BDD 143 – The Garagehammer Weight Loss Challenge

Today I veer off topic and have David Witek , Host of the Garagehammer Podcast, on the show to talk about the Garagehammer Weight Loss Challenge.

Garagehammer is a Warhammer Fantasy Battle Podcast from the Chicagoland Area in the USA.  David is one of the hosts and he has recently decided to try and lose some weight.  This in itself is nothing out of the ordinary but what make’s it interesting is the support from the community to get behind David with his challenge.

At the time of recording there had been 40 people signed up to take part in the challenge and since then even more have got involved.

This is what David has to say on his forumus about getting involved.

Ok, guys. So this is the board for our Garagehammer Weight Loss Club.
I’m not calling it a competition. I’m calling it a club. If you want to be a part, here’s all you need to do:
1 ) Start a thread using just your forum name as the Subject. This will be your thread and every week you will log in with your current weight. We are starting today, Sunday, November 25. Weigh-in is every Monday. Make your weigh-in post
2 ) Your thread is there for YOU! I encourage you to blog about your successes and your failures. What are you doing that works? Did you have a particularly bad week? Get it off your chest.
3 ) Make your Monday weigh in the appropriate thread with nothing else so it’s easy for us to see. In fact, make it in bold. Domus and I are going to keep a running total of everyone’s total weight lost, % of weight lost, and total weight lost as a group.
4 ) Feel free to post on other people’s threads, but remember…this is not those other forums! No trolling and no negativity. Nobody is doing this to be shamed. If you’re a fatty like me, you know how hard this is and how embarrassing this can be. We need encouragement, not lectures. If you’re going to be a jerk, I’m going to lock you out of this board.
5 ) If you don’t want anyone responding to your thread, that’s fine. Maybe you just want to participate and put your totals in as part of the team. If that’s the case please make the subject of your thread your forum name followed by “NR.” and we will know not to respond (if the person read this thread.)  If you get posts in the thread and don’t want them, PM me or Domus and I’ll remove them and let the poster know. Remember, don’t snap if they post. They might not have noticed the NR or they might not have read this post.  We’ll let them know.
6 ) This is going to run for 6 months. Yes, I said 6 months. We are going to get your totals and see how much we can lose. There are a lot of fatties with 100+ pounds to lose and we want every opportunity to see how much we can lose. (Yes, I’m using the term fatty, but I’m referring to myself so it’s ok. DON’T refer to other club members as fatty.)

Now, many of you like a little competition, so here’s that part:

We are going to keep track of each member’s total weight lost and total % of body weight lost, as well as keeping track of the total weight lost as a group.
The total weight lost as a group is our primary focus. We think that, with enough members joining, we could lost anywhere from 1000-2000 pounds as a group in 6 months. YES, WE COULD LOSE A TON OF GAMERS!!!!!

So, if you are interested you could join our TWO PART “challenge.” After reading this you can opt to be in the first part, the second, both or neither.
If so, let us know on your first post. (Yes, go back and edit it if you’re reading this after you posted. Go ahead, I’ll wait….)

So at the end of the 6 months we are going to list everyone from highest % of body weight lost to lowest. The challenge is more of a “secret Santa” or something like that.

1 ) The person with the lowest % of weight loss (who is participating in the “challenge” portion) will build and paint a Warhammer model for the person with the next lowest % of weight loss. That person will do the same for the person on above them on the list, and so on and so forth until we get to the top of the list. The person with the highest % of weight loss will build and paint a model for the person on the bottom. That way everyone gets a memento of their work on the challenge.

2 ) In addition to making a model for the person above you on the % list, you may opt for part 2, which is making a model for the person with the highest loss. I know this might make things “competitive,” but I’m hoping it won’t, and here’s why…

PLEASE DON’T GO CRAZY AND SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON THIS. EVERYONE PARTICIPATING IN THE CHALLENGE PORTION CAN FEEL FREE TO LIST THE ARMY/ARMIES THEY PLAY, BUT THE PERSON MAKING A MODEL IS IN NO WAY OBLIGATED TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT IT’S A MODEL FOR THAT ARMY. THIS IS A GIFT AND A REMINDER OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE. A SMALL TOKEN TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE WHO ARE PULLING FOR YOU.

This means that you are welcome to take one of your core troop models and paint it up and send it to your person. Of course, you are also welcome to get them a model for their army if you want. I just don’t want this to get expensive. Character models are sometimes more expensive than a box of basic troop and that just starts to get silly.

So that’s it. If you want to be a part of the challenge, you will be giving 1-2 models to other people in the club and receiving 1 model (and possibly a lot more) in return.

That’s it. Please do not respond to this thread unless you have questions. Domus and I will discuss them and answer them as quickly as possible.

Thanks, and happy losing!

Feedback

So head over to Garagehammer.net to check out the show and visit the Garagehammer forums to join in the fun.

If you have anything to say about this episode feel free to let me know by leaving a comment below or sending an email to bencurry@baddice.co.uk

I look forwards to hearing what you have to say!