Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Gift to YOU! // Jennifer O.

Let me start out by introducing myself.  My name is Jennifer and I am a MLFC junkie!  I am on the page A LOT!  I read a TON of posts, I like a LOT of them (btw, I think blog posts need a like button for convenience….I’m just sayin’), and I comment on as many as I can.  You ladies are AWESOME.  You are supportive, you are inspiring.  You have helped me continue on my journey of becoming a happy and healthy and HOT lady.  I have lost 70 pounds since August of 2011 (you can follow my journey at 2012 Losing It).  Before finding Mama’s blog and then MLFC, I struggled with the roller coaster of emotions that come with a weight loss journey.  I would have my good days and my bad days, actually I still do, but before they were much more extreme.  Before finding this amazing support system, I found it much more challenging to stay motivated and on track.   I am thrilled to say that now that I have found you ladies I feel so much more focused.  I know that if I am struggling or having a down day, that someone else has been there done that and is right along with me and understands. I know that if I need new ideas, all I have to do is read some posts and I will be energized again.  I know that if I am having a cloud 9 day, I can share that and you will all be supportive and encouraging and cheer me on.  Basically, you all just rock my socks off!  So thank you all for that.

I am sure many of you have thought long and hard about your goals for 2013 and have made plans to start the year off with a BANG!  I know I sure have!  Being the prize motivated individual that I am, I thought what better way for me to “pay it forward” to the ladies that I love than to host a challenge to ring in the New Year!  I hope you are as excited as I am!!!

I decided to combine a few of the things I love….inspiring stories of personal strength and success, TV, a good friendly competition, and PRIZES!  Are you intrigued yet???

I become a big fan of The Biggest Loser this fall after meeting season 12 contestants, Ken and Austin Andrews.  I had seen previous episodes, but I found it much harder to get “into it” when watching it from the comfort of my couch with a double quarter pounder, large fries, large Dr. Pepper and a Cold Stone shake being crammed into my pie hole (imagine that!).  So after meeting them I started watching their season on Hulu Plus while working out on my treadmill (much more motivating).  I quickly became addicted to the show and looked forward to my daily dates with Jillian and Bob.  In fact I think I went through withdrawls when I finished the season.  I have been keeping up with my fave season 12 contestants on FB, following the BL page, and am getting SUPER STOKED for the new season to start on Jan 6th.  So I decided the Biggest Loser would be a great theme for the challenge I planned to host for you all!

Challenge summary -
·         The challenge will run the course of Biggest Loser season 14 - Jan 6th through mid May (I haven’t seen the finale date yet).  Yes, this will be a long one (twss).
·         The official challenge will be only 2 weigh ins – one at the beginning and one at the end.  The person with the highest % of weight lost will be the winner. 
·         We will also have prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners!
·         For those of you that want the extra accountability of weekly weigh ins there will be optional weekly contests/prizes also (tshirts, water bottles, bags, and more!).
·         There will be no limit to the number of participants.  The only requirement is that you must submit the first and final weigh ins.

I am super stoked about the potential weight loss we have here ladies!  How cool would it be to get the attention of the Biggest Loser show (and maybe even Jillian herself, just in time for the MLFC retreat??) when we knock their socks off with our total weight loss!!  Let’s do this!

Finally the details…
·         Join the MLFC Biggest Loser event for all the latest info & reminders
·         First weigh in will be Wednesday, Jan 9th.  There will be a weigh in phrase that will be posted on the evening of Monday, Dec 31st.  You will need to email a photo of your feet on the scale with your weight and the phrase to mlfcbiggestloser@gmail.com.  Please put your name and weight as the subject line.
·         Final weigh in date will be announced at a later date and will coincide with the BL14 finale.  There will also be a weigh in phrase and scale email required.
·         Weekly weigh ins will be on Wednesdays with a phrase and scale pic (I will use the same word as the last loser standing contest so you ladies only have to take one scale pic – once that contest is over I will have a BL Challenge word of the week).
·         The Biggest Loser of the week will win the prize of the week (to be eligible you must have submitted a weight the week prior for comparison.  If you miss a week, just submit your weight the next week and you will be eligible again the next week).  The best way to be eligible is to send in your weight every week!
·         I will compile a spreadsheet of stats from the weekly weigh in numbers (no weights, just % lost) so you can see where you compare.  Use it for motivation to keep fighting for that top spot!  There is plenty of time in this contest to make a run from behind to make it into a top spot.

A word from our sponsors
This contest wouldn’t be possible without the amazing kindness of the following sponsors for donating prizes.  Be sure to send them some page love and tell them THANKS!
Body Media (the monitoring armbands worn on the Biggest Loser) – shirts and other swag (I am also still trying to talk them into an armband for the winner)
RetroFit Ministries (Ken and Austin Andrews) – signed show worn Biggest Loser t-shirt
Truvia – swag, product samples, and coupons
Ruffles with Love – 3 of those workout tanks we all love!
Divine Pinspiration – 3 non-slip headbands
Mama Laughlin – a personal message of encouragement/support for the challenge winner, Brandy’s signed before/after photo
Lilybelle Designs – hand stamped jewelry, customized Sterling Silver “mommy necklace”
Thirty-One bags/Tiffany Lyford - $10 gift certificate
Creative Life Designs – 1 personalized grocery and meal planning set
It Works/Fawn Yoho  – 4 wraps
LifeVantage/Crystal Tait – Protandim anti-aging supplement

I have some of the prizes that I will ship out directly, and some the winners will contact the sponsors to redeem, so I can’t do a pic of the complete prize packs, but here is a rundown….

1st place –
·         Signed Biggest Loser shirt
·         Mama Laughlin encouragement,
·         Lilybelle Designs sterling silver necklace
·         Ruffles with love tank
·         Divine Pinspiration non-slip headband
·         $10 Thirty-One gift certificate
·         Custom meal planning set
·         It Works wrap
·         Body Media duffel bag, t-shirt, water bottle
·         Truvia travel coffee mug & shirt

2nd place –
·         Body Media duffel bag, t-shirt, water bottle
·         Truvia travel coffee mug & shirt
·         Ruffles with love tank
·         Divine Pinspiration non-slip headband
·         It Works wrap
·         Protandim anti-aging supplement

3rd place –
·         Body Media duffel bag, t-shirt, water bottle
·         Truvia travel coffee mug
·         It Works wrap
·         Ruffles with love tank
·         Divine Pinspiration non-slip headband


I do reserve the right to keep adding to the prize pile!  Any remaining prizes at the end will be randomly awarded to those that completed the challenge (one chance to win per weigh in submitted).

Questions?  Let me know.  I tried to cover all the bases, but I am sure I missed something.

Good luck to everyone!!!

23 comments:

  1. This is great and just what I needed after gaining 1.2lbs this week and getting kicked outta the Last Loser challenge!! Thanks so much Jennifer!!

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  2. Awesome... but the link to the event is not working for me.

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  3. This sounds awesome! But I can't get the link for the event to work either. =)

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  4. This is a fantastic challenge! Thank you so much for putting this all together!

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  5. Ooooh pretty excited about this one! Got me a Fitbit One and a gym membership for Christmas. So bring it on, lovelies!!!!!

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  6. Does this event link work better? https://www.facebook.com/events/313076642127624/

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    1. I still can't find it, is it just me? Maybe I am crazy. =)

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    2. What is your FB name? I can tag you in the event post/invite you.

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    3. My facebook name is Becca Simons, I am in Tucson, AZ just in case there is more then 1 of me. =) Thanks!

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    4. Becca, are you a member of the Mama Laughlin Fit Camp group on Facebook? You have to be a member of that to see the event because of the security settings. I didn't find your name on the member list. :-(

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    5. I can't find the Mama Laughlin Fit Camp group page to request to join. Please help me. I want to join. I follow this blogs fb page but I searched and can't find the group on there. =(

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    6. Becca, it is a secret group. Can you please send a FB friend request to Camp Couselor (the profile pic is a pink background that says fit camp with a barbell). She can add you to the group. Thanks!

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  7. Awesome!! Thanks for hosting Jennifer.

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  8. Yay!!! Going to try to do this, but no one can laugh if my scale pictures are screwy.

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  9. Thanks for this. Here's hoping I finally get serious again and get off my 7 month plateau. (Starting with getting off something else and working out! lol)

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  10. Just to verify, the word is going to be posted Monday, right? Hoping for morning, since I like to weigh before I eat...

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  11. I joined the event on FB but it doesn't show up in my events or groups or anywhere. The only way I can see any info is to find the even thru this blog or MLFC page.
    Did I do something wrong??
    Please help. I want to be able to know the weekly weigh in words after the other challenge ends.
    Thanks so much!
    Becki

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