Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Contest! An Unnamed Contest!

You know how people eat too much during the holidays and gain 5-15 pounds in approximately 30-35 days and then find that it takes 3 months to 35 years to lose that extra weight? You know what I'm talking about, right? Well, let's not do that this year. I'm talking to you. Yes, you. You! Tell those visions of sugar plums to stop dancing around your head right now. (now!) I have a proposal. A proposal of the losing kind. I think we (this still includes you, by the way) should not only avoid gaining 5-15 pounds before the year is out, but we should also lose some weight. You heard me. Forget maintenance. Forget the status quo. We're talking about real live weight loss here. As in, pounds of fatty excess gone from your body. 


Rather than have a vague notion of doing this thing (remember "hope is not a plan?"), I propose that we have a little weight loss contest with prizes and everything. We at Diet Cake care about our reader. Oh wait. I'm seeing a problem here...um...I'll get to that in a moment. 
But first, let's talk about the contest itself. 

I think the grand prize should be $100,000. However, I'm a little short on $100,000es today and I think Sara might be in the same boat (please correct me if I'm wrong, Sara). Also, all our major corporate sponsors have either backed out or outsourced their blog weight loss competition sponsorship to India. 

But all is not lost. We will still offer a prize to the person who loses the most weight (as a percentage of starting body weight) during our competition. It will (brace yourselves) be worth dozens of dollars. I can't tell you what it is yet, because I don't know. I promise you will not hate it (unless you are incredibly picky, in which case you probably shouldn't be hanging out with me and my blog because I will undoubtably annoy you a great deal) and that you may or may not be the envy of everyone you know. 
How about some rules?

Weight loss contest rules:

  1. Contest is open to anyone, including me and Sara. We only ask that all contestants be real people and over the age of 18. I don't know why they have to be over the age of 18, but it seems like something I should put in contest rules. 
  2. Contest will begin on December 5th (there is a reason for this--be patient) and end on January 15th (of course).
  3. To enter the competition, all you have to do is leave a comment on December 5th's post with your name and starting weight. If you don't want the internet to know what you weigh, let us know and we can make other arrangements.
  4. Contestants must check in at least once a week to let us know they are still participating.
  5. Contestants are requested to refrain from using extreme measures (e.g. fasting for the entire month of December, chopping off a limb) to lose weight. Please try to be healthy. If you don't know how to lose weight in a healthy manner, I'm sure there are people who could tell you (don't look at me!) As the restraining order forced us to remove our hidden cameras, the honor system will have to do.  
  6. Contestants are also requested to refrain from being contestants if they are already below a healthy weight range for their height. We want to encourage good health!
  7. Grand prize will be awarded to the person who loses the highest percentage of his/her body weight. There is a possibility that second and third prizes will be awarded, but don't count on it.
  8. Sara and Holly reserve the right to disqualify any contestant who seems fishy, dishonest or non-human. We'll try to be fair, of course. 
  9. We also reserve the right to amend these rules at any time during the contest. 
I'm sure I'm missing something...

Oh yes. Back to the fact that we get maybe 10 hits a day (I'm not counting hits from me and Sara) on this blog and many of those hits are from people looking for pictures of Igor (I'm not even kidding). We have a few faithful readers (thanks guys!) and one very faithful reader (thanks Wendi!), but it would be far more exciting if we could recruit others to join in our weight loss fun as well (of course it will be fun! what's not fun about eschewing cookies and pie all month?) Plus, I don't think Wendi needs to lose any weight. 

So, that's why we're not starting officially until December 5th. We need time to find contestants!

Anyway, if you're reading this, and you know of someone (or someones) who might be interested in losing weight over the holidays and possibly winning a not-so-valuable prize, please send them over to Diet Cake. 

Stay tuned for more information! 





23 comments:

Wendi said...

I love that picture of Igor. :) And I love this contest idea. Thanks for not thinking I need to lose any weight. But I am a great deal shorter than the two of you! And I weighed myself with all my clothes and shoes on yesterday (the result: 143.4 pounds). That's a little over 10 pounds up from when I lost weight earlier this year. But I am more interested in just firming up all this flab and fitting back into all the clothes I bought over the last two years. Perhaps all this walking to run errands will do that?! Who knows. Either way, you know I'll keep leaving comments--because I just love your blog. :)

Anne Nichols said...

Ooh I'm so excited! I've had the hardest time with motivation lately and the pounds are very slowly and sinisterly (really? That's a word??) creeping back on. Maybe this will be the push I need and by January 15th I'll be smokin' hot! :)

Thanks ladies for all you do. You really don't know how much I love this blog and how much inspiration I draw from your honest, clever, and sarcastic comments.

Happy December!

Bethy said...

Okay, I don't know either of you. I am a total stranger who stumbled upon your site by accident, so I am exactly what you are looking for :) I am in. I live in Southern California in an area where NO ONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THEIR WEIGHT. No one to go to Weight Watchers with me. No one to keep me accountable. Just skinny skinnies all over. Ah yes.

So I take help anywhere I can! Thanks!

I'll be back on 12/5.

www.thefamilyenniss.typepad.com

Holly said...

Welcome, Bethy! We're so glad to have you join us. Sara knows all about SoCal and the unnatural army of skinny women that resides there. She lived there not too long ago.

The Sweet Escape said...

Okay, I am SO in!! I may stun everyone with my weight, but you know, I've weighed more, so I guess it could be worse! Thanks for the motivation for the holidays, and, can the prize just be a nice 3 layer cake from you? YUM!!

Phil & Sami said...

HI! I am one of those weirdos of the internet that came across your blog while wasting time waiting for my cupcakes to bake. Yes, I know that cupcakes won’t help me lose weight but they are so yummy! So obviously I need somebody to be accountable to. I want to be one of those skinny girls that can eat chocolate all day and there butt seems to get firmer. Unfortunately, I am not one those girls. SO I am in, if you accept me.
Savannah in Southern Utah!

temaire said...

Holly and Sara, I love this blog! Holly, may I say that you are a brave woman to put your weight on there. I could weigh 100 lbs (yeah right!) and still not be brave enough to put it down! lol Great contest. I have been on w.w. for 1 1/2 years, the last 16 months just maintaining because I have not been able to get myself back on track! It is definitly a great program. I am in! :) but I have to warn you I am NOT posting my weight for everyone (my husband included!) to read!

mominard1 said...

I'm in girls! I'll be back on the 5th, I'm over 18, and I meet all the other qualifications. I want the $100,000, (even if it ends up being Parker Brother's notes!)
Maureen

Holly said...

Huzzah! I'm excited to have all of you involved. Please spread the word.

Kara K said...

I will be marking my calendar for the 5th and making a sticky note and setting my alarm and tying a string around my finger cuz I will inevitably forget and I love prizes and challenges and really long, run on sentences. I'm IN!!

Nicholle said...

I'm in! I am one of your faithful readers too! I really think your blog is my favorite, seriously.

Katie said...

SO in!!! I want to lose at least VERY least 3 pounds by the end of the year (as in 29 ish days from now). Good at the exercising, not so good at the not-eating-cake part.

Emma said...

Hey Holly! So, I've been reading your blog for awhile now (since you sent the link, really) and I love it. I must say, moving to Germany really derailed my (somewhat) healthy lifestyle. All that chocolate...and yogurt...and cheese....and those pastries....but I digress. I may join in the challenge, but it will depend entirely on whether I dare get on the scale before the 5th of December. Given that I haven't done it since we moved here (in JULY!!!) odds aren't too great. I just know that my pants were getting pretty darn tight there for awhile, and they seem to be fitting better now - so maybe the time on the elliptical is helping. I hope. Anyway, if I decide to face reality, I'll let you know!

Wendi said...

Wow! You guys are popular!! :)

mamaholstein said...

I'm totally in!! I need some motivation and you girls are it!!

Stephee said...

Hi! I'm new here but I would love to participate tomorrow!

-Stephanie

K and/or K said...

I want to do this but I am out of the country Dec. 18-Jan.3. Can you make an exception for the weekly check in? Not sure about my interet access in Cambodia!

Running in Alabama said...

ok, I'm game! Got nothing to lose...oh! wait! yes I do...weight!
this is just what I needed for the holidays (my mother is coming and she wakes up asking what I'm planning for dinner) See ya tomorrow :)

Holly said...

K and/or K--Yes! We will make exceptions for all contestants who are traveling in Cambodia.

dcfullest said...

I am in! Thanks for the motivation!

joolee said...

I'd like to play if you will let me make arrangements to conceal the massive number that is my weight from the general public. Even dozens of dollars and empty Egyptian cigarette packages aren't enough for me to willingly expose myself to that kind of humiliation.

Andrea N said...

I'm a new reader (thanks Amy for the link). Great idea - I need something to help get me back on track!!

Juliaham said...

Ok, I'll play. I'll even post my weight, and not worry what the internet thinks of it. 191.8 That's just not pretty.