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Second Occasional Minyanville Weight Challenge


I have to eat less?

Editor's Note: The following is an email blast sent by Minyan Rob Fraim to his audience of financial professionals.

Wanna shape up, and have a little bit of fun and competition? And if you don't win, you have the opportunity (if you so choose) to help a worthy cause.

Long time readers may recall that last year I was one of the combatants in a weight loss contest sponsored by the good folks at Minyanville - and some of you chose to play along as well.

I didn't win (although my 3rd place showing was cool) and most importantly it got me motivated to go on a diet. I lost 17 pounds during the course of the challenge (and afterward dropped another 5 lbs. which I have managed to keep off.) The charitable donation I made at the end of the contest (that was the optional loser's penalty) was money well-spent. Cheaper than going to some weigh loss group I figured, and I didn't have to sit around and emote with the other chubs ("Hi, my name is Rob and I can't resist Twinkies.")

So anyhow, with summer beach trips in the offing (and with my weight stuck, although thankfully not climbing) I talked to Todd Harrison - the Minyanville chief - about doing another Minyanville Weight Challenge. Here's the throw-down-the-gauntlet e-mail I sent him:

Dear Mr. Toddo:


Given that:

1. You (based on your Minyanville comments) are pigging like Porky and in serious need of some diet-ude.

2. My weight is stuck.

3. The last Diet Challenge got me motivated and allowed me to lose some good poundage during the contest, and a few more afterward (all but a couple of which I have managed to keep off.)

4. My weight is stuck.

5. You raised some $ for the kids in the process.

6. I'm going to the beach in the summer and need some right-now motivation to diet (beyond the beach-related ridicule that will be my lot in life if I don't shed some more fat cells.)

7. My weight is stuck.

8. You're a big fat hog man.

9. I'm a bigger, fatter hog man than you any day of the week. And twice on Sundays.

10. Only the fear of public humiliation - if no weight is lost - seems to get me started on a new diet

I wonder if there's enough interest out there to mount another Minyanville Weight Loss Challenge like the one that we had last fall. As I recall there were close to 20 people who played last time. Some lbs. were vanished, some bucks were raised, some mighty fine fun was had.

Whaddya think?

Yours Truly - In All My Magnificent Corpulence,

Minyan Rob Fraim

At first Todd was hesitant - given that he fears my impending svelteness - but he has now risen to the challenge and announced the Second Occasional Minyanville Weight Challenge.

Weigh-in is tomorrow (Wednesday), the contest starts on Thursday and will run for 6 weeks. The winner will be the one who loses the largest percentage of starting weight over that period. I don't know if I'll lose another 17 lbs. this time - but anything accomplished in that regard is a win. (Plus the "penalty" I'll pay is to a charitable cause so it's tax deductible. Woo-hoo!)

Let the skinnification begin!

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