theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Editorials

January 12, 2014

Good luck to all Losers!

Ada — Each January for the last few years, The Ada News and participating sponsors have coordinated a “Greatest Loser” contest in which contestants compete to see who can lose the most weight over a 13-week period.

This year’s contest officially kicked off last Tuesday with first weigh-in at Heavenly Nutrition in Ada. Tuesday is second weigh-in day, which means Friday’s newspaper will the first in which we will publish actual weight loss results.

As in years past, we allowed publicity-shy participants the option of using nicknames rather than real names in tracking their results. This was an afterthought the first year we put the contest on, just in case one or two contestants didn’t want their true identities known. To our surprise, though in hindsight it shouldn’t have been, virtually everyone provided a fake name.

Each year, some pseudo-names catch our attention. Several this year call not so subtle attention to their perceived excessive body mass. In this category is The Hulk, Blubber Nugget, Sacquash, Big Worm (though it’s hard to see how a worm could be big), Huge Jackman (an obvious play on the name of actor Hugh Jackman), Overload,  Chubby Choctaw Indian, Beefy, Hungry Bear, Fluffy Mom, Mom Squared, Momma Bear, and Panda.

Others, like Thin It to Win It, Born to Lose (weight, we presume), Hopeful 2014, and All the Weigh, seem to reflect a determination to win this year’s contest.

Still other contestants’ nicknames sound as if they are trying a homemade form of Zen and the Art of Weight Loss with monikers like +lbs. to –lbs, Think Skinny, and Minnie-me Wannabe, – thereby indicating they are becoming one with the target by employing visualization as a way of getting down to a more suitable size.

Most people think a running program would help them lose unnecessary pounds, though the cool down period may negate the effect for the candidate who calls himself “Will Run for Fries.”

Several contestants appear to have no issue with self-esteem despite a less than an ideal Body Mass Index. Hot Rod, Queen B, Sassy Momma, God’s Girl, 007 Bond, Rooster, Dazzling Diva, Killer Damsel, and Real Deal all seem to fit into that category.

Four Golden Girls signed up to participate – Golden Girl Sophia, Golden Girl Dorothy, Golden Girl Blanche, and Golden Girl Rose – though clearly they are not the real ones from the old television program by that name.

We even have Boo Boo this year and though we’re sure she’s sweet, it’s a sure bet this entrant – like the Golden Girls above — has little in common with the Reality TV show star whose first name begins with Honey.

Speaking of such, the sweetest fake name by far this year has to be Butterfly Kisses.

Need Energy may have the name that best expresses the reason to lose weight.  My guess is the name that sums up the motivation to enter the contest for most contestants is the participant who calls himself Tired of Being Fat.

Good luck, Losers!

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Do I have to be numb to serve?

    How well do you do watching the channels on TV that show sick and starving children in other countries?

    July 23, 2014

  • Too much sodium can be a health risk

    Salty potato chips. Salted popcorn. Salt on French fries. We are a nation that loves salt. Although it enhances the flavor of foods, too much sodium is not a good thing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Working cattle during summertime heat

    Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma.   

     

    July 19, 2014

  • NASA says life on other planets is no longer a fool’s errand

    It has always seemed unlikely to me that this universe, the size of which renders you and me microscopic, could contain only us. Then again, it could, and certainly authors of “The Privileged Planet” make a strong case for it.

     

    July 19, 2014

  • Historic icon raised to celebrate Capitol's 100th birthday

    It was with great fanfare nearly a century ago that Oklahomans crowded into cars or horse-drawn buggies and paraded to 23rd and Lincoln.

     

    July 19, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan Are there absolutes that can be trusted?

    Back in the 70s there was a film series with the philosopher Francis Schaeffer titled, “How Shall We Then Live.” He described how every nation that became the leading nation of the world had a discernable and predictable rise and fall.

     

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ukraine is a personal tragedy for one Ada resident

    Democracy is the worst form of government, the sage has said, except for everything else.

    July 14, 2014

  • Franz case raises troubling questions

    Dear Editor,

    What kind of law and judges do we have in Ada?

    July 14, 2014

  • Fourth of July celebration capped week of fun events

       Over 380 eggs, over 100 water balloons, over 40 turtles, boxes of ice cream bars, unlimited prizes, rope and a creek, judo, longest standing 5K/10K race in Oklahoma, cans of whipped cream, colored powder celebration, motorized train, Bernoulli’s Principle, miniature golf, shaved-ice snow cones, fire truck hose wars, and a most awesome fireworks display that scared the ducks all the way to Wapanucka. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Common Core: The untold story

    Oklahoma public school educators may be forgiven if they liken themselves to a soccer ball in a World Cup championship match.

    July 14, 2014

AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Stocks
Poll

Are you pleased that Oklahoma has repealed Common Core standards for public school students?

Yes
No
     View Results