Reading the last few posts and I don't know you or your situation and I might be out of line by saying this, but I think part of the problem is that it seems you are doing this maybe for the wrong reason. It is very important for any lasting weight loss that you are doing this for yourself first. The recognition that you are looking for - you will find that when you look in the mirror and see the amazing changes that you have made! Regardless of the contest, you have been some great strides and are working your butt off. Make sure you are working your butt off for you and not for a 12-week contest. This is a new healthy lifestyle you are trying to win! Just my thoughts....
Good luck with the rest of the contest and the rest of your weight loss journey. Don't ever give up!