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The Eight Pounds of Chanamas Game

Friday, November 16, 2012

Alright Sparkies. It’s really very simple. The holidays are looming and we Sparkies are looking forward to them like Israelis look forward to rockets from the Gaza Strip, like Obama supporters look forward to editorials on Fox News, like children look forward to vaccines during visits to the pediatrician, or like adults look forward to audit notices from the IRS.

Aside from family, friends, camaraderie and such, when it comes to the reasons we all are out here on Spark, nothing good can come of the holidays, Spark-wise. Nothing at all.

Except this. I propose a simple solution. Drop eight pounds. EVERYONE can drop eight pounds. Single digits. If you are on maintenance, gain one and lose one, eight times in a row. There are six weeks between now and the New Year. So here’s how:

1. Weigh in this weekend.

2. Weigh in every six days. The goal is to be one pound less, each time you weigh in.

3. Thanksgiving will come. And go. And so will the Company Holiday Party, Goodies Arriving at the Office, Chanukah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day. Each of these present their own food and drink temptations. Give in if you must, or don’t. In either case, every sixth day, come hell or high water, up on the scale you go, every six days. Lose one pound each time. One measly pound, each time.

4. Large cash prizes are available to whomever, like me, WILL lose eight pounds between now and January 1, 2013. Never you mind or worry about where the cash comes from. My laser printer is working quite well, and you should see this cool green paper with the little fibers built in. I even have a paper-cutter, to make perfectly shaped Benjamins. Franklin would be impressed.

5. All you need to be is brutally honest in a status or blog – every six days post how you are doing and why. Preface the status or blog with “8 LBS” – so we all will know that you’re playing.

6. No teams to join, or special requirements, other than outlined below.

E-I-G-H-T. Five letters. Five simple steps:

E – Eat in Great Moderation – Use the Sparky tracker or otherwise be super-careful, as holiday foods are super-caloric. If it looks, smells, tastes or feels deadly, it is.

I – Indulge in Damn Little – Little tastes only, of the holiday goodies, if that. Abstinence is the key, here.

G – Greet the challenge of this effort in positive light. Think not about the deprivation of the missed eating and drinking opportunities, but how much happier you will be come January 1st.

H – Hoist eight glasses of water a day. Wait, do you know what? Make it ten. You better.

T – Tell the rest of us how you are doing, with regular status updates, blogs, or comments below.

Blow one intermediate weigh-in and you are out. Last person standing wins the cash. In the event of more than one, cash prizes will be pro-rated amongst those who remain, based on relative weight lost. One other simple rule: brutal, cold-light-of-day, unflinching, honor-system honesty.

Alright, that’s it. Simple, huh? Who’s in?


Update Sat 11/17 - I recommend no starting weigh-in until Sunday 11/18 - you sure don't want the next one on Friday morning (the frigging VERY NEXT MORNING after Thanksgiving itself!), do ya?
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    Can I jump on the bandwagon late?
    Im a daily weigher so I have my numbers:

    11/17- 246.4
    11/23- 241.8
    11/29- 240.8 (Yup ... not a good time of month)

    Jennie emoticon
    2917 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Started a day early and thus, had my first of the every 6-day weigh-ins on T-Day morning. Down 2.2 lbs. So I survive for another week. How about you?
    2923 days ago
    emoticon meet you at the scales
    2923 days ago
    ok. I've been hovering around the same place for over a month now. I'm ready to kick start out of it. Turkey day ....hmmmmm..... I'll give it a go. are we supposed to post the weight somewhere? or can we just leave it in our spark log?
    2927 days ago
    What a fantastic idea! I will try to be in (because I'll be out for part of being in, in that I will be travelling and have uncertain access to a scale). But holiday travels are a good time to contemplate that restaurant food has huge portions, tons of salt, and can make a bare lettuce leaf into a calorie laden monster.

    Great idea!
    2928 days ago
    11-18 Weigh in 100 lbs. (4 ft. 10.5 in.) -- been in maintenance since 1-2011.

    E: Track my meals (but not on Spark)

    I: Weigh and measure foods . . . eyeballing never worked well for me. I do enjoy the foods I eat, and if I want to have a treat, there is no guilt. Those foods that are my "trigger" (read: chips!) are NOT anywhere to be found in my house, at least not by me! And being short, if it's high I won't see it.

    G: Definitely focusing on the fact that I FEEL GREAT eating and exercising . . . don't feel deprived.

    H: Drinking the sparky water for sure

    T: Well, the next weigh in (AFTER T-Day) will tell the tale of how I'm doing, BUT this is my 2nd year of sparking thru the holidays, so I am pretty prepared.
    2928 days ago
    ok. Where do I weigh in?
    2928 days ago
    I'm in too. I was planning on losing roughly 7 pounds to get me to Wonderland by xmas - so this is ideal. Yay, challenge! Good luck to everyone. emoticon
    2929 days ago
    I'm kinda in.

    I think I'll set myself the goal of losing the 8 pounds in 6 weeks, but not as tidily as you're describing. There will be at least one water-weight bloat week (possibly two) that will automatically add 2-3 pounds of temporary weight to the scale. I'd have to lose 4 REAL pounds those weeks to compensate, lol!

    2929 days ago
  • CMW123
    so, even if you remain the same and don't lose -- you get kicked to the curb, right? Hmmmm, I will give it a go but I have a feeling that when the walking dead close in I am going to be one of the first ones eaten. LOL
    2929 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Not sure I'm up for an official challenge right now (besides the fact that I'm only aiming for 5 lbs), but I might sign on as an official cheerleader.... I'll be looking out for those 8 LBS blogs.

    2929 days ago
  • NUMD97
    OK, you've successfully tempted me. But in six weeks, at least for me, six pounds is more realistic, but I'm in and will give it my best shot.

    Thanks for organizing this to keep us honest. Now fire up that money printer, and here we go!

    May the best loser WIN!


    PS: You would start this on the eve of an out of town business trip wouldn't ya? emoticon
    2929 days ago
    I am in.
    2929 days ago
    Sounds like a great challenge. I'm in!
    2929 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6966999
    I'm in!
    2929 days ago
    I'm up for the challenge. Your approach is practical and, dare I say, simple!
    2929 days ago
    Sounds like a great challenge. I'm 7 pounds from my goal so shooting for 1 pound under wouldn't be too bad. However, I won't have access to my scale for 8 days starting tomorrow. Still, I'll have a go at it.
    2929 days ago
  • no profile photo JENAE954
    Count me in!
    2929 days ago
    i join the challenge even copied the blog to inspire me
    Happy Turkey Day to you your Wife thing one and thing two emoticon
    2929 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    You can count me in, even though I'll be in Mexico for 2 weeks, at an all inclusive 5 diamond resort. I've been there before and KNOW I can drop a couple of lbs there. They serve such healthy food, it makes it so much easier to make good choices. (Save for the cocktails!) Now, if only I could smuggle home 1 of their chefs.
    emoticon emoticon
    2929 days ago
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