Sunday, June 08, 2008

Big Fat Loser

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!


Sarah said...

Good luck. I decided I needed to start losing some weight last November after my BMI hit nearly 30 and I realised I'd been slowly putting weight on since I left uni. I've lost a stone and a half since November doing Slimming World - I don't know if you have it in the US. I like it because I can eat as much as I like, and can have some of everything but not everything of everything... I think if I was more rigorous I could have lost weight a bit faster, but I'm happy. And it's so nice to have a waist again! I'm not big on slimming but I do feel better.

martha said...

Good work! I made a new years resolution to lose 50 pounds by my birthday. My birthday is in 13 days; I've gained eight pounds.

Think I'll make it?

I *have* been exercising and today, at Target, I picked up South Beach Diet, looked at it and put it back on the shelf. I doubt that's really what they mean by baby steps, though.

Kat E said...

Good luck! Consider me your partner in spirit--I'm on the "losing that baby weight" train over here, too. No prizes for me except to be able to fit back into the majority of my clothes!

Mercedes said...

Good luck! I am on the Weight Watchers train -- eighteen pounds so far, but, I seem to be stalling. We just signed up at the local Y and hopefully that will kick-start things again.