Teams Mexico Dreaming & TABACHOY Tie It Up!

Keep in mind that challenges are great tools and a lot of fun, but it takes work to lose weight. Individual results vary.

The long awaited results of the CVS Team Up to Slim Down $10,000 Team Challenge are in! It was a close battle to the finish between our top three teams, and in the end we had a tie for first place! Our top three teams alone lost nearly 650 pounds – woah!

Half Ton o’Fun – 3rd place/$3,000 Winners!


Percent Weight Lost: 16.33%
Total Pounds Lost: 207 pounds

Team Captain Peter had been working on “getting his head” in the game to lose weight and improve his lifestyle, so as he put it, when he heard about the Team Challenge, “the timing was perfect to put a select team together.” Peter pulled four of his co-workers together to form the rest of his team, each with a primary goal of losing weight and getting into better physical condition. Peter says the challenge was the “perfect vehicle to jump-start our individual programs.”

Since they all work together, they say each other nearly every day in the office. They also communicated regularly through the HealthyWage site and held regular status meetings to make sure they were all on track. If someone slipped up, they were all their with positive reinforcement.

The team was competitive even with one another, even adding a personal wager within their team! Despite their competition with one another, they still worked together to achieve the bragging rights of being one of the top teams in the competition. “This is a good platform to get motivated as a team. Were there no challenge…there would have been no team effort….While we can proudly state that we accomplished our goals honestly, and in the old fashioned way, through “Diet and Exercise”, we give credit where credit is due which is that we participated in the challenge.

Team work is where it’s at, and Team Half Ton o’Fun really proved that by successfully dropping a combined total of 207 pounds, getting healthier, and winning some cash for their hard work!

Great job, Half Ton o’ Fun!


Mexico Dreaming – 1st place tie! /$7,500 Winners!


Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 275 pounds

Team Mexico Dreaming’s Team Captain Leanne H. said it best, “Our team kept doing so well that we just kept feeling motivated to continue to do well. The guys on our team in particular, just seemed to go and never look back, which kept LaDonna and I focused – we didn’t want to let the rest of our team down!” they said. This team of co-workers, family and friends really pulled one another along and worked together as a team to make it happen!

At the start, they each had significant weight to lose and they each believed their health was at stake. The challenge provided the external motivation they needed to get started. The plan (as evidenced by their team name): a trip to Mexico with their winnings! Early on, they faced a few bumps when one original team member was unable to continue with the challenge, but they found another teammate in the support feed who fit right in and completed the group, despite being thousands of miles apart (from Nebraska to New York)!

The crew from Nebraska got together regularly for meals and even supported one another through workouts. Their focus was always positivity. Great workouts, great losses, great teammates kept everyone moving forward, even their teammate who was on his own felt supported by the rest of the team!

Team Mexico Dreaming tied for first place, losing a tremendous 275 pounds and maxing out at the 16.6% allowed weight loss! Every team member must do their part for that to happen! They are also committed to helping each other stay on track and four of the five have joined the Holiday Maintain Don’t Gain challenge to make sure they stay on track with their weight loss through the holidays.

Asked what they liked best,  “The collegiality — the team aspect…If we win some money, I will enjoy that too. But of course, nothing beats losing some weight and being healthier.”

Congratulations team Mexico Dreaming! You did it!


#TEAMTABACHOY – 1st place tie! /$7,500 Winners!


Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 161 pounds

#TEAMTABACHOY started as two CVS employees knew they needed to drop some pounds, but were feeling unmotivated and unsure of how to get started. When they were offered the chance to participate in the $10,000 Team Challenge, they got busy recruiting their family members and pulling together their team! Each teammate had their reasons…health, baby weight or just being uncomfortable in their bodies, they were ready to start shedding the pounds. Their goal at the start: to at least lose the 10% so they’d be eligible to win their money back with the reimbursement prize!

They started off ranked 130th, but each week as they saw their rank improve, they were motivated to continue to do more and see how far they could take it. When they saw the possibility of winning on the horizon, they started to want to do more than what they had planned originally!

The team invested in Fitbits and regularly held small, internal contests to help keep them motivated and moving. Who took the most steps, who burned the most calories, who earned the next milestone ribbon first? They made meals together, worked out together, and met up almost daily to help one another stay on track, with chief “motivation giver” Kris at their lead, pushing them to succeed!

Kris said, “this competition really helped bring us together. It helped save my family from a lot of health issues later in life….what an awesome experience this has been and what a great Bday present to have been blessed with this opportunity for my family and myself to lose weight and be healthy again! Thank you so much healthywage for helping us out on this journey! It wasn’t easy and had we not done this, we would all be 16.6+% heavier!”

Congratulations #TEAMTABACHOY!

Ribbon Prizes

We also had nine winners when it came to individual ribbon prize winners! These prizes are awarded to the top 4 (or more in the case of a tie) individuals achieving the most ribbons who are not already on a winning team. Congratulations to all our high achievers below, taking home $55.55 each!*

Carlos Z.
from team Family Matters
Adriana Z.
from team Family Matters
Lupe Z.
from team Family Matters
Adan Z.
from team Family Matters
Donna I.
from team Family Affair
Tina E.
from team Family Affair
Scott R.
from team Holiday Shopping Fund
Eduardo F. from team Gut Droppers
Margaret H.
from team Team Wannaslimdown

* Ribbon winners will receive an email notification about your prize by Monday 12/28 that contains a link to redeem.

Congratulations to all our teams and participants for a spectacular challenge!

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