29 Pounds Lost – $300 Won!
Ed was introduced to HealthyWage by his employer, Critigen, where he works as a Database Architect and Florida Territory BD Manager. Ed was hitting 50 and he realized that everything on his body hurt more. The additional weight he was carrying was clearly hurting his body. His mom had a similar problem with her knees until she lost the weight and felt better, so Ed was determined to do the same.
He was intrigued by the financial incentive, which he felt helped him get over the hurdle of losing weight, which he had struggled with previously. Even with HealthyWage, there were definite challenges, including starting the challenge in November. Trying to do this in the midst of the holiday season meant that Ed did not really start losing weight until he had a few months left in his challenge. In fact, Ed actually gained weight and that is when he really decided that he had to take this competition seriously.
Then, he started to lose weight and lost most of the weight in the span of two months. His employer had two other challenges among employees for a Fitbit and he won because he was able to achieve the 10,000 steps per day. This Fitbit also helped him out with his HealthyWage competition by helping to reach 10 miles per day three times a week. Ed also relied on plenty of sweating, including the steam room a couple of times per month. Now that he reached the goals he set for the competition, Ed plans on continuing with losing another ten percent on his own by sticking to his walking schedule and watching what he eats so he can get to that high school weight again.
Ed also credits his employer, Critigen, with helping with a comprehensive health and wellness plan, including programs, competitions like HealthyWage, and an area to exercise plus they have done a good job in promoting a healthier lifestyle that he sees saving the company – and people like him – in the long run.