The December 28th Team Challenge Winner Announcement
Happy Holidays! What a time to be losing weight and feeling great, starting off the New Year having already achieved your resolutions! With a little extra cash in your pockets too! These teams worked hard through the Holidays to make sure they were in the top 3! Congratulations to all our teams from the September 18th, 2015 Team Challenge!
Deep Fried to Steamed – 3rd place/$3,000 Winners!
Percent Weight Lost: 16.02%
Total Pounds Lost: 220 pounds
Team Deep Fried to Steam was a mix of family, friends and co-workers who were all already talking about losing weight when they discovered the HealthyWage $10,000 Team Challenge. While their focus was on the weight loss, the pull of the cash prize was the perfect platform to help keep them all focused on their goals throughout the 12-weeks.
The team was able to get together a few times, but spent most of their time supporting one another through texts and chatting on the WhatsApp app. Their competitive nature saw them having small challenges within their team, racing for the next milestone percentage weight loss. The weekly weigh-ins also helped keep them focused and eyes on the prize, racking up the weight loss percentages and keeping them high in the rankings.
Team Deep Fried to Steamed lost a whopping combined 220 pounds, 16.02% of their starting weight! And they are taking home the $3,000 cash prize for all their efforts. Congratulations team!
Going for Gold – 2nd place/$5,000 Winners!
Percent Weight Lost: 16.16%
Total Pounds Lost: 203 pounds
You can tell by their name that Going for Gold was aiming for the top when they started this challenge! This team of friends, two with previous Team Challenge experience, decided to put together a team and go for it. Since their first team challenge (where they placed 8th overall), they had both put a few pounds back on due to a variety of circumstances, so they reached out to some mutual friends to get after it again!
Gabe (the team captain) noted, “Having done it once before I knew the key was keeping your team all focused, not just worrying about yourself.” To help keep the team focused and on track, they made a small internal bet with themselves that whoever didn’t achieve their weight loss goals would take the rest of the team out to dinner. They communicated regular with each other through the HealthyWage website, texting and Facebook. They shared articles and videos with each other when they found one teammate was struggling. They were even able to get together on occasion to share a meal or a workout – always helping one another to stay on track!
Now that they’ve lost the weight (and won the $5,000 prize!) they are competing with one another to see who can get in the best shape between now and this summer! They are in it for the long haul and continuing to support one another to succeed.
Amazing job to team Going for Gold!
The Flabberbusters – 1st place/$10,000 Winners!
Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 169 pounds
The Flabberblasters were an interesting mix of a team: Two Virginians (family members), two Australians (friends), and one Wisconsinite who became a friend to all on the team. At the start of the challenge, it was decided and agreed upon by all teammates that the biggest goal and focus of commitment was toward achieving 16.6% weight loss and winning the challenge.
When HealthyWage asked the team what helped motivate and keep them so dedicated and focused on that goal throughout their challenge, they gave props to one teammate alone, “One name- IRON. Iron was that team member who sent weekly reminders to weigh in and to get us motivated, especially at the end.” They said it also helped that they were continuously in the top stop from the get go, which kept them motivated all along to make them believe they could actually win the challenge. Having each team member pulling their weight (or rather losing their weight) kept everyone accountable! That’s the power of the team! One teammember commented, “I cannot even begin to thank our team for the continued motivation and support throughout this challenge.”
The power of the team paid off for the Flabberblasters. They lost an incredible combined 169 pounds, with each teammate achieving the goal of 16.6% weight loss that they set out to lose, and taking home the first prize payout for their efforts! But, it wasn’t just the money that motivated them. Team captain Cindy said the following, “There is no doubt that the chance to win $10,000 as a team was a goal. However, to lose 17% of one’s weight in a 12-week period is a goal that cannot be simply money focused. There has to be a deeper need to lose weight for its own purpose driving each of us individually. Sure, the prize money is the icing on the cake (diet cake), but the real prize is how we look and feel.” We couldn’t have said it better. Congratulations to team Flabberblasters!
We also had fourteen 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 $35.71 each!*
Steven S. from team The Aristofats
|Amber M.||from team Send Out Cards|
|Richard P.||from team Experi-Mentals|
|Carrie K.||from team MSU International Programs|
|Claire B.||from team Brooklyn Bacon Beaters|
|Gail A.||from team Melting Menopausers|
|Geminesse V.||from team The Girthy Turtles|
|George P.||from team Brooklyn Bacon Beaters|
|Johnna N.||from team Calorie Savor Team – Just Jokin|
|Jason C.||from team Brooklyn Bacon Beaters|
|Kathryn W.||from team St. Francis Enlightened|
|Sheri H.||from team Jelly Bellys|
|Sharon S.||from team The Aristofats|
|Stephanie P.||from team Cardiac Divas|
* Ribbon winners will receive an email notification about your prize by Thursday 12/31/15 that contains a link to redeem.
Congratulations to all our teams and participants for a spectacular challenge!
and win big bucks as you lose weight!