Although a whole new wardrobe sounds nice, I have a closet full of fall clothes in a smaller size that I'd rather fit into. I haven't been giving it much of an effort since I took a trip out of town at the end of June and it's time to start kickin' it into gear again. And there is nothing that motivates me like a little competition.
Those of you who entered the competition last time around must thing I'm insane. It was SO HARD! Because it was less than a year ago, I most certainly have not forgotten how hard it was. Likewise, I haven't forgotten how good it made me feel. I had more energy. I had better skin. I slept better. I played better with my kids. I looked better in my clothes. I was happier. I really feel I can contribute portions of all of that to healthy living. I think I'm motivated more by this than by the weight loss this time around. And I'm looking forward to feeling better.Those of you who are new to the Healthy Competition...it's not about weight loss, just about healthy living. Though weight loss was a nice perk. I won the competition and lost 16 pounds And the second place winner lost over 20 pounds.
This is the game (with a few changes from last time around):
Everyone participating puts in $20.
Points are awarded for each healthy decision throughout the day (I'll explain further down). Everyone keeps track of their own points and emails me their weekly totals at the end of each week. Emails must be turned in by Sunday or you get docked a point. I'll email everyone's weekly totals to all participants so you know where you stand each week. (I'll email that to you on Monday or I get docked a point.) At the end of 10 weeks, the person with the most points wins the big money. There will be monetary prizes for the top three players.
Points are awarded daily for the following (one point for each healthy choice):
- 30 minutes of exercise
- 15 additional minutes of exercise (a point for this 15 min is only awarded if you've already exercised for 30 min)
- healthy breakfast
- healthy lunch
- healthy dinner
- no sweets / soda all day
- 3 servings of vegetables
- 2 servings of fruit
- no unhealthy snacks
- 64 oz of water
There were questions last time about chewing gum...I certainly don't have a problem with that. And also questions about sugar-free sweets. To me, it's still a sweet and I say off limits. They're not really healthy, right?
There is a possible 10 points to be earned per day. 60 possible per week. Sundays are free days. NO EXCEPTIONS. You can't pick a different free day or switch Sunday out to meet your needs.
Everyone gets 25 free points to use throughout the competition. I changed this from last time around. If you really just need sweets or potato chips or something one day...eat them without missing that point. Or if you just can't seem to get in that extra 15 minutes of exercise one day...you can still get points for it. Or if you just can't resist a Big Mac...eat it. It's up to you to keep track of your own free points. Halloween will take place during the competition...if you know that's a temptation for you, you may want to save them up. Or if you have birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate, or if you happen to get sick...again, save up. Some of you may prefer just to use 2-3 free points a week to help you get by.
If there is a tie, however, unused free points will be the tie breaker. It's important to keep accurate track of your free points. Again...top three winners get a monetary prize. I plan on splitting it 50%, 30%, and 20% respectively. Who couldn't use a little extra cash in time for the Holidays?
The competition will begin on Monday, September 8 and last 10 weeks; ending on November 16 (one year from when I began the last competition...ironic). There is a total possible 600 points. Your entry fee must be turned in (or in the mail) by the first week of the competition.
The more the merrier...and the bigger the prize money. So seriously think about it. And talk your friends into entering with you. I don't have to know you well, or know you at all. (Just a common friend or something would be nice...I don't want to give out my address to any random creep on the internet.) If you have friends or family interested, I'd love to have them. I'd like at least 10 people to enter...or I may cancel.
This is not some elaborate scheme to get your money. If that were that case, I'd ask for a lot more than $20. As a side note...once you've entered and committed your money, there's no going back. If you decide you can't make it half way through, you just lose...no money back.
Please let me know ASAP who's interested. I'm sending out a mass email about it, so some of you may get that, too. The competition starts in less than two weeks. I have an email address I opened for the last competition. I'll use it again. If you're interested or have questions, either leave a comment or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.