Since HealthyWage began in 2009, we’ve been thrilled to share in the success of each team and individual. Check out these HealthyWage Success Stories for inspiration and motivation. If they can do it, you can too!
” When people see my weight loss it allows me to tell them about my journey the past 3 months and perhaps give them an incentive to lose the weight themselves.”
” I feel better than I have felt in ten years. Now that I see I can do this without and difficulty I plan on keeping up the routine.”
” I had joined Weight Watchers and done other diets in the past with no success, therefore being able to lose so much weight made me feel very accomplished and made me realize that I CAN DO it.“
“ The team was vital to our success. No one wanted to let any of the other team members down.”
“ The main driver for me was not letting my teammates down.”
“Being on a team and knowing others were depending on you pushed me to do my best. Also, the thought of a cash prize was an excellent incentive. I told my kids that if my team won we would go to Disneyland (my family supported me).”
“I have a 15-month plan. I will continue to maintain or lose over the next three months while in the 10% Challenge. In February 2013, I will enter the BMI Challenge. I will also re-enter the 10% Challenge which will last until August 2013. At that time, I will re-enter the 10% Challenge one last time. If all goes as planned, I will be at my target BMI of 24.9 in February 2014. After another 15 months of diet and exercise, I am sure I won’t even have to think about what to do to stay healthy. In 15 months, I hope to become Healthy, Wealthy and Wiser with the assistance of Healthywage!”
“My lifestyle has significantly changed due to the HealthyWage Challenge. I have quit smoking entirely! I stayed away from alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks throughout the entire challenge. I have never eaten so many fruits and vegetable in my life! Also, I have developed a routine of running around my neighborhood on an almost daily basis.”
“We met weekly and talked about what was working what wasn’t working. What foods people liked didn’t like. We initially did a weekly weigh in together.We kept in contact throughout the whole challenge. We tried to be very positive and encouraging. There were some tough weeks that we had to lean on each other to keep going. We wanted to win; but losing the weight was the most important.
“I feel like after 12+ weeks of doing this challenge it is not really a “diet” anymore but has become a lifestyle change. I have so much more energy now. I love the feeling I have after finishing a run. I plan on keeping up healthy eating and running regularly. I also got rid of all my clothes that are too big because I don’t want to be that size again.”
“The cash prize and the pressure of letting my team down was a huge help in keeping me on track. I doubt I would have been able to do it without it.”
$18,000 Awarded, July 2012!
“My team helped me stay on track by contacting us weekly and making sure we had progress weekly even if it was only minimal.”
$36,000 Awarded In June, 2012!!
“The team idea is such a great one. You’re really not doing it for yourself but for others. I would of never done the competition if it was only me counting on my weight loss.
“I received encouragement from my team members. There were times that were difficult and frustrating. Knowing my team members faced some of the same struggles (such as the scale not moving down when I was working so hard!) kept me focused and determined. I did not want to let my team down so this helped me to stay on track.”
$18,000 Awarded May, 2012!!
“HealthyWage YOU got me there! This isn’t just about weight loss your name says it “HEALTHY” and part of being healthy meant to stop contaminating by body with foods and tobacco! THANK YOU from the bottom of my now healthier heart!”
$18,000 Awarded February, 2012!!
“Keeping my eye on the prize was what kept me on track. Anytime I thought about a little cheat, I would think about the end prize. However, it was just as important to me to not let down my team so that they wouldn’t lose out. I found this program was the right combination of cash prize and commitment to my team to keep me going in the right direction.”
“Every week when we logged our weight on the Healthy Wage site, we would review where we were in the standing, and form strategies for success. We all said no matter the outcome, we were winners anyway, by losing weight and being healthier. Now we are looking forward to collect the $100 from HealthyWage in September for reaching a healthy BMI.”
“…, that was when I found out about healthywage, which gave me the push I needed through every stage–to get going at that first hump, to stay motivated through the many, many pounds, and to give me the final push to get the last 10 pounds off!”
$18,000 Awarded January, 2012!!
“No one wants to be the person that misses their weight; they would have to live it down at every family function for the rest of their life! The team format is great though, family or not, no one wants to be the weak link.”
“The cash prize was always incentive! It kept us focused because none of us wanted to be the individual that prevented the rest of the team from getting their first place incentive.”
They lost 266 pounds—the maximum weight permitted in the contest (1.5% per week for their 14-week contest). They employed a strong team strategy—they created a google doc where they kept their team accountable by reporting their work-outs, daily caloric intake and weight loss. By checking in regularly, they were able to stay on track and maximize their weight loss.
“Staying on track was a challenging task. We motived each other through emails. We would send our weights to each other every and give advice on what did and didn’t work. Towards the end of the contest, I thought about winning the money as I knew that my teammates and I were reaching our goals.”
“…Challenging myself by betting on myself to lose weight kept me motivated. I plan on using the $1000 for a new wardrobe, both for myself and my husband. By changing how I eat and cooking at home has helped him lose weight also.”
More than 87 percent of The Chicago Matchup’s contestants successfully shed pounds, losing an average of 4.4 percent of their starting body weight. Participants cited the contest’s fun and excitement, accountability, spirit of competition, and big cash prizes as major motivators.
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