3/22/09

Spring Fitness Challenge


Hey all! So this is nothing new, people are doing this all over the place, so Kadie and I figgered "WHY NOT?!" The more people who play along, the bigger the prize - so tell all of your friends to get over here and have some good, clean, healthy FUN! You've got nothing to loose except jiggles!

{{Honestly...I deeply, deeply apologize, but the thought of another apron swap is staggering to me so this is my alternative answer to the apron swap requests - maybe in the Fall?}}

So you wanna look HOT just in time for summer and win some cash?!

So here's the nutshell -

*You and a hot pair of sweat pants
*Anybody can join - boys and girls alike
*$10.00 per person to play
*8 weeks
*Weight loss challenge-lose as much as you can in 8 weeks (see rules)
*Jackpot cash prize - winner takes all

(there's nothing like a crappy economy to inspire some weight loss, eh?!)
Sound interested? There are rules in place, so if you wanna play, read on!

OFFICIAL RULES: (may be changed or altered to best fit the needs and demands of anybody smarter than I am...or anybody really mean because the mafia scares me.)

SIGN-UP: March 23rd - March 30th
CHALLENGE BEGINS: MONDAY, MARCH 30TH - MONDAY, JUNE 1ST


* YOU CAN'T BE A SKINNY CHICK or DUDE. Sorry. You need to have a minimum of 10-15 pounds to lose. In case you're completely clueless and don't know if you've got extra baggage, here is a site where you can configure your height/weight ratio to see if you can play along. (for the rest of us, the rolls and jiggles pretty much confirm our qualifications...) Oh yeah, and you can't be preggers, either. How 'convenient' if you were to go into labor during our little game here.

* You MUST email me your:
name
mailing address
email address
beginning weight AND height
"before" photo

NOBODY will see this info except me and, frankly, NOBODY CARES. It's necessary for me to determine the winner and if you've legitimately lost weight.
email address is: featherednestfitness@yahoo.com
You'll also have to track your weekly weigh-ins on your own - details on that below.

* Winner will be determined by percentage weight loss. This makes it fair for EVERYONE and you can have a shot at winning over your husband who can loose pounds just by walking to the mailbox.

* You MUST play fair - no pill-popping, liposuction, starving yourself, false impersonation of a supermodel, cleanse rituals, voodoo, photo editing your face on Heidi Klum's body, or unhealthy dieting thing. You're on your honor here - ONLY HEALTHY DIET AND EXERCISE methods allowed! If you're unsure of what that is, check this website here for a start. (they're my fave!) The key here is HEALTHY.

* You MUST pay your entry fee before your name is on the list. No cheaties! 100% of the entry fee will go to the jackpot - so work hard if you want some money! I have set up a separate Paypal account just for this competition - I'm NOT going to steal your money - it's all there waiting for you! If I get tons and tons of people, I'll break the jackpot up into groups so there's more of a chance to win.

SEND YOUR ENTRY FEE VIA PAYPAL TO: featherednestfitness@yahoo.com
Sorry, only Paypal will be accepted here. If you need to go set up an account, here is a link.

* You MUST use the same scale to weigh yourself each week - EVERY MONDAY. If you're fully dressed on your initial weigh-in, you must be fully dressed during all of your weigh-ins. (no suddenly gettin' nakey for the final weigh-in!) You're on your own to track your weekly progress because (I'm assuming) you're a grown-up and are capable of doing that, which leads me to the final rule:

* You MUST track your weight loss and fitness progress. If you want to win the jackpot, I need to see a WEEKLY LOG! Grab a pen and paper and get goin'! I cannot allow you to win the jackpot without your log - VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

So what are you doing?! Go email me and join us!!!


**If you'd like to track your progress through your own blog, send me the link and I'll post it on the sidebar of my blog.

37 comments:

Gail :) said...

I really need to be in on this one ;)

Melly said...

For the first time in my life I am too skinny to play. Over the last 3 years I have lost over 100 lbs. Good luck!

Small House said...

Sign me up!! BUT...I had already decided a couple days ago, I was starting on Monday the 23 eating healthy and exercising.

What do you think?
Have a great day.

OH....graet blog.

Abby said...

haha! Melly - what I'd give to be to skinny to play! Good for you, though - that's awesome!

To those of you who have already started a weight loss thing, I have, too - it just means that we have to work that much harder and we'll loose more weight in the long run. You can start today if you want, but the weigh-in won't count until next week.

Tisha said...

Darn you Abby and your goal setting. I have been perfectly content, PRETENDING I am dieting/working out and then complaining when there are no results because, well I am just not motivated. I am SO in on this. Thanks I REALLY need not only the motivation, but the accountability! Plus, I really need to stop wearing maternity clothes before my baby starts walking. Count me in.

Cindy said...

I joined the Biggest Loser challenge at my gym just a week ago, this one sounds fun, but I'll stick to the one I am on. I want to wish you all luck.

Cindy said...

Oh, here's a very helpful hint, it took me a year to learn that all those fitness DVD's I bought weren't going to work if I watched them. I actually had to DO THEM!!!.........who knew???

Lflinders said...

Abby, Count me in. I already have lost 45 lbs since having my last child, but I could lose another 20 to reach my goal weight. I will be sending you a photo & the money, Just try not to barf!

Erin said...

I am pregnant (due in MAy) so if we were going totally on weight lost, I could win! Have fun playing!

Jenna Z said...

What a fantastic idea! (You must have read the recent University of Pennsylvania study that showed money can definitely be a motivator in weight loss.) I am so IN! I will email soon with all the pertinent info. A group at my work is entering a walking contest so between the two hopefully I will loose at least a few pounds!

Terri said...

Okay, I have just ten or so pounds to lose, but I need motivation - can I play?

Abby said...

Erin! How funny - I was just thinking that I needed to specify that you can't be preggers! I'll have to go add that in! Too bad, though - you'd have such an excellent chance of winning this thing!

Abby said...

Oh, and Terri - absolutely! Ten pounds is my minimum so go for it!

Kristin said...

I'm in too! According to the website I can lose 15 lbs. YEAH!!! For those of us that meet once a month for lunch I think that we should be required to bring healthy food. No more brownies, I'll cave.

Kaye said...

I just sat and ate an entire sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies. I think I need to join this challenge!! I'll send my info later this week.

Rae said...

I'm in! I just sent you an e-mail with all my info and before pic. Ick!

Layton Life said...

I would love to join but really don't want to set up a paypal account just for this because I wouldn't use it for anything else...if there could be another way?? If not, I understand and will just have to do it on my own :) Thanks...by the way, I got hooked to your blog a few weeks ago and LOVE it...you are so inspiring!!

Abby said...

Hi Layton Life! (sorry I don't know your name...) Only because your last name must be Layton and it's a dear family name on my side, and you MUST be amazing with a great name like that, I will make an exception for you if you can get a check in the mail. Email me at abbywelker(at)yahoo(dot)com and I'll send you my address. Thanks for wanting to play along!!!

tawna said...

Oh man. Im reeaaalllllly tempted on this one. Now, to keep things fair...

Could you show a progress like every tuesday of how everyone's doing? maybe with just our initials or something to keep it semi-anonymous if people are worried about that? That way everybody can see each other's progress...

What say you? :)

tawna said...

ah. Wait a second. So we DON'T email our weigh-in every monday? we just log it ourselves until the end of the contest? and then submit the numbers?

ahh. Right. Sorry. :)

(Im a long time fan/stalker, first time commenter.... )


Great idea!!

rebecca said...

So I am a friend of some of your friends and have been stalking your blogs for a year or two now. You have such a great ideas. I really like this idea, but want to know if I can just send a check also. Thanks

Abby said...

Alright - so I've caved. You can send me a check if you need - just shoot me an email so I can give you my address. Thanks!!! abbywelker(at)yahoo(dot)com

rainylakechick said...

I'm going to sign up!!! We'll be at the beach June 5th and this is the perfect motivator. :)

I'll be sending my info in the next couple of days.

Tif said...

I so want to do this, but I'm going to be on the road a lot during this time and will not be able to use the same dang scale . . . and, I'm not going to pack it with me on our so-called vacation!! If you end up doing this again, I'm totally in!!! I still have quite a few pounds to lose these days and need much more of a motivator than I currently have!! Good luck to all the participants though!

queen of everything said...

i wish i could, but i will hopefully be losing quite a bit of "baby" weight come may when i deliver.

Karolee said...

Oh I hope you do this again in the fall after I have my baby! I'm still in the weight gaining stage...

Sounds like a fun idea! Good luck to you all!

Shawnee said...

Oh, I'm in. I need the support and motivation!!

maryanne said...

Is this open internationally? And to non- blog owners?

Abby said...

Hey Maryanne! ANYBODY can join this competition! And you don't have to have a blog, either. It's just fun to follow along when others post their progress on their own blog sites.

ShellyStout said...

I have ten pounds of baby weight lurking around my mid section. I'M IN!

Alison B said...

I'm in, and watch out, because i've very competitive!!! :) I totally need this right now. I've lost 50 lbs, but need at least another 20, and have been stagnant for about 6 months at least!!! So, this will be great!!! I'll be sending you an email with before picture, etc.

thanks so much!!! i'm excited!

It' an Evolution said...

You just crack me up...I am sending it on to some girlfriends who are desperately trying to lose some pounds. Good luck and great idea.
Janet

Nichole said...

I'm in!! I'll send my info this weekend once my husband takes my before photo for me!

Shellee said...

I would totally join this, but I am having surgery on the 7th and am going to be down for at least 6 of the 8 weeks.

Maybe during to summer/fall you could do this again. I'll be ready for it.

TaLaisa said...

I'm in. And excited. I have 50 pounds (or more) to lose.

I'll be doing my weekly updates on my blog. www.childhoodchaos.blogspot.com

Camille said...

OH, I have just stumbled upon this. But I would really like to play. I might be the last one to sign up. Would you still allow me to join?

Thanks,
Camille
http://everydaylifemadefromscratch.blogspot.com/

Abby said...

Hey Camille! If you read this, you're still welcome to join! Just go to the sign-up info and you're all set!