Romance Biggest Winner – Via Losing

I am about to embark on a new endeavor that could drastically change my life. Yes, I know I said this summer there would be no new projects to derail the writing goals. But this is an exception I believe will help me reach those goals.

I’m going to be a Loser. Or, with the official name change, a WINNER. [Pause for silly Charlie Sheen jokes. And we move on.]

Historical author Ashley March, the brains behind this spring’s March Madness blog event, has come up with yet another brilliant idea. Again writers will have the opportunity to interact with readers and promote their work, giving away smiles and prizes, but this time there’s something else. 

This time, we’ll all be shedding pounds as we gain new authors and books to read.

The Romance Biggest Winner project (I hesitate to call it a contest though there are prizes) will run from July 5, 2011 to January 5, 2012. Authors and readers will break into teams and together work toward their weight loss goals. Pushing, supporting, and encouraging each other while also holding each other accountable for our numbers.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been overweight since middle school, maybe earlier. There was no such thing as “healthy eating” in my household, though we were very active as kids. I’m sure this had more to do with the lack of computers and video games. There was no choice but to go outside to chase away the boredom. Though I spent equal time hiding with a book.

On December 31st of this year, I will turn 40 years old. By taking part in Romance Biggest Winner, I plan to reach that milestone feeling better than I have in years. I’m going for healthy and fit instead of focusing on some ridiculously small number on the scale. (Not that I don’t have a goal number, but that’s not the real point of this.)

I need to move and put down the chocolate! (Chocolate low-fat yogurt from Skinny Dip not included.)

I’m not positive, but there might still be time to join the fun. Check out Ashley’s blog about Romance Biggest Winner for the details. If you need more than the satisfaction of losing 20 or 30lbs, free books as well as a cash prize to the Biggest Winner are all up for grabs.

EDITED TO ADD: All reader slots have been filled, but I do believe there are still author slots left. There is also a new blog established by Ashley where you can find all the details. Check it out here.

6 thoughts on “Romance Biggest Winner – Via Losing”

  1. I’m gonna go check this out. I so want to see myself in better shape come RT next year so I don’t exaust myself!

  2. I saw Ashley’s tweets and post about this, and it sounds very intriguing. It’s tough to keep our butts in the chair for writing purposes and then find out that those butts are getting bigger! Bigger than the wordcount even. LOL
    So I wish you success in this venture. I’ll be cheering you on, while working on my own health goals. 🙂

  3. Terri Osburn says:

    Maureen – I saw tonight there are only a couple reader spots left. You might want to hurry! Or you could just follow along with me and we’ll do it together. 🙂

  4. Terri Osburn says:

    Thanks, Donna. I jumped on this a while ago when Ashley first tweeted about it. I don’t actually have that many pounds to lose, but I’m SO out of shape. I’m tired of being sore for days after doing the most minor things.
    If I want this back and knee pain to go away, I need to get moving. And I need this kind of motivation to make that happen.

  5. I wrote her, I’m in as a published author. I’m going for a chunk of weight, but it amount to 5 pounds a month, so with joining a gym and moving more, it should be reachable… And I’ll give some books away!
    Promo and getting healthier!? Win/win!

  6. Terri Osburn says:

    Whoot! I’m counting on you to nag me into staying on track. You’re off to a head start!

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