4LONG BEACH LOSERS RULES
- $39,766 (2012)
- $42,969 (2011)
- $49,607 (2010)
- $54,060 (2009)
- $17,685 (2008)
- $14,750 (2007)
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42012 TEAM NAMES
O.B.C.D. - \"Oh Blessed Cheat Day\"
40 lbs to Freedom
Curves in progress
Drop Weight Divas
Extreme Makeover - BOOTY Edition!
Fab Five Freddy
Fat boys (and girls) SLIM
Fat Chicks Who LoveTo Dance
Fat FAB Five
Fit & Fierce Divas
Get It Right-Get It Tight
Gutz 2 Go
Honey, I Shrunk the Team
I Love Losing
In It to Slim It
It all adds up
its time to TAKE IT OFF!!!!!
Just Losin It
K - FOU CREW
LB lb Shredders
Lean N Lovely
Long Beach CHUB All Stars!
Losing For Life
No Fry Zone
No More Donuts
Oops!...I Gained It Again.
Out 2 Lose It
Photogs n' Friends
Protein Power Team
Team Si Se Puede
The Carita Curse
The Darling Sweethearts
The Fat Cats
The Freedom from Fat Writers
The Losettes 2
The Racing Snails
The Shrinking Cupcakes
Thin to Win
too legit to quit
WAITING TO EXHALE
We Got This!
Weapons of Mass Reduction
Weapons of Mass Reduction
Weigh Down Divas
What About My Dream Team?
WOW (world of weightloss)
MARK TWAIN once wrote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
MY MOTTO IS "EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER."
I WANT TO Explore, Dream and Discover as much as possible in my life here on earth, and I want my Web sites to empower, equip and incite others to do the same.
I WANT TO help folks to find something new and exciting to do and experience. That's why I I formed my charitable organization and named it the "Community Action Team"— a name that I feel encompasses all the varied activities and events that I have (and will continue to) organized for the good of our community.
THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment.
C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes
4 Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4 July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
4 Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4 $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
4 Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee
4 Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
4 Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4 Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4 Operation Easter Basket
4 Operation Santa Paws
4 5k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4 monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
4 Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need
4 Clothing giveaways to the underserved
4 Bulldog Beauty Contest
I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of a community.
4 GO GREEN (TEA)!
Catechins, the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, are known to increase metabolism. In a 12-week double-blind study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who consumed 690 milligrams of catechins from green tea daily had significantly lower body-mass indexes and smaller waist measurements than those in the control group. MensHealth.com
Californians are Living Large
California has the 36th highest rate of adult obesity at 22.7 percent and the 32nd highest rate of overweight youths (ages 10-17) at 13.2 percent in the nation, according to a new report by Trust for America's Health (TFAH).
Percent of adults who are obese
-- Mississippi 30.6%
-- West Virginia 29.8%
-- Alabama 29.4%
-- Louisiana 28.2%
-- S.C. and Tenn. 27.8%
-- Calif. 22.7%
Fast Calif. facts
- 23.2 percent of adults in California report that they do not engage in any physical activity. The national average is 22 percent.
- California is one of 17 states that require their school lunches, breakfasts, and snacks to meet higher nutritional standards than the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires.
- California is one of 22 states that have set nutritional standards for foods sold in vending machines, a la carte, in school stores, or in bake sales in schools, and the state is one of 26 states that limit when and where these foods may be sold on school property beyond federal requirements.
- California is one of 16 states that screen students' body mass index (BMI) or fitness status and confidentially provide information to parents or guardians.
To calculate your body mass index, go HERE.
Are you obese?
The body mass index is a ratio that takes into account height and weight. Here's how the scale runs:
Obese: Body mass greater than 30
Overweight: 25 to 29.9.
Normal weight: 18.5-24.9
Underweight: Less than 18.5
However, people with a large amount of lean muscle mass, such as athletes, can show a large body mass index without having an unhealthy level of fat.
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If you missed us on The Biggest Loser last night, you can check it out on my wall on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/JustinRudd. And, join the fan page for Long Beach Losers | 12-week team weight-loss challenge.
Our next 12-week contest is expected to begin in July or August, 2013. Get on our email list below to get updates on our upcoming contests/programs.
"40-DAY CHALLENGE" WEIGHT-LOSS CONTEST CONCLUDED FEB. 23
Contestants must choose their own diet and exercise programs. Weights remain private. The contest is open to anyone living/working in SoCal. Winners will be based on percentage of weight lost from the initial to the final weigh-ins. In order to claim a cash prize, I must: bring photo ID to each weigh-in, must weigh-in on time, not miss more than two weigh-ins and must bring two canned goods to each weigh-in.
I will wear shorts and t-shirt and no shoes to my first weigh-in.
I understand there is no charge to participate, no penalty fees, no required teams.
I will bring two (2) canned goods to each weigh-in that will be donated to local food banks.
I understand that participation in this program does not constitute an acknowledgment, representation, or indication of my physiological well-being, or a medical opinion relating thereto and that I have reached my decision about participation in this program in consultation with my doctor and/or other medical professional.
At least $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, donated by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).
In order to claim a cash prize, I must: bring photo ID to each weigh-in, must weigh-in on time, not miss more than two weigh-ins and must bring two canned goods to each weigh-in.
The max. weight loss (recorded) for the final weigh-in is 10 lbs. If the scale reads more than 10 lbs. of loss, we will record only 10 lbs. for your loss.
I will not have weight-loss surgery during the contest.
42012 FINAL STATISTICS<
4 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
4 OTHER UPCOMING JUSTIN RUDD/CAT EVENTS
Congrats 2012 Winners:
Corporate challenge winning team:
Keir Jones State Farm. Team members:
Top-5 in the 5-Week Contest:
Top-10 individuals in the 12-Week Contest:
Top-10 teams in the 12-Week Contest:
Gutz 2 Go
Lost & Found
No Fry Zone
Oops!...I Gained It Again.
Thin to Win
Team Si Se Puede
5-week weight-loss contest. First weigh-in this Wed., Oct. 10, 2012.
Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (CAT) is inviting the public to participate in a “Five Week Weight-Loss Contest” that starts Wed., Oct. 10. Contestants will weigh-in in front of the Belmont Athletic Club, 4918 E. 2nd St. in Belmont Shore, each Wed. The final weigh-in is Wed., Nov. 14. Weigh-in times are 6-9 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.
This Five-Week Contest is not a team contest, but rather a contest for individuals. The contest is open to anyone living/working in SoCal. Our current 12-Week contest participants are welcome to also do this contest.
The fee for the Five Week Contest is $30 and is payable at the first weigh-in. Contestants must choose their own diet and exercise programs. Weights remain private. A separate 12-week team weight-loss contest hosted by CAT is currently underway with 600+ registrants weighing-in each Wed. at the same location, and those participants are also welcome to join this Five Week Contest (to get extra motivation for their final five weeks). The 12-Week contest jackpot is already up to $34,700 after just six weeks.
NOTE: Current Losers in the 12-week contest should NOT re-register, but simply bring your $30 cash to Justin or Lucy on Wed., Oct. 10.
New contestants should register in advance. When signing-up, for the "choose team" question, select the "5-Week Bonus Contest" option. After completing all the questions, print/sign/date the entry form and bring TWO copies to the first weigh-in.
Contest rules are outlined here: RULES
One of the rules states that it’s okay to miss a weigh-in, but there is a $5 penalty fee for each missed weigh-in. Another rule states that if your weight stays the same from week to week, you'll owe $2/week. And, if you gain any fraction of a pound from week to week, you also owe $2 per partial pound (if you gain 1.2 lbs., you’ll owe $4). The purpose of the contest is to lose weight, not to stay the same.
The Five Week Contest hopes to split the jackpot evenly among about five Losers based on percentage of weight lost from the initial to the final weigh-ins. The number of finalists could be more or less if there are ties.
The nonprofit CAT will take 20% off the top, before the payout to the winners. The winners’ ceremony is expected to be a few days after the final weigh-in.
FAQ about 5-Week Contest: The 5-week contest will be running concurrently with the regular 12-week contest. If you are a 12-week contest participant *and* a 5-week contest participant who incurs a penalty, you will need to pay the penalty twice (once for each contest.)
Example: John Smith is in both contests and gains 1.2 lbs. The weight gain penalty is $2 per partial pound, so he incurs a $4 weight gain penalty ($2 x 2 = $4.) He has to pay a total of $8, $4 for the weight gain in each contest.
You can find the Week 1 results after you log in. There is a button called "Week 1 Results" to the right of your "View Weights" button. Please note that the results may change as team captains log in and accept pending team membership requests. There are still some teams with 1+ pending team requests. If you are on one of these teams, please contact your team captain to ask him/her to accept your team membership request immediately.
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4 LOG IN TO MY ACCOUNT
4 PRINT MY FORM
4 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
4 OTHER UPCOMING JUSTIN RUDD/CAT EVENTS
REGISTER NOW. The 12-week contest began Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, but we are still accepting entrants each Wed. during the contest from 6-9 a.m. or 5-8 p.m. at the Belmont Athletic Club.
g Where Losers are Winners
Justin Rudd's 6th-annual "Long Beach Losers" 12-week Team Weight-Loss Challenge is Going to Take It Off
ALREADY HAVE A TEAM: Team captains should register their team names or obtain a team ID before team members start registering as individual participants.
NEED A TEAM: Simply pick "I need a team." from the Registered Team drop-down list, when you press the "entry form" button above.
Okay, you can win some (money, that is) and you lose some (pounds, that is) if you are part of this contest. My goal is to promote healthier lifestyles, prevent illness and better manage chronic diseases in the Long Beach area with this contest that focuses on weight control and camaraderie. Do you want to be fit or fat? You've got nothing to lose, but a few pounds. So, put your money where your mouth is, and let's take it off! -Justin Rudd!
What is the "Long Beach Losers Team Challenge?"
A 12-week weight-loss/wellness competition organized by Long Beach advocate and fitness expert Justin Rudd and sponsored by his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).
2011 LONG BEACH LOSERS STATS
4 $43,000 jackpot
4 800+ participants
4 160 teams of five
- The challenge will begin with a weigh-in on Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, 6-9 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Each person will also weigh-in each Wed. during the contest period.
- Teams of five people compete to lose the highest percentage of weight - not necessarily the amount of weight - during the competition. (i.e. starting weight of 220 lbs. and ending weight of 200 lbs. would be a loss of 9% body weight)
- Cash prizes (based on number of participants) will be disbursed to the top teams and individuals at the end of the 12 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: Can I miss the very first weigh-in or another weigh-in?
ANSWER: We understand that there are several great reasons someone might need to miss a certain weigh-ins, including unexpected reasons. We do not mind a miss or two. The rules are the same as the past four years, and state that there is a $5 additional penalty for missing a weigh-in for any reason. The contest does not waive fees for missed weigh-ins, even if known in advance. All penalty fees go straight to the jackpot.
QUESTION: I do not have a team. Can I still register for the contest?
ANSWER: Yes, you can register without having a team. Just pick "I need a team." from the Registered Team drop-down list when you register. Other registered participants who need teams and registered team captains (who have already registered a participants) for teams who need additional team members will be able to see your contact information. You can then talk to the other registered participants or contact a team captain to see if you can join his/her team.
QUESTION: I did not have a team when I registered, so I chose "I need a team." I have found a team now. How do I update my team?
ANSWER: Once the log-in page goes live, you will need to go to the "Join Team" page after you log in. You can then choose the registered team and submit a request to join the team. At that time, the team captain needs to log in and approve or deny your request. If you request is denied, you will return to the "I need a team." list.
QUESTION: I registered as a participant online. What do I do now?
ANSWER: After the log-in page goes live, you will need to log in, review your application, update it if needed, and print a copy of the application. You need to bring the printed copy to your first weigh-in for the quickest processing. Otherwise, you will need to fill out a paper form when you get there before we can weigh you in.
QUESTION:How do I qualify for the bonus 1-pound weight loss credit?
ANSWER: If you pay $65 in cash, by check, or PayPal at your **first weigh-in** during the first 4 weeks, you will be eligible for a extra 1-pound weight loss credit to be applied at the end, provided that your account is paid in full. Otherwise, your last paid-up weight without the bonus 1-pound weight loss credit will be used for the overall calculations. If you pay the $65 by PayPal, please make sure that you include youre registered Participant ID and your registered email to ensure that the payment is applied to the correct account once Justin has forwarded the confirmation email to a volunteer for entry.
QUESTION: Can I pay by check or PayPal?
ANSWER: All fees must be paid in exact cash. The only exception is if you pay the $65 weigh-in fees on or before your first weigh-in during the first 4 weeks of the contest.
QUESTION: I can no longer continue with the contest. Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my payments to my teammate's account?
ANSWER: No, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
QUESTION: I am a team captain for a team. What do I need to do?
ANSWER: You need to register your team name and obtain a Team ID. If your team has not decided on a name yet, you can put "No Name Yet" in the Team Name field and update it later. All teams must have a Team ID before team members, including the team captain, can register as participants. You need to give the Team ID to your team members in order for them to know which registered team they should pick when they register as participants. You also need to register as a participant.
QUESTION: I am a team captain who has already registered my team name. Do I need to register as a participant?
ANSWER: Yes, all participants must register and have his/her own Participant ID.
QUESTION: I am a registered team captain and see that I am the only confirmed member on my team. What do I need to do?
ANSWER: Once the log-in page goes live, you will need to log in and go to the "View Team Info" page. If you have pending team membership requests, you will see the participant's information along with buttons to accept or deny the request. If you accept the request, the participant becomes a confirmed member of your team and can then see information for other confirmed members of the team. If you deny the request, the participant returns to the "I need a team." queue.
QUESTION: I am a registered team captain who has logged on, but I do not see requests for membership from all the expected team members. What should I do?
ANSWER: You should check with your team members and make sure that EACH member has registered. Also, make sure that they chose the correct registered team. If they accidentally selected the wrong registered team, they will be able to log on and change their registered team as long as they are not already confirmed members of other teams.
QUESTION: What is a QR code? Where do I get one?
ANSWER: A QR (Quick Response) code is a special type of 2D barcode that smartphones and other mobile devices can use. It is important that you register yourself as a participant since a unique QR code is assigned to each participant. It appears at the upper right-hand corner of the printed application form. If you have a camera-enabled device, you can take a picture of it and show it to the volunteers each week. Alternatively, you can request a QR card to be picked up at your second weigh-in or print one yourself. Make sure that you have included your name, Participant ID, and the QR code if you take a picture. We will not be scanning them this year.
Full list of rules are below.
- $49,607* FINAL JACKPOT FOR 2010
- $632* Boot Camp Jackpot (details below)
* also see rule 6 below under "how does it work"
4 Sneaky little slim-down tricks
How does it work?
- Each team member must weigh in each Wed. from 6-9 a.m. or 5-8 p.m. Weigh-in usually takes about 2 minutes, depending on the number of people in line. Weigh-ins are private. Location: Belmont Athletic Club, 4918 E 2nd St., Belmont Shore, 90803 (across from Jamba Juice). MAP and pay $5 (cash only) per week to remain in the competition. You do NOT have to weigh-in with your teammates.
- Bring your first and final 7 week's $5 ($40 total in cash or check) to the first weigh-in. We will accept cash or checks only at the initial weigh-in. Alternatively, you may pre-pay the entire $65 up front by cash or check.
- A participant can only be on one team.
- For every pound (or any fraction thereof) gained, as of the previous week's weigh-in, the person must pay $2 (i.e. if you gained 1.2 lbs. since the last weigh-in, you'll owe $4).
- If your weight stays the same from week to week, you'll owe $2/week. The purpose of the contest is to lose, not stay the same. So, be sure to lose at least a 1/2 pound each week.
- Cash prizes are distributed at the end of the competition to the top teams and individual losers based on percentages. (Except for 20% of all funds received that will go to the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) who administers this contest, all fees collected from team members are distributed to the winning teams and individuals in the end.)
Why will it be successful?
- Team effort motivates participants to stay focused on losing weight through diet and exercise.
- Cash prizes motivate participants to remain competitive throughout the 12-week program.
- Team members choose their own diet and exercise program.
Who can join the contest?
- Any business, civic organization, church, or individual may form a five-person team.
- Basically, it's $65 for this contest (13 weigh-ins at $5 each). At the initial weigh-in, you must pay $40 by check or cash (includes the initial and final six weigh-ins). If you choose that route, all subsequent payments ($5/week for weeks 1-7), must be paid in cash. Or, WE HIGHLY SUGGEST you pay the entire $65 by check or cash at the initial weigh-in.
- Anyone who wants to lose weight (at least 12 lbs.) may participate - youth and adults.
- Please form your own 5-person team. We can help you find teammates. You must start the contest as a team of five. We can assign you to a team and can share our list of those looking for teammates, upon request.
- Event organizers may choose to not allow some folks to be in the contest, if they feel the person does not need to lose weight (i.e. too thin, pregnant).
What are the benefits of the Long Beach Losers program?
- Weight loss and regular exercise lead to better health.
- Team competition promotes camaraderie, encouragement, accountability and motivation among team members and others.
- Healthier people have less medical expenses, which may decrease health insurance premiums.
- Weight loss leads to more energy, increased productivity, and higher self esteem.
How do teams register?
- Form a team of 5 people. Any individual may join any team. Those under age 18 are welcome, too, with parental permission. (If you need help finding teammates, post a note at www.facebook.com/LongBeachLosers)
- Teammates DO NOT have to live in Long Beach.
- Choose a unique name (i.e. Defeat De-fat, Inch Busters, Big Butts R Us, Profit & Loss, Diet Divas, Shrinking Assets, Waist Warriors, Jelly Bellys, Honey Buns, Big Daddies).
- Register your team name here: click
- Participants should attend the initial weigh-in sessions (times to be announced) on Wed., Aug. 22, 2012 at the Belmont Athletic Club 2nd St. in Belmont Shore. Bring your signed registration/liability form near the top of this page (available soon). Forms also available at the event. ENCOURAGED: You can also pay the full $65 up front.
- In some instances, teams and individuals will be allowed to join the contest after the initial weigh-in date.
- We will share only your teammates' names and email addresses with all your teammates.
- We will add your email address to our database, and all correspondance will be via email. Typically, we send a weekly e-newsletter with weekly team results. You can unsubscribe at any time.
What are the rules?
- ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE MAKING ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO YOUR DIETARY HABITS OR YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ROUTINES.
- No refunds, for any reason (including unexpected surgery or death in the family).
- Weigh-ins are private and confidential. We will only publicly share the percentages of weight loss of the team.
- All participants will weigh in every Wed.. at the Belmont Athletic Club. There are no alternative weigh-in locations, days or times during the contest. See Rule 20.
- Participants should attend the initial weigh-in.
- No disrobing or loading up allowed during weigh-ins. Remove heavy watches, belts, wallets, etc. before stepping on the scale.
- T-shirts and shorts are recommended for weigh-ins. No shoes during weigh-ins, except medical reasons. We do provide a paper towel, if you want to step on that on top of our scale. You are required to weigh in at the final weigh-in wearing basically what you wore to the initial weigh-in. We have made notations like "with shoes" or "with jeans" in our notes. (For example, if you weighed in with shoes at the initial weigh-in, you must weigh in with shoes on the final weigh-in.)
- No measurements will be taken.
- Healthy eating and exercise are encouraged.
- No weight-loss surgeries during the 12-week contest, or within the two weeks prior to the start of the contest.
- Drastic weight loss (over 5 lbs./week) is discouraged.
- The max. weight loss (recorded) for the final weigh-in is 10 lbs. If the scale reads more than 10 lbs. of loss, we will record only 10 lbs. for your loss. Why? That kind of weight loss per week is not healthy.
- No sabotaging other teams.
- Everyone must weigh-in weekly (on Wednesdays only, regardless of the excuse) or a $5 fine will be added, per week, in addition to that week's $5 weigh-in. Basically, if you have to miss a weigh-in., simply bring $15 the next week ($5 for the missed week's weigh-in, $5 for the fine, $5 for current week's weigh-in).
- If you miss a weigh-in one week, your previous week's weight will be recorded for the missed week (i.e. zero weight loss for that week).
- Weigh-ins may take place with or without other teammates.
- Feel free to bring a notebook of your own to record your weekly weight fluctuations.
- Weigh-ins after the initial weigh-in may not take place any other times, days, or locations than those listed above.
- Weekly, average team weight-loss percentages - not participants' weights - for some of the weeks will be posted at www.JustinRudd.com/loser.html and may appear in local media.
- NEW Results for the final six weigh-ins will not be posted publicly.
- Can accomodate up to 550 lb. person.
We use a $440 digital commercial/medical scale with a max. 440 lbs. However, scales inside the Belmont Athletic Club's men's locker room go to 550 lbs. and will be used when necessary.
- See "drop out" and "how to win" rules below.
- We will add your email address to our distribution list and stay in touch with you about this contest via email.
- We can NOT adjust a woman's weight if she is in her monthly cycle.
- It is up to each team member to regularly check his/her email to read the weekly updates from the contest organizers.
- Any account conflicts regarding weight or payment should be made to Justin@JustinRudd.com only, and immediately. There is no alternative. Alerting a weigh-in volunteer is not acceptable.
· NEW! I understand that there is a 10-pound weight loss credit cap for the final weigh-in.
· I understand that the final results will be based on my last paid up weight and those of my teammates.
· I understand that at least 3 original members of my team must be paid in full and still be in the contest in order for the team to be eligible for a team prize.
· I understand that I must pick up my registration card at my first weigh-in and bring it every
week. An acceptable alternative is saving my scannable QR code image on an electronic device.
· NEW! If my QR code image is not scanned by the end of the official end time, I owe a $4 late arrival penalty.
· I understand that once my weight has been recorded, there is no do-over. I must empty my pockets of keys, phones, and other paraphernalia before I get on the scale.
· I understand and agree to pay all of the fees associated with the contest.
· I have consulted my doctor or another medical professional before starting a diet and exercise regimen.
· I only have until 9 PM on the day of the weigh-in to dispute something that happened that day, and will do so via email.
Weigh-In Fee: $5/week
Weight Gain Penalty: $2/partial lb.
No Weight Change Penalty: $2/week
Missed Weigh-In Penalty: $5/week
NEW! No Scannable Barcode Penalty: $2/week
NEW! Replacement Registration Card: $5/card
Returned Check Fee: $25/check
NEW! Late Arrival Penalty: $4/week
*Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
What if team members drop out?
- We don't encourage dropping out. You need all your team members to remain in the contest and to lose weight in order to have a better chance at winning.
- Team members can be replaced in some instances.
- Team members who have dropped out (and who have not been replaced) may re-join their team (with team approval, and as long as that teammate has not been replaced, and as long as their fines and fees are paid up).
- Team members may drop out, but the contestant's last paid-up weigh-in will be reflected in the team's final calculations.
- To drop out, you must give written notice by e-mail to Justin@JustinRudd.com.
- Team members may drop out, but their weight-loss percentages will be calculated into the team’s totals. Again, it's advantageous to keep teammates on your team and losing weight.
- It is the responsibility of the team member to pay all fines each week. All fines and weigh-in fees must be paid on/by the final weigh-in to be considered for prizing.
- There must be at least three original teammates still on the team through the last weigh-in to be considered for a team prize, but remember, to have a better chance at winning, you need a higher sum of weight loss which can best be achieved by five teammates.
- No refunds or transfers, for any reason (including medical, death, funeral, marriage, job status, pregnancy, work scheduling, etc.).
The purpose of the fees is to encourage all participants to stay in the contest and focused on the goal of weight loss. As agreed to on the entry form, every contestant is required to pay $5 every week of the 12-week contest, even if one drops out (for any reason). Plus, everyone paid the initial $5 weigh-in fee. So, that's a minimum of $65 if you make it to every weigh-in and do not gain any weight during the contest. And, there is an additional $5 penalty for every week that a contestant misses a weigh-in, for any reason.
If a contestant drops out, it's basically $10 owed per weigh-in left in the contest. For example, if you miss the final five weigh-ins you would owe $50. No refunds.
As noted in the rules above, you can re-join your team in the contest at any time by simply weighing-in and paying your fees up to date.
All payments should be received by the final weigh-in. If in doubt about your account, email Justin@JustinRudd.com well in advance of the final weigh-in day.
How do you win the contest?
- For the grand prizes, we will present the winning team's teammates and the overall biggest individual loser with at least $1,000. Remember, the overall goal in this contest is for each participant to lose weight over the entire 12-week period. We feel that the outline/rules below for "how to win" will help to achieve that goal for all involved.
- Cash grand prizes will be awarded to the winning teams (divided equally by teammates who complete the contest and who are paid up), based on the sum of the individual teammates' weight-loss percentages (initial weigh-in to final weigh-in). It is therefore most beneficial to keep your teammates on your team and losing weight. We expect to offer cash to at least the top-10 placed teams for this team grand prize.
- Cash grand prizes will also be awarded to the biggest individual losers, based on individual weight-loss percentages (initial weigh-in to final weigh-in). We expect to offer cash to at least the top-ten placed individuals for this individual grand prize.
- Prize awards will be given only to the teammates on a team who are still active and paid-up in the contest as of the final weigh-in. Any winning team's teammates who are not active and paid-up in the contest on the last weigh-in date will forfeit his/her share of the prize money. Forfeited money will be donated to the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team. It is the responsibility of the contestant to go online and view his/her account and accounting.
- Cash grand prizing for teams and for individuals is expected to be approx. 10 deep (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places). The exact number of winning teams and individuals will be made known only at the awards ceremony.
- All team and individual winners will split the jackpot (amounts and percentages to be determined in the final weeks of the contest).
- All cash winners must first sign a W-2 form provided by the Community Action Team (CAT) at the awards ceremony before they receive their cash.
- All persons registered in the Losers contest (even those on teams) are eligible for the individual loser awards.
- It is possible to win one or more team prizes and an individual loser prize.
- Award amounts to be determined by the amount of fees collected into the jackpot over the course of the contest.
- These rules and guidelines may be updated and/or changed, as necessary, by Justin Rudd and the Long Beach Losers contest organizers.
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HOW DOES A TEAM WIN THE LOSER CONTEST?
Cash prizes will be awarded to approx. 10 teams in the Long Beach Loser contest, based on the total of the individual teammates' weight-loss percentages (initial weigh-in to final weigh-in). For the grand prize, it is therefore advantageous to keep teammates on your team throughout the contest and encourage them all to lose weight. There will also be cash prizes for the indiviuals who lose the greatest percentage of body weight. READ MORE
WHO TRAVELED FARTHEST TO WEIGH-IN IN 2008:
My team name is "Four Plus One." I drive from Riverside to weigh in. -Regina.
I don't know if my team lives the furthest, but we're doing a weekly commute (for the weigh-in) from El Monte which is 27 miles north of Long Beach. From MapQuest this was the estimated time and distance it showed from my house to the front of Runner's High! Estimated Time: 35 minutes Estimated Distance: 27.03 miles - Spencer
I'm a grandfather in my mid-70s who drives in from Corona del Mar to weigh in. I'm on the same team with my son and grand-daughter who talked me into this great idea. I've already lost 8 pounds -- mostly from my having to wander up and down 2nd Street each weigh-in day trying to find the weigh-in point. (I keep forgetting it). It's a wonderful program. Thank you and and Go Team! (My kids told me the name but I keep forgetting it). -Duke
Good Morning Justin, My wife & I leave in Los Angles. Crenshaw District. -Isaac & Regina, "Lunch Meat"
I travel about 20 miles one way. I live in L.A. right next to Cal State L.A. -Claudia, "Weight Loss Divas"
My wife & I live on the border of El Segundo & Hawthorne about 20 miles away. I work down there in Long Beach. -Doug
I weigh in the eve. I drive from work Glendale, CA and then go home to Downey. I start work before Runner’s High opens. Hey, but it is just an added motivator. If I have to drive Glendale to Belmont Shore I better have lost weight. -Sylvia
I work in Long Beach but live in Westchester - near LAX. - Sonya
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NOTE: Our calculations are week-to-week results only, not cumulative. Take the current week's weight and subtract the previous week's weight and divide that by the same previous week's weight to come up with each teammate's percent of weight lost. Add up each person's percent of weight lost and divide by the number of people on the team. Example of individual's week-to-week loss: 200 lbs. on week 1 and 150 lbs. on week 2 (150-200/200 = .25 or a 25 percent loss).
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NOTE Pay the full $65 by cash or check at your first weigh-in, and you'll receive a 1-lb. weight-loss credit that we'll subtract from your final totals if your account is paid-up.
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Weight-loss facts and myths
Q: The best rate of weight loss is no more than 1.5 pounds per week.
A: Fact. Any faster and you are not actually losing fat weight, but rather lean muscle tissue and water weight. Realistically, there is no quicker or safer way to lose fat weight! Remember, you didn't’t gain it overnight!
Q: Fasting or skipping meals regularly is a great way to cleanse the system of impurities and encourage weight loss.
A: Fiction. Your body needs a certain amount of calories and nutrients each day for normal function. Denying the body of these essential elements throws the system into survival mode, slowing the metabolism and encouraging the storage of energy in the form of fat. You have to eat in order to lose weight.
Q: Eating brown rice is a healthier alternative to white rice.
A: Fiction. Although it is slightly better, the body still considers all rice as a quick source of energy but processes it as a sugar. It becomes glucose, then fat! Rule of thumb: 1 cup of rice = 1 cup of sugar!
Q: The low-fat and no-fat products contain fewer calories.
A: Fiction. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. BUT, most pre-packaged foods that boast "low-fat" or "no-fat" often are often very high in calories because of the ingredients added to increase flavor and consistency. Purchasing these products is not a license to eat them in unlimited quantities. Read labels for serving sizes and nutritional information.
Q: Reducing calories is the ultimate key to weight loss.
A: Fact! We must expend more calories than we consume in order to lose weight. There is just no getting around it! It really sounds too simple doesn't’t it? Instead of making the conscious effort to make everything we eat count nutritionally, we tend to waste a lot of calories on things that don’t promote health.
Q: Nuts are a healthful and beneficial snack.
A: Fact! Although they are higher in calories and fat, they are a good source of protein and fiber and have no cholesterol. Additionally, the fat in cashews, macadamia, hazelnuts, almonds and pecans is the good monounsaturated variety that our bodies need for certain functions. Eat in moderation!
Q: Eating certain types of foods, like acidic grapefruits or very spicy foods every day, will speed up metabolism and burn fat.
A: Fiction. No food will burn fat. Some foods contain properties that may temporarily speed up metabolism, but not enough to cause weight loss.
Q: Protein bars are a terrific high-protein meal substitute.
A: Fiction! Many protein bars on the market are just candy bars in disguise. They are a highly processed. Many contain unhealthy oils, which have been shown to increase cholesterol, and inferior proteins.
Source: Kronos Optimal Health Centre, 1-800-525-5332