Good morning, 2012! So far, it is bacon- and cream-filled, but I'm allowing myself a good wake-up period before I weigh myself, and really start this year off right.
The xkcd 2010 and 2011 Fatbets saw some excellent gains (or rather, losses) from the participants, myself included... well, ok, mine weren't 'excellent' by any standard, but it was still enormously helpful to putting me back on track. The Fatbet page lets you enter your starting weight (which no-one can see), your current weight (which no-one can see), and your progress (which of course they CAN see). Everyone has a little graph which lets you see how you're doing, and there's a small message board for support and smack-talk. You can invite others to be watchers, and you can post your graph to Facebook for more support.
You can also just use it to MAINTAIN your weight! If you are at a good weight, and you want to be there at the end of the year and you have some hardships facing you, then by all means enter a goal of zero pounds, and try to maintain! When that line goes up (or down, I guess), eat a carrot (or a cupcake). ~ Click here to join! ~Fatbet Rules
These guidelines have kept us from coming to blows during our Fatbets.
Method 1: Everyone picks the amount they will lose
All taking part in the Fatbet set their weight-loss goal based on what they think is realistic and safe to lose within the Fatbet timeframe. In our experience, it doesn’t matter if one person sets a goal of 15 lbs. while another sets a goal of 10 lbs., as long as both goals represent about the same degree of difficulty. That said, if someone sets a goal that is clearly too easy, they should be ridiculed on the message board until they adjust their goal. The Fatbet wager or penalty
Fatbets are about losing weight and competition. All who hit their goals get bragging rights, and those who don't nurse bruised egos until the next round. A Fatbet wager is an additional motivator. Fatbet.net is not a gambling site, so if money changes hands in a Fatbet, we don’t really want to know. Here are some Fatbets that do not involve cash:
Losers sing in a Karaoke bar; winners pick the songs
Losers let facial or leg hair grow unchecked for 30 days
Losers wash winners' cars
Losers run naked through Seattle Center
Losers donate to charity
Use your imagination. We admit that embarrassing Fatbet losers doesn't exactly follow a supportive weight-loss group model, but it can work for the hard core among us who grew up when gym teachers were still mean.Weighing in, scales, and the honor system
Everyone uses his or her own scale and enters daily weights at Fatbet.net on the honor system. If you don't trust the people you are in a Fatbet with, seek out new friends or associates. Pry open your wallet and buy a decent digital scale, one that reads out in decimal points. Grandma's bouncing needle bathroom scale doesn’t cut it. Ending the Fatbet
If you have a final group weigh-in and disclose your actual weights as we do, each person should bring the same scale to the weigh-in that they used for their daily weights. Minimum weigh-in attire if you need to strip down: clean boxers or briefs, tasteful t-shirts (no stains, no wife-beaters). Trust us: it's not worth a lifetime of embarrassment to strip down any more than this.
Unless otherwise stipulated in the Fatbet, losers pay the stated wager or penalty only once. For example, if the wager states that Fatbet losers must pay 10 goats, the losers do not have to give each winner 10 goats. The 10 goats would go into a kitty (or in this case, pen) to be split among the winners. If the goats cannot be evenly divided among the winners, the remaining goats shall be slaughtered immediately and the meat divided by weight (use your digital scale).
If everyone loses the Fatbet, everyone pays the Fatbet wager or penalty.