Success Story: Team Thacker Five

Thacker Five – Lost a combined total of 183 pounds!

Thacker Five Before the HealthyWage Matchup Team Challenge

The all-family team, Thacker Five, was created after Brad Thacker heard about HealthyWage and the Matchup Team Challenge at his work.  He quickly recruited his wife Kalaina, mother Janet, sister Kim and brother Jon to join the team.

Even faced with distance between team members the team was committed to work together as Jon explains,” Several times a week we reported in to each other, and shared successes and encouraged one another to do our best.  Two of us live hours away from the rest of the team, and they encouraged us to follow our plans and to exercise.  The three that lived near each other went to the same gym to work out.”

While the gym contributed to the team’s weight loss, nutrition and eating right was also a big lifestyle change for all the members as Kalaina shares, “Probably that most important thing I did to loose weight was changing my eating habits.  We decided to do a low carb diet, and learned very quickly how many things we normally eat that have so many carbs, so we changed our behavior by n

Thacker Five After Completing the HealthyWage Matchup!

ot buying foods that would tempt us and not going out to eat.  We also planned out our meals, so that we would not be in situations where we were hungry and not having a plan for what to eat.  We also stared going to the gym at least 5 days a week and working out for at least an hour with a planned work out.”

Staying motivated with diet and exercise alone is very hard and sometimes people need an extra push, which is where the financial incentive helps.  Team Thacker definitely felt the prize money helped as Jon describes in detail, “I have successfully dieted in the past to lose weight for one reason or another.  I have successfully been on an exercise program for specific reasons, like participating in the Hood to Coast race several years ago in Oregon.  However, I have never been able to combine the two to maximize weight with exercise.  The cash prize was 100% the motivating factor to do both.  There is absolutely no way that I could have maxed out my weight loss without the diet and exercise together, and the cash prize was the motivating factor.”

The team lost an incredible, combined total of 183 pounds with 4 members losing over 17% of their body weight.  They all intend to keep up with their healthy lifestyle choices and stay competitive as Kim shares, “I plan to continue to eat healthy and exercise every day.  My family might also come up with a competition to keep it going.”

Keep up the great work and congratulations on a tremendous effort!


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