Each person contributes $30, and everyone who makes their goal splits the pot evenly. We have 26 people participating for a total of $780 at stake. Although I haven't been here for the earlier contests, history shows that only 1 in 5 or 1 in 6 usually make it, meaning that winners stand a good chance of making $150. In addition to being thinner and healthier, of course! Even if you don't quite make your goal, paying $30 to lose some percentage of your weight is still not a bad deal. The only way you really lose is if you pay the money and then don't do anything, but whose fault is that?
Anyway, I thought I would track some of my numbers here so you can see my progress. If I get a body fat measurement done regularly, I might add that, but we'll see. I'm not tracking intake calories too incredibly closely, but I'm loosely following an old plan so I believe I'm eating 1500-1800 calories a day. I've had to work around a lot of travel recently (I need to post about going down to Corpus Christi for my cousin's graduation from pilot training), so I can't keep to anything too strict. Plus, my family came up to stay with us in Dallas after that. My sister and her family left yesterday, and my folks are still here. That also makes it hard to control calories, but my solution for that has been to stop eating while I'm still hungry. I pretty much am hungry all the time. I'm also trying to work out fairly regularly. I figure that I normally eat 3500-4000 calories a day (yeah, I love to eat), so between reducing that significantly and upping my activity, I'm shedding a ton of weight right now. The only problem is that I've switched completely to aerobic exercise, and with eating so much less, I'm probably losing some strength too. My bench has already been dropping over the past couple of years - I would guess I could do about 320 right now, vs my max of 365. That number better not go below 300; that would be a travesty. I really wanted to cross 400, but it is incredibly difficult to add strength at the same time you drop weight.