The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

9 Week Competition

The Hillcrest Bank "Biggest Loser" Competition is OFFICIALLY over!

After 9 weeks of hard work, our company is 147.5 lbs lighter. We didn't quite hit my goal of 150 lbs lost as a group - but I'm still incredibly proud of everyone who participated.

I organized and hosted this competition for the past 9 weeks and it's been A LOT of fun! I've had the amazing opportunity to get to know my co-workers on a new level. The catch phrase for this competition has been "BE MOTIVATED AND MOTIVATE ONE ANOTHER!" My main objective for this competition was to create a supportive work environment for healthier lifestyles. That there would be a group of employees who know how to encourage each other and help each other stay on track rather than hindering them. It is SO hard to stay focused with work lunches, catered foods, group meetings and work parties. The "competition" ended today - but I hope the true purpose is practiced daily.

I WON FIRST PLACE!!! (it was weird writing myself a check and signing my own

1st - 13.73%/40.6lbs lost (if I was 3 lbs heavier, I would have got 2nd)/$525.00

2nd - 12.50%/20 lost/$262.50
3rd - 10.55%/22 lost/$87.50

MY TOTAL LOST (Since February) - 87.6lbs

The main question seems to be: "So what are you going to do with ALL that money?"

Answer: SISTERHOOD RETREAT - 1st weekend of October, 6 wonderful friends of mine and I will be meeting in Wisconsin for a retreat @ a resort. I CANNOT WAIT!!!


Me & Certificate

Me & $525.00 check
2nd Place & $262.50 check
3rd Place & $87.50 check

I bought flowers for the 2nd and 3rd place.
Thought it weird to buy myself some, so I settled for a picture for blog purposes. :)
2nd place (20 lbs lost), 1st place (me - 40.6 lbs lost), 3rd place (22 lbs lost)

HAHA - so my BFF bought me this card when I won our side bet (75 lbs lost)

My winnings of $50 was found inside! :)
I thought it was cute!

ABOUT THE VERSE: I thought it appropriate to use the often MIS-quoted Bible verse referring to the LOVE of $$$! I've won a little over $877.00 since April with my weight loss success - (wish I had more to show for Money in and of itself isn't bad folks - it's when money becomes your idol and you LOVE and obsess over it that you are treading on dangerous grounds! I am absolutely stoked about the money I've won with my weight loss - however, it's not the money I'm proud of, it's the accomplishment. It's knowing what God's been showing me inside and out. The renewing of my mind, the defining of who I am in Christ and the love and compassion growing inside of me to reach others! The money is just a BONUS!

Verse of the day:

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


letters to elijah said...

Way to Go!! Awesome! Outstanding!

So you are coming to Wisconsin? Will you be near my neck in the woods? Green Bay?

So what's your next goal?

Kristen said...

that is sooo awesome you won!!! yay!


WOO HOO girl.. good for you!!! COngrats on the weight loss, and your awesome prize!

ValleyGirl said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's awesome! Sounds like a wonderful plan for using your winnings, too!!

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Betsy said...

Congratulations! What a great accomplishment!!

Tony C said...

Cue Bette Midler...

'Did you ever know that you're my hero...'

That's awesome! Have a great weekend. I hope God's all over it.

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

YOU ARE THE MAN WELL WOMAN! You rocked that competition AND the side bet! WOW!!!

At least your friend honored your side bet. At the beginning of the year my friends and I started a weight loss challenge and I won. What I won was NOTHING! But that's okay because what I really one was a healthier me and that's the best prize. CONGRATS...YOU ROCK!

Kristen said...

haha I agree, no idea where the 53 comments came from!! I was totally feeling the love though :)

Michelle said...

Congratulations!! You deserve this!