We got together for breakfast at the Indiana Pancake House on Sunday morning to see Rowan off to college — where she went from being a freshman to a junior in just one year of serious study* that will save her a year’s worth of tuition — and, secondarily, mark the end of our 5-week family weight-loss contest.
As an experiment, this contest seemed to prove one thing: A few bucks may be incentive for kids to lose weight, but not grownups. Colleen won $15 with a 6.4 pound loss, while Ben came in second with 5.0 pounds and won $5.
Grandpa, who spent the previous two days tailgating at my nephews’ football games in Brownsburg and at Franklin College, lost ground to finish with a 2-pound loss. I lost 1.4 pounds (after being up 5 pounds at one point). I’m not sure how Traci did, as it seemed she may have dropped out at some point.
We will probably resume some version of this after Grandpa gets back from Canada. “I’ll need it,” he said, noting that he always struggles with overeating on fishing trips.
Next time, though, we might try something different — maybe instead of having a winner, have a fun group activity that everybody who manages to lose 5 pounds can get in on.
*The Fast Forward program at Manchester allows students willing to crank on online summer courses and cram an extra credit hour or two into the school year to do four years of work in three. Lopping off that last year saves literally tens of thousands of dollars.