On Wood-Mizer’s end, the company allowed interested employees to create their own three-person teams, to compete for cash prizes based on who could lose the most weight in team and individual categories.
The winning team was Dave Mann, Stacy Wiggington, and Jim Brown, who lost 13.8 pounds, 35 pounds, and 61 pounds, respectively. Brown said since the contest has ended, he’s lost another 20 pounds.
For winning, Mann said as a team, they won $600. Brown added that he took home another $400 for winning the individual weight and individual measurement categories.
Mann, an already avid runner, said he didn’t have as much weight to lose, which didn’t make him a popular pick as a teammate in the beginning.
“(I told them) I’ve only got about 10 I can lose,” Mann said. “I knew there was potential here (with Wiggington and Brown), because these guys have done it before. We knew for this to stick, it really meant a lifestyle change and not just a diet program or weight loss. I was onboard to help keep these guys accountable.”
Brown said even his wife was surprised of the choice.
“I get home and my wife says, ‘Who is on your team, Dave? What did you pick him for?’” he said. “I couldn’t tell him no, we travel all over the country together.”
Brown said the best part about the program was the team aspect because it made it easy to keep everyone accountable.
“I had been wanting to do something … and never could seem to do it (on my own),” he said. “The fun thing of the competition and teamwork (made it easier) once I got my head wrapped around it. I think I’d be well over 300 pounds if it wasn’t for the competition because I was too busy, didn’t have time.”