As an office, we have decided that it is time to lose some excess poundage once and for all. So a few people have organized a "Biggest Loser" competition in our office. Out of about 90 people, 32 people have paid their $12 and have signed up for the 12 week program.
Here's how it works:
- Each person pays $12 into the pot to enter the program. In return, we receive a binder full of different weight loss programs, tips for losing weight and other health articles. The first page of the binder is where we write down our goals, and why we want to lose weight. The second page tracks our week to week weight loss in pounds and percentage of body weight lost.
- You can choose to be on whatever diet program you wish.
- As a group we meet every Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. to weigh in and discuss the previous week's successes and challenges.
- By the end of the next day we learn who has won the weigh-in; a small token prize is given to each week's Biggest Loser.
- For every pound we lose, we must bring in a non-perishable food item of the same weight to what is called a "Food Shrine", which gives us a visual of how much weight we have collectively lost. At the end of the program all food will be donated to the local food bank.
- Whoever loses the biggest percentage of body weight on January 14th will win the pot of money in addition to having lost all of that weight!
I am happy to report that our first week was a success! Our office goal is to lose 740 pounds - this week alone(Halloween week no less) we have collectively lost 112 pounds! Hopefully after this challenge we will no longer qualify to be on the next hot reality series, "Fat Realtor"...
I must say that having the office participate in a collective diet has been good for us. The free donuts from the local heating company now go virtually uneaten(and the agents who aren't on a diet usually end up getting their favorite donut now) and people are more conscious of the kinds of food that they bring in to the office to share. And, of course I must mention that we are now all policing each other ("Excuse me, what did you just put in your mouth?") I don't know how much I like that, but it's keeping me somewhat more accountable for what I eat.
I'll post more about this after the next weigh-in; wish us luck! And, by the way, if you would like more information on how we are doing this, don't hesitate to contact me directly. I think that this would be a benefit and good team builder for any office.