The $100 Weight Loss Challenge

I set a goal of losing 50 pounds this year and have made almost no progress towards that goal. To provide myself with some more motivation I am launching the $100 weight loss challenge. If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember the $500 weight loss challenge, which was a complete failure. I think the reasons that I failed at that challenge was because the goal was too big and the end of the challenge was too far off. This allowed me to keep procrastinating until it was too late to meet the challenge.

The $100 challenge will be a short term challenge. My goal is to lose 5 pounds by August 15, 2012 or I’ll pay $100 to the readers. This deadline is soon enough that I should realize I need to start working on it immediately. My current weight is 217.8 pounds. My goal weight will be 212.8 pounds. This should be easily doable.

My weight is down from 220.4 pounds on Sunday. It seems that having a slow carb breakfast is leading to weight loss. It is hard to believe that having bacon and eggs for breakfast would cause me to lose weight but I haven’t otherwise changed my diet or exercise habits. For the challenge I’ll be making a second meal a day slow-carb and doing my version of the kettlebell swings from The 4-Hour Body. I might also try cold showers and ice packs.

To participate in the challenge leave a comment on this post. The first 20 people to leave a comment will receive a $5 Amazon gift card or $5 PayPal cash if I don’t meet my weight loss goal. That is the stick approach. For the carrot I’ll be allowing myself to spend $100 on something for myself guilt-free if I meet the goal.

I won’t have an extra $100 on August 15th unless I earn some more money before then so the challenge should also motivate me to make more money.

25 thoughts on “The $100 Weight Loss Challenge”

  1. While I’m in for the challenge I don’t really feel right by taking your money if you fail. That doesn’t seem like a fair proposition for me having to do NOTHING.

    Keep your money and work on losing the weight. I’d be happier knowing that you’re knocking off the pounds.

    Good luck, Andy!

  2. Good luck with your challenge! I found 4 Hour Body a fascinating read and look forward to hearing about your results using some of the methods in the book.

  3. Whenever I want to lose weight, I start off strong–going to the gym 5 days a week for the first month, and then the next month 4 days a week, and then down to 3 days a week. Once I meet my goal, I just try to maintain.

  4. Andy,
    I know you can do it! Focus on the goal! I lowered my triglycerides in 1 month. They were 278 in March 2012 and in April 2012 they were 109! I I was determined to do it. I did change my diet to no sugar except 2 cokes a day. I also cut out the carbs. I ate a lot of veggies and meat. I fast walked/slow jogged 6 miles a week. I fast walked 1/4 mile then slow jogged 1/4 mile. I did 2 miles at a time 3 days a week.

    I know you can DO IT!!!!
    Naomi

  5. Count me in. I hope you don’t have to pay a dime.

    Maybe when I get moved to Florida we can challenge each other to a duel. Probably the main reason I am moving is to nudge myself into exercising more.

  6. Good luck. When my mom was on the atkins diet I loved it steaks like 2x per week (that was a while ago though).

  7. Thanks for all the support folks. We went to Kansas City this weekend. And now my best friend is in Branson for a couple days so I’m hanging out with him at his hotel for a couple days. This is making for a tough start since I’m eating a lot of restaurant meals and out of my normal routine. I’ll make it up once I’m back home.

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