My day started with excitement at the drop in temps around here,
and was quickly diminished as I tried to
slip squeeze into my jeans.
Something happened this summer and it amounts to about 10 pounds.
Every year for the past four years I've participated in a Biggest Loser competition
with some Facebook friends. Last year it was huge with over 30 participants.
This year I wanted to open it up to you all and see if we can motivate each other
into a healthier, more active routine as we enter into fall.
Basically, I need a kick in the can.
So here are the details.
Each Friday participants send me their current weight via email.
I am the only person that will ever see that number.
On Friday night or Saturday morning I will send a group email to everyone
with that week's rankings, according to percentage of weight lost.
At the end of six weeks, the top two participants will win big!
Winners are determined by percentages, not pounds,
so it's an even playing field.
There aren't many rules, but there are a few.
First and foremost, please be healthy.
This isn't about extremes, it's about a lifestyle change.
Exercise and eating right are your best bet. No pills or starvation please.
Take care of yourself.
Secondly, no intentional bloating before the first weigh in.
There are rumors that this is what they do on the show -
drink massive amounts of water before that initial weigh in to inflate their numbers.
This is on the honor system, and we're trusting everyone to be real.
Third, all money is due one week after we begin to hold your spot.
We've had people not pay up if we wait until the end, and that's just a big bummer for the winners.
Finally, please get your numbers to me no later than Friday at 5pm Eastern each week.
If you are late or you forget, no big deal, but you won't be a part of that week's rankings,
and it's really more motivating for everyone (especially you!) if you do weigh in.
If Fridays don't work for you to get on a scale, send them to me Thursday.
Or Wednesday. Just do it.
Oh yeah, and ladies only. Sorry, dudes.
So, now the logistics.
It's $20 to participate, and all of the winnings go to the top two participants.
There are 50 spots open, and if we reach capacity that means
1st place will receive $650
and 2nd will get $350
You can sign up by leaving your email address in the comments section
or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you receive confirmation from me that you're in,
I'll let you know how to get your money to me.
Each Saturday I'll do a weekly check in post here with a new recipe,
tips and tricks, links to helpful sites, etc.
The comments section on those posts are a great place for you all to encourage each other, check in,
ask for help or encouragement, and just be a community!
Start date is this Friday, Sept 14 and ends on Friday, Oct 26.
So now... are you in?