Hey!! Guess what? I signed up for a local weight loss competition called “Lose to Win.” It’s kind of like “The Biggest Loser,” but not really. A lady passionate about fitness and healthy eating started a program to use your competitive edge to lose weight and created a local weight loss competition. Participants weigh in each week, and results are posted in the newspaper. At the end of the 12 weeks, there are 3 grand prize winners along with the top 10 winners. Prizes include cool stuff like iPads and cookware. As you know, I’ve had so many ups and downs with my weight, but I would like to be in the top 10. I went in for my first official weigh in. I was happy and surprised that I lost 7.3 pounds in just over one week. I can’t wait for the results to come out and see where I fall amongst the 1,000 other participants. The South Beach Diet is actually working for me. It’s so freeing not to have to count calories or track everything you eat. But, I can already see that the challenge will be getting bored with eating the same foods. After about the 5th day, I couldn’t eat another egg for breakfast. Whether it was boiled (LOL), scrambled, or baked in a frittata, it was still an egg. I started to adapt Phase 2 of the plan early, and had bran cereal for breakfast. That was enough to keep me on track. Ultimately, I will probably do to the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Plan. It allows you to eat whole grain (and low fat) bread, whole wheat pasta and gives you a weekly points allowance for all of the food not on the Power Foods list. I think that’s more manageable for a lifetime plan for me and my body chemistry. Have any of you used the Simply Filling plan from Weight Watchers? What’s your experience with it?