Sunday, November 05, 2006

The November 20

The day before Halloween I challenged Shaun and Jermaine to a little family bet. Starting November 1st, the first person to lose 20 pounds would win: 1) bragging rights 2) $100 3) a night of babysitting - the challenge was dubbed "The November 20". The rules were simple, the weigh in would occur naked on the morning of November 1st and we could use any means necessary to drop the 20 pounds, the first one who got there would win.

Shaun took the early lead, by the end of day one he was down three pounds (thanks to gorging on chocolate halloween treats and a night squeezing his butt cheeks together so that he wouldn't go #2 until after the official weigh in). Early on, all appeared to be normal in Jermaine's diet - potato salad and pork for lunch on day one - he apparently felt that he had a natural advantage over the Casey's stubborn genetics. After learning of Shaun's 3 pound start, Jermaine swiftly changed from light cream to "half & half" in his daily coffee on day 2 of the challenge.

After whining about how women have a more difficult time losing weight, my opponents agreed to give me a 3 pound handicap, so their 20 equals my 17. I'm not actually planning on dropping more than 5 pounds, I'm hoping that with enough whining I can win by widdling down the amount of weight that I will have to lose to equal their 20 pounds. Just kidding, I actually started off strong on day one and two, but after realizing that the boys had stopped at McDonalds last night on their way to a Bruins game, I rationalized a fluffernutter sandwich today that I am feeling guilty about.

10 comments:

Kristy & John said...

That reminds me of the bet Jermaine had with Seth - who won that one anyway?

~Seth & Nancy~ said...

yeah, what is it about this time of year and weight loss (or the attempt to lose weight) and jermaine?!
kristy, fyi-seth won that one thanks to dr. atkins!!

barbarakuhn said...

George has lost 37 lbs. & over 6" from his waist! The diet is simple, don't eat anything white (potatoes, bread, flour, pasta, sugar). I lost 6 lbs. when Rachel was born, but I found it again. Good thing chocolate isn't white.

FloridaMom said...

To really make the bet work, the winner should not be rewarded until May 1 (6 months)and the 20/17 lbs have stayed off. That can really add to the challange.

Also, there can be two winners. The one who lost the weight the fastest and the one who keep it off.

Just seems more reasonable considering that men take off weight at such a rapid speed but their will-power is usually lacking(especially for 6 months).

Plus, who would want to be the one that is a double-looser!

T5M said...

yes, but in this game, the loser is actually the winner...

Kristy & John said...

Did anyone watch Dr. Oz on Oprah last Thursday - ewww! What a gross way to find out how to lose weight. He showed what the stomach, esophagus, tongue, etc. does when you are digesting food. Not pretty! I did learn this though - he said to try to eat the same thing (or same type of thing) for breakfast (whole grain & fiber) and lunch (salad or homemade soup)everyday, your digestive system will thank you for it, and also eat as slow as you can. These 2 things are supposed to help you lose weight. Oh and also stay away from anything that says "enriched white flour".
Maybe we should start a weight loss support blog

MaineMomKC5 said...

To add to this, stay away from anything that starts with the letter "M" (think Milk, M&M's, Marshmellows, malt balls, Milk Duds, Mars Bars, Mounds, Marzipan, Matzo Balls...you get the drift).

The letter "D" is pretty bad as well - donuts, Devil Dogs, dirt Cake, danish, Doritos....

The letter "B" is a good choice - Brussel sprouts, Bananas, Bran, brown rice, etc...

Also, try fitting in little exercises when you can - line at the bank? Do a few leg squats or crunches. Try sprinting to the water cooler at work - and work on beating your time. Of course, when going to the bathroom in public, "hovering" is great for the quads and buttock region.

Folks, if we just work together we will have the bodies we've always dreamed of!

T5M said...

Wen-
I LOVE your workout routine for the everyday people. Great ideas (hovering for quads)!

Also, I think your best bet is to stay away from anything that starts with "C" - cake, cookies, cheese, candy, cream,....CALORIES!! - yup, you should be okay if you stay away from calories alogether.

Kristy & John said...

Wendy's comment just reminded me of Teresa doing her leg stretches on her desk at work - wasn't that the best! NOT!

T5M said...

Hee hee...some days I really miss that place!