YES, I realize that we're all pretty danged awesome already, but Steve, Brooke, and I are just mighty fond of that word. This year Awesome by August will run from July 11th to August 8th.
What is Awesome by August? Well, if you weren't around for it last year it is a weight loss competition. Our focus is healthy weight loss (no crazy unhealthy antics here) with a healthy dose of support and fun too.
This year thanks to Mr. Fancy Pants we have a facebook page! All the news, prize drawings, and weigh ins will be done there. Wait, prize drawings??? Yes, there will be prize drawings! We've changed things a bit from last year, so here's how it will go:
- To join like the Facebook page and post your starting weight under Steve's official first weigh in post by Tuesday 10 PM Eastern Time. It'll be easy to spot. Promise. Just comment that you're in and your starting weight. We aren't doing pictures this year, or the option NOT to publicly give your weight. Be honest, be brave! It's just a number. Also, let us know if you have a non-weight loss goal for this month, like bettering your mile time, or ditching sugar, anything really.
- Each week on Monday Steve will start a new official weigh in post on the Facebook page, weigh in via comment under each post. Again, we're on the honor system here. To be eligible for prizes you must weigh in by midnight EST.
- Prizes. I'm still looking for prize sponsors. However we are not allowing participants to offer up prizes this year. We had a problem with prizes not being sent last year, so only companies or Steve, Brooke, and myself will be sponsoring prizes this time around. When I get all that info together on specifically what prizes will be I will post it here, and put a link on the Facebook page. There will be a weekly prize. Weekly prizes will be drawn randomly from the official Facebook weigh in posts. To be entered simply post your weigh in under the official weekly weigh in post by Monday, Midnight Eastern Time. We ask that you comment under the 'official' weigh in post so that it is easier for us to use random.org to draw winners than trying to assemble all the weigh ins if people were to just post them on the wall, etc. We are just randomly giving away prizes this year, not basing them off of percent weight lost. So even if your goal is to maintain your weight, just let us know that and join in! There will also be a prize at the end drawn from everyone who participates in every weigh in by the cut off times.
- Let's make this fun! Let's encourage each other and offer our support! Having a tough day? Post on the facebook wall so your #awesomebyaugust family can offer support. Having an awesome day? Post on the facebook wall so we can cheer you on! We encourage everyone to use the #awesomebyaugust hashtag on twitter also to interact and keep us updated on how your week is going. We also hope to have a twitter chat or two. Where we can interact, brag, let of steam, whatever. Dates and times for those will be announced on the Facebook page.
Any questions? Feel free to comment below. Are you IN??? Let's make this 4 weeks AWESOME!