My GF and I started the MWL plan yesterday (4/1) and are comitted to doing it for all of April. I love the idea of April being "No Excuses" month. Every month has its challenges and April is no exception but the ultimate decision of what I put in my mouth falls on me, no exceptions. I see that there is some comment about how the tally is run? Is that our own personal tally or there a group tally which is tracked somewhere? Also how often are people weighing themselves? We are trying not to be obsessed with the scale so we decided to put our scale away for 21 days and just focus on staying on the program then hopefully if all goes well we will have some significant weightloss to share.
Is there anything I need to do to join the group, is there a secret handshake that I need to be shown?
Yes, every month has its own issues. What Ive found from personal experience and watching the weigh ins, April usually starts excuses. Even though Valentines day is the first realy candy holiday of the year, usually peoples resolves are high from starting the new year. But by Easter the resolve has lessened a bit. Plus its about more than just candy.
In any event, when I do the tally, everyone reports what theyve lost for the week/bi week/month. Just the pounds lost. The comment I made was because sometimes just the weights are reported and I have to go back and find the previous weigh in wieght. Its no biggie, unless too many start doing it, then its overwhelming. Most report not only their personal weights, but also pounds lost.
And nope, no secret handshake. Really you dont even have to be on MWL plan to join the weigh ins. You just have to follow McDougall's plan....obviously. Other than that, no rules. Report when you want. Some do it weekly, some monthly.