Saturday, December 13, 2008

Feedback Needed

As we roll toward our start date of Monday, January 5, we'd like to get your input on the best way to run this circus. We're going for something that would be effective, and work for everyone.

Here's an article that Tiff found on incentive. The results are impressive - go read it, we'll wait.

Welcome back! OK, so there are a few ideas that have worked for other folks I know, and they go something like this (dollar amounts are just for example):
1. Everyone kicks in $10 at the beginning. Those who make their goal share the winnings. If nobody wins, it goes to charity.
2. Everyone kicks in $5 each week to keep it active. Winners get the (much bigger) proceeds.
3. Everyone kicks in some $10 at the beginning. If you make your weekly goal, you owe nothing for that week - but if you don't make it, you contribute $3 per pound. Winners get the proceeds.

Finally, here's a spiffy little doodad that will gather opinions. Please only vote if you're participating, because as unscientific the poll is, spam would make it even more unscientifical. You don't want to be a spammer* now, do you?

*Spam is made mostly of piggies, so we'd be offended, you can bet your curly little tail

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Starting Again

A recent blogly conversation revealed that now, over 14 months since the last fizzlings of our first weight loss challenge, it's time to go after it again.

Joiners welcome - we'd like a herd of shrink-minded folks to stampede with! Starting this January, we'll plot a course and set off to be all healthy and stuff.

What's the point, you ask? Well, it's proven that support helps no matter what difficult thing you try. And even though there are enough weight-loss gimmicks, websites, books, gurus, and products to fill the craters of the moon, you get to own this one. You set your own goals, track your own progress, police your own self. This is where we can share the encouragement and reality checks that will make it work.

Sign up via email or comment, let's get a-shrinkin, y'all!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Say 'bye to our old mascot

Thanks to Grampy of Fark fame for creating the animation that inspired fear, dread, and reflux for our last contest. Time to retire the ol' bat and get on with a fresh new look for 09!