All Things Are Possible With God Wins The Top Prize!
We’re excited to announce the winners of our October 30th $10,000 Team Challenge! Here are your final three top teams!
Percent Weight Lost: 15.46%
Total Pounds Lost: 198 pounds
Team captain Kristi had found the site and was working on her own HealthyWager (an individual weight loss challenge) when she read about the $10,000 Team Challenge and thought it would be super motivating. She put together the best team she could find – her family! She recruited her sister and brother-in-law, her mother and her boyfriend and they got to work!
Kristie explains that they were equally weight loss and money focused, while it was definitely important to all of them to lose the weight, they were motivated daily by the prospect of the cash prize.
Since they’re family, they saw each other often. To help one another stay on track they would share suggestions for change, and sometimes offer a little tough love or as Kristie put it, the “suck it up” strategy to help keep things moving forward.
Kristie says her family really came together for this for her, “My family really did this for me, that’s how great they are” but in the end, they all benefited. “The most amazing thing is that my 73 year old mom who has Type II Diabetes got her blood sugar down to 95, she was taken off her medication she’s been on for over 12 years. She’s in better health now than she was 20 years ago, and she did amazing.”
Kristie says she’s planning to do another team challenge, still working toward her own personal goal. Her family had many great benefits from losing weight, so they will continue to support one another for the long haul, as it should be!
Congrats again to Goodbye Lillian!
The Massena Dream Team – 2nd place/$5,000 Winners!
Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 240 pounds
This team of co-workers from Northern New York was brought together by their team captain Tim. Tim says he was motivated to get started by a number of factors, including his health, the prize money, and the subsidy his company was contributing to the entry fee.
Throughout the challenge, the team stayed focused on not only what they ate, but portion sizes and physical activity. One teammate noted, “My exercise routine because much more consistent. Portion control was the biggest issue for me diet-wise, and I have really cut down on how much I ate.”
The team joked that they kept one another on track a lot of peer pressure, “sometimes with love, sometimes not,” but whatever their tactic, it obviously worked. They saw each other regularly during the day, and texted in off hours to make sure they were on point. The team lost a whopping 240 combined pounds (nearly 50lbs each!), and it’s clear that their individual fears about being the “weakest link” and letting the rest of the team down, really paid off! Literally!
“Being 50 pounds lighter and a little richer” must feel really good. But more importantly, Team Captain Tim says, “We’re all a lot healthier. That’s the biggest prize.”
Congratulations Massena Dream Team! We agree!
All Things Are Possible With God – 1st place /$10,000 Winners!
Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 217 pounds
Team Captain Bruce O. says he decided to jump on this challenge when it was offered because he believed he and his team could win! He says, “Earn money & get healthy, what a deal! A rare opportunity to achieve several goals at once- eat healthy, lose weight, win money, increase exercise! Why wouldn’t you?”
Great question! Why wouldn’t anyone?!
Bruce recruited a friend of his from his church and three of his family members. Bruce said he interviewed each teammate, and they all made a commitment to reach the maximum 16.59% weight loss, “despite the difficult challenge.”
Bruce explains that at first, his motivation was more prize focused, he was looking for some cash to put towards the purchase of a new car. But he says, as the challenge wore on and he started to see results, “weight loss was the bigger reward, since good health is a lifetime benefit.”
The team was scattered so they were not able to get together in person, however they kept in touch and kept one another motivated and on track via email and the HealthyWage dashboard. They shared encouragement and advice about what was working and what wasn’t working. As for keeping up the motivation they started with, Bruce says it was all about the team – they all provided support, encouragement, commitment and accountability for one another. “I did not want to let them down.”
Bruce also credits his faith for his own success as well as that of his team. He says that is what gave him the “inspiration, wisdom, guidance, self control, inner strength and spiritual life to complete this 12 week challenge and 48 pound weight loss!”
The team plans to follow-up with one another now that the challenge has ended. Bruce says that learning about healthy eating will definitely help with staying on track in the weeks and months to come.
Congratulations to Team All Things Are Possible With God for earning the title of Lighten Up Team Challenge Champions!
We also had seven 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 $71.43 each!*
||from team Going 4 the Biggest Loss!
||from team Deez Health Nuts
||from team Faithful Weightloss
||from team TWE-OntheMoney
||from team Jingle Bellies
||from team Bod Squad
||from team Fat Chance
* Ribbon winners will receive an email notification about your prize by Tuesday 2/9 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!