December 14, 2007

Return Of The Fat Club

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. This year, I was happy to realize another tradition that I can look forward to.... eating like a pig.

Last May, Karen and I were married in Vegas. The vast quantity of buffet's launched an incredible comeback by my stomach to not only regain all of the lost weight from last years fat club, but I have a feeling I may have exceeded my previous all time high.

And I'm loving every minute of it.

So, a few points to make here:

1) December has now become the month of guilt free eating. I refuse to feel guilty for eating a piece of chocolate, or for having a second cookie. I will eat American size portions, and finish every last bite. Sometimes I will have dessert for dinner, and for dessert I will have more dessert, followed by third dessert. I will stuff my face with every last bite of a good sandwich, and I will load up on round three at the buffet. December is a beautiful month indeed.

2) The only way I can enjoy guilt free December is by starting up the Jedlebrity Fat Club every January. So, this January 2nd, all eating habits will change. Last year I was personally happy with my results, having lost over 20 lbs. I was also happy to see that all of our participants stuck to a routine and shed a good amount of weight. I think overall it was successful, and with the knowledge that we have done it once makes me confident that we can do it again.

This year, one thing will be a bit different in the Jedlebrity Fat Club. This time, there will be a $100 cash prize to the winner. The winner, like last time, will be the one who lost the largest percentage of weight (which is NOT the same as number of pounds). This helps those who might not have as much to lose to stay competitive, so don't be discouraged (just look at Beckie who won last year). Fatty's like me, however, will need to lose a bit more than just a few pounds if we want to stay close to the leaders, so it could go either way.

So then, the next step is signing up. If you wish to participate in this years Jedlebrity Fat Club, please leave a message in the comments, give me a phone call, or email me, and I'll add you to the list. If you do plan to join, than enjoy the holidays, because we've got a lot of work ahead of us!


Posted by jed at December 14, 2007 01:19 PM

I am going to graciously bow out of this year's competition so as to allow other's a fighting chance. It seems only right.

Posted by: Beckie at December 14, 2007 01:34 PM

That grading process is still not fair as it favors those with the most to lose, which is clearly you since you gained back all you lost plus another small child's worth. That said, it should be based on the following: each person has a legitimate weight loss goal and is measured on the percent of goal. Therefore, because jed can lose 35 pounds and another person can only realistically lose 10, they are on an equal playing field.

Posted by: chris at December 14, 2007 02:34 PM

sounds like someone is intimidated. besides, you're the one who convinced me to eat that candy bar today, so i don't want to hear it.

Posted by: jed at December 14, 2007 02:36 PM

if that's what helps you through your wheeze filled huffing/puffing day

Posted by: chris at December 14, 2007 02:38 PM

I am not joining this year as I was far more successful at being a bump on a log. My personal challenge will be to test Jed's willpower at refusing any delicious fat-filled food I will make, without hurting my feelings ;) I'm storing up the tears as we speak!

Posted by: Karen at December 15, 2007 04:57 PM

Interesting concept. I saw last years results. I see Chris's point, but to throw another wrench in that theory. If I set my goal to 10lb and achieve it.. and so does participant 2, etc. It starts to get tricky to really evaluate who is the true winner. Biggest Looser the TV series is a prime example of that. With all of that said, I like the idea of tracking the loss and the competitive spirit. I am in!

Posted by: Jim at December 17, 2007 09:36 AM

I was just about to tuck in to a breakfast of left-over spaghetti and mashed potatoes when I remembered the Fat Club - I'm in!
I feel like this year I actually have a pretty good chance as I'm no longer bed-ridden.
Chuck, on the other hand, will not be participating due to his already sleek physique (caused either by over work or possibly the fact that I've eatten us out of house and home...)If he loses any weight he may just up and blow away.
Now... to those potatoes...

Posted by: Lauren at December 27, 2007 10:26 AM
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