Another weigh-in, this one with some serious cash at the end

[ has given me the opportunity to participate in a blogger competition with the chance to win up to $5,000 for meeting a weight loss goal. The following post is part of my participation in the program. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionist, and following any advice I post is done at the reader’s own risk.]

It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to lose weight for the past few months. And I’ve been doing fairly well, losing fifteen pounds in about eleven weeks. I’ve gone from a tight size 18 to a well-fitting size 16, and I feel great. But this is the point where I start to lose interest, where I fall back into old habits. So an offer from came along at exactly the right time.

It’s a very simple concept: friends or coworkers pool their money for a four week contest to lose either eight pounds or 4% of their starting weight. Whoever reaches the goal splits the money. The site is free to use. doesn’t sell any type of diet products, they’re just there to motivate you. has put up $5,000 for a blogger contest, and I’m thrilled to be one of the seven participants. Half of any money I win will be donated to charity. The goal is to lose 4% of my starting weight, or slightly less than eight pounds. I’ll be blogging my progress along the way.

With this much money up for grabs, we’re not taking each other’s word for it at weigh-in time. I’ll be heading in to’s NYC office tomorrow to record my official starting weight, and in four weeks going back there to record my final weight.

I have a few challenges ahead of me in the next month. The first will be next week, when I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. I love Vegas, but it’s not exactly the first place you think of when you think “healthy eating,” so that should be interesting. Plus, part of the fun of CES is getting wined and dined by tech companies, and since I don’t drink I usually dive head-first into expensive dinners and big buffets. Hopefully I won’t spend week three of the challenge losing what I gained during week two!

The other bloggers participating are:

And while I know I should wish them well, I secretly hope that an intense smell of French fries follows them wherever they go, and a doughnut cart sets up temporary shop in front of their homes.

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    • says

      @Cara: Yeah, Vegas will always be there. Although my plan is to try to save most of my calories each day to have a fun dinner. When I’ve gone in the past it was so hard to fit a meal in during the day any way – lines too long, no time between appointments, etc. – that I’m thinking that may happen by default anyway! Bringing my Slim-Fast bars and packs of peanuts and hoping for the best.

    • says

      @Brutalism: Yeah, I kept my amateur status for a while so that I could compete in the Diet Olympics, but now that I’m nearing forty I decided to go pro and get the sponsorship money.

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