Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Contest? Why Not.

I am not big on contests. But then again, I'm not that big anymore.

Someone suggested that I have a contest regarding how much weight I've lost since October 3rd of last year.

Why not. It might be a silly contest but I'm willing to sponsor silly.

Whoever can guess my weight on April 19th (my next doctor's appointment), to the nearest 10th of a pound, wins. In the event of a tie, you also need to provide a guess the number for my A1C. The range is from 4.0 to 6.0.

For the winner? An autographed copy of my book "The Gospel According To Daniel: As Far As I'm Translated Correctly", a paperback first edition, that is a collection of my first 39 blogs (a Christmas gift from my family, edited by and the idea for the book provided by my son Tristan). And since some of you will think that that is not reason enough to enter the contest, I'll throw in a $20 Subway gift card.

There's going to have to be some rules. Some of you know me personally, some of you know how much weight I've lost. It wouldn't be fair to let you guess, since, well, you know, you know. Therefore, if you know, don't let me disqualify you. And another rule. If you do know, don't share in comments or e-mail with someone else. I'm not a violent person but if you ruin the one and only contest that I will ever sponsor, well, let's just say that I'm going to hunt you down and give you a nuclear noogie.

Send your guess to my e-mail to:

Deadline for submission: Midnight, April 11th.

Good Luck!



Carrot Jello said...

First, I must know what an A1C is.

Daniel Haynes said...

It's a test that one takes that gives you a 3 month average of your hemoglobin levels. You're Adult Type II diabetic basically if you hit 6.0. My level will be between 4.0-6.0.

Widipedia says:

Glycated hemoglobin (hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, A1C, or Hb1c; sometimes also HbA1c) is a form of hemoglobin used primarily to identify the average plasma glucose concentration over prolonged periods of time. It is formed in a non-enzymatic pathway by hemoglobin's normal exposure to high plasma levels of glucose. Glycation of hemoglobin has been associated with cardiovascular disease, nephropathy and retinopathy in diabetes mellitus. Monitoring the HbA1c in type-1 diabetic patients may improve treatment.[1]