daughter.

  205. Heather Friesen - January 3, 2015

    I turned 60 a few days ago and retired as well. I’ve had a lifelong struggle. 2015 is the year of “Me”! I now have the time to work on me so I can be around for a few more years. I know this will be a struggle but I am worth it. I’m praying that your Diet Bet actually has some much needed information, while the others don’t. Thanks!

  206. Andrea - January 3, 2015

    I am journaling everything I do to try to keep myself accountable and help me lose the weight.

  207. llv - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to be more positive. Positive about myself, others, and things going on around me. I get caught up in too much negativity in my life and instead of making a list of goals for 2015 I thought long and hard. I think by being positive I will be happier with myself, my life and all things are positive! I will join the DietBet to start me on my journey. So excited to work with you and Chris.

  208. Barry - January 3, 2015

    I am going to do the things that I know I need to do to be successful. No fast food during the week, drinking lots more water, making time to do some type of exercise everyday, putting my health above extra afternoon work, salads for lunch, using stairs instead of elevators, using my fit bit to try to walk over a 1000 steps a day, and with all of this making sure that I am healthy enough to continue to make plenty of memories with my two sons and my wife. I am not ready to quit now. There are too many adventures left for my family to experience together. Thank you for your wonderful inspiring article!

  209. Jen - January 3, 2015

    I had a baby 18 months ago and have been struggling to find time, energy, and motivation to lose 50 pounds to become healthy and keep up with my very active toddler. 2015 is my year to make it happen and am so motivated to keep it off! I got a weight loss journal to log my daily food and exercise intake, in addition to having my supportive husband on board to watch my son so that I can hit the gym regularly. I am super excited and have already started to feel better about myself!

    You guys are so awesome! Can’t wait to join your Diet Bet group!!

  210. Jen - January 3, 2015

    I had a baby 18 months ago and have been struggling to find time, energy, and motivation to lose 50 pounds to become healthy and keep up with my very active toddler. 2015 is my year to make it happen and am so motivated to keep it off! I got a weight loss journal to log my daily food and exercise intake, in addition to having my supportive husband on board to watch my son so that I can hit the gym regularly. I am super excited and have already started to feel better about myself!

    You guys are so awesome! Can’t wait to join your Diet Bet group!

  211. Angi Williams - January 3, 2015

    Getting at least 10,000 steps a day is one of my goals and also meal planning. For a busy mom, nurse, wife, and go-getter, planning is the key to keep sane and focused!

  212. amber - January 3, 2015

    I am going to get healthier in 2015. Turning 30 and want to lose 30lbs!! Drink more water and eat better.

  213. Carolyne - January 3, 2015

    Drink water instead of Coke!

  214. Sara Snell - January 3, 2015

    My goals for 2015 is to reduce my carb intake. I going to try carb cycling, as I’ve read a lot about it and I like the plan. I also want to commit to working out 3-4 times a week. My goal is to lose 30 lbs by June. That is 5 lbs/month so I think that is very realistic. This bet game will give me,a good jump start.

  215. Whitney - January 3, 2015

    I want to maintain healthiness. I always do great when I start but slowly start to slip away. I want to be able to splurge (around holidays & birthdays) without “falling off the horse” completely.

  216. Joette Bankes - January 3, 2015

    2015 is the year of the Abs!! Every year I choose a body part that is my main focus for the year. I still maintained the rest of my body but spend extra time researching this area of the body ,learning new exercises to target this area and pushing myself a little
    Harder. For instance, on my “off” days I still spend about 10 minutes at home and do ab exercises (last year it was legs). That few minutes on your day off makes a difference! Also, This year , I plan on getting my certification in kickboxing to teach others how to jump start and kick off the lbs! I’m a single parent to an amazing little 3 year old girl and she is my motivation for everything! Building strong girls so the future has strong women!! :)

  217. Jody Nash - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I am eliminating sugar. I am addicted to it and it has been the primary reason I cannot lose weight. I want to feel better and be healthy. I hope to conceive this year and want to be a healthy mother who teaches healthy habits through my actions. This is the year!

  218. amanda m - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to be healthier and put myself first. I have three kids and my oldest is severely Autistic and I always do for them but not myself.

  219. April Esry - January 3, 2015

    I started using the Passion Planner to begin laying out my goals and getting started. Since I’m down with the flu, I’ve been spending my conscious time meeting my goal of meal planning for the year using an awesome website I found. I didn’t set an resolutions, but I did set a theme for 2015: Self-Care!

  220. Tina Howells - January 3, 2015

    Christmas presents to myself were Jawbone Up24, State of Slim book, and I registered for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk 5k. I have 150 lbs to lose. My news years resolution is to move more and eat healthier. I take 3 blood pressure medicines, I want to reduce that along with my weight!

  221. Brandy - January 3, 2015

    This year my goal is to continue to add more good and beauty in to my life. I feel like I did pretty well in 2014, but I know more can be done this year. I want to continue to lose weight and get fit. But I also want to work on building relationships, in small ways. Take more pictures with my husband. Spend more time with my kids. Speak kindly of others. Build others up. And pursue the things I love.

  222. Brooke Kirby - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 I am going to lose the weight that I have been wanting to lose for a long time. I have never really had the drive until now. I have always loved watching the show and have always thought that is something I would like to do. By the end of this year I hope to lose 100 lbs.

  223. Bridget Liden - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 I’m going to keep my promise to myself and my daughter, who is in the Army National Guard. My promise is to make 2015 my year to be healthy by going to the gym and watching what I eat. I need to give as much attention to myself as I do with tv and everything else in my life.

  224. Lisa Uribe - January 3, 2015

    The one thing is to “KNOW” I CAN DO THIS! I have to know it and own it!!! Since September 16th I’ve already lost 32 lbs and I’m feeling good. I hope everyone does well with this challenge! Good luck to all who participate! =)

  225. Chae - January 3, 2015

    my story isn’t a really “amazing” or “unique” I’m a mom of three, currently 12 weeks postpartum and struggling to make myself a priority again. I know that if I can get myself started and feeling better it will resonate within my family. When I eat healthy and I’m active, so are they. I want to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. All of that is for myself but being a healthy example and leading a healthy lifestyle is also for my children. I want that to be the “norm” for them so as they grow up they maintain that mindset and don’t have to struggle quite as much health wise as most people do in their life. I’ve got my food, body and mind promises written down to get me started!

  226. christine - January 3, 2015

    love you guys. met you both in tarpon springs a few years ago. time for me to make a change. i have started growing my own wheatgrass and some food . bought your book and ready to give it a shot. hope to win this. keep up the good work. christine

  227. Tom Quinn - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 I am going to prove it to myself hat I can achieve it and be a positive role model for my children.

  228. Runeta - January 3, 2015

    My plan for 2015 is to eat a cleaner diet, work on more water in take, and keep pushing at the gym:) I love to workout just need the rest to follow.

  229. CBsweet - January 3, 2015

    One thing I’m already doing in 2015 to help me reach my health goals is to plan out the meals for the week. I know that when the meals are planned out the grocery shopping and the meals will be successful. The shopping for this coming week is complete and the meals are much healthier than ever. I have chosen to include many fresh salads, vegetables and lean meats. I can only see myself succeeding and that is why I know it is going to work. I’m in!

  230. Kim W - January 3, 2015

    I am planning to not give up on my goals due to a setback and after I achieve the 1st goal the set a new one and when I achieve that one, set another!

  231. Jill Sanders-Woody - January 3, 2015

    Heidi, not sure where to begin. I can’t explain how much you guys inspire me. This year I need to focus on myself and do things for me. Being 24 and almost 270 pounds is nothing I ever imagined seeing in my life. Of course I want to lose weight but I want to change my lifestyle and get healthy! My sister is getting married in July and I hope I will be confident standing up there next to her. I feel like I do everything for others and not much for myself. So 2015, look out because I am going to spoil myself with getting fit and healthy! My daughter deserves someone who can run around without having to sit down every 15 minutes. I want to make my husband and daughter proud, along with myself! I know I can rock this year, hoping that the diet bet could really give me a kick start, I hope you think so too!!!

  232. Chaelynn - January 3, 2015

    I’m starting the year off 12.weeks postpartum, heading back to work (full time) and learning how to juggle all of this and make myself a priority. I’ve just finished Choose more Lose more for life, and making myself small food,body and mind promises to help get me back on track. I need some motivation and encouragement, as most people do. I know if I’m on track my family is on track and we all eat healthier and are more active. I need to be a good example to my children in hopes they will always lead an active healthy(ier) life style because that is what they will be used too. This is for me to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally but it resonates in my family as well.

  233. Julie - January 3, 2015

    For 2015, I will lose 67 pounds. I am trying carb cycling, nine minute missions, and an additional workout later in the day. Here I go!

  234. Julie - January 3, 2015

    This year I’m going to commit to meal planning to help me stick with healthy eating. If I have a plan, I know I will be able to succeed!

  235. Dawn - January 3, 2015

    HI there,
    the one most important thing I am doing to reach my goal is to finally commit to my own health and love myself as much as I do everyone else in my life! :-)

  236. Lauren - January 3, 2015

    I would be sooooo grateful if I was chosen for a free entry in your dietbet! I’ve gone from 312 to 209 in the last 2 years with hard work and dedication! I have done 2 diet bets in the past and they are the push anyone needs to stay on track!

    Pick me and I will reach my goal of onederland before Valentine’s Day!


  237. Maria - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I will continue my journey to total health by eating whole nutritious food and cutting out sugar, wheat, and processed foods. I’m also going to start my own fermented foods and make it a habit to build in strength training and cardio.

  238. Cj C - January 3, 2015

    I just got a Camelbak for Christmas to help me drink 1/2 my weight in ounces this year each day.

  239. Linda Whittemore - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 I am going to focus on becoming more healthy. I wont say that I am going to lose weight because that is not all that I want 2015 to be about. I want to have healthier relationships with family and friends so that will be something I am going to work on and see them more. I want to have a healthy outlook on life and see what nature has to offer. I will go on more walks and just spend more time outside. I do need to loose over 150+ pounds of weight but I am going to focus not on a number, but on how much I sleep better, how well I feel when I wake up, actually be tired for bed because I did stuff. I will focus on the good things losing weight will help me achieve. Overall I want to be able to say by December 31st 2015 that I AM HEALTHIER AND I AM PROUD OF MYSELF!

  240. AmyAcero - January 3, 2015

    Joined Diet Bet. 200 lbs over weight. My family has committed to working to get healthier with me. Our Strategies.
    1) No more eating out or fast food. At least no eating out
    during the challenge, and no more fast food Ever! (We started this 3 weeks ago. I already feel better)
    2) Just bought a new bike.
    a)I’m riding it the 3 miles to work,
    3) My boys and I agreed no groceries come into the house unless we ride to the store to pick them up. 1-3 miles.(This we’ve been do for 5 days.)
    So far, so good!

  241. Sandy - January 3, 2015

    I am new to all of this, just finishing reading Chris’ Choose More, Lose More, bought all my groceries and signed up for Diet bet. There are 8 promises I am going to accomplish daily: Remind myself, Nobody will do this for me, eat breakfast morning upon waking, Drink 1/2 my weight with water, 20 bench leg lifts and 12 arm lifts(or some type of exersize), minimize my junk food to maybe a handful once a week, park my car far from door, say no thank you, I don’t need this and finally tell myself that I AM WORTH IT!! <3 Thank you for putting yourselves here for us!!

  242. Brenda - January 3, 2015

    I am going to focus on my diet and work to change my poor eating habits, using carb cycling.

  243. Brenda - January 3, 2015

    I am going to focus on my diet and work to change poor eating habits, through carb cycling.

  244. Melissa - January 3, 2015

    Hi Heidi! So adore you guys! The one thing that I am doing in 2015 to reach my goals is to self talk myself when I feel like giving up. I have given up so many things because of this or that or this person or that person. I have not held myself up first. I have tended to get depressed and then let go of the diet, or exercise, or illness, or anything I am doing. By doing that, I am telling myself that i don’t trust myself. So, I – even in the last week of having a horrible bronchitis I am doing this with illness too – have not let myself fall into despair. I say things to myself like, “All is well, I am blessed” so that I am putting good not only into my body, but my soul. Because I think that while I have corrected diet things, I have never corrected my mind and soul. So I self talk. I was so ill this week and instead of letting it get my down { as it’s been the holiday and my bday too} I told myself every minute if needed, ” You’re okay, all is well” and then I list what I am grateful for …even if it’s only hot shower water! It is starting to make such a difference in feeling that I can cope and not be defeated. I am still fighting this bronchitis, but I am grateful to be able to talk to you here. Thanks for all you do. Melissa

  245. Monnie Miller - January 3, 2015

    What am I doing differently this year? I have spentt the last month or so reading.. And re reading choose more, lose more for life. I have my motivation board. My menu, and my accountability partners. I am doing the work to be successful and not just the “I want to lose weight” and not the work that it is going to take to get where I deserve to be. A lot of this years work is head work. I know my body can handle it. But my head gets in the way every time!!
    Love the diet bet idea and look forward to doing one this year!!
    Thank you Heidi and Chris for all of your inspiration and down right honesty!!
    Lots of love to you and yours!!
    Here’s to a kick A$$ 2015!!!

  246. Nichole Jackson - January 3, 2015

    for 2015, my goal is to get back on track. I lost it after finding out my Dad had stage 4 lung cancer, I gained at least 40 pounds that I had lost. He lost the fight November 13. I need to get healthy for the long run. Eating healthy, more water, consistent exercise is crucial.

  247. Jayne - January 3, 2015

    I am going to focus on healthy eating while I am travelling both for work and during holidays.

  248. Elizabeth - January 3, 2015

    I am working on eating better and exercising more this year. I have already lost over15 pounds and hope to lose more. I have been able to do this before but never could stick to it. Once I lose the weight I want to make sure I keep it off. I think having all of this helpful advice and support really helps.

  249. Amanda - January 3, 2015

    After having 5 beautiful boys in 6 years its finally my turn to start thinking of myself and to start my journey. Im hoping to start eating healthier and getting out with my husband and boys and enjoying life, we never know how much time we have.

  250. Charlene C - January 3, 2015

    I am going to carb cycle! And work out! And if I “fall off the wagon,” that’s OK, I’ll just get back on and keep going!

  251. Todd Bailey - January 3, 2015

    Honestly? My goal is to feel better! I have degeneration & arthritis in my back and neck, and my weight is making activities painful. Time to take charge and get this off for good!

  252. Julie - January 3, 2015

    I will be signing up for a race a month (already in for March/April) to get my legs ready to carry me through 2015! I want to be strong and have a lower (below 200) cholesterol reading this year.

  253. Licia - January 3, 2015

    My plan is to stay on a vegan diet for three months starting on New Years. So far I am surprisingly content with the food. Who would have thought that zucchini pasta is tasty? It actually is delicious

  254. Natalie S - January 3, 2015

    One of my goals is to become healthier in 2015. Sometimes it’s hard to stick with that, especially if I don’t plan ahead. So what I will be doing is planning my meals/snacks 2 weeks at a time. That way I can grocery shop ahead of time and have things prepped/ready to go to set myself up for success.

  255. Marianne Stein - January 3, 2015

    I would love to win an entry into the diet bet! Times are lean right now due to medical bills, but I plan to really hit it hard starting NOW! I’m currently recovering from a surgery, but plan to attend boot camp classes as often as I can as soon as I’m cleared, hopefully this week. Hydration and sleep are also key for me, these should be the easiest, but for some reason I really seem to struggle with these aspects. I plan to utilize my Fitbit along with My Fitness Pal to keep myself accountable for my diet, exercise, hydration and sleep. This year is the year to lose the last 45-50 lbs, I just know it! OH, and I can’t forget, I plan to read up on your carb cycling program so that I can plan out my meals and snacks. Last but not least, I’m not going to be afraid to ASK for help and encouragement from friends and family when I get discouraged and need an attitude adjustment.

  256. Becky L. - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to be in bed, falling asleep no later than 10:00, to have the energy and motivation to wake up and get my workout in before the kids are up and about :)

  257. Mary - January 3, 2015

    In 2014 I lost 55 pounds but in the last 3 months I have gained back 20 of it. My goal is to get back to a healthy lifestyle ghat includes proper nutrition, water and exercise. Thanks Griding and Chris!

  258. Maureen Leahey - January 3, 2015

    I am signing up for my first CF challenge in April. I haven’t been doing CF at a box for the last couple of years due to lack of child care, so I incorporate those in my WOD. In order to hit my goal of shredding 10 inches and 30 pounds by the end of March, I am focusing on clean eating and using carb cycling as well. Excited since I am a single Mom and I think this will be a fun way to do something for myself for a change.
    Let’s get rockin!!

  259. Melissa - January 3, 2015

    I signed up for my first half marathon in may :)

  260. Patricia Lewis - January 3, 2015

    REvery year I say this is the year….I truly want 2015 to be THE year!!! I am going to do some kind of phsyical activity EVERY day!!!

  261. Greg Owens - January 3, 2015

    I would like to get below 300. I spent nine months on Predisone for my Crohn’s last year and it didn’t help with my weight. I have started the year on Predisone again but only for 6 days. I am very out of shape and have trouble moving around. This would help me hopefully get the kick start I need.

  262. Cheree Bailey - January 3, 2015

    I weigh 500+ lbs and I have MS! My Goal: I’m going to reclaim my health & mobility in 2015 through modified exercise and clean eating! I turned 50 last year, and I want to be around for 50 more!!! :)

  263. Crystal 2 - January 3, 2015

    To help reach my goal for 2015 I’m joining the gym for the 1st time in 5 years! Im also going to cut out soda, bread, & drink plenty of water! Im ready to lose!

  264. Stephenie Loney - January 3, 2015

    I started my weight loss journey 2 years ago. I discovered that I had thyroid problems, low testosterone, low blood sugar, and my vitamin d was almost non existent. I am 5’2″ and I was 183 pounds. I started working out doing martial arts and a 6 day workout plan. I also stated taking prescription vitamin d, testosterone, and natural thyroid. I also limited my carbs and caloric intake. I lost 43 ponds in 6 months.

    I am now 42 years old and in the best shape of my life. My new goal is to lose my last 10 pounds. My 4 percent is 5.6 pounds in the next 30 days. I have always wanted to do a marathon. I am ready for my next level and a team of people who are on the same journey is a great place to stay motivated to reach our goals.

  265. Marcia - January 3, 2015

    Build a stronger commitment to healthier food choices and to get moving in 2015!

  266. Alisa - January 3, 2015

    The one thing I’ll going to do to reach my goal in 2015 is to put Me, Myself, Alisa first. By taking care of me first I know I will live longer to take care of my family.

  267. Nikki - January 3, 2015

    I am commiting to the 2015 miles in 2015. I am also counting calories!

  268. Cheri Mendoza - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 I want to approach my weight loss goal differently. I don’t want to “diet” , I want a whole new lifestyle change toward healthy weight and healthy body!

  269. Lisa - January 3, 2015

    I am going to work harder to be healthy so I am able to enjoy my kids for a long time.

    I want to show them it is better to sray healthy and keep moving.

  270. Marie - January 3, 2015

    I don’t want exercise to be something I just “fit in” to my schedule this year. I am going to find activities that I love, that make it all worthwhile, and that get me moving.

  271. Dianne - January 3, 2015

    I decided my focus for this year is “strength.” I’m planning to always remind myself that I am strong enough to make changes in my life to become a better person. And I’m planning to take it slow and focus on small and specific goals so I’m not overwhelmed.

  272. Crystal D - January 3, 2015

    One thing Im doing to reach my goal in 2015 is joining the gym for the first time in 5 years! Im ready to lose! Also cutting out the soda and bread & drinking plenty of water!

  273. Amy Bryant - January 3, 2015

    This year I’m doing DietBet, going to use My Fitness Pal, watch food choices and watch portion size along with trying to stay hydrated. Adding in more exercise. I want to save up and get a FitBit. Can’t wait to get going in 2015!!!

  274. Carmen Simmons - January 3, 2015

    I am putting myself first for once. As a busy mom of three boys I have been neglecting myself. In doing this it’s not only hurting me but them. To be the best mom, I need to take care of me.

  275. Jodi - January 3, 2015

    2015 and I began with a word … insted of a bunch of resolutions, I felt called to chose a word for the year, and something to focus on! Because I desperately need to lose weight … for my health, age and life … I chose the word discipline! I need it in SO many areas of my life and want to develop it in many arenas of life! So this would be a fun thing to add to it and challenge myself to lose the weight! :)

  276. Kim - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I am going to learn to deal with stress in healthier ways. I tend to internalize my stress and hold onto it, instead of releasing it. I plan to find better avenues for letting go of some of my worries. After having twins in 2011, I’ve been on this stress- ridden, no sleep roller coaster. Time to find a more relaxed, zen-like me!

  277. Jeni - January 3, 2015

    My first goal is to but me back on the schedule. I am a mother to four great kids. I am busy running them to all their activities and volunteering at the schools. When I was in high school I remember saying I would never be 200lbs because I love myself. Well, four kids later and my excuses that I am too busy are over! I do love myself and I am an important priority too. I am putting my workouts on the calendar. I am planning out our meals to avoid drive thru eating. This is my pledge!

  278. Colleen - January 3, 2015

    reupped my flywheel credits and plan to do 2 days spinning and 4 days strength and toning.

  279. Jessica - January 3, 2015

    My resolutions this year are to plan my meals. Cut out soda completely. Work out at least three times a week. I would love to win the opportunity to be in your diet bet

  280. Melissa L - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to get back to exercising every day, and eat healthier balanced meals while still allowing treats so that I don’t fall off the wagon

  281. Kaeli - January 3, 2015

    I got a workout program I’ve wanted for a long time for Christmas and I am resolving to do it smartly (so as not to injure myself yet again) and completely. I also will drink more water (though working that around my job will be interesting) and eat healthier. This year I will get the body I want and be healthy enough to do the things I want.

  282. Holly Couch - January 3, 2015

    I work 50-80 hours overtime a month. My goal is to spend at least that many hours in the gym as well.

  283. Jill - January 3, 2015

    My goal for this year is to set a better example for my kids. We are pretty healthy eaters (most of the time) but I tend to get a bit lazy and my fear is that I will pass that on to my 4 kids. I want to make a point to get outside and be active with them in addition to my own exercizing that I will be doing.

  284. Dawn Carson Link - January 3, 2015

    Going to try to eat less sugar and white flour and cook at home more often than eating out/getting take out!

  285. Jenifer Davis - January 3, 2015

    i had a total hip replacement in December and I am going to need another in a year. I want to lose weight and get healthy by walking, portioning and supporting the people around me. This entry to the diet bet would change my life. Thank you for doing this!

  286. Randi - January 3, 2015

    My goals this year is to eat a cleaner diet, fix my poor relationship with food and get outside more with my dog.

  287. Christina - January 3, 2015

    I will put the water, right foods and exercise back into each day but this year I really want to dig deep and find out why I stop and cant seem to continue my journey. I want to find out what in my mind is keeping me from reaching my goals. After allergy testing last year the allergist told me I should do the canidia diet which is basically carb cycling. So that part is on the right track to feeling better in several ways.

  288. Stephanie Johnson - January 3, 2015

    No more excuses! My focus is portion control and working out 30 minutes/5 days a week and allows myself to have a lazy day every week!

  289. Christina - January 3, 2015

    I had my last baby this March, we are heading to Disneyland this May and I for the first time in a long time I want to be a confident mom and rock my suit!!!

  290. Teresa Henning - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to exercise at least 3 times a week. Right now that means going to the gym. Another goal is to document every bite of food I eat. I also need to limit processed carbs.

  291. Dena G. - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to eat more REAL foods…AND join Dietbet!

  292. Shauna - January 3, 2015

    I have recognized how important it is for me to get enough sleep. My main goal is to go to sleep earlier and get a regular sleep schedule so I can have energy to exercise and prepare healthy food :)

  293. Tin - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to start another round of 21 day fix.

  294. Shauna - January 3, 2015

    I love this article. I have recognized how important it is for me to get enough sleep. If I don’t I don’t have energy and usually skip workouts and don’t have energy to cook. My main goal is to go to sleep earlier and get a regular sleep schedule:)

  295. Ciara Bradbury - January 3, 2015

    I am planning on posting my measurements and progress on my wall so they are there to see to help motivate me each day. I will not get on the scale each day but get on once a week and take measurements and photos once a month. :-)

  296. Mike - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to write down small weekly goals and revisit them to keep motivated weekly. Also going to start drinking water instead of pop.

  297. Rena - January 3, 2015

    I wanted to get in on The Diet Bet but I used the funds to buy the EWL workout DVD , so I hope I get in on this chance. This year I’m planning to join my husband on his journey to get off his medications by eating more fiber and cleaner nutrition. I also have to strengthen my back and core so I can continue to lift and transfer our daughter who is in a wheelchair .

  298. Cathy Nguyen - January 3, 2015

    My main goal for 2015 is to drink more water and cut back on junk food and sugars. I plan on cooking more since it will allows me to control the ingredients. And to set time aside for meal prep. I plan on being consistent as well.

  299. Crista Bailey - January 3, 2015

    To reach my goals for 2015, I’m going to start carb cycling and a diet bet! I’m really enjoying Chris’ books and the dietbet is the perfect motivation to stay on track.
    Happy New Year! Thank you for your knowledge, wisdom and motivation!

  300. Diane - January 3, 2015

    I will conquer my internal fears, learn about Buddhism & how to meditate by going to the Buddhist Centre, eat foods with less toxins, and let go of people who are Toxic to to my wellbeing.
    Lastly, I will eat healthier by eating Organic foods & following healthy- vegan cookbooks.
    Thank you Heidi & Chris for being part of such an inspiring show. The whole family loves it!

  301. Skylag - January 3, 2015

    2015 will be my best year yet! The main things I am doing are eating right, working out consistently and getting back to the weight I was in 2010.

  302. Leah G - January 3, 2015

    I have reminders set throughout the day on my phone to remind me to drink more water. It really helps me get my water requirements in for that day!

  303. Mandy - January 3, 2015

    MEAL PLANNING is my New Year’s resolution! This will help me to eat healthier while sticking to a budget! And the fiancé is required to cook one night per week!! :)

  304. Kayla - January 3, 2015

    This year I am meal planning; every meal/snack, every day. Even if it is planning in a cheat meal, everything is planned. This takes the guess work out of what to eat when I am getting hungry.

  305. Melissa - January 3, 2015

    In 2014 I set a goal to workout 300 days of the year. I completed it! In 2015 I have set a goal to run 15 races. Last year I ran a half marathon and this year I will do a full marathon and participate in a sprint triathlon.

  306. Jenny Perez - January 3, 2015

    22 months ago I bought a fitness tracker, exercising daily, and began being absolutely honest with myself about my food intake, which allowed me to lose over 120 lbs. I feel younger and healthier than I ever have in my life and am determined to keep it that way! My new rule for this year to be even more active is to walk to any destination that is less than 2 miles away.

  307. Kristina Cy - January 3, 2015

    Goals: Get through each day without looking back or giving up, get healthier and off my medications, look at my kids and be able to play with them, enjoy things but don’t make every celebration about food.

  308. Stephanie - January 3, 2015

    I am training to get in shape and run my first half marathon and tough mudder event. First step is to eat better and continue crosstraining to lose some weight and increase endurance. Would love a free entry into dietbet!

  309. Debby Fougere - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to try to have fun. i would like to lose 20lbs ,would like to do a full push up so my kids dont make fun of me. i would like to drink water i have hard time to do that.
    thanks happy new year.

  310. Carrie - January 3, 2015

    to help me maintain my New Years resolutions, I’m writing it all down! Writing meal plans, budgets and daily goals to get there!

  311. Jennifer - January 3, 2015

    I am going to make a promise to myself and keep that promise. With each promise achieved, I will build my self confidence and get one step closer to my weight goal. I will work on my emotional, physical, and spiritual self in 2015!!

  312. Lisa - January 3, 2015

    My goal is to do 3 sets of weights everyday as well as walk or do several flights of steps each day. I will also try to eat right and drink one nutriblast per day.

  313. Ann Merkley - January 3, 2015

    I’m shaking up my exercise by adding some DVDs to use on the days I can’t make it out to the gym. Thanks for giving me some new focus, Diet Bet! I’m excited to start this.

  314. Kristina - January 3, 2015

    I am so excited for 2015. It is a chance for a new beginning and a new, healthier lifestyle. I am committing to working out at least 30 minutes a day if not more. I really want to feel better and feel more comfortable in my own skin! Here is to 2015 and a new me!!

  315. karli - January 3, 2015

    Teaming up with my hubby this year so we can support each other and hopefully Push each other to new level of success.

  316. Ann Merkley - January 3, 2015

    I am shaking up my exercise with some tapes to use at home for the days I can’t make it out to the gym. Thanks, Diet Bet for giving me some new focus for my weight loss. I’m excited to start this!

  317. Tricia - January 3, 2015

    I’m giving up added sugars to get healthy this year. Gulp. This could get ugly . . .

  318. Janet Nay - January 3, 2015

    I plan to get a complete physical and follow all recommendations of my doctor. I would like to lose at least 75 pounds and run/walk a 5k by the end of this year. My water bottle is my constant companion! I plan to eat healthier and exercise more. Thanks for the motivation Chris and Heidi!

  319. sherrie - January 3, 2015

    i am going to make a healthy plan of action that will work for me beginning with positive talks to myself. I always encourage others and now it is my turn to encourage me!

  320. Theresa - January 3, 2015

    I will continue with my healthy lifestyle: DVDs at home after work, 6-7 mile walks in the weekend, 80 ounces of water daily and eating clean. I have 16 pounds to goal. I tried yoga today and will incorporate that into my day.

  321. Buffy - January 3, 2015

    My small and simple goal is that I’ve decided to look at myself in the mirror every day and find something new that is beautiful. :)

  322. Tarah Johnson - January 3, 2015

    I am using Chris’s book to help me lose weight and become a better version of me!!!!!!!!!

  323. Chris - January 3, 2015

    Not to settle, to keep striving to improve in every aspect.

  324. Rachel - January 3, 2015

    I am getting married in 2016 and want to look and feel my best on my wedding day! I recently graduated from college and was constantly justifying bad habits because I was too busy. I was eating out all the time, not going to the gym, and not getting enough sleep. This year, I am going to take better care of myself by getting a good night’s sleep every night, making my workouts a priority, and doing healthy meal planning and cooking at home! NO MORE EXCUSES IN 2015!

  325. Alicia Mattern - January 3, 2015

    ☆☆☆☆I am fighting my way through PCOS and Infertility in 2015 by: Carb Cycling, Moving More and Drinking More H20☆☆☆☆

  326. Gail - January 3, 2015

    My plan for this year is to cut down on the sugar and up the clean eating.

  327. Tracy - January 3, 2015

    2015 I am going to eat healthy and excercise more. My goal is to be off my high blood pressure meds. It can be done

  328. LaToya Keeling - January 3, 2015

    To reach my goal of removing 30 pounds (I’ve already removed 50 lbs of weight), I plan to challenge myself by running my 1st 5k, doing more classes at my gym, increasing my strength training activities and tightening up my meal plans. I look forward to winning my diet bets!!!

  329. Elizabeth Townsend - January 3, 2015

    I am going to drink more water, have a set bedtime so I’m getting eight hours of sleep, make no excuses for myself, and make myself the priority!

  330. Monica - January 3, 2015

    2015 has to be the year that I turn it around for both myself and my husband. He is diabetic and nearly lost his life at the end of 2013/beginning 2014 bc his eating habits are terrible. Plus, there is enough diabetes in my own family that it is merely a matter of time for me. I intend to educate myself more on proper eating for diabetes and execute that in my household. I will cut out soda and drink more water. I will take one day at a time. I will set small goals and revel in the successes and try not to let the set backs discourage me.

  331. Stacy - January 3, 2015

    This year 2015, I plan on learning to love myself. I will not get hung up on a number but will embrace life and move more and eat less! I would love to become a runner and I enjoy zumba! I want to be vibrant and healthy!

  332. Becca - January 3, 2015

    I’m only 23 and I feel that I have let my weight take way too many opportunities from me and I’m done doing that. I’ve wasted so much of my youth which was supposed to be the best time of my life, hiding myself away because I’m ashamed of what I’ve let myself become. But this year I am going to make a promise to myself, not for anyone else to learn and adopt a healthy lifestyle. I want to break the addiction that I have to unhealthy foods and achieve my dream of being able to run. I’ve always been a pretty girl, on the inside. But I just want so much to be able to reflect that on the outside. 2015 is going to be my year :)

  333. Brian Hembree - January 3, 2015

    To reach my fitness goals and complete the Warrior Dash in 2015, I will be drinking more water and increasing my protein.

  334. Cheryl - January 3, 2015

    First off I have lost 100 pounds since April 1/2014,, so my goal is to loose the 40 more pounds I think I should loose. What I plan on doing is going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week to do strength training to tone up my body. Drink plenty of water and of course eating healthy. Hopefully I can get a chance to join this Dietbet . Thanks Heidi and Chris you are an inspiration to me and the rest of the world. I hope 2015 brings lots of happiness and good health to you and your family.

    • Ciara Bradbury - January 3, 2015

      Wow Cheryl that amazing! !! 100lbs I congratulations!!! You are my inspiration I’m trying to get back down to where I want to be and lose 35-40 lbs. It had been a struggle to lose weight over the past 5 years then this year I broke my foot and dislocated his knee and had knee surgery which packed on an additional 15 pounds from where I had been before

  335. Allison Roberts - January 3, 2015

    I am moving more and eating more whole foods. As a family we have challenged ourselves to not eat out for the month of January. This will help our budget and our health!

  336. KaJuana Dawn - January 3, 2015

    to loose weight this year, Im going to cut out carbs and eat a 1600 calorie regimen. Im also going to workout, do cardio 5 days a week.

  337. Sarah Lambert - January 3, 2015

    I want to log 1000 miles this year!!!

  338. Deirdre Hope - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to run, do Zumba or Pilates 5-7 days a week. I’m off to a great start.

  339. Lindsey - January 3, 2015

    My goals for 2015 are to make myself a priority, and really work on destroying the hold food has on me. I want to be able to resist the temptation of a doughnut or piece of chocolate and I want to make vegetables my best friend!

  340. Kelly Henry - January 3, 2015

    To drink more water and I just want to live during life. I am not happy with my weight and in turn I have quit doing things with friends and family it’s really a terrible way to live you are very lonely and so you turn to food for companionship. Well I will declare it here and in front of everyone NO MORE 2015 will be my year watch out world

  341. Susan Crowe - January 3, 2015

    I AM beautiful, I AM blessed, I am happy, and I AM MOTIVATED! That is my daily saying from here on out. Small steps is what it will take. I have already increased my water intake, now to clean out ALL processed foods, and re-introduce the fresh fruits and veggies. Also, my activity level WILL increase. I will NOT let excuses slip in on me. I am so looking forward to the changes I WILL accomplish in 2015.

  342. Jessica - January 3, 2015

    Cut out dairy, sugar, and grains!

  343. Dana Rideout - January 3, 2015

    I’m a new stay-at-home-mom and I’ve spent the last 5 months trying to figure out how to juggle my new roles. My resolution is simple… Finish what I start. This goes for various things…a load of laundry, emptying the dishwasher, yard work, etc. but most importantly, my fitness plan! I started beach body’s P90X3 on Monday, 12/29 so I’m committed to the program. I already completed t25 and I know I can do this! I will achieve my fitness goals by eating right and sticking to my workout plan! I’ve been back down to my pre-baby weight (5 lbs. lighter, actually) for a couple months already, but I know I need to gain muscle. I definitely feel and look different after having a baby so I’m ready to get bikini ready again by strengthening and toning!

  344. Ingrid - January 3, 2015

    What I am planning to change in 2015 to increase my weight loss – I have decided to join an exercise class to learn how to use my equipment that has been sitting in my closet for 5…FIVE! years unused.
    I have also joined a walking program through my community recreational centre. Yes outdoor walking in winter (I live in Ottawa ON Canada) should prove to be interesting. I so enjoy being outdoors, but not on my own. Hopefully make a few new friends along the way. Cheers to a healthy 2015! Good luck everyone with your decisions.

  345. Megan Jeter - January 3, 2015

    2 things to help my weight loss this year…

    1) put myself first

    2) love myself

  346. Leslie - January 3, 2015

    My resolution this year is to lose the excess weight and be a healthy role model for my kids. I will be working out 5-6 days a week and this year I will focus on lifting weights. I will do some cardio also but I’ve never really put my focus on weight lifting and so I hope that helps to get me where I want to be.

  347. Anna - January 3, 2015

    I’m eating more clean foods and staying away from processed items. I take 6 different medications a day and my goal this year is to be able to get off all of them! Happy New Year!!

  348. Amber Vashchenko - January 3, 2015

    Hi! I’d love to get into the diet bet so here’s my goals. 1) whole foods and clean eating only 2) lose 15 pounds 3) tighten and tone. Starting a new fitness program Monday! And working on detoxing sugars and breads out of my diet.

  349. Jennifer Berta - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to be positive about every step I take toward achieving my goal weight. I am not calling it a diet, I’m calling it a Lifestyle change. I am worth this. I deserve this. I can do this.

    Member of the “Get Lean in 2015 with Heidi & Chris Powell” Dietbet.

  350. Susan Crowe - January 3, 2015

    I AM beautiful, I AM blessed, I AM happy and, I AM MOTIVATED!

  351. Jolene - January 3, 2015

    Starting to make small changes, changes I can keep. I never seem to have a problem losing weight but sticking to it is the hardest. Looking to set an example for my little girl. Less soda more moving, actually eating breakfast etc. I’m tired of failing over and over, it’s time for a jump start.

  352. Taylor - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to meet myself, as silly as that sounds. I’ve lost a sense of who I am, and I’m going to find that girl again. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s time!

  353. Lynn - January 3, 2015

    Going to work out more, track calories and water intake, going to make more healthy choices

  354. Brianna Ring - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to loose weight. I have been over weight for four years, from pregnancy, and not motivated to loose it. I am sick of clothes not fitting, I am sick of looking in the mirror and not loving what I see. I want to be down to my original weight.
    I am more motivated then ever. I never liked to exercise or eat healthy in the last four years. I am already down 16 pounds. I cut out fast food, sweets, junk food, and soda. Since I have done that I don’t crave it anymore.
    In the past it got out of hand. I would eat too much junk food, and I would eat too much in one sitting. I knew I had a problem but didn’t know how to deal with it. I had to burn it into my head that this is what I wanted. I choose me and not food.

  355. Amy Burnett - January 3, 2015

    I am cutting my work schedule back to have more time for planning. I am also no longer skipping a workout to stay late at work. The workouts have bumped up to a higher priority.

  356. Susana Ribeirao - January 3, 2015

    I am cutting out all soda/sugary drinks and replacing them with water … And I’m also planning out my day’s meals in advance so I don’t cheat.

  357. Robyn J - January 3, 2015

    I am going to cut down my tv time to only four hours a week in order to reach my goals. Right now the tv is eating away all my time and i spend a good four to seven hours per day watching it. I can be using that time to exercise, plan meals, get on track with my health and so much more!
    This Blog entry was extremely helpful.

  358. Kristi - January 3, 2015

    Lose 7 lbs a month by working out 5x a week, and making healthy food choices.

  359. Amy Burnett - January 3, 2015

    I told the office starting this week I wasn’t coming in on Thursdays. Once I am in the office, it is very hard for me to get out on time. This way, if I’m not there, I can’t get trapped! I will use this day to organize, plan and have a little rare alone time :)

  360. Megan - January 3, 2015

    I’ve started tracking my food intake again and got a fit bit for Christmas to track my daily activity. My ultimate goal is to find my confidence to Rach a Piyo Live class.

  361. Holly Brennan - January 3, 2015

    Really keeping a food journal.

  362. Kelly - January 3, 2015

    This year to become healthy and lose the unwanted pounds that have added on over the last year, my husband and I have joined a gym. We have committed to workout at least 3 times a week and to eat healthier at home. This will be our first full year as a married couple and it is my goal to make it my best year yet!!

  363. Wanda - January 3, 2015

    I just ordered a hyda8 water bottle to be more accountable drinking enough water. Really trying to drink more than a glass or two a day.

  364. susan - January 3, 2015

    i am total excited about starting your BEST transformation classes on January 13th and the plaque program!!! I am getting married September 19, 2015 and want to become a better person person inside and out and start a new life with an amazing man! Watch out…I’m going to take the world by storm with a brand me me!

  365. Laurianne - January 3, 2015

    I want to get better food habbits and stop Eating fast food.

  366. Adrienne - January 3, 2015

    I want to focus more on today. Get the most out of each and every precious day. I would like to get a bit healthier, eat better ( don’t eat terrible). I want to be here for a long time for my daughter!! Health and happiness!!
    Thanks for all that you do for people!

  367. Bronson Faletoi - January 3, 2015

    My goals this year will be met by my continued faith. Faith above, faith in me, faith in what I am doing, and faith in those who help me. I want to be happy, and the only way I know that is going to happen is if I let the things that hold me back go, and push forward in excitement in what is yet again going to change my life for the betterment of me. my focus in 2015 is all about me.

  368. Stefani - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to lose another 20 lbs this year. It will take a lot of work, but I’m up for a challenge.

  369. Lori - January 3, 2015

    My commitment this year is to not only for myself but to my son and husband. I want my family to begin to have a clean eating lifestyle change. I would love to lose this lovely belly bulge from my c-section, when I had my son 2 years ago in February. My goal is to lose 20lbs. I want to feel energized to be able to play with my son and teach him to live a healthy life. Thanks for all of the positive influence, ideas and support!

  370. Leigh Anne - January 3, 2015

    I have a bad habit of setting big lofty goals and then getting frustrated after a few weeks. So this year I am going to stop focusing on big “goals” and numbers. This year I am going to focus on making small changes and adjustments. Then when I add them all up at the end of the year it will be my big success.

  371. Jo - January 3, 2015

    My goal this year is to lose my last 15 pounds and get to my goal weight! To keep myself motivated this year, I’m going to consistently post on my fitspo blog. I try every recipe and workout before I post it, so I know I’ll make good choices if I commit to posting several times per week!

  372. Elizabeth Gardner - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 Im going to get up earlier to help me achieve my goal of being a better Mom! – When I get up earlier I get all the “me stuff” done so that when my kids are getting up my focus can be on them to help them have a better start to their day. So if you choose me I win but so do my four little kids!

  373. Diane - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 to reach my goal, I’m going to get back to eating healthy. There’s past few weeks have been a killer. Now that the holiday’s are over it’s time to get back to business. Eating right, working out everyday and drinking lots of water. I want to get to my goal weight of 135.

  374. melissa schoppee - January 3, 2015

    I will be focusing on sleeping more, eating clean and reducing stress to accomplish my weight loss goals in 2015.

  375. Erin - January 3, 2015

    Lose 15 lbs, eat cleaner and get leaner!

  376. April King - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to love myself and forgive myself. I have spent too much time feeling bad about myself. It keeps the cycle of loss and regain going.

  377. vickie - January 3, 2015

    I ran across some interesting facts – as debt climbs, so does weight. Well – both are “bad” for me now so I’m going to work on paying off debt while losing weight. With the power of God, I’ll be using the YMCA membership to burn calories/build muscle while avoiding “retail therapy?”

  378. Gislaine - January 3, 2015

    I want to stay with the abdomen of heidi and run a marathon. I am following a proper diet and practicing exercises, I really want to be an example of you to my friends and acquaintances

  379. Michele McArthur - January 3, 2015

    Wanting this year to be the best in so many ways….. First and formost, I want to learn to love myself. To stop all the negative thoughts….to improve myself, physically, mentally and finacially. I need to learn to live for the moment and enjoy the journey. I am starting out with the small things that will hopefully make the big difference…..drink more water and get more sleep are my first small steps. Here is to the start of a great year and a wonderful journey. Thank you in advance for all the positive advice and encouragement I will receive along the way.

  380. Dana Remisovsky - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to eliminate soda from my diet, drink more water, and join a gym.

  381. Ana Isabel - January 3, 2015

    I am going to start working out with my 6 years old boy, he said he will be my coach and believe me with that boy I am going to be working out really hard and on time 6 days a week!! Feeling awesome!!!

  382. Diana - January 3, 2015

    My goal is to know and believe I can do this. I’m done having kids of my own and being a surrogate. It’s time for me to better myself physically. I have lost some weight but would like to drop 15lbs before a family reunion and to get some muscle definition. I am doing this for myself as well for my kids and hubby. I CAN DO THIS!!!!! 2015 is my year to shine!!!!!

  383. Neeta - January 3, 2015

    This year I will be healthy living fierce!

  384. Heather - January 3, 2015

    This year is going to be about becoming a healthier me for not only myself but for my daughters. I am going to look at their beautiful faces and remind myself everyday that I need to make better choices so I can be here for them. I want my energy back to be able to keep up with them all the time and not feel tired. I see the choices of my family members and I how they live on so many medications and are overweight, they have problems doing everyday tasks. I don’t want that type of a life. I’m taking charge this year to become the best me possible. My family needs me!

  385. Jennifer Armfield - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to continue building a better me. Drinking more water, carb-cycling, and moving my body every day. This is not just a New Year Resolution, it’s a resolution to change my life!

  386. Krystian Gibson - January 3, 2015

    I have always been over weight… ever since grade school. About 5 years ago my now fiance and I reconnected and I was the happiest I had ever been and the weight started coming off. I was more active and stopped eating fast food and drinking soda. At that time I got pregnant and the weight loss went out the Window. I was living with his parents and nothing was stable.. at that point everything changed. When my son was born I surprisingly lost the weight fast. But I was breast feeding and had mommy-brain and would forget to eat or really do much for myself. When I stopped breast feeding the weight came back just as fast as it went. I got a job, have been trying to do my photography more so I can eventually do it full time (with little luck) and being a full time mommy. To my surprise, what has helped me recently is a dog. Yes, a dog. I had wanted a big dog for a long time but decided not to get one until we had a big enough place with a yard. Well God decided otherwise and handed us this great pyrenees. He’s big. And he needs exercise. So what does that mean? I am now having to get my butt up and walk him a couple times a day. Amazing how much better I feel just from that. So i want to continue.. I want to do something for ME. This dietbet will help hold me accountable and it would be nice to have that supportive community. You two are such an inspiration… Thank you for doing what you do and changing lives.

  387. Brian - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to get to a healthy weight so I can spend more time doing activities with my son. I am going to start by replacing at least one soda or energy drink a day with water until I am off of sodas completely. I am also going to try out healthier versions of my favorite foods.

  388. Sarah - January 3, 2015

    My resolution in 2015 is to consistently be healthy. I’m really good for about 2 months and then bad for about 4 months. It’s a bad trend for me! And also I have to quit smoking when I’m out with friends.

  389. Catrina Jones - January 3, 2015

    I am going to make a change by prepping my meals for myself and my family. I’m going to exercise regularly and get my girls to move more by scheduleing out our time with fun and active quality time. I’m going to start making my health a priority.

  390. Meagan Neman - January 3, 2015

    I’m bettering myself from this inside out. Starting with my mind. This year I’m going to believe in myself! I know the strength is within, and 2015 is going to be MY year. My husband and I are starting carb cycling for the first time (and the last time because this is a life style change not a diet!), working out together and strengthening ourselves and our marriage. I’m a Mom, but it’s about time that I’m not JUST a Mom. I’m a wife as well and a most importantly, I’m a woman. Time to focus on me. Bring it on 2015- I’m ready!

  391. Megan - January 3, 2015

    I signed for a boot camp twice a week and will clean up my diet one food at a time.! Also looking forward to riding our new bikes with the kids!

  392. christina smith - January 3, 2015

    I’m joining our weigh loss challenge at work. I’m going to cut calories and increase my fluid intake. Due to working full time and having class, it will be hard to get in excercise, but I will do that when I can. My goal right now is to lose 50 pounds. I love the Powell pack, hope you all have a good New Year!

  393. christina smith - January 3, 2015

    I’m joining our weigh loss challenge at work. I’m going to cut calories and increase my fluid intake. Due to working full time and having class, it will be hard to get in excercise, but I will do that when I can. I love the Powell pack!

  394. Lindsey - January 3, 2015

    overall I just want to make this year about starting new habits and changing my lifestyle and sharing that with my family. I want to be healthy and I want to instill that in my children. I want to get back in shape and strive to be the best I can.

  395. Lisa - January 3, 2015

    I want to work harder than last year to get the pounds off! Also do meal prep to be ready each week!!!

  396. Linda - January 3, 2015

    Hi, my name is Linda and I’m going to be 50 years old in March. I spent my life from 18 – 46 years old drinking, experimenting with drugs, smoking, partying, over eating, and just not caring about my health. Now, I’m happy to report that I’m 4 years into my fitness journey. I started my journey at 5’11” and 254 lbs. I reached my lowest weight of 199 lbs about 2 years ago, but then quit smoking (cold turkey after 32 years) and went back to 220 lbs. Now, I’ve been “stuck” at about 208- 215lbs. I love to exercise and have that part of my life under control. In the past 4 years I’ve completed several half-marathons, two full marathons, several 100 mile bike rides, numerous sprint and olympic distance triathlons, and three 70.3 half Ironman triathlons. I am currently training for my first full Ironman in Madison, WI on September 13 of this year! I am the poster child for the saying “abs are made in the kitchen” or the 80/20 rule – good nutrition is 80% of the battle, exercise is the other 20%. During peak training times for my triathlons, I would work out – swim/bike/run for 18 – 20 hours per week. And, I couldn’t imagine why I wasn’t losing weight?!?! But, being truthful with myself, it was all due to poor food choices and poor nutrition. I would “reward” myself every day and every meal for working out so hard, instead of having a “treat” once in a while. My goal for 2015 is to weight 175 lbs by my Ironman race in September. That’s only 5 lbs per month and a very reasonable goal – if I start NOW! I really don’t want to lug these extra 40 lbs around the 140.6 miles I’ll be doing!! I’m going to focus on nutrition and making good, conscious food choices; drink more water and eliminate soda!

  397. Ashley - January 3, 2015

    I am going to get back on track. I have become comfortable and lazy. This is the year I am going to get the holiday pounds off and keep them off!

  398. Kristen - January 3, 2015

    This year started out terrible but I wont be letting the negatives keep me from achieving my goal this year. I want to walk/jog 2 miles everyday and work up to 4 miles before the end of the year. I want to be able to have the self control to only eat fast food only once or twice a month. I feel confident that i can. Its already been 2 weeks since i last had fast food and I’m using an app to help motivate me to walk a few miles. For ever mile i walk/run it donates 25cents to a charity on their list that i choose. What a great way to be motivated!

  399. Megan - January 3, 2015

    As I have begun this new year I really sat down to help figure out what got me to this point. To help me reach my goals for the year I have decided to begin daily motivation to help me remember why I am on the path that I am and to help relieve stress. I have been an emotional eater in the past so the meditation will help keep those emotions in check. I also have found a great park a mile away from my home that has a great walking path that is about 2.5 miles. I have decided to go walk that in the mornings to help get me going for the day. With a wedding in oct. I need to do this so that we can start our lives together in a healthy way!!!

  400. JANINE - January 3, 2015

    My 2015 goal is to run my first 5K in 20 years!! My husband and I are doing your plan together and I”m within 10 lbs of my high school weight. I’m working through a weight plateau now, but I have the “fire” to succeed no matter what! I’m committed to making fitness and healthy eating a priority and modeling this for my teenage daughters. Progress NOT perfection!

  401. Heather - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to make sure I am lifting weights at least 3 days a week. I’m a mom of 4. I teach Zumba 3 times a week and go to other classes but I don’t always take the time to lift weights. I am turning 40 this year and I want to be in the best shape of my life!

  402. Lindsey V - January 3, 2015

    Hey there! I’m excited to be in on this dietbet with yall! I’ll be cutting out refined sugars and flours and sticking to more natural foods. I’ll also increase my monthly running mileage from 9 miles to 13 miles!

  403. Ruth - January 3, 2015

    This year my resolution is to put myself first. I have always made resolutions about losing weight and although I did loose 30 lbs last year I still have a very long way to go and now I know the reason why my resolutions have failed before. It’s because as women and nurturers we try and take care of everything and everyone before we take time for ourselves. This year I will be selfish with my time and take care of my body and my health and put myself first for a change.

  404. Sonia barber - January 3, 2015

    My resolution is to become healthier. That’s why I’ve started my own business to help me. I eventually want to be a mom, and I need to get my body healthy to carry a baby and be a good example. I also want to be a healthy wife for my husband. My long term goal is to run a marathon. However, I don’t run. So I’m starting. Part of my becoming healthier plan. I’m excited for what 2015 has in store for my hopefully growing family.

  405. Ashley - January 3, 2015

    My resolution for this year is to, like most people, lose some pounds. I want to do it a healthy way. Last year I cut out processed food from our dinner plans, which wasn’t hard, since I am a pretty good cook. I also added in working out. What sabotages me, is weekends where me and friends usually drink to much. Which THAT is affecting my weightless. Not this year. So watching my alcohol intake along with caffeine. I am starting my carb cylcing plan Monday. These first few days I am doing a juice cleanse to help with the caffeine detox LOL Good luck to everyone!!

  406. Lee Ann - January 3, 2015

    I am going to be more active in 2015 — both physically and mentally. I have 4 specific goals/challenges that I have signed up for. 1. Your diet bet beginning Jan 5 to get me started. 2. Run/Walk 2,015 miles in 2015. 3. Very specifically, run a 2.5 mile dirt trail near me that I have had my eye on — without stopping to walk. 4. Tracking, blogging and participating with my app and team Mission Slimpossible.

  407. Kealy - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to restart my yoga practice!

  408. Kristin Walker - January 3, 2015

    i have decided it is time to make time for me. I am a mom of two young kiddos and I am a middle school teacher. My life revolves around making sure the other people (kids) in my life are taken care of and cared for. I put myself last. My husband works long hours and is gone for weeks at a time. I decided two months ago to take step 1 towards my 50lb weight loss goal and I got a gym membership and started going 3-5 days a week. My step 2 is my goal and that is to return to the carb cycling diet and work on implementing heal thing eating back into my life. Because I deserve it and so do my kids! I know I can make my goal by making myself a priority and keeping my promises. No more excuses! Thank you for your inspirations and help for everyone reaching for their dreams!!!

  409. JANINE - January 3, 2015

    My 2015 goal is to run my first 5k in 20 years!! My husband and I are doing your plan together and I”m within 10 lbs of my high school weight. I’m working through a difficult weight plateau now, but I have the “fire” to succeed no matter what! I’m committed to making fitness and healthy eating a priority and modeling this for my teenage daughters. Progress not perfection!

  410. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    in 2015 I will strive for an overall healthier me!! I will not let the little speed bumps knock me completely down like I have in the past!

  411. Christina Parent - January 3, 2015

    I have two resolutions this year. I have made a promise to myself to get my financial life in order and back on track. The first month will be tough due to a mandatory 2 weeks off at Christmas but my reward for sticking to my plan is dancing. I love learning to dance.

    My second resolution is to do something new once a month. January is start to swing dance and I started yesterday. It was fun! I can’t believe I was scared of it. A few other things I’m planning to do are skating lessons, Learn ASL, and hip-hop or funk dance lessons.

    Bring it on 2015, I’m looking forward to making the most of you.

  412. Jackie Chaszczewicz - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to always be thinking positively and getting rid of negative self-talk. Anything can be achieved with a positive mindset and the right thinking!

  413. Angela - January 3, 2015

    My husband and I are ready to make the lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime. We are wanting to be healthy and on the right path before we start adding to our family. 2015 here we go!

  414. Christina - January 3, 2015

    My goal is to be healthier (mentally, physically, emotionally), not only for myself but to also be a positive influence on my daughter. That is one of my long term goals. My goal(s) for the month: cut/wean out the sugar and eat healthier, drink more water, work out consistently, and find one good thing about myself every week (and repeating it every day in the mirror).

  415. Tessa - January 3, 2015

    I am going to work harder than I have ever before to reach my goals this year. I want to work up to run a half-marathon! I’ve only ever ran a 5K before and I’ve always been a slow runner. I want to shed these unwanted pounds so I can be lighter on my feet and faster when I run. I want to lose 50 pounds!

  416. Cindy - January 3, 2015

    I am going to use portion control when eating, and drink more water to make my goal. I really want to get more healthy this year.

  417. Tonya - January 3, 2015

    I am going to keep active in challenge groups for accountability and do a meal prep day two days a week to have healthy food on hand.

  418. Fitiseula Malepeai - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to lose a total of 66 pounds. I am a proud mother of a 1 year old beautifuk baby girl. I gained 62 pounds total when I became pregnant with her. I totally let myself go and lost all my self confidence. And my goal is to gain all that back this year. I work 1 full time job and also work part time but I’m not making any excuses for myself. I also plan on going to college and taking some classes. I watch you and your husbands show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and it inspires me even more to do what I have been wanting to do for a little over a year now. Seeing other peoples stories and how I can relate to some people in the show that you guys help inspires me even more. I am drinking more water and only drinking water. I am working out in the mornings before I work and doing some workouts when I get off my second job. I changed my eating habbits completely and am focused on portions and eating the right amount of calories and carbs. My goal is to also inspire my father and older sister. They are both over weight and I would love to see them on this show so they can gain everything back that they lost with all the weight they gained. My ultimate goals for 2015 is to not only lose 66 pounds but to get healthy again, inspire other people who will follow my weight loss journey, not make excuses anymore but most importantly become a better mother to my daughter. This year is going to be the best year for me and is time for change. Time to put the past in the past and move foward. :)

  419. Holly - January 3, 2015

    I am planning on running a 5k this year. I keep making promises to myself and breaking them. I already signed up for the 5k as motivation to stay on track. I tend to put other’s needs before my own. This year, I’m scheduling time out of each day for me. Here’s to 2015!

  420. Amanda - January 3, 2015

    This year I have committed to finally losing my last 35lbs!! I started50+ pounds heavier than I weigh today and I’m ready to finish this journey up!

    I joined two different dietbets and I have given up soda to help me :)

  421. Christy - January 3, 2015

    My main goal this year is to work on intimacy with my husband. We have a great relationship already, but I know for sure that 2015 will involve the grind of every day life and some major curve balls (just like every year). More intimacy with my husband will be achieved with less screen time (not keeping my phone plugged in right next to the bed at night), taking care of myself (no negative self talk, make positive changes towards my health, look good/feel good), and being intentional with the physical aspect of our marriage. I married my best friend, and my goal is all about honoring that blessing!

  422. Michelle otis - January 3, 2015

    My goal is to lose 50 pounds this year for my health and be more active.To do that I am committed to stay on a healthy eating plan and exercising everyday at least 20 minutes, even if I just walk. In the past, I have had trouble with injuries when I work out. So this time I will make sure I don’t do what causes too much strain on my body but be consistent to do something everyday at whatever level that is. I lose my motivation when I can’t do what I set out to do but doing something is better than nothing.

  423. amanda - January 3, 2015

    I am going to do as much as I can this year to get below 200lbs something I haven’t seen in over 10 years. Currently I am 15″lbs shy of that goal. My dad has been bringing me out running with him every Sunday as he is pushing me to work toward a half marathon coming up in March. He is the one that has inspired me to start running. In 2014, I started seeing a personal trainer 2x a week to build up my muscle and I also did 3 diet bets . I am ready to reach my new goals this year and to get me there I made a exercise calendar of a plan to get me up to 9 miles before my half marathon, I have meal planned for the next 30 days using Chris’s carb cycling book as I found carb cycling has helped me a lot when it comes to losing the weight and I plan to run at least 2 miles 5x a week and continue to see my personal trainer 2x a week . Here’s to 2015 and a new me I will not let stress get in the way any more! Can’t wait for the new season of EWL because honestly it’s what started my journey last year and I’m still going strong with a few hiccups

  424. Amber - January 3, 2015

    The first week of 2015 will already go out with a bang. I am running my first Disney Mini Marathon in ONE WEEK! I am simply looking forward to many more races and taking care of me.

  425. Ginger - January 3, 2015

    My New Years resolution was to started seeing a counselor, to help myself open up. so I can realize I’m good enough to be happy, with a fit body.

  426. MaryCarol Vasilik - January 3, 2015

    will be shopping the fresh foods, eating more fish and veggies. Cutting out diet soda completely and drinking more water as well. My movement is limited due to a bad foor however I plan to try walking more.

  427. Marissa - January 3, 2015

    For probably the first time in my life, at 41, I want and need to put my health first. There has always been a reason to put something else ahead of that, kids, family, work… Excuses. 2015 has to be for me..for my health. I’m in! I’ve started to pay attention and eat better and exercise. Two things that have fallen to the wayside all to often before. Not anymore but I will say, everyday has to be a choice as old habits are very easy to fall back on.

  428. Angie - January 3, 2015

    I am going to stop living in fear and achieve my goals. I have spent the last 3 years getting myself and my boys away from their abusive alcoholic father. We are free and safe now and I want to learn to be able to let go of the fear that has ruled me for the past 20 years. I want to be strong and confident instead of fearful and timid. I know getting fit and strong and losing the 20 lbs I have always wanted to lose but never had the courage to will be a huge first step for me to become the confident person I so desperately want to be.

  429. allison - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to pray before making a good choice and no more fast food. Also exercise more.

  430. Jen - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to sign up for a race series of two 10k races and a half marathon. I haven’t run since before I had my kiddos so this is a good challenge to get me back in shape :)

  431. Annemarie Garner - January 3, 2015

    2014 was a really great year for me, I would go as far as to say best yet. I progressed so much at work, started a new qualification, got out of a whole lot of debt, moved into a great place and lost 3 stones! 2015 there’s only 2 things on my list to accomplish; start a family! Eeek! I can’t wait but I refused to be a mom that can’t get down and play with her kids or be a role model! So I’m ready to loose my last 5 stone and become a mom! The type that teaches health and happiness not sadness and yo yo dieting! I know the get lean in 2015 diet bet hasn’t started yet but I just couldn’t wait! I have been going since new years eve and have so far lost 6lbs! Yey go me! Here’s to the rest of our healthy happy and family filled lives!

  432. Robin King - January 3, 2015

    in 2015 I want to continue to follow my eating and exercise plan and make them a permanent lifestyle and not a temporary fix.

  433. kimberly tate - January 3, 2015

    My partner and I are doing it together and we are adding more races this year!

  434. Emily - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I want to work towards my best self. Not just on fitness, but in all aspects of my life. It’s about balance and LIFESTYLE changes! :)

  435. Shannel Blair - January 3, 2015

    For the first time I am putting myself first. I gained 30 pounds in two years. Suffered a back injury. my family and I Have struggled to get backing on the healthy train. I need to be an example to my husband and 4 boys that you can eat healthy and exercise, I want to show them how to balance life. I am very committed when I put my mind to something. I love trying new things! I have been learning not to be so all or nothing mentality. Which has always spiralled out of control. I feel this would be a great learning curve for all of us. I really need this to help save all of us. I can be the example they need!

  436. Alisha - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to commit to 30 minutes of exercise as soon as I wake up so that every day starts on a good note.

  437. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to give up diet coke and soda all together. Its my biggest vice and It’s going to be hard! I need to be a good example to my 3 kids that it’s important to take care of our bodies.

  438. Stacey - January 3, 2015

    This is the year no more excuses! 2015 is my year to commit to losing 50lbs. By making healthy choices in every aspect of my life! Moving more, eatting clean and change my inner voice to name a few positive actions!! I can do this one day at a time!! :-)

  439. Lisa O - January 3, 2015

    I am going to drink less soda and drink more water. I would like to get under 200 pounds this year.

  440. Tessy Dukes - January 3, 2015

    THIS YEAR I CHOOSE TO NOT DIET EVER AGAIN!! Instead its time for a lifestyle change not just for me but my family to eat cleaner. Leaner meats, more veggies, less processed food, less/no sugars. Due to my absolute desire for breads,potatoes, and pasta there will have to be some card cycling, with whole wheat of course 😉 !! I’m 30 with a BMI of nearly 42%, 295lbs, high blood pressure, and borderline type 2 diabetes…..I’m too young to die and my babies deserve more from me!!!!! Love you Powells, thank you for all the inspiration !!! One day I hope to meet you both 😉 !!!

  441. Ann - January 3, 2015

    To reach my weight loss goal I am going to count calories (it’s the only way I’ve found that forces me to make good food decisions: fewer carbs, more greens, better condiment / side selections). I am also going to begin being more active, starting with walking and biking.

  442. Renae - January 3, 2015

    I am going to live a new life, I am changing my way of thinking. My goal is to have this be the best year yet, not only do I plan to loose 50lbs, but also my baggage, I will BE HAPPY

  443. Donna - January 3, 2015

    I have already lost 15 pounds since October. I have 35 more to go. I have already planned out my workouts and am looking to run my first marathon. You’re blog is so inspiring. Thank you helping others with their weight loss goals.

  444. Dina - January 3, 2015

    In2015, I’m going to run 4 races and continue towards a healthier me!!

  445. Donna Rich - January 3, 2015

    2014 was a long difficult year. Family members losing their lives to cancer. I gained back weight I had lost and now need to reverse this. My goal is to make gradual changes tha will stay. So each week I will make a new change.

  446. Lindsey J - January 3, 2015

    My physical health goals will become reality with the small step of eating more vegetables daily.

  447. Shauna - January 3, 2015

    My goal for this year is to stop getting so easily discouraged. It took quite a few years to put this excess weight on my body, losing it will not happen overnight. I lost 30lbs last year, but ended up getting frustrated with slow progress, and eventually gave up. I can’t give up on myself anymore. I need to love myself enough to recognize that even a little progress is still progress. Its time to do this for ME. Not my fiance. Not because I’m worried what my children’s friends think of me. It has to be for ME. Thank you for your amazing posts, and all the incredible work you put in to help others reach their goals. The Powell Pack rocks!

  448. Joelle - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to lose 40 pounds. By losing that weight I will be able to keep up with my active kids and show them what a healthy and active lifestyle looks like. To achieve this goal, I will be meal planning (increasing fruits and veggies) and increasing my water intake while also cutting out pop completely. I will also be going to the local YMCA and walking while babywearing my daughter when my son is at preschool. When it warms up, our walks will be outside with the stroller or carrier depending on the day. Aside from losing weight, I plan on running my first 5k and working on getting out if debt by sticking to out set budget. My children are the motivation behind my goals.

  449. Valerie Brown - January 3, 2015

    My goals are to lose 30 lbs by March 1st. I have already lost 73lbs since April 2014 and you guys give me hope I can lose my 100 lb mark. My goals is to get out more, but also do this for my family and future family. For my husband and children, but especially for myself!
    You show gave me hope and helped me overcome obstacles to lose the first 70 lbs, and I hope for 2015 that I can get to the weight and be that woman on the inside and the outside! I was always told I had a pretty face, not I want a body to match!

  450. Norma Soto - January 3, 2015

    This 2015 I am changing my lifestyle for me and my 9 year old son. I am 5’4 and weighting at 200 lbs and my son is over 100 lbs. We both need to start being active and eating healthy. He has such low self-esteem and I need to set a good example for him. I myself have just been forgetting about myself and just being mom. Mom needs to be healthy and be a good example.

  451. Theresa - January 3, 2015

    My husband and I committed last NewYears to start strength traing and lose weight.
    successfully lost 25# and resolving to lose another 40# this year.
    Drinking more water, planning activities, tracking food intake and scheduling ‘off days’ are working. ..

    Dietbet is a fun way to boost self determination and looking forward to size 10 pants in February!

  452. Lindsay - January 3, 2015

    I am going to stop making excuses for myself. I am graduating college in May and it is time that I make a commitment to myself and to my health. I want to begin this next stage in my life with a healthy lifestyle that I will be able to maintain for the rest of my life. I know that this is not something that can happen overnight, but I am willing to set that goal for myself and start with the little lifestyle changes.

  453. Diana Jackson - January 3, 2015

    I am done letting my fibromyalgia kick my butt! I am going to force myself to get up and move. I have gained 80 pounds since this started. It is time to learn my new abities and to teach my body it can still be active.

  454. Melanie - January 3, 2015

    I have a goal to wake up at 5 am every morning. It makes the whole day so much better!

  455. Lauren - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to run 4 races.

  456. Amy Gleue - January 3, 2015

    One of my goals for 2015 is to complete my first triathlon!

  457. Paty almaguer - January 3, 2015

    2015 Will be MY year. 2014 Was my practice. After being in shape athletic all my life and gain 100 pounds in 10 years now I look my self in the mirror and don’t recognice my self. I don’t have idea how to start but I know something for sure! I want to be healthy and strong . This 2015 I will accomplish that!

  458. Francesca - January 3, 2015

    My goal this year: Breaking down my “big” goal to lose 50+ pounds into smaller monthly goals. My goal for each month–lose 5 lbs. I’ve already scheduled my workouts on the family calendar along with all the other family activities/commitments, and special/important dates. I have lined up a buddy to meet me at the gym or at the exercise class, and I’ve planned and will be shortly prepping my meals for the week. This will happen every week. I’m going to get this weight off! I’m going to look awesome! 😀

  459. Kim - January 3, 2015

    Trying to keep my focus ONLY on the now and not worry about the past, future, what if’s and so on.

    Follow Through – I am going to commit to accomplishing my daily goals no matter what life throws at me (only doing 1/4 of the item is better than not tackling it at all).

    If I am fatigued, I am going to find a dark place and rest my eyes and only let positive thoughts enter my mind. I am going to do my best to not let any negativity come out of my mouth, especially any thoughts or comments directed towards myself.

  460. Michelle Armstrong - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I am going to get out and move more. Also, healthing eating for the family is big on the list for me and the hubs!!!

  461. Courtney Beddome - January 3, 2015

    I have made a goal to compete in the annual Crossfit Iota Cold War competition, this a big stride for me but just enough of a challenge that I know I can stand up to! I’m excited together my passion of Crossfit but at the same time push my limits!

  462. Cheryl hall - January 3, 2015

    in 2015 I will be adding weight training to my workout routine. I have done cardio forever but 2015 will be the year I get a hard body

  463. Tiffany - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 I want to be able to let myself have a bad day. I try over and over to lose weight and am so strick on myself until I can’t take it anymore and eat bad, then I give up on the whole thing. So I want to be able to have a slice of pizza without throwing it all away. That is my goal. Slow and steady!

  464. Cathy - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to believe I can do lose the weight (again) and make time for myself- I am going to make it a priority. I lost 90 pounds about 4 years ago and then gained almost all of that back when i had my daughter at the end of 2013. Since then I haven’t made my weight a priority. I need to start!!

  465. Isis - January 3, 2015

    I bought a fitbit to track my activity level and I’m giving up refined sugar and refined carbohydrates.

  466. MIchelle - January 3, 2015

    My sisters and I are planning to run our 1st 10k together this May in memory of our father who we lost to pancreatic cancer a year ago. This May would have been his 55th birthday.

  467. Anthony Watson - January 3, 2015

    A New Year…A New Attitude. A shout out to everyone setting goals — we can do it!

  468. Michelle C - January 3, 2015

    I am going to prep my meals for the week every weekend so I am not eating prepackaged unhealthy foods. I am also having my family eat at the table for every meal rather than in front of the television. Not only is this better for portion control, but also better for my husband and I to spend some time with our kids and help teach them important values in family time at the dinner table.

  469. Nancy - January 3, 2015

    I am going to eat more clean so I can train for a half marathon and run the WHOLE thing. Bettering my body with food to deal with allergies and sickness better! I am so excited to work towards my goals!

  470. June - January 3, 2015

    this year I’m going to finally deal with my dads death in a positive manner instead of finding my comfort in food. He died after a short battle with cancer two days before his 75th birthday. On 1-8-11 my life changed so much so I forgot about taking care of me. I take care of my kids first and find food my comfort. I’ve gained back 55 pounds of the 100 I had lost two years prior. My dad was so proud that I had lost the weight and he was my cheerleader to get healthy. He used to remind me weekly that I don’t need sodas, however when all the stress came up when he got the cancer diagnosis I drank a soda and it’s been downhill ever since. So this January 8th I’m going to finally honor my dad and give it all up like I did before. I’m going to finally listen to his funeral service, she’d many tears and then shed the sadness weight. I know I can do this and j know my dad will be my cheerleader in heaven watching down on me. I know I can still make him proud and make my kids proud too. I have to stick around to be here for them, and stop letting the hurt and sadness win. Thank you for always posting positive information and wellness tips.

  471. Brandi - January 3, 2015

    For my 2015 my resolutions are: I want to lose 40pds I know that takes hard work, lots of motivation which that is why I love the Powell’s, and dedication. I know I can do it and I will do it, I know it takes time and I can’t do it over night. My other resolution is to save money and get caught up. Me and my husband just bought our first house a year ago and are wanting to get better with money. You see when we first started to look at buying a house that’s when we were doing really good at working out, eating right drinking water… do everything right. But when we started the process we got off track and o gained back my 30pds I had kept off for 3years. Well now we are settled and I really want what I had a yeare ago. We will do it all together. I have my family my health and all the wonderful people in my life to help me.

  472. lexy Drysdale - January 3, 2015

    I am going to work on balance. I am an all or nothing person. I need to find a healthy balance when it comes to food and exercise.

  473. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    I’m working on getting my whole family fit and would love to gift this to my husband! Together we will make this happen!

  474. Christina Buckley - January 3, 2015

    This year I am hoping to get back on track with my fitness goals. Last year I started and did my first 5K and 10K, and I lost 25lbs and not only lost my pregnancy weight gain but got below my prepregnancy weight. I lost track over the holidays though and even gained some back (5lbs). This year I am starting my goal off to lose the rest of the weight I planned on losing by starting the State of Slim diet, which is not only a diet but a lifestyle change. It includes the food and activity needs that I feel will help me lose the rest of the 20lbs I need to lose to get to my goal. Already have the start date and phases in my calendar. :-)

  475. audra - January 3, 2015

    My goals for 2015 to get into shape are to drink more water, cut soda out 100%. Actually use my gym membership. I need to get over the feeling that people are judging me at the gym. I have 7 months to get my boots in gear so I can participate in the Dirty Dash…it’s on my bucket list and it’s about time I stop letting my weight interfere with crossing things off that list!

  476. Alberta Napolitano - January 3, 2015

    For years I did not take care of myself. Now my body is suffering the consequences. This past year I have gotten a lot of bad news. So in 2015 I am choosing life over food. I have been working out and watching what I eat. This is not a diet I am on – it is my life plan. My goal is to get below a 30 BMI. This is very important for my life. I will take it one day at a time – drink my water, exercise,, eat right and seek out all the support I need for this journey. You and Chris are part of that support – thankyou!

  477. Christi - January 3, 2015

    I cant think of a better way to start the new year than to join with friends and family for this dietbet game. We are of competitive spirit, and want to support and motivate other loved ones to be healthy and happy and live active lives, so we can all be better mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and overall good human beings! Cheers to you all!

  478. Stephanie jarrett - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to lose weight and gain financial freedom, so I’ve set monthly goals to help myself get there! For January I want to lose 10 by making better eating choices and moving more. Financially, my goal is to make $500 this month through my home business while being a full time mommy to my three girls!

  479. Amy - January 3, 2015

    A renewed focus on my goal of running a marathon by the end of 2015. Not letting stress overwhelm me or failure consume my mind if I don’t reach my goal in a set time. I only have 20lbs to lose with my goal of 90lbs and I always think I should be done by now but I have to realize the hardest part is behind me!

  480. Heather Viets - January 3, 2015

    Starting last year, and continuing into this year, I’m writing a weight loss blog: I’ve found that I do so much better with accountability and being able to see my progress over time. I’m also focusing on drinking more water!!!

  481. Georgia Lawrence - January 3, 2015

    I am going to start the Bodybuilding .com – Utimate 30- day beginner’s guide to Fitness…Day 1 will be today. They cover nutrition and get you back in the gym when you have been gone for a while… (uh- hum :)
    I eventually want to get my weight back to 114 with 16% body fat. I am now 124.3 lbs(, …the dreaded 10 pound weight gain,) but more importantly the increase in body fat too. Clothes feel terrible, and I do too. So, this year is to get back to normal.

  482. Misty - January 3, 2015

    In 2004 I did my first 5K with my kids, they had a blast and are constantly asking when are we going to do another one. We were lucky enough get another in before the year was over. So, I would love to lose weight and get fit so that is NEVER an excuse to not be able to do anything physical with the 4 most important people in my life :) Thank you!!

  483. Erin Hulbert - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I am going to work harder on going to the gym and eating healthier. Instead of going back and forth of doing good and eating all the junk food. I want to loose this pregnancy weight to look good in a swimsuit come summertime!

  484. Genessa - January 3, 2015

    I am going to cut out evening snacking.

  485. Savannah - January 3, 2015

    i am writing down all that I consume, and exercising with my husband 6 days a week

  486. Renee Marie - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 (and beyond) I’m going to BELIEVE that I deserve to be happy, healthy and SLENDER!

  487. Gillian Pate - January 3, 2015

    I can think of at least a half a dozen things I want to do differently for 2015 but I feel the most important will be to lead a healthier lifestyle. I eat fast food more often than I would like to share. I’m almost 45 years old and approximately 80 pounds over weight. I recently gained custody of my one year old nephew and have very little energy to keep up with him. I think losing weight will have a huge impact on my energy level. Happy new year!!

  488. Merissa Gatti - January 3, 2015

    Hello Heidi!! I’ve watched every single episode of extreme weight loss and each episode my energy is rejuvenated to keep pushing forward with my fittness. The inspirational words you and Chris share with the world keep me from wanting to give up when I give into bad temptations around me. I used to be a division one athlete until I injured my back in 2011 and I’ve never been the same since. I’ve battled anorexia and have recovered but now I’m back to being overweight. I’m 5’2″ at 150 pounds and I’m 22 years old. I know I’m not the biggest but it sure isn’t healthy for my small frame. I’m currently in my last semester at school in the health field where I work with people of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities. I’ve seen the struggles that people have gone through and my struggles are very small compared to the struggles I’ve seen others go through. So this year I decided that my New Years resolution wasn’t going to be just about weight loss. It was going to be about helping others and lifting others up and making them feel better in their own battles. By giving back to others, I’ll feel emotionally better about myself which is my main goal…to be happy with myself. Both you and Chris have expressed how you have to let all that inside pain and hurt go if you ever want to transform your life. That’s the theory I’m going with this year. Along with helping others, my gym goals are to just make it to the gym 4 times a week and just drink water. I’m a huge diet soda fan and just kicking that habit will help me in my journey. Most people say they are going to eliminate junk food and soda and only eat healthy, but my main goal is to feel good about myself in conjunction with eating right and helping others. By the end of my semester in May I want to be the model of what being healthy looks like for my patients by doing it the healthy way unlike my past. Showing ownership in my own health will ultimately gain my patients trust that I know what I am doing. Just like you Heidi and Chris. Thank you for being my inspiration and role model!! Much love and God bless!!! ❤️

  489. Elliott Van Dusen - January 3, 2015

    I’m not going to use my hectic work schedule as an excuse this year. #getleanin2015

  490. Jessica Osuna - January 3, 2015

    Ive been toying with the idea of getting back into running for about two years now. But I’ve decided to take it seriously this year and start of my 30s right (I turned 30 two weeks ago). Ill be taking the next month to ease into a regular routine and I hope to be regularly running 3 miles daily by March.

  491. Shanon - January 3, 2015

    My goal is to lose 10% of my weight by year end by exercising more and eating clean.

  492. Deborah - January 3, 2015

    My one thing is to move! exercise will become the norm in my week and in my life thanks guys for inspiring me

  493. Toby - January 3, 2015

    I’m going to make time for me. That means going to gym, getting a massage, taking lunch at work. All kinds of things.

  494. Shannan - January 3, 2015

    2015 is the year for me. So much of my life is spent helping others – as a mom, as a nurse, as a friend. that I have a tendency to neglect myself. I need to be healthier and so I will increase my water intake and monitor my eating ensuring I eat more fruits and vegetables. I will also increase my activity by dancing and embracing life. This year is my year to blossom and grow (and shrink 50 pounds)

  495. Meloni - January 3, 2015

    Since I have symptoms of early diabetes and can’t afford to go to the doctor, it’s time for a lifestyle change. My goal is to loose 60lbs by the end of the year to be in my healthy BMI range. If I get to that weight sooner, that would be even better. Motivation motivation …is what I need to keep me going. I have four kids. One with Autism, another 2 with learning disabilities and another with health/heart/life threatening allegeries, so needless to say I am busy and a tad bit stressed. I NEED TO MAKE TIME FOR ME. Please pick me!!!!

  496. Veronica - January 3, 2015

    The one thing I’m going to do this year to keep my diet goals is to sign up for at least 4 races to include a half marathon. This will give me something go train and workout for. I completed my very first marathon this last December and after doing that, a 5K, 10K or half marathon doesn’t seem do bad. First race is coming up in February. It’s the 8 mile Great Aloha Run!!

  497. Alycia - January 3, 2015

    The girls in my church and I work out 3 times a week. My goal has been to not miss any workouts! Its been such an amazing experience getting back into shape, feeling so much better about myself and setting a good example for my husband and out two sweet daughters. You should see those girls doing push ups! Working out with my girlfriends has also created so many new friendships and its been an amazing way for all of us to chat and sweat all at the same time! Thanks for all of your inspiration!!

  498. Jesica - January 3, 2015

    Other than joining your Diet Bet, I need to learn to put myself first so I can become healthy and achieve my weight loss goals. I also need to cut out the foods that I am allergic to (gluten and dairy). I have done Diet Bet’s before but have not been successful, this time I will do this!

  499. Misty - January 3, 2015

    What great role models you and your family make for the rest of us! In 2015 I am focusing on endurance. Last summer my friend planned a three day hike for us but I couldn’t make it so it ended up being a short overnight hike. This year I want the full trip! I know that eating healthy and slimming down will help me improve what I can do with this body. It has become much more important for me to focus on experience and ability rather than the scale and size.

  500. Andrea - January 3, 2015

    I am going to start keeping a food journal and writing down EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth! :)

  501. Mikell - January 3, 2015

    I am going to learn to love myself. I will make choices that reflect self respect and love. I will live each day for me and be present for each moment.

  502. Shanon - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to commit to clean eating (notably with Hello Fresh) and lose 10% of my body weight (in 12 months rather than 6 which is more realistic for me) by working out and making better choices with foods.

  503. Lindsey - January 3, 2015

    I am going to do the Whole Life Challenge that starts on January 17th. This will be my 6th one and its going to help me get rid of these extra holiday pounds! I’m also working on my upper body strength so that this year I can finally get that elusive unassisted pull-up.

    • Deborah - January 3, 2015

      My goal is to drink more, to eat clean and to make exercise a normal part of my week. I want these changes to last and to make a difference to my children’s life so they grow up to know that this life style is normal and healthy.

  504. Lindsay Olheiser - January 3, 2015

    WOW….you guys are amazing!! I love that you guys put smiles and confidence back into peoples lives daily… rock!!!
    I started my transformation 2 yrs ago in May. I started at 189, I got to 159 in 6 months and hit a plateau….I tried everything changing my diet changing my gym workouts….everything. Nothing was working… So I gave up and got very depressed, I gained some weight back….I got up to 178. I hated how I felt so I got up and stop feeling sorry for myself and got back in my regimin in 2 months I got back down to 160 and now have been there for about 1 month in a half and am stuck again……..grrrr!
    I have purchased Chris’s book and this 2015 I will try carb cycling and also not get so stressed about my weight….for the last 2yrs that’s all I consume my brain with is “I’m fat”.
    I will lose my next 40 pounds ” STRESS FREE” with carb cycling and eat more for what I burn at the gym….starving myself is not the answer. I WIIL GIVE MY BODY FUEL! I also am going to pre package all my meals so I never have an excuse not to eat!!!

  505. Angela Ross - January 3, 2015

    Heidi – you always have great advice! One thing I am making a conscious effort living a better lifestyle is to simply be happy. Being happy most important in my life. I need to not to get so down on myself if I fail. If I fail I am going to just dust myself off and get back up again.

  506. Michelle Jones - January 3, 2015

    In 2015. I have finally ditched the excuses. I have many excuses about weight loss…no thyroid makes weight loss hard, Joint pain makes it hard, gyms are expensive, eating healthy is too expensive, I get injured too easily and list went on and on. I will begin an exercise regimen this year and stick to it, even if I have to pay for it. Thank you both for you inspiration.

  507. Jane - January 3, 2015

    this year 2015 I want to focus on each day. Looking at the the amount of weight I want to lose can be too overwhelming, so I will do my very best each day. I want to move more and feel like I accomplished something positive for myself. I have talked to the dr about gastric sleeve but my goal is to so it on my own and lose 150 lbs.

  508. Zsuzsi - January 3, 2015

    Hi, this year 2015 I am committing to: eat clean (90/10 – finding the balance), exercise at least 3 times a week, being happy, being fit, loosing 30 kg (hey, it is approx. 2.5 per month) and just loving myself every minute of the way.
    In addition than you Heidi and Cris, you both are really amazing and an inspiring couple :)

  509. brittany - January 3, 2015

    My goal for 2015 is to not give up every time I get discouraged or feel like I’m not good enough. Instead of always making others happy it’s time to focus on me because I deserve to be happy.

  510. KIM AKIN - January 3, 2015

    In 2015, I plan to drink half my body weight in water and start lifting weights on a regular basis. Also, eating more fruits and veggies on a regular basis. I have been feeling bad lately and i know it is because I am not taking care of myself so this is the year, I need to change, I will change!

  511. Kristen Zientek - January 3, 2015

    I am committed to getting under 200lbs this year.. Which is about 60lbs. ( doable in a year?! I think so!) Each New Years I promise myself I’m going to lose… But I never follow through. This year I will change that.

    I’ve tried to ask myself… Why don’t I ever follow through? I think the reason is my self confidence. I don’t really truly believe in myself. But if I can’t even believe in myself… Who will? Loving myself and being comfortable in my own skin is the REASON I want and NEED to lose the weight. It’s time to start believing that I am worth it! Time to stop making excuses and just do something about it!

    So what have I done to start this journey? I bought a blender and I plan to start making protein shakes every morning ( I never have breakfast so this will be a huge change for me). I am also planning to get weight watchers in at my work ( I am on vacation so that will start on jan 5th!) so my awesome co-workers and I can help eachother along the way. Lastly, I have started to get back to the gym.

    With a little help with motivation, I really feel I can make this happen… I deserve it! :)

  512. Jaimie Davis - January 3, 2015

    I gained several extra pounds while recovering from knee surgery this past year. This year, I will be trying to stay focused on better eating habits and getting back into the gym, to become the best ‘healthy’ me possible!

  513. Michelle Wilonski - January 3, 2015

    This is the last year I’m ever making a New Years Resolution to lose weight. I’ve been on my own journey since 2011. It took breaking my leg in May of 2014 to really understand the importance of nutrition in the weight loss process. I’ve lose 80 pounds total, 50 of those pounds with a broken leg. I will get the last 20 off by my birthday in March. I have a lot of goals set for 2015 for myself including 10 unassisted pull ups, running my third half marathon (I haven’t been able to run in months because of my injury), and really focusing on my nutrition. Keeping track of my calories and self-monitoring for success every day. Nothing is standing in my way and this diet bet is a great way to kick start the new year! Unfortunately my finances are very tight right now and I’m having a hard time affording the buy in so I’m hoping I get picked for one of the free entries!!

  514. Jennifer D - January 3, 2015

    Hi Heidi!

    Thank you for the enlightening post. My New Years Resolution is to lose weight (20-25 lbs), but I’m not really thinking about it that way. I want to be healthier and feel that weight loss will only be a perk to that resolution. I plan to use my FitBit flex to track my activity and the LoseIt app to track my caloric intake. I am still going to the gym, and also joined in on the DietBet that you an Chris started that begins Monday. I think this is such a good idea because it is a motivational tool and let’s face it, it’s hard to not want to keep on track when everyone is watching. :) Thanks again for all you and Chris do. You have changed many lives and I continue to look up to you both.

    Jennifer D.

  515. Brooke McFarland - January 3, 2015

    In 2014 I lost a total of 80 pounds. I plan to continue this trend and lose another 50 to 80 pounds this year.
    My goal is to achieve this by cooking healthier foods for myself and my family and have better portion control, and drink tons of water. I also love going to the gym and doing yoga and kickboxing workout videos. To help motivate me I have joined your dietbet for January. Excited for the changes to come!

  516. Jenna - January 3, 2015

    I want to lose the 40 lbs I gained from my last pregnancy so I can be a healthyand fit example to my kids and so I can run around and chase them without feeling out of breath.

  517. Ronette - January 3, 2015

    I am look for “real” solutions this year not resolutions…carb cycling and regular exercise and water intake = “real” solutions!!!

  518. Helen C. - January 3, 2015

    I’m starting every morning with 15 minutes of quiet time to plan my day so I can be prepared for any potential speed bumps with my food plan.

  519. Tracey - January 3, 2015

    I plan on staying out of the drive thru !

  520. Katie K - January 3, 2015

    In order to help reach my goals in 2015 I am planning on increasing my water intake (and actually tracking it this time around) and also prioritizing my health and goals over other less important things in my life!

  521. Erica marino - January 3, 2015

    Aside from joining your Dietbet to change in 2015 I’m cooking as many of my own healthy means as possible. No more going out or wondering what’s added to my restaraunt food it’s all on me!

  522. DeVona - January 3, 2015

    One thing I am doing in the New Year is training to run a half marathon. The most I have ran at one time is a 5k.

  523. Kaitlin - January 3, 2015

    Cleaned the junk food out of my pantry

  524. Laura - January 3, 2015

    I’m down 83 pounds and would like to lose 33 more. I’ve hit a plateau and this year I’m trying to change up the daily exercise and add some accountability. Thanks for all the inspiration and all you do.

  525. chelsea - January 3, 2015

    Drink more water, dont eat after 8, whole food choices

  526. Debrah Manzo - January 3, 2015

    I am going to walk and zumba again this year no matter how cold.. Really need to do more for energy. Can’t wait to start this. Woohoo. I am ready :)

  527. Shawna McDonald - January 3, 2015

    I am working on learning to love myself for who I , not for what I think other people expect me to be. For me this starts with eating right, getting my blood sugar under control and pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone. I am hoping this will helps realize and enjoy who I really .

  528. Diane - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 I am going to drink more water, only take the stairs at work and complete the Bikini Body Mommy 90 Challenge!

  529. sara O - January 3, 2015

    in 2015 I am focusing on eating the foods the fuel my body vs empty calories and working out 5 day/week. I am trying to lose weight, be a mom & wife, full time job and full time law student. Overwhelming and sometimes discouraging.

    Thanks Chris & Heidi for all you do to promote health and wellness in a caring and supportive way.


  530. bj - January 3, 2015

    My resolution is to make this year about pampering myself. Taking a little time to workout or take a little time to myself each day to do something for myself. We have 7 kids and 3 grandkids, so sometimes it is hard!!

  531. Rose De Luca - January 3, 2015

    One thing I’m doing in 2015 to reach my goad is putting myself first. I’m going to be selfish for once and aim to put more effort and time in my workouts rather than always helping people who don’t even appreciate my time.
    Being a 2x cancer survivor I’ve been blessed to be given the opportunity to live and I choose to live a healthy lifestyle so that I can be here to see my kids grow up.

  532. Heather Miller - January 3, 2015

    This year I am going to make a conscious decision about what I put into my body. I’m going to start with a whole 30 and then go from there, only putting real foods into my body.

  533. Wendy W. - January 3, 2015

    This year I am Not giving up on myself! I will become healthy through faith, exercise and proper nutrition. Thanks for all
    Your help.

  534. Sharon - January 3, 2015

    Have been scared straight ( hospital stay ) thought I was having a heart attack….No…thank goodness. I have GERD, weight going up, BP going up, need to reign it in and take care of Me for a change. I am 55 years young, on No meds and want to keep it that way! I have been tracking calories but slack off make excuses….So this year I plan to make No Excuses! Move more, drink more water and green tea, stick to my meatless Mondays, etc. Get healthy, be happy. : )

  535. Andrea J - January 3, 2015

    I am going to strive to drink more water daily and move more reaching beyond my 10,000 goal set.

  536. Christine - January 3, 2015

    following you and Chris on instagram has been fun, challenging and inspirational. my goals for this year are to lose 30 pounds put on during the flare up of autoimmune thyroid disorder. I am beginning with a Paleo eating lifestyle and mild to moderate exercise. my next goal is to send birthday and anniversary cards and gifts ON TIME to people I love and care about

  537. Toshia Edelman - January 3, 2015

    I decided this was going to be a year for a fresh start. As of the first, I have quit smoking. It’s been a rough couple of days but I know that it’s what I need to do for myself. It’s pretty hard to work on quitting smoking and losing weight at the same time. I know it’s something I need to do, and I really want to be a part of this program for the help and motivation! My goal is to be healthy enough this year to be able to become pregnant after over 10 years of trying!

  538. Tara Maynarf - January 3, 2015

    my New Year’s resolution is to find myself again. Over the last two years I lost myself. I had lost a large amount of weight and I’m disappointed to say I’ve gained back quite a bit. I want to find myself again and get back to who I had become. I have signed back up at the YMCA and plan to go at least 3 days a week. I also plan to be outside on nice weather days and start working towards being able to do 5K”s again. I would love to apply for extreme Weightloss, but given I’m a single mom of two, who’s dad chose a different life from ours after 18 years , makes it difficult to not be home with my kids for the months it requires. Heidi, you and Chris are so amazing and inspirational…I just need help!! ❤️

  539. Michelle Lesley - January 3, 2015

    I am going to worry less. I have recently realized that worrying about everything makes me feel like I have some control over the situation I’m worrying about. However, that is the opposite. It just makes me more anxious about the situation and takes up valuable energy I can use in other areas of my life. So i’m going to stop worrying about things I can’t control. This will hopefully make me more positive and maybe I can start believing I can actually achieve my goals this year.

  540. Deb Humphreys - January 3, 2015

    Thanks for the Inspiration:) My goal is to work out with my hubby so we can keep each other accountable. I am post menopausal and am ready to get this extra weight off my midsection.2015 is the year!!!!!!

  541. Tammy - January 3, 2015

    2015 is the year for me to get back on track. I had lost quite a bit of weight 2 years ago and now find myself back to where I was before :-( Several things derailed my new found Fitness as I had to change jobs and then within those same 6 months my mother passed away from Alzheimer’s. It seemed I don’t have the motivation to keep going and found myself indulging in things other then exercise. My plan is to get back to the Gym and hit the trail again for Cardio. This old routine worked well for me in the past. I heard a quote the other day which hit home for me.

    “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

  542. Nicole - January 3, 2015

    Over the years I struggled with my weight. I would lose weight and gain it back over time. This year I’m getting married and of course every girl wants to look the best for her wedding. (So i would love to hit my goal by then) But, for me I want this to be a lifestyle change I don’t want to have to get up and think about the unhealthy choices I made the day before. So this year I’m going to focus on clean eatting, exercise and trying to manage all this wedding stress by focusing on changing myself.

  543. Carolyn Williams - January 3, 2015

    My plan that I wrote out and posted is to eat cleaner so I can improve my health. I was going to start by joining the DietBet because I think that the support and knowing I spent money on it will keep me motivated!

  544. Erika - January 3, 2015

    This year I vow to be kind to ME! I’m working on my body image and how I see myself so I can focus on how far I have come and not focus on my perceived negatives. I get in my own head and start to self sabotage since “what I do doesn’t work” and I’m DONE. This year I’m going to love myself, and continue on my journey to a happier, healthy me.

  545. Paulina guevara - January 3, 2015

    For 2015 goals is to finally stop yo-yo my weight and not have to struggle to mantain my fitness levels established by my military service.

  546. Brittany - January 3, 2015

    I will be starting a 60 day fitness challenge January 12th. I have done this before and once the challenge ended, so did my motivation. My New Years resolution is to continue my fitness journey once the 60 days is up.

  547. Stephanie - January 3, 2015

    In 2015 I plan to train for my first NPC competition. I want to build my strength and positive wellness habits. I received my degree in nutrition but decided to take another path in life after college and pursue counseling. As much as I enjoy helping others, I realize I need to take care of myself first. By setting a goal to compete in an NPC competition I’ve committed myself to eating clean, drinking more water throughout the day, drinking less alcohol on the weekends, and having a structured training program at the gym. I believe the diet bet would benefit me because of the competitive nature that I have not only with others, but with myself. 2015 is my year and I know I’ll be able to reach my goals.

  548. Christine - January 3, 2015

    following you and Chris on instagram has been fun, challenging and inspirational. my goals for this year are to lose 30 pounds put on during the flare up of autoimmune thyroid disorder. I am beginning with a Paleo eating lifestyle and mild to moderate exercise. my next goal is to send birthday and anniversary cards and gif ON TIME to people I love and care about

  549. Chris - January 3, 2015

    Hi! Heidi, I just want to say I think that the work that you & Chris do on a daily basis is just fantastic!

    One of the things I am doing in 2015 to get healthy by eating much better & losing weight. I have a 100+ lbs to lose. So to help me that, my daughter & I have a “bet” – – I lose 50 lbs & she quits smoking. It’s a win-win.

    We are both very competitive, but we need the motivation to start & stick with it. Hopefully, having this “bet” will be the motivation we need.

  550. Lindsey - January 3, 2015

    My goal for the year is to get stronger and toned. And I want to get back into running longish distances. I can easily run 2-3 miles without training or running for several months. This year, I’m kicking it up a big notch and am going to run the savannah rock and roll half marathon. My boyfriend has even volunteered to do it with me. Training starts now and my countdown begins today!

  551. Deb Humphreys - January 3, 2015

    Thanks for the inspiration:) My goal is to work out with my hubby to keep us accountable. I am in my 50’s and post menopausal and I want to get this weight off my midsection:) 2015 is the year!!!!!!

  552. Irene - January 3, 2015

    I’m finishing up my weightloss health journey. Ive come a long way and excited to be close to my finish line i can even see the finish line now! I’m losing the last 57lbs I have to lose. Relearning how to jog. I was in a wreck and relearned how to walk (have rods in my left leg and wasnt supposed to walk without assistance) achieved those goals, and now I’m working to jog a whole 5K and maybe more. The final goal next year is a tough mudder so this year I’m focusing on getting strong, fit, and able to jog more and more. I’m eating healthy and charting everything. This year I am even charting my workouts so I can keep track and steadily work harder and harder. A lot of motivated people out there. Keep up all the great work everyone.

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  554. Ashley - January 3, 2015

    In order to be successful in 2015 I am going to plan my meals better. A lot of times I tend to mess up with my eating habits because I don’t have a plan and make poor decisions in te wake of my hunger. I’m going to make it a point to always have vegetables cut up and accessible for snacking and write out a menu for the week so I’m prepared. As far as fitness goals go I plan to train for a half marathon. I’ve found that planning doesn’t only work with food but with exercise as well. I have found success in the past with following a set schedule so I know what I have to do each day in order to reach my ultimate goal.

  555. Cindi - January 3, 2015

    My goal this year is to finally get off the artificial sweeteners. I only use a little but that has been my excuse for a long time. Time to detox :)

  556. Jody - January 3, 2015

    I’m finally ready! I am not afraid to fail/fall this time-
    I am just ready to make the changes that need to be made
    I have had the heart to heart and put myself out there on
    my ATTAF Chronicles, Food is going to be my priority,
    Good food and enough of it! Courage has become my middle name!
    I LOVED your blog! It was me to a T!!!!!

  557. Jackie T - January 3, 2015

    My family is known for high blood pressure and diabetes. I want to guide myself and family away from that. I have a little one who follows all I do. Being healthy is #1 in my house hold. And hopefully getting pregnant later this year with less weight on my knees. You both inspire me and can’t wait to keep checking in on your blogs.

  558. Karla - January 3, 2015

    for 2015 I plan to get healthier so that I can do many things. We have a trip planned to the Grand Canyon this summer and I want to be able to hike with my children. I want to run the 5k in September and I want to know that I am doing everything I can be here for the man I marry in August. I purchased a treadmill and have started a 30 day challenge to work my self to get on everyday in the month of January.

  559. Christina Lykke - January 3, 2015

    I WILL run every day in 2015!

  560. Bianca - January 3, 2015

    I try not to make resolutions about weight but to think of the New Year as a fresh start. My husband and I are trying Vegan this month for numerous reasons with health definitely being one of them. I sat down 3 weeks ago and started research and meal planning. About a week in my 12 year old daughter sways “Mom you’re going to lose so much weight” of course I know that even oreos are vegan so it was that moment I vowed to myself to eat healthy vegan and to try to exercise at least the times a week. We are on day 2 of this new journey and I’m having a blast cooking and deciding what type of exercise I want to do tonight.

  561. Shanna - January 3, 2015

    2015 is my families year of finishing. My 7 year old will finish his 2 1/2 year chemotherapy treatment for cancer. I will finish a half marathon in May. Something I’ve enjoyed doing but haven’t done in a couple of years. I would love a kick start in your diet bet to finishing off this year with a bang! Thanks for yo