There are 63 participants and at the first weigh-in I'm in 4th place. I lost 17.5 lbs, part of which is due to your helpful hints like drinking a s**tload of water before first weigh-in.
The winner at the first weigh-in got an IPod. He lost 22 lbs. I heard he did something called the cabbage diet. I think that gives me a longer-term advantage as our final weigh-in is March 17th and I'm doing it the old-fashioned way with diet and exercise.
Gone cold turkey on sugar drinks. I've enjoyed Kool-Aid made with Splenda, Diet A&W Root Beer, Diet Cheerwine, and did not like Diet Coke or Diet Coke with Splenda. Nasty aftertastes. I have Diet 7up w/ Splenda and Diet Dr Pepper in the fridge to try next.
I'm loving the Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones frozen meals. They are a great deal when they're on sale and they taste as good if not better than any other frozen meal. I recommend the salmon w/ basil.
Big support from my wife who's been successfully making all kinds of new dishes that fit my diet.