It’s time! I wasn’t sure I was going to do another round, in the beginning because I wanted to be done losing weight after the first one. Since that isn’t the case, it is time for me to get motivated and get going. I’ve realized that I need a concrete goal and deadline to make any progress, because since we got back from Europe I’ve been floating kind of aimlessly.
I’ve been easing back into my running, still struggling with my knee at about the 4 mile mark. I’ve been working with a personal trainer at the gym in my apartment building, and she pushes me much harder in regards to strength training than I ever would myself. I’ve found that keeping a daily spreadsheet of my progress makes a small difference in my efforts, but it’s not enough.
So join me! Join me in That Weight Loss Challenge 2. TWLC2 for short.
Here I am shortly before we left for Europe, I of course want to lose weight, but I also want to do a whole lot of toning. Sadly that picture is me flexing! I want to have visible muscles in my arms for the first time in my life.
First a plea. Please, please sign up. Do it! I know there are so many of you who want to lose weight, and you’ve looked at my progress and wished you could have that yourself (I know this because you told me). I only fit in a pair of size 8 pants now because I started! Signing up is the first step.
This time I’m going to include bi-monthly private chats, a Google Document where you enter in your own stats each month, a cash prize, and a portrait session with Jenna Cole Photography.
From October 15th 2011 to April 15th 2012
(my half birthday to my birthday )
This round I’m doing two different prizes. You can enter TWLC2 for free, or you can pay an entry fee for a cash prize.
1. A portrait session with Jenna Cole Photography (individual, with romantic partner, or immediate family). Available wherever I am. This means it could take place in Washington, Utah, Texas, or Illinois, all place I will be at during some point after the challenge ends.
2. A cash prize. 75% of the pot goes to the winner of those who paid the entry fee, 25% goes to the 1st runner-up who also contributed.
There can be two or three winners. If the person who loses the highest percentage of weight also contributes to the cash prize pool they take both the portrait session and 75% of the cash. If they choose only to compete for the Jenna Cole prize and NOT contribute $10 in the beginning, the person with the highest weight loss percentage will win the Jenna Cole session, the second biggest loser will win 75% of the cash, and the third will win 25% of the cash.
I hope that makes sense! I’m trying to give people incentive to compete even if they don’t have $10 to give. And the cash prize is a nice incentive for those who don’t live close enough to me to ever redeem a portrait session.
How Can You Win?
Send me before and after photos, and have the highest percentage of weight lost, according to your scale photos, on April 15th 2012. Everything else is optional and meant to help you out on your weight loss journey.
I will not here that I am also contributing $10 and plan on competing for the cash prize!
What You Need To Do First
Copy and paste 1 or more the following sentences in the comment section below indicating which specific aspects of the challenge you would like to sign up for. PLEASE COPY THESE SENTENCES EXACTLY AS YOU SEE THEM BELOW. Details on how to send your $10 will follow in an email from me.
I would like to compete to lose the highest percentage of weight to win a portrait session with Jenna Cole. I will email you exactly as described below.
I would like to be added to the Google Document list where I will log in monthly to enter in my progress.
I would like to pay $10 and compete for a cash prize.
I would like to participate in the bi-monthly private chat.
What You Need To Do Second (if you are competing for a prize)
1. Start drafting an email with the subject line “TWLC2 Before Picture – Insert Your Name Here”. THIS IS CRUCIAL! YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED UNLESS YOU DO THIS.
2. Email me a before picture of you from head to toe (or neck to toe if you prefer). I need a picture of your front, back, and side if possible. I suggest *not* wearing black, wear light colors and tight fitting clothes so you can see a difference!
3. Email me a before picture of the scale if you’re competing for either the cash prize, the portrait session, or both.
4. Pictures must be received before October 15th. Get them in right now!
I’ll add to this as I see questions pop up in the comments below.
Do I need to send you a picture to participate in TWLC2?
Only to compete for the prizes. You are free to be part of the Google Doc and bi-monthly chat without sending in a picture. Just copy and paste in the comment section as I instructed above.
How will I know that I’m signed up officially?
I will write a reply to every picture submission email to let you know I received it.
Will you post my picture on the blog?
Only with your consent. NO PICTURES WILL EVER BE SHOWN WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. I am happy to crop photos, blur out faces, and would never use your name along with your photo unless you let me know it was okay to do so.