Time to find your inner loser
Published: Thursday, January 16th, 2014
“When you go jogging, do you leave potholes? When you make love, do you have to give directions? At the zoo, do the elephants throw YOU peanuts? Do you look at a menu and say ‘OK?’”
—Rodney Dangerfield in “Back to School”
If you answered yes to any of the above questions — or simply have a few pounds you want to lose — the Custer County Chronicle, along with local merchants, will again provide the incentive to do so, as our annual “Biggest Loser” contest is set to kick off in a little over a week.
As always, the contest will be a six-month competition. The contestant who loses the biggest percentage of body weight during the six months will be declared the winner. Each month, we will print how the contestants are faring and give the percentage of body weight they lost for the month. We never list a person’s weight or how many pounds they lost throughout the competition, although we do tell how many total pounds the winner lost at the end of the competition, with their permission.
The new year is a time when people often make resolutions to lose weight, be more active and eat better. If you are considering losing some weight or have read about our competition over the past several years and thought to yourself, “I should enter that,” give it a try this year. What have you got to lose besides a few pounds?
Many past contestants have said the public nature of the contestant is a great incentive to lose weight. People follow the competition very closely in the paper and begin to recognize the contestants. Past contestants have told us they will be eating out or buying something at the grocery store and a complete stranger will ask them, “Are you sure you should be eating that?” In a sense, the entire community helps keep you on track once you enter the competition.
We couldn’t do this competition without our great sponsors. If you like the competition, whether it’s being in it or reading about it, be sure to mention it to all the local merchants who not only help sponsor it through advertising, but also by giving away a prize at the end of the competition. By the time all the prizes are totalled, the winner of the competition receives well over $1,000 in value.
Being overweight is something that can affect everyone. It’s not gender specific and it’s not race specific. Virtually everyone, at some point in their life, has or will look in the mirror and say to themself, “I really need to lose some weight.” Some can do it on their own. Some need the incentive of partnering up with someone or a competition such as the one set to start. Don’t forget, you can also form teams to help push each other to meeting your weight loss goals.
Fad diets and miracle pills don’t help you lose weight. If you are truly serious about losing weight, the only real way to do it is through diet and exercise. If you’re planning to lose some weight, why not win some prizes while doing it? You might be surprised at how well you do.
We wish the best of luck to all the brave souls who plan to enter this year’s competition. Remember, the first weigh-in is Jan. 24. You can weigh in at any time that day until 6 p.m., or before Jan. 24 if that day does not work for you). Remember, there will be absolutely no late weigh- ins this year. Contestants who cannot make the scheduled weigh in the third Friday of every month must weigh in before that day, not after. There will be no exceptions made.
Come on losers, let’s get to losing!
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