Summer Weight Loss Competition

J and I have been in a healthy-living rut as of late.

I blame the busyness. One or both of us have been out of town five of the past six weekends, and our weeknights are oftentimes filled with activities. And when life gets busy like that, the first thing to go out the window is time to exercise and well-planned meals. It’s so much easier to grab take out or throw together quick and easy (read: processed) foods.

We are the opposite of normal people and actually travel less during the summer, so we are planning to kick into high gear and lose some weight this season. With the abundance of time, fresh foods and daylight, how could we not, right?

In the past, general “let’s try to eat better and workout more” statements haven’t really helped. So this summer, we decided to up the anty and make it a competition, biggest loser style.

Biggest Loser – J vs G

The Rules:
Whoever loses the most percentage of weight by September 2nd (15 weeks from yesterday) wins. We are going to track our weight every Tuesday in a shared google document.

The Prize & Consequence:
The hardest part was coming up with the prize. Naturally, we thought about buying something, but we kind of buy whatever we want now (within reason), so it wouldn’t be a huge motivator. Then we thought about consequences for losing. That’s how we narrowed down the prize:

  • If J wins, I have to watch the first season of Battlestar Galactica with him.
  • If I win, he has to watch the six-hour BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with me.
  • The loser has to wash all of the dishes in the month of October. And maybe some other chores we decide to throw in there just for fun. ;)

BSG_Season_1_DVD vs. pride-and-prejudice-1995-restored-2010-x-250

So that’s what we will be up to this summer. Neither of us have a ton to lose, but let’s just say we look a little rounder than we did in our newlywed photos. And both of us love a good friendly competition, so I am curious to see how we fare in the upcoming weeks.

Have you ever tried to do a weight loss competition with your spouse or friends? Any tips for how to beat him? ;) 

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  • Yumi

    Haha! I love this! So I’m a total Pride & Prejudice girl (I have watched at least three different versions and own all of Jane Austen’s books) and my boyfriend still got me into Battlestar Galactica! It was actually quite good, but it was also weird cuz I kept trying to figure out if they were throwing shade at (a black term for subtly insulting) Christians. In the end I got tired in season three or so.

  • Kara

    My boyfriend and I are doing a weight-loss/healthy living competition too! We created this rather extensive Google doc where you get points per day for accomplishing certain healthy ‘tasks’ like eating 5 veggies/fruits, taking a multivitamin, exercising for 15 minutes, etc. The person with the most points at the end of “X” days wins. I DO really love your idea of consequences for the loser…I think that’d motivate me a lot more than getting extra stuff! :)

  • http://myprettypennies.com ginna

    Wow, that’s a great way to track it!

  • Kara

    Also, Ginna, this is Kara — from the ACT office/App. I somehow stumbled across your blog like 3 years ago & have been a reader/non-commenter ever since (sorry! ha). I hope you’re well!

  • http://myprettypennies.com ginna

    Oh my gosh, hello!! That’s so funny. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :) Hope you are doing well too!

  • http://myprettypennies.com ginna

    Yeah I have a few friends who got into Battlestar Galactica. Hopefully I won’t have to find out if it’s good or not because I’ll be too busy introducing J to Mr. Darcy. ;)