Anyone out there make a New Years resolution to become a more healthy, lean version of yourself? So how’s it going? Hopefully great, but if you need a jump start, I’ve got just the thing you need!
Last Fall a couple of my friends invited me to be a part of a “biggest loser” competition in our neighborhood. It was fantastic! From the start I was really excited about it, and heaven knows I needed it. Holy Fatty Boombalatty! Just by following all the point guidelines below I lost half of what I want to lose in 12 weeks. It was perfect for me and is accessible to anyone. We had people participate who wanted take off the last five pounds and we had people who wanted to lose a major percentage of their body weight. It’s really a great program for anyone.
Here’s why I loved it:
It’s cheap- Just 25 bucks per person!
It’s fun- I will always choose doing something with a friend instead of going it alone!
It’s simple- There are a couple of sheets of guidelines and tips and that’s it!
It’s healthy- You can do every bit of it very reasonably for the rest of your life and it will only make you healthier!
It’s challenging- A little friendly, supportive competition never hurt anyone!
It’s easy- Hosting only requires 3 things: a digital scale (they’re not expensive), a computer for emailing results and an open door for 30 minutes once a week for weigh-in day.
Anyone can do it- It works for the fittest and the fattest.
Here’s the gist of it:
One or two people host the competition. All participants pay $25 (or whatever you decide) at the start. That becomes the award money. Men and women are generally not in the same competition. We ALL know that our metabolisms are not the same, so it’s a good idea to keep the competitions separate.
Everyone weighs in on the first day of the competition and the host records it. This was ALMOST a deal-breaker for me. It is my worst middle school nightmare come true to weigh myself and let people know the results!!! BUT, pride was not going to get in my way so I kicked it to the curb. WHOO! Weigh-in’s happen every week at the host’s home for as many weeks as you decide. I like 12 weeks best. Results are sent out by email every week. It’s easiest to set up an Excel doc to track everyone’s progress. He or she who loses the highest percentage that week is the weekly winner. You can give out small awards for that or just give them a pat on the back.
The overall winners fit in one of two categories. The highest percentage of weight loss and she who earned the most points. The award for the weight loss is pretty obvious. Having 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards is a good idea. Points are a different story. Points are earned by following some basic, and very helpful guidelines. 5 points a week are awarded if you complete 5 out of 7 days of each guideline. Basically 1 point per day.
- You must keep track of all food, calories, exercise, fruits and veggies, and water on the attached Food Tracking Sheet.
- You must eat 5 servings (approximately 1 cup) of fruits and vegetables 5 days each week.
- You must drink 8 glasses (approximately 8 oz.) of water, 5 days each week.
- You must exercise 1 hour per day, 5 days each week. This will earn 5 points (1 pt/day). You may earn ½pt for 30 minutes.
- You must complete the weekly challenge. You can record this on the bottom of your Food Tracking Guide.
- You must weigh-in weekly. The weekly weigh-in is worth 5 points.
- Finally, you earn points for losing weight. If you lose from the previous week, you get 5 points. If you stay the same you get 0 pts.
- This combines to a total of 35 points possible each week.
I became a big fan of the tracking sheets. Mine became my constant companion. I like knowing where I’m at with things and feeling like I’ve got my life under control. Seeing it on paper works for me. There are also lots of websites out there that help you with the same thing. Can you tell that I USED my tracking sheets? Loved ’em!
Lastly, mix things up a bit by adding weekly or 2 week challenges. They keep the competition fresh and, well, challenging. You might include eating a less than 40 g. of sugar a day, or at least 30 g. of fiber. Eating 5 small meals instead of 3 larger ones or not eating after 7 p.m. are also great. The list is endless.
So, if there’s a goal out there that you are reaching for or you just want to get healthier, get some friends together and be a loser just like my friends and I. Now, how can you turn down that kind of offer?! And I’m making it easy. Here are the basic documents you’ll need! Make them work for you!
Just go for it!