TOTAL POUNDS LOST (Season 5): 34.9

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Week 1 Results!

Hi everyone! The reason I'm posting results late... (I know, I always have an excuse huh?) is that I was really tempted to change my mind and join this round. I weigh myself all the time, so I would just have to stick my numbers into the spreadsheet and I'd be an official member! I gained a couple of pounds the last couple of weeks and I'm thinking that I need the motivation of competing with you guys. BUT, I did finally decide to stick with my original decision to wait until I'm out of school. :( Sad huh? Next round...

Ok, so here are your results:

Awesome, Gayla! Way to start it off!
Ok, guys, while I'm not competing, I'm still in this with you. So, somehow we have GOT to be good about the halloween thing!

Option 1: (this is the best option) do not give in!!!
Option 2: give in, but control yourself and have 1 piece of candy a day.
Option 3: give in and eat everything you can eat in one day and then be more after that.
Option 4: eat everything you want for like 2 weeks until the candy is gone. (please don't really do this one!)

What do you guys think is the best option? I mean, obviously number 1 is the way to go. Those of you who can do that are going to win this week. That's obvious. If you know yourself, and you know you can't withstand, then out of option 2 and 3, which is better? I'm not sure. Nobody better do 4 or I'll kick you out! Each of these options would pair well with "Workout extra to compensate for eating candy." Maybe that would be a fifth option.

Also, I know there are dentist/orthodontics offices that will sometimes pay you per pound of candy and then they give the candy to the troops and stuff. If you can find something like that, you'll get the candy out of the house and the kids will be happy to have a little spending money. Anyway, I'm just curious how you guys are going to be good in the face of this chocolate madness! I'm leaning toward number 2...

Until next week,

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Week 1 Weigh-In

I haven't heard from any of you yet! That's not a good sign... :)

Don't forget to weigh in here today (Deadline is tomorrow morning!)


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Start Weight

Hey everyone, leave me your start weight here! Thanks!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Ok, let's try this one more time...

We are all set up to start the new round this Thursday! Expect an email from me shortly settling up funds with you (either requesting from you or sending you winnings.) We don't have a ton of people, but still enough to have a good time and a little competition. On the other hand, please tell your best buddy who has been looking for a reason to start exercising, eating right, etc. to come join us. I do need to know, ASAP. I have been known to take some latecomers the first week, but would rather be all geared up right away. On that note, as of right now I have 3 people lined up for Great in Eight...and only 1 putting money in. Haha. So you guys are going to have to decide if you still want to do it, or recruit some more people. Let me know what you think.

Slight problem though...I'm not participating. :( I'm in my last semester of school and its getting down to the wire. I would rather just stay the weight I am and maintain my good grades and then focus more on this stuff after wards. I've already cut exercising out of my schedule and my eating habits are quickly following. I know that's kind of a cop-out, but it's what I need to do right now. I DID stop drinking Dr. Pepper though and have already lost a pound. Haha. If anyone is uncomfortable with me running it and not participating, please feel free to let me know. Along those lines, if anyone is dying to run this thing their way, get in contact with me and we'll see what we can do. :) As for right now, I'm fine keeping it how it is because I know I'll be back in the next round, or maybe the one after that.

Ok, I think that's good for now. If you haven't already left me a comment or email letting me know your plans for this round, please do so!!

Thanks everyone! Good luck!!

Team B - week 8 and final results

First a couple of reminders... For those who weighed in late, I divided your loss (or gain) between the week before and the weigh-in week. (Just in case your confused at the number displayed.) Also, for the final overall winner, I did not use any weights that were sent in after Friday of our last weigh-in. I typically have the cut-off at Thursday night, but since we had less than 1/2 weighing in at that point, I gave it another day. The number used to calculate overall winner was the last "legal" weigh-in number. Again, just so you're aware of the numbers being posted.

So, Team B: Week 8...

Weekly winner is Jimmy! That's awesome.
I was kind of disappointed in the rest of us. Besides the lack of committment to weigh-ins, we didn't have the kind of results I'd like to see (and yes, I am speaking to myself here as well.) If you put forth the effort this week and it didn't show on the scale, I am not talking to you. :) I can't really give a pep talk for next week, but if you're joining next round, you better step it up and make stuff happen! OK, that's enough of that. On to final results...

And your overall winner for Team B is...

drumroll please...

Tiffany!! Awesome job! Way to come from behind. I am so amazed to see those kind of numbers. Honorable Mention goes to Jocey, Jimmy, and Heidi. Heidi mentioned some lifestyle changes going on over there and I hope this is just a beginning for you guys. Keep up the good work, whether with us or on your own. As a side note for everyone else, counting Jimmy's last weigh-in he lost a total of about 32lbs and Heidi lost about 13! Counting those gives our group a total of 120.1 pounds lost!! I am so proud of everyone who took the step to make a difference in their lives. If you met your goal, don't forget to take Rachel up on her Skinny Jeans offer! I'm not there yet, but hopefully one day soon I will be.

Thank you everyone for making this such an enjoyable round! As I said at the beginning, I loved the communication on the blog and the support we can provide each other. Please look for my next post about the new round and get in contact with me whether or NOT you are participating! I will not assume either way until you let me know! Good luck in the next round or on your own!


Team A - week 8 and final results

I have this fault... When something I need to do that I'm dreading is looming over my head, I try to ignore it for as long as possible, hoping it will go away. Usually it is a really simple thing, that if I would just DO, it would no longer be bugging me everyday. For example, once I signed up for a book club thingy so I could get free books and then cancel before having to buy anything. Well, they never got my cancellation note, and I received (and sent back) book shipments for almost a year. I was being charged for them and I never got a refund. All I had to do was call them. Just one silly phone call. I finally found a place where I could email them and that sounded way better to me. So I did and got a refund of over $200 and never received anymore shipments. Seriously! Yes, I'm practically insane.

Now, on to the results. For Team A...

The weekly and overall winner for our Great in Eight point competition is...

Ali!! Nice comeback from last week Ali. I'm not really joking when I say that I want you to tell us a typical day for you. I feel like I (we?) could learn a lot from your lifestyle. Great job!
I should also give Honorable Mention to both Lonni and Tammie this week. Those are really high points and I hope you felt a difference in your life by doing so much for yourselves. Nice job.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I'm not really feeling prepared for this next round to start tomorrow, and I don't mean personally. I haven't been able to post results for last round and therefore haven't been able to settle up with everyone on money. I'm sorry for those of you who are still trying and losing weight and its not counting toward the competition!! Lets pick a for sure date of starting next Thursday, the 22nd. When we go to start I will go through and redo the lists of people who receive comment emails, etc so those of you who aren't doing it aren't bombarded with our emails. :) Please tell your friends who may be interested to come check us out and email me if they have any questions! The more the better and the bigger the money pot.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Next Round

Ok, we've had some positive responses on next round, so we will keep on going. I do need one week off to get money settled and get the new list ready of people participating. I was trying to think of a bonus for people who lose weight during our week off. I was thinking of taking $1 off your pot "deposit" but then we wouldn't have enough money for winners (and I'm not going to subsidize that. haha) And then I was thinking of letting your add your weight loss onto the first week of the new round, but that's not really fair to new people joining. Anyway, if you have any good ideas, let me know. Otherwise, make sure you create a post and brag about how you lost weight even though we weren't competing!

OK, I need each of you to leave a comment for me here (or email me) by Wed Oct 14th and let me know:

A. Are you participating in the next 8-week round (beginning Oct 15th)?
B. If so, which Teams are you doing (A:Great in Eight points, B:Biggest Loser, or both)?
C. Are you putting money in the pot for either or both groups?

Please pass the blog address onto your friends who are interested. Remember the rules and information sheets can be found by clicking on "rules" on the sidebar. And my email address is

Let me know if you have any other questions!


Last Weigh-in!

Hi everyone! Tomorrow marks the last weigh in for this round! I do need everyone's final weight to calculate the overall winner, so don't even consider skipping out on this one! ;) For those of you who didn't weighin last week, don't forget that I will be splitting your loss/gain over the last two weeks. Also remember that there is a weekly winner this week as well as the overall winner. Good luck!


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Week 7 Results

Hi guys! I had results ready to post yesterday, but blogger was acting up for me. I'm still in shock that we had about 50% of you reporting your weight! I was thinking some people may be out of town, but that's a lot. And also, if you're going to be out of town, you should really let me know so I know not to wait for you. Regardless, I hope all of you who are missing are still alive and hope to hear from you soon. So here's the results...

Team A:

Well, Ali, they were right, you had to give us a chance eventually. ;) Awesome job Lonni! I'm actually kinda sad I didn't try harder this week, because I would have had a chance. But you deserve it, you've been doing awesome with points every week!

Team B:

Holy cow, Tiffany! Great job. I'm so excited for you to be down to the next decade and I wish you luck staying there! I think the other person I was going to give a shout-out to was Liesl for finally getting some results. Congrats on that!

Ok, I know these results are coming out late, and I'm sorry, but you've got 4 days to make a difference. There are a few of you in the running for overall winner and it will be fun to see who it is. For those of you (like me) who won't win overall, there is still a weekly winner this week along with the overall winner. So good luck!

As a side-note, I was thinking about taking about a 2 week break from the competition before starting up again. I don't know why I am even considering doing it again when I'm not even trying, but I think it helps me from gaining. Being in this group kind of keeps me aware enough that even when I'm making bad choices I think I make a few less bad choices than I would otherwise. Does that make sense? Anyway, let me know if you have an opinion on starting up again...whether you would like a small break (1-2 or even 3 weeks) or if it would be better to have no break at all (you think you'll lose some momentum), etc. If you've had any friends who have watched you succeed and have expressed interest, now is the time to pass my info or the blog site on to them. Don't forget that people who can't lose weight (pregnant, nursing ;) etc) or who are already at their goal weight can still participate in the point system. I think it is a pretty good program to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.

See you ALL at final weigh in on Thursday!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Weigh-In Reminder

Hi everyone! Here's the weigh-in post. Have a great day!