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This Woman Made $4,800 Betting on Her Own Weight Loss

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 2017-02-05 Sarah Schreiber

You're your own worst enemy - it's a common expression that often hits too close to home, especially when body image and weight loss are involved.

But Jennifer Dennison flipped that idea on its head when she decided to take control of her health in 2015. The Houston native weighed 405 pounds when she fell asleep at the wheel, exhausted and lethargic from her recent weight gain.

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"I wasn't sleeping well, I was exhausted, my diet was not great," Dennison told ABC News. "If anything, I would skip a whole bunch of meals and then binge later."

Those habits are tough to shake, but Dennison knew she could do it - so sure, in fact, that she put cold, hard cash behind it.

Looking for ways to stay motivated - she'd already lost 75 pounds at this point by working out with a group and overhauling her eating habits - she stumbled across a weight loss gambling hybrid site. The site's objective is what you'd expect: You wage a bet that you'll succeed in your weight loss goal and if you don't reach it, you lose your money. Dennison's objective? To lose 100 pounds in 10 months, at $100 per month.

"I went to the website and started playing around with the algorithms and figured how much money I would be potentially able to make in a short amount of time," Dennison told ABC News.

At the end of the 10 months, the scale read 102 pounds lighter and her bank account balance read $4,800 higher. She'd done it. Watching that $100 leave her bank account every month, Dennison said, is what kept her going.

"For me, the goal was just to show up," she explained.

Just goes to show you - betting on and believing in yourself seriously pays off.

[h/t ABC News]

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