Hi there! The Today Show piece on my Ragnar team was a little deceiving, in the sense that they made it sound like we formed our team BEFORE we lost the weight. In reality, we'd all lost the weight before coming together as a team. Through my blog (www.runsforcookies.com), I met them and we got to know each other online for the year before the race.
I hope this clears things up! About tips, my blog is full of them, so hopefully that will help :) Welcome to SparkPeople!