September 2011 Matchup

Favorite Things About Getting Thin

Winners: The Duct Tape Dieters!

“Favorite things about getting Thin … I attached the picture of the scale to show that being thin means being “FREE” and in control of your body. I asked each team member to list one thing that being thin means to them. Carol: I am already in a size smaller pants and am looking forward to smaller sizes and more energy. MaryAnn: When I think of being skinny, I think that I would have feelings of being carefree. I could throw on anything to wear and know that I look good. I would no longer think about food. i would actually have time to think about other things and play with the grandkids. However, I know these are all “thin” sterotypes, but if we have to be honest, thats what came to mind. Danielle: I like that I am more cardio-vascular fit. I am no longer huffing and puffing after a flight of stairs or a brisk walk. My clothes fit much better too. Ed: Being thin means I’m no longer a slave to my body or food. It means I can eat meals and be in control of my intake. It means that I’m in CONTROL, I’m so much more healthier, and full of energy. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that I’ve lost that “Fat Guy” status and actually am receiving compliments. Barbara: When I imagine myself thin, I imagine feeling joy, energy, peace, strong, self-assured, free to be me without bitterness, anger, anxietly, or guilt. I am comfortable in my body, confident and empoweredand more socialable.”

Best Healthy Home Photo

Winners: The Duct Tape Dieters!

“We were unable to take a picture of the Ideal Healthy Home, but I thought by posting this picture, it shows the types of foods that should be included in a Healthy Kitchen. MaryAnn listed three things that she does to help make her home a Healthy Home. 1) I donated foods that I shouldn’t have around the house. 2) I work out a menu and only purchase the items I need and the amount I need. Believe it when I tell you, this is the better way to go, not only have I been losing weight but I have saved money and I’m not throwing food away! 3) I’ve been trying recipes with different types of beans so I can get my protein and fiber in one serving.”

Team Photo: What Does Healthy Mean To Us?

Winners: The Duct Tape Dieters

What Does Healthy Mean to Us? Healthy means feeling and being healthy! Hi, I’m Mr. Ed from the Duct Tape Dieters. I asked my team if I could try for this week’s Challenge by giving a little talk about myself. This cartoon pretty much sums up my story.. I have this picture posted on my fridge at home. I would like to say something about my Doctors orders just before we started the Weight Challenge that set me on my new course. My Weight was 221, my blood pressure was180, and my body was falling apart. Just like the cartoon, I was basically told that if I want to be around, I need to lose weight and get in shape. So far, I’ve lost 31 pounds, and hope to lose another 30 pounds. I am now training for a 5K and am able to do two sets of running 5 minutes at a time with a few minutes of walking in between. Me RUN? I was MR. ELEVATOR GUY… I was lucky I could make it up one flight of stairs at work without having a heart attack! I now feel so much more energy, and my blood pressure was 117 this morning. I attend weight watchers meeting every Saturday, and have lost each week. The weight drop has slowed down, but even a pound a week less is a pound less. It’s a great feeling receiving compliments from others saying “Wow… you look great!” Joining and doing the Healthywage is the best thing I’ve ever done.. Thank you.

Best Focusing Strategy

Winner: The IT Crowd!

“Our team created a FB page that some of us post to and read. I send out emails, and stop by everyone’s office on occasion.”

Best Recipes

Winner: Kickin Chicks!

“Our favorite recipes with photos and recipies! Bon Appetite!”

Runners Up: Duct Tape Dieters!

The Duct Tape Dieters are hopelessly devoted to recipe sharing. MC shared honey-mustard turkey with snapp peas, CV shared Holiday beans and cranberries, EM shared Buffalo chicken dip (great for NE Patriots tailgating), BN shared grilled sweet potatoes (great for when you lose power up North), but the winner was DMS with:

Beef Slow Cooker Stew – yum!

  • 1 pound lean beef round,cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 serving cooking spray
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cup mushroom(s), sliced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves(s) minced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 15 ounce pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cup beef broth
  • 14 ½ ounce crushed or stewed tomatoes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano, crushed
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme, crushed
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions: Place beef in 5 quart slow cooker. Coat a 12 inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add onion, mushroom and garlic. Sautee over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. All to slow cooker. Add carrots. Place half the beans in slow cooker. Place remaining beans in blender. Add ½ cup fo broth to blender and puree. Add mixture to slow cooker. Add remaining broth, tomatoes and spices. Cover and cook on high setting of slow cooker for 6 to 7 hours. Yields about 2 cups per serving.

Wobbly Bits!

“Hey Wobbly Bits, What’s For Supper?We have a healthy turkey day planned with Mashed Cauliflower, Good –For-You Sweet Potato Casserole, Hearty Spinach Salad, and Low Fat Cheese Cake….Yum Yum! We are swapping out our mashed potatoes, but not the flavor. If you haven’t tried mashed cauliflower, it’s delicious! Our sweet potato casserole has all the flavor, but we’ve traded out the fat by using non fat milk and only a smidge of butter to bind a cornflake and almond topping together. Our spinach salad is nutrient rich and uses only a small amount of canola oil in the dressing.

We are finishing off our meal with a health makeover of a classic cheesecake:

  • 1 – 8” x 8” baking dish
  • 1 – Box of 1/3 fat cream cheese (softened)
  • ¼ Cup of Splenda Large tub of fat free Cool Whip
  • 2 Cups of fresh fruit
  • 1 Box of Lady Fingers

Mix the cream cheese, Splenda and half of the Cool Whip together until smooth. Place one layer of the Lady Fingers on the bottom of the pan, and spread the cream cheese mixture on top. Serve with Fruit and serve with a dollop of Cool Whip.”

Best Team Photo:  Healthy Meal

Winner: Duct Tape Dieters

The Duct Tape Dieters are hopelessly devoted to Healthy Meals. Mr. Ed had baked cod with green beans (gave up rice for more green veggie), lemon instead of butter on fish, water as a beverage, MA had pear for dessert, portion control for all and festive Halloween hats to boot! The café had cake for Halloween, but we skipped it!

Runners up: Team Wobbly Bits

Team Wobbly Bits gathers frequently for some healthy noshing. Today was soup and salad pot luck day…nothing is better than getting together for some Good 4 U Grindage!

Best Ways Your Teammates Can Help

Winners: Duct Tape Dieters

“The Duct Tape Dieters are hopelessly devoted to positively reinforcing each other no matter the hurdle. One story: one of our teammates, B, just had back surgery. She found 1) Encouragement from our team leader, E, who sends out a weekly rah rah that motivated her to begin anew. She found 2) Commitment from another team member, M, who asks how she is doing; it keeps her honest and focused on team goals. Lastly, 3) Support – B is going to start walking at lunch to get back to exercise and teammate C said I will go with!”

Runners up: Kickin’ Chicks

“1. Keep us Accountable: It’s hard to say you’re determined to win $$$ while you’re stuffing your face full of cupcakes from the office birthday party!!!

2. Craving SOS….When you have a chocolate melt down and need chocolate, pick up the phone and call a teammate, text them or just walk down to their office. Their moral support helps curb the craving and builds confidence in being able to depend on that teammate no matter what!
3. Motivation: Our Kickin Chicks Daily Dose is an email that we alternate sending out and has our weekly game plan, struggles and inspirational thoughts that help us keep on track and realize we are struggling and succeeding together. Remember, there is no “I” in team so LETS KICK IT CHICKS!!! WoooHOOOOO!!!!”

Best Food Swap

Winners: Duct Tape Dieters

“The Duct tape Dieters are hopelessly devoted to substitutions. We have changed from whole butter to sprays or jelly, we have moved to light popcorn, we have moved from Twinkies to apples (fruit). Our sides have improved from loaded baked potatoes to green beans and side salad. We have substituted lean ground turkey for beef in our recipes. We are using honey as a sweetener rather than poison packets. We have avoided fast food for fresh homemade meals or lean cuisines.”

Best Team Exercise Photo

Winners: Duct Tape Dieters

“Hopelessly devoted to taking the stairs. Our team has pledged to avoid the elevator. When we have to go to the cafeteria (for salad and healthy stuff of course), we walk the longest path around two buildings and up 6 flights of stairs! We earn our lunch. If we have a desk day, we lift office supplies, weights or cans of soup to work our arms. Any movement will help our cause!”

Best Team Strategy


Team Wobbly Bits

Our SMART strategy has three components:
• Eating smart, not stupid – wobblers are using the Curves, Weight Watcher and Body for Life diet guidelines to remove the weight and sustain good eating habits.
• Moving a whole lot more – even if it means jiggling our wobblies in undignified ways. We walk, we Wii, we weight train – Weeeeee!
• Butt kicking encouragement – motivation can be a double edged sword. We can count on being showered with “attagirls” when we do well and coaching when we don’t. We are there for each other every step of the way, and sometimes it’s all the motivation you need to put down that cupcake!
We expect to rename ourselves by the end of this competition, so when you see Team Itty Bits, you’ll know we have reached our goal!

Duct Tape Dieters

The Duct Tape Dieters are going to leverage a couple different programs. Two of us joined weight watchers and two of us joined S.M.A.R.T. We pledge to share a new exercise and recipe each week. We are going to pass along tips of things that work and things that challenge us. We hope to gain a better understanding about metabolism, mindful eating, portion sizes, really reading food labels, the health benefit of sleep and physical activity. We will keep our devotion to losing up close and personal.

Best Team Photo & Goal

Winners (Walgreens Gift Card):

Big Mommas!!

Great job!!  These ladies have a combined weight of 800 pounds.  Their goal is to lose “250+.”  Go get ’em ladies!!

Runners up:

Phat Squad — This team has a combined weight of 912 pounds with a weight loss goal of 200 pounds!!

Pleasantly Plumpers

Team Inches A-Way!

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