Top Teams Lose Over 1,100 Pounds!
What an event! The January 30th Team Challenge was a tremendous success! The competition was fierce, and participants lost nearly 20,000 pounds! To celebrate, we’re dishing out over $36,000 in prizes! Instead of having our usual three clear top teams, we had a tie – a five way tie for first place! With all five teams maxing out on weight loss (16.59%) and all five teams maxing out on winning ribbons (awarded for weighing in weekly and other activities beneficial to weight loss success) – all of these teams were *unstoppable!* So let’s get to it!
1st Place – Team TMNT – Thirties Mutant Ninja Tubbies
Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 222 pounds
Organization: Houston Independent School District (HISD)
Competitive through and through, this team of high school coaches showed us how it’s done! Throughout the challenge, TMNT found inspiring their athletes with the knowledge that anything is possible with the right mindset and the right team behind you kept them going! With their kids watching and their competitive nature in high gear, they knew they had to get it done, and get it done right. No weight loss gimmicks, no tricks – just hard work, accountability to one another, and a ‘can do’ attitude took this team to the top!
In the end, these teammates say it was all worth it – to look better, feel better, and to be able to practice what they preach to their kids every day.
Well done and congratulations to Team TMNT!
1st Place – Team Guardians of the Scalaxy
Another competitive bunch, this group has played together for years so they decided to make a wager on improving their health together as well. From the get-go they set out to win, and the expectations of the team kept everyone on track for the full 12-weeks. Considerably longer than in the past. This group has changed their lifestyle for good, stating “that they feel so much better, they’d rather keep going than “go back.” Agreed!
This team pushed each other with small, internal challenges (like who would max out first, who would lose 10 pounds first, etc). This team, named after the hero’s from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, each took on the role of one of the characters from the film. They wanted to be the team that helped, and they were active and supportive of each other and all teams through the duration of the competition, keeping it that much more fun and engaging for everyone! Congratulations and job well done to Guardians of the Scalaxy!
1st Place – Team Big Boned
Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 224 pounds
This team of co-workers and friends from Timken knew from the start they were going for the win, but they say, that was secondary (a close second!) to their weight loss and overall health. Team Big-Boned was a tight team, seeing each other every day, planning workouts and meals together, and staying in touch via text at other times to keep them on track and up to date on each others progress. It was the team accountability that helped them all stay on track, along with seeing their amazing results each week!
The team says the challenged helped them to make a healthy change that will be beneficial for life, and they plan to continue to support one another in this lifestyle, even now that the challenge is over.
Way to go Team Big Boned!
1st Place – Team Chunks in the City
Chunks in the City is a group of family members that decided they wanted to lose weight and get in shape for their family vacation, and get their lives on the right track. As they got into the challenge and helped support one other when they struggled, they realized they could finally be successful at losing weight!
They also made an smaller internal bet with one another – the teammate that lost the least amount of weight would be responsible for making a healthy meal for everyone during vacation! The team also really worked on holding one another accountable, and cites that as their reason for success. They had “real talks,” where they made it very clear to each other that this was a team effort and everyone had to do their part. Not always easy to do with family, but clearly it worked out in the end!
Congratulations, Chunks in the City (who maybe now should change their team name)!
1st Place – Team Fat Boy Slim
Percent Weight Lost: 16.59%
Total Pounds Lost: 223 pounds
Organization: BlueScope Steel
Team Captain and BlueScope Steel employee Matt J. pulled together his team from his close family and friends. From day 1 this team was in it to win it, even investigating past HealthyWage Challenges to get a better understanding of what it would take to win. Their plan was to walk away from this challenge as winners, or else feel good that they did everything within their power to make that happen.
Because they committed to this endeavor as a team, accountability was what kept them going even when times got tough. No one wanted to be the one who “ruined it” for anyone else. Depending on schedules, some of the team were able to get together for workouts or meals, but the whole team was rarely able to get together at once.
Matt says the goal of weight loss is one that they will continue to focus on even though the challenge has ended and the money is no longer at stake. “It’s just easier to be lighter,” so going back seems less and less appealing.
We think so too! Congratulations Team Fat Boy Slim!
Because of the tie, the $18,000 in top team prizes has been pooled together, and all teams will be taking home $3,600!
We also had a twelve way tie when it came to individual ribbon prize winners! These prizes are awarded to the top 4 individuals achieving the most ribbons who are not already on a winning team. Congratulations to all our high achievers below, taking home $166 each:
Erika W. from team Whale Wars!!!
Daryl W. from team Whale Wars!!!
Timothy K. from team Whale Wars!!!
Thomas B. from team #BBM
Mark W. from team Die Lard “Yiippy-Ki-Yay”
Gregory T. from team Porkalicious II
Griffin W. from team Rock… Paper… Slimmer!
Thor B. from team Rock… Paper… Slimmer!
Aaron L. from team Rock… Paper… Slimmer!
Tevin A. from team Chafing the Dream
Josh D. from team Mind over Platter
Michael K. from team “Mission Slimpossible”
Congratulations to all our teams and participants for a spectacular challenge!
and win big bucks as you lose weight!