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Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the final week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ve kept all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We all pooled our  cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  In this final week, we asked the contestants how they felt about the contest as a whole?  Are they happy with their progress?  Or didn’t they really try at all?  Let’s find out what they had to say and let’s find out who won this damn contest!!  For the last time in 2013, here are the contestants in placement order, from last to first place:


Mr. Sombrero

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I can’t believe it’s over. Whew, finally. Congrats fellow participants. It’s been a tough and excruciating journey. I started confidently with some minor weight loss, but that went downhill after few weeks. I am fully ashamed to admit that I have ended this competition with few extra, extra pounds. And yes, I’d do it over and over and over again. Soooo, have I won anything?

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Mr. Sombrero gained 2.26% body weight.


Michelle M.

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I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to lose, but then again, I never committed to the eating right or the exercising. Sigh. I do intend to get down to my goal weight by summer. I suppose the fact that summer is still a ways off is why I’ve been lazing around and stuffing my face. But I still have hope. In the meantime, I’m going to finish this cookie and give my congratulations to the winning contestant (if there was one).

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Michelle M. gained .87% body weight.


Adam

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UGH! It’s finally over. I didn’t lose any weight over the course of the contest – but at least I didn’t gain anything. I wish that I had tried a little. Maybe now I’ll start dieting?

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Adam lost no weight. (Tied with Tam)


Tam

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So how do I feel now that this excruciating exercise is over for another few months? Eh. I’m kind of disappointed I didn’t get my act together and lose, but given my last few weeks of stress and traveling, I can’t complain that at least I’m not up. Would I do it again? Sure, what the hell. 🙂 If I’m going to be pathetic, I like doing it in a group.

Tam

Tam lost no weight. (Tied with Adam)


Polt

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And sooooo, the contest is over. How do I feel about the contest? It’s fine, I suppose. I’m rather disappointed in my performance during the contest. Not at all surprised, but disappointed. I don’t yet know HOW well I did (didn’t do?) in the contest, but I hope I didn’t come in last. That’s actually my only goal now, to not finish dead last. But if I did…well SOMEONE had to be last right? And really, who needs an extra $40 anyway?

Polt

Polt lost 1.18% of his body weight.


Nathan

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I barely lost any weight, but I didn’t get fatter, so that’s something. I have some free time coming up this month before I move to Japan so hopefully I can get something together before then, but I wouldn’t really say I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished this competition (almost nada)

Nathan

Nathan lost 1.54% of his body weight.


TwoPi

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How do I feel about the contest? What contest?!? I feel like I’ve been oblivious to the contest. There’s been no tension, and very little motivation to lose weight. I know it must be a pain to do each week, but I really miss the weekly progress updates, the chart showing where we all stand. I think those helped me last time in providing some peer pressure to lose, and some positive feedback when I did manage to make progress.

TwoPi

TwoPi lost 3.56% of his body weight.


Mikey

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Am I proud of myself? Yes! Would I do it again? I would probably do the contest again, but I think I’m definitely going to continue to lose weight. I have been successful even if my weight lose regime has been boring. Oh god…I miss junk food so much.

Mikey

Mikey lost 4.5% of his body weight …

AND WON BIGGEST C&R LOSER 2013!

CONGRATULATIONS MIKEY!


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Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 13th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! IT’S ALMOST OVER!  (THANK FSM!) This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “BEYOND BC&RL3″ – The contest is almost over!  What are the contestants going to do after BC&RL3 ends?  Will their diets (?) continue or will you fall back to your old ways?  Let’s find out!


Mikey

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I am actually feeling pretty good about my diet at the moment and I’m certain I will continue my diet. I know this is a shock…since I hate dieting almost as much as I hate exercise. However, I think for health reasons I’m making the right decision to continue. Boring!


Mr. Sombrero

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Wait, what?!?! It’s almost OVER?! I haven’t even started my… Oh never mind. Ok, well I plan to get serious about exercising. I have made some good decisions about taking out certain foods out of my daily consumption and have been feeling very good about that. And I have also discovered a morning ritual of making tea which starts off my day in a Zen state of mind. Although it’s all shot to hell by the time I open my work email, it’s a start.


Nathan

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I’ve been pretty busy the last few months so I haven’t accomplished too much, but between April and July I won’t have too much to do, so hopefully I’ll be able to get on track properly.


Polt

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Beyond BC&RL3, what am i going to do after the contest is over? Probably exactly what I did while the contest was going on….absolutely nothing! No, that’s not true, I feel certain the doctor is gonna yell at me next month when I visit her, so I hope I’ll do more to lose weight and control my diabetes. But I do nothing buy lay on my couch and inhale all the wrong foods while my only exercise if pulling my fat ass up to go get more food….well, I won’t be terribly surprised.


Tam

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Fall back in my old ways? Bwahahaha Maybe I’ll think about changing my ways. It’s never to late to start right? Right? Better late than never and all that bullshit. Sigh. I suck.


TwoPi

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After BC&RL4, I thought I might start dieting and exercising.


Adam

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I forgot that I was even in a contest! Whatnow?


Michelle M.

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Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 12th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! THANKS BE TO THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER THAT THIS IS ALMOST OVER!!! Oh oops did I type that?  Anyway … This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “ Embarrassing Admission.”  Rosie O’Donnell once admitted to stopping at multiple Waffle Houses because she was embarrassed to order so much food from a single fast-food restaurant.  This week the contestants will tell us something embarrassing that they used to do BEFORE their diet began.  Here’s what they had to say.


Michelle M.

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Hmmm. Something embarrassing I used to do BEFORE* my diet began**? Probably eating a whole bag of potato chips. I’ve been known (on numerous occasions) to bring a bag of chips to the couch for snacking purposes, and before I know it the entire bag is gone! It’s like magic.

* I have done this AFTER my “diet” began
** I haven’t even started my diet. That’s the embarrassing thing.


Mikey

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When I had a roommate many many moons ago, I used to wake up in the middle of the night with a near starvation hunger for no good reason. I would sneak into the kitchen and eat her chocolate chips. It was terrible….I would wake up in the morning with chocolate on my face and an empty Nestle bag on my pillow.


Mr. Sombrero

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Up until very recently I would add Reese’s PB candy bar to my breakfast – be it cereal or yogurt, flavored or not, it always ended up being chocolaty and peanut buttery and so heavenly delicious. I have promised (to me and someone else) not to indulge in Reese’s anymore so that embarrassing tradition is no longer taking place.


Nathan

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I have, on multiple occasions, asked for a second pair of chopsticks when ordering a lot of Chinese food that I know I’m going to eat all on my lonesome to look less pathetic.


Polt

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Today, we need to share an Embarrassing Admission. When I ordered a pizza, I would always say, “WE want…” and when I got the pizza and paid for it, I’d say “WE thank you.” As if to convince whoever the makers/deliverers were that I certainly was NOT ordering and entire pizza just for me alone! And then, upon getting to the table to eat it….I promptly ate it all. All by myself.


Tam

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Well, I have been known to buy a pie, and call it dinner. Maybe not all at once, but perhaps 1/3 for dinner, 1/3 for snack and then 1/3 for breakfast. Is that bad if it’s a fruit pie? Or I have also just bought a giant piece of cake and ate that for dinner. Blerg. I want pie.


TwoPi

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Embarrassing admission: I completely forgot to do this until after the deadline, like at 7:30pm Wednesday. Totally slipped my mind. And on a larger scale (so to speak), I must confess that I’ve been not terribly focused on weight loss, even though I’ve entered a contest… and had talks with my doctor about how critical it is etc…. Sigh.


Adam

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Are you kidding? I never do anything that is embarrassing!! Except for everything that everyone has already said. I’ve done just about all of that stuff … Oh, and just about every time I go to the grocery store, I buy a little something extra as a “snack” for the way home. Then I stuff my face the whole way home. It’s usually cookies, candy, chips, mmmm now I’m hungry!

PS – I never wear suits … that’s the best photo I could find.


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 11th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “WHAT’S IN YOUR CUPBOARD?” In a desperate attempt to milk the ‘what’s inside your fridge’ theme for another week, our contestants will show off their cupboards (or where ever they store your non-refrigerated foods) and describe it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS)


Adam

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top left: tall stuff, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, gum
middle left: oat meal, pepper oil, hot sauce, other ingredients
bottom left: spices and baking ingredients
top right: sugars, flour
middle right: popcorn, packaged meals, Indian food, rice, vitamins, etc.
bottom right: cans, sauces, crackers (imported from Canada!), lasagna pasta


Michelle M.

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Our cupboard is tall and narrow – I couldn’t get all the shelves into the frame.

1. Canned goods – beans, vegetables, tomatoes, etc.
2. Nuts, popcorn, candy (this week it’s Snickers and Raisinets), cookies (usually there are no cookies, but it was Girl Scout season).
3. Rice (I always have Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice – I eat it all the time), pasta, lentils, split peas
4. Canned soup for when I’m too lazy to cook (Bean with Bacon is my favorite), broth (I’m running low at the moment – I make lots of soup) and bread
5. Oils for cooking, vinegars, hot sauces (Harry is big on hot sauce), peanut butter, pasta sauces, etc. And my granola bars. I don’t like that they are on this shelf – they don’t go.
6. Pretzels, rice cakes, crackers, chips (when I’m being bad). In the very back are chocolate chips for making cookies.

Other smaller cupboards hold Harry’s oatmeal fixings and coffee, my baking goods (flour, sugar, etc.) and the booze.


Mikey

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What you are looking at is the contents of my cabinet. You can tell that I was probably the last person to use it since it is a mess. Ty would have made it neat as a pin. As you can see, we have some pasta, oatmeal, oils, spices and a bunch of other random stuff. I think my favorite is the front and center Gelatine. I don’t know why we have that.


Mr. Sombrero

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My cupboard is a very…scary…and dark place. Well there are several of those places, scattered throughout the nooks and crannies of my tiny kitchen. [Is this more than one sentence?] Ok, so in it – some cans of corn, tomato sauce, black beans [go Goya], tomato soup [in case of a nuclear or environmental catastrophe]. Also, some herbal teas, raisins, walnuts, sugar, quinoa, pasta, etc. etc… that’s it, thank you all, have a great week!


Nathan

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My cupboard is super boring because I live with my parents. They are doing a much better job than I am of being healthy people. Consequently, they keep anything easy and fattening out of their cupboards. Good for me, I suppose, because I’m cheap and it helps avoid temptation.


Polt

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I dont actually HAVE a cupboard per se. Well I do, I have plenty of cupboard, but I dont really store food in them. I have my cans (soups, fruit salad) on shelves in the basementway. And I put most of my other foods out on the counter, see the photo. You’ve got your cereal, your bread, your sugar-free cookies (two different kinds), or peanut butter, your popcorn, your nut/candy snack thing, your cheesy crackers and a box of oatmeal (with coffee the breakfast of champions). There’s also a pathetic looking plant there I’ve had for over 13 years, named Janis. And off on the left is one of the greatest inventions known to man: A George Foreman-esque cooker.


Tam

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My cupboard really doesn’t change much. I also have a cupboard that is full of baking things, flour, sugar, spices and another that is full of cooking spices, but you don’t get to see those.

My top shelf is starches, rice, couscous, pasta. The next shelf is usually canned goods, and it would appear in this picture and abundance of ice-cream toppings. Then we have two shelves of random stuff. Mostly crackers, cereal, chips, popcorn, snacks. The bottom shelf is potatoes, onion and garbage bags. I would say there is probably enough food in there to feed someone for a good week or more if you didn’t mind eating crackers and popcorn for dinner the last few days. I used to buy lots of things “just in case” but I’m more careful now and tend not to buy things unless they are super on-sale. But I always have pasta, sauce, rice, canned corn, cereal and a few snacks on-hand.


TwoPi

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Saw my doctor today; got the “your weight hasn’t changed in over two years of trying to lose weight; when will you actually start?” conversation. Sigh. So here’s the cupboard! Top shelf has various cooking oils, vinegars and other liquids (and some corn husks waiting for the next batch of tamales!). Next two shelves house random canned goods (including canned soups for when my kids turn up their nose at what I’ve prepared). Next to lowest shelf has garbage bags, and more canned soup and ramen (again for the kids). Bottom shelf is mostly nonedible storage. Oh, and in the foreground is Batcat, a 4 yr old cat rescued (with his brother Crazycat) from the streets as kittens. Batcat is the first cat I’ve met who likes peanut butter. Maybe if he eats more of it, I’ll eat less and actually lose a little weight. (Oh look, I’ve now resorted to blaming the cat for my lack of weight loss.)


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 10th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “HOW ARE YOU FEELING?” Our contestants are about 2 months into the greatest diet of their lives.  How do they feel?  Good?  Bad?  Indifferent?  Let’s find out!


TwoPi

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Diet? What diet? I’m not making any progress at all. In fact, right now I feel like a big ol’ tub of lard! (Or perhaps a pail of lard, since according to this 1919 advert, it was a point of pride that their lard was only sold in pails, not tubs. Who would imagine?)


Adam

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I hate myself. Time to go goth!


Michelle M.

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I feel like a pig.


Mikey

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I am actually feeling pretty ok. I don’t hate what I am eating and I don’t feel hungry. I feel like I might actually be making some good choices lately about what I’m feeling. I guess this is what dieting is really supposed to be like.


Mr. Sombrero

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I’m exhausted.


Nathan

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This week, like other weeks, I’m feeling like I haven’t accomplished much. That being said, I’m cautiously optimistic that next week when I’m on March Break on my own that I can get things in gear.


Polt

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How do I feel? Disappointed that I haven’t really lost anything, but insanely, unrealistically optimistic that I’m gonna have a marathon weight loss over the next four weeks and win this thing! But overall? I’m pretty apathetic about it all. I want to win (hell I’d just like to lose some weight), but I really dont think I will. Story of my life, yo


Tam

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How do I feel? Well let me tell you how I feel. Stressed, panicked, freaked out… and none of it related to this contest. Then it’s dispirited, despondent and disgusted. The three Ds of doom. Thanks to the SPF (not sun protection), I have been eating things I should not, being lazy and not cooking properly and … yeah. Giant F for fail. Let’s leave it at that shall we?


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 9th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “THE LITTLE THINGS YOU HATE” – Everyone is annoyed by something. What’s one of the ‘little things’ that bother our contestants? Maybe it’s the blobby fat hanging over their waist bands or the way that diet food always tastes awful. Let’s find out what bothers them!


Tam

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The little things. Little tiny portions. Seriously, look on the package of some of your fave snack foods. 120 calories… for 8 chips. WTF? No one in their right mind eats 8 chips or 1 cookie. Get a grip manufacturers.


TwoPi

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Annoyances? I’m annoyed that my weight seems stuck, just fluctuating between two numbers for week after week. And I’m annoyed that I keep forgetting that there’s a blurb due on Wednesdays, so I’m always dealing with these at the 11th hour.


Adam

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Ya know what bugs me? The fact that junk food is delicious and yet it makes me feel bad about myself! I need liposuction and/or Lap-Band surgery. Too bad I spent my last $5 on this stupid contest.


Michelle M.

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I hate that I have to wear jeans and long sleeved shirts when it’s 90 degrees because I can’t fit into my shorts and tshirts. So maybe I better get going on this weight loss thing. Summer is just around the corner (especially in San Diego).


Mikey

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Little things that drive me crazy??? Numbers! All I do now for my diet is think about numbers: calories, grams, and amount of time moving. The only numbers that are not small that are driving me crazy are my weight and my pant size. THE HUNGER IS TO BIG TO BE A LITTLE ANNOYING THING.


Mr. Sombrero

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I hate my job! Was that the question? I’m sick of people and I don’t even have time to diet these days. Somebody pay me to nap and be happy!!


Nathan

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The little thing I hate the most is my own laziness! There is so much that I could accomplish if I were less lazy (the least of which is getting more done for this competition).


Polt

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This week it’s the little things we hate about the contest. Hmm, I don’t think any of them are little. I HATE being fat in the first place. I hate having to diet. I hate having to exercise when I feel like blobbing on the couch. I hate that the food I’m suppose to eat, I don’t like, and the food I LOVE is bad for me. I hate not looking like a male fashion model. I hate Congressional Republicans and their policies. Wait….I digress….

What I hate most, I think, is the guilt. When I go to bed at night and I realize I haven’t walked, even though I had the time. Or when I order a regular Pepsi at a restaurant instead of just water. Or when I eat a whole freaking (small-sized) pizza instead of a salad. I hate the guilt the comes with it. But I’m used to guilt…I kill it by eating a Cadbury caramel egg!


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 8th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “TEMPTATION” – Everyone is tempted by something (food, laziness, sleep) when they should be eating healthy and exercising.  What tempts the contestants?  Let’s find out!


Polt

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So this week, it’s Temptation. My biggest temptation is: Gay Porn. ‘Well DUH!’ I can hear you all saying now, but I mean as it relates to this contest. See, if I give in to the temptation of the uncounted amount of gay porn on the Internet, then I spend time watching that and NOT out walking. And after watching gay porn, I’m generally in need of replenishing my…energies. So I eat. And usually it’s snacky-stuff, that’s not healthy for me. So if I could resist the gay porn, I could be exercising more and eating better. …..but yeah, we ALL know that ain’t gonna happen.


Tam

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My temptations are books, I’m either reading one (Don’t ya love my snazzy red e-reader?) or writing one and Chapman’s oatmeal cookies and chocolate ice-cream sandwiches. But they were on sale. How could I not buy them? I’m just a lazy ass all around. I should be up doing something useful and energetic, but I’d rather surf the net and do reading-type stuff. Which would explain why there is no way in hell I am winning the $40.


TwoPi

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I’ve mostly been eating what I want. I’ve gotten over my cravings for sweets (fairly easy) and for salty snack foods (harder). But what I’m so so SO tempted by is caffeinated coffee. My physician took me off caffeine last summer, and I’ve been successful staying off. But man, when I get behind on grading papers, get up early to get work done before the kids wake up, and I’m sipping my third cup of decaf wondering why it isn’t doing it for me…dang. I’ve been jonesing for caffeine pretty badly lately.


Adam

Lately I’ve been tempted to actually lose weight. I’ve been considering a visit to the gym. I’ve even thought about counting calories. Maybe I’ll actually succumb to the temptation!!


Michelle M.

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What tempts me? My inner child. Grown up me knows she should eat right and exercise, but my inner child is quite the little temptress. What she says pretty much goes.


Mikey

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My number one temptation is take out. Living in NYC it is sooooo easy to order anything to your door, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will eat well. At least once a week I am tired enough to think about ordering…but my brain denies it.


Mr. Sombrero

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I get tempted so easily. Mostly by peanut butter and anything else that starts with the word, “Reese’s.” Late at night when I’m watching Chelsea Lately, I think that should be exercising. Instead, I just close my eyes and imagine that I am Mena Suvari in American Beauty, being showered with rose petals. Except that it’s me instead of Mena, and I’m being showered with jars of PB. And then I get hit in the head and wake up. Then it’s time for bed.

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Nathan

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My biggest temptation is eating delicious quick unhealthy foods. I’m a sucker for pizza. Making healthy choices is more expensive and more work, and I’m just lazy I guess.