“It’s very helpful to have somebody (to do a program like this with),” he said. “Having these guys here at work, I was always accountable. They’re a little bit more in your face (with checking on how you’re doing). That’s the thing I think that helped me the most. We worked together, but we also had to answer (to each other).”
Mann said there was plenty of friendly competition from within their team and the other employees who were participating.
“We had a little friendly, on the side incentive that was if you gained, it cost a buck a pound,” he said. “The dollars went to charity, which is good, but for these guys, to get a buck out of them it’s pretty tough. We were going to do everything possible to not have to (pay).”
He said teams were always keeping track of what everyone else was doing.
“There were guys checking that because they posted it, and it was on our internal Intranet site,” Mann said. “These guys knew … we kind of jumped out in the lead a little bit. They were watching us all the time. We were in here late at night or early in the morning, hitting the elliptical (to stay ahead).”
Mann said exercise has been a part of his routine for years.
“For me, these guys called me the skinny guy,” he said. “I have run the mini-marathon for several years (21 straight years). It was kind of natural coming out of the winter, the more dormant months, where you do pick up a few pounds … to head that way (of getting back in shape). I always feel better when I’m down about 10 or 15 pounds. If I get that back, each time, I try to keep it off and through the summer I’m eating better.”