Big losers, or small winners?

From left, Ashley Bounds, Randi Faust, and Ann Kokx-Templet were winners (and losers) in the weight-loss contest.

You will be seeing considerably less of some District Office employees, thanks to a weight-loss contest that featured prizes for the biggest losers (or smallest winners).

During the summer, 17 District employees signed up for the Smallest Winner Challenge. “You’ve heard of the Biggest Loser Challenge, I thought why not start our own Smallest Winner Challenge,” commented Derrick McClendon, a contract administrator in the Purchasing Office, “With some help from two other co-workers (Terrie Beasley and Denise Segelquist), we put the word out here at the District Office. We figured you don’t have to be on the show to lose weight and start your own transformation.”

The Smallest Winner Challenge began May 17 and ended August 16, with similar rules as the Biggest Loser Challenge. Every contestant weighed in every Monday of each week, and contributed $20 for the overall winnings of $340.

“Instead of having one overall winner, we decided to have first, second, and third place winners,” Derrick said. “I would like to suggest a similar challenge to other departments, with a conscious goal of eating healthier and exercising more often.”

Each contestant deserved to win, but only the three with the highest percentage of weight lost could be chosen. The three winners of the first Smallest Winner Challenge are:
First Place — Randi Faust – 7.02 percent
Second Place — Ann Kokx-Templet – 6.40 percent
Third Place — Ashley Bounds – 6.16 percent

So, now that the three Small Winners/Big Losers have “tasted” success in losing weight (pun intended), what are their plans for maintaining success and keeping off the pounds?

“I’ve got my eye on the prize … a hot new wardrobe to match my mood!” quipped Ashley Bounds.

“My plan is to keep working out during Wellness time, and maintaining healthy eating habits,” said Randi Faust.

“I’m not done losing yet (I hope) as I still have more clothes in my closet that I would like to wear again,” remarked Ann Kokx-Templet. “I will keep those ‘skinny jeans’ hung up front and center in my closet, so every day when I get dressed I will be reminded that there is still, and always be, a need for willpower to not overindulge. Keeping a supply of ‘magic noodles’ won’t hurt either. Magic noodles are made from yam root and don’t have any calories, fat or carbohydrates (or flavor), but they fill you up and make me feel like I’ve had pasta.”

Plans are in the works to continue the weight-loss contest among District Office employees during the autumn. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Smallest Winner Challenge, and good luck in your pursuit of wellness.

(Hey, who ever said the Water Cooler never includes news about heavy issues)?!?