Since Tennessee is the sixth fattest state in the country, and since Memphis is the sixth fattest city in the country, the good people at the local hospital have decided to do something about it. They launched the "Lose to Win" challenge. Each team of four people pays $40 to enter the challenge. That $40 dollars also gets them a free month of membership at the YMCA, and two free months of membership at Aquatherapies. At the end of two months, everyone will weigh in again, and the team with the highest percentage of weight lost will win. The grand prize is $1000 and a free year of membership at the Y (among other things), and there are pretty decent prizes for second and third place teams as well.
Two other need-to-lose-this-baby-weight mamas and I made a team that also includes one of their husbands. The challenge started on Tuesday and things are going well so far. I have changed my eating habits and am feeling much better in general. I've found that it's easier to stay in touch with what's going on in my body when I'm not cramming food into it for comfort or entertainment (I tend to eat when I'm bored).
So we'll see! I'm not sure we're in the running for first place since none of us have that much to lose. But it's sort of fun anyway to see how we'll do!