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.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” --Henry David Thoreau