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#GetHawt, Summer 2012…whachoo wanna do?

June 24, 2012

We’ve all been doing (or not doing) our separate things for a while. I’ve talked to a few people…many of us are ready to start up the group effort again to achieve our fitness and health goals (hereafter, referred to as “losing weight”, even if you’re trying to bulk up or hit yourwhatever-minute-mile, etc. It’s too hard to type all that every time, so “losing weight” = shorthand).

So, what? What do we do? Let’s have a little discuss and analysis first.

Groups are good

All kinds of studies and books and whatnot say that having a partner – or better yet, peer pressure – will greatly increase your chances of and motivation for losing weight. So far so good. What are the potential benefits?

  • Feeling of accountability to another. (Psychologically very effective, increases integrity.)
  • Fear of “losing” to your partner, i.e., doing worse than him/her. (Especially effective if we make an actual bet.)
  • Beneficial effect of helping another. (Increases self-esteem, and involvement in the effort.)
  • Others?

GetHawt is good, ish

We’ve done the GetHawt group blogging thing in the past, but as a weight-loss motivational group, it’s lacking in a few areas:

  • We’re all very widespread. It’s not like we can have weekly lunches to talk about what’s working and what’s not.
  • Very low accountability. There’s no committment! Good for awareness, bad for actual results.
  • There’s no structure! No rules, no consequences, no end date.  How do you know if you’re doing well?

Proposal – #GetHawt Game On!

Let’s take a modified version of the Game On! diet (the book is a cheap buy, or you can skip it and go by what we say here on the blog).  It looks something like this:

  • Object: To get the most points.
  • Setup:
    • Form 2+ teams (unequal sizes are okay), each with 1 person as scorekeeper.
    • Pick a prize – can be material or service oriented; must be significant, that is, it must hurt a little to lose. (I think the absolute easiest thing will just be a buy-in. We all put some amount (say, $50? less? more?) in the pot – I guess we’ll use my PayPal account, since I’m the organizer – and the winning team gets the pot, evenly divided.*)
    • Set a start date: Let’s start July 1. (End date is 4 weeks out, July 28.)
    • Each player keeps score on a score sheet; point tallies are sent to the team score keeper weekly.
  • Keeping score (this is where we’ll likely have some personalization, but all must be agreed on before starting). A perfect day is 100 points:
    • 30 meal points: 6 points per meal for 5 fully sanctioned meals. No snacks between meals. (My personal modification: Since I have strict food requirements 6 days a week, I’d go by that and by getting enough veg and beans daily.)
    • 20 exercise points: Some form of exercise for 20 minutes a day.
    • 10 water points: Drink 3 liters of water a day.
    • 15 sleep points: At least 7 hours of sleep nightly.
    • 20 transformation points: 10 points/day for one healthy new habit, and 10 for eliminating 1 old habit. (Ok.)
    • 5 communication points: Be in contact with at least 1 teammate and at least 1 opponent each day (phone, email, text, and twitter count).
  • Exceptions: Each week, each player gets one meal off and one day off, at any time during the week. No saving. The day off is a day off from all the rules, and can be spread throughout the week (e.g., food break monday, water break Wednesday, etc.)
  • Bonuses:
    • 10 point bonus each week for turning your scores in on time.
    • 20% bonus for losing 1% of your body weight. (Or equivalent fitness goal, for the non-weightloss people.)
  • Penalties:
    • 10 point snack penalty (again, I’d have to modify this for myself; snacking isn’t a problem on my diet.)
    • 20 point collusion penalty (like agreeing with another player to cheat and cover it up)
    • 25 point per portion alcohol penalty (I have a mod on my diet; wine is okay, soda’s not)
  • Winning: Scorekeeper totals points for the week, then divides by # players in team.   (e.g., 2370 points for Team A / 3 players = 790 average for the week).  At the end of four weeks, each team’s total is posted.

The only part of this I’m really not sure about is the transformation points. I could take them or leave them, so I’ll be interested in seeing the discussion on that.

Also, I should limit the scope of this game. Particpants must be IN the SQL community, or must be friends with a member of the SQL community. Random strangers on the internet – no offense, but this isn’t a public invitation.

Sounds awesome! Now what?

Well, now you leave a comment telling me you’re in, and any of a number of other inputs. For example:

  • Whether you have/will get the Game On! book. (Not required, but somewhat recommended.)
  • Any questions or comments on the rules above.
  • Any personalizations you might want to make (this won’t be definitive, just a general idea).

Okay guys, let’s get talking!

-Jen

*The prize money also gives us incentive to get a LOT of people involved.  4 teams of 4 people each would get the winning team $200 per person!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2012 3:05 pm

    I love this idea — perfect for a distributed group. I’m in. Perhaps using a tool like myfitnesspal.com (or any of the others out there) to help track food/exercise might be a good idea — I use that anyway, but the social networking aspect of it might prove to be useful.

    • June 25, 2012 3:49 pm

      Oh, bigtime. If you read the book, she talks a lot about the amount of smack talk that goes on. “Team Orange will kick all your flabby asses back to the stone age!” etc etc. My kinda game.

  2. June 25, 2012 5:38 pm

    OK…..I just got the book on the Kindle, and I am ready to give it a whirl. Nothing like a little schadenfreude to keep you on track for what you want 🙂

  3. June 26, 2012 12:34 am

    I don’t have this book (yet) but I am willing to check it out… As a teacher who is unemployed in the summer, $50 is a bit much to swallow, but if everyone else is cool with that amount, I will be a non-participating team member (meaning my points wouldn’t count towards or against the team efforts, I couldn’t earn a portion of the pot, but still want to be part of the public accountability/challenge portion).

    • June 26, 2012 2:37 am

      I’ve been thinking about that, and $50 does seem a bit steep. Maybe half that, and some kind of non-monetary prize, like haikus from the losers praising the winners….just one idea…

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