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Success Story: Melody W.

Learn how Weigh and Win helped Melody achieve a healthier weight and how you can too!

Melody W.

  • Lost 55 pounds
  • 19% weight improvement
  • Earned $75

What motivated you to join Weigh and Win?

My health was the biggest motivator. I am a diabetic and I was taking 50 units of insulin twice a day, along with 4 pills. I wanted to get healthy and be a good role model for my kids.

Why has Weigh and Win worked for you?

The daily emails encouraged me and helped me along the way. The rewards are my favorite part. It’s just a good incentive, to find out that someone is going to pay you and keep you accountable. I’m using my reward money to go to Elitch Gardens. I can’t wait to get on the rides and to FIT in the seats.

How has your life changed since your weight loss?

Personally, I feel better about myself. I enjoy clothing shopping now, running after my granddaughter, keeping up with my 8-year old, and riding a bike. I can walk up a flight of stairs and don’t feel like I need to call 911.

My blood sugars are controlled now through healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. I also no longer need to take insulin and am down to 1-2 pills a day for the diabetes. Additionally, I am off the high blood pressure medication.

Do you have any advice for new participants?

My advice comes from a wise friend. She told me the that all choices are hard. When it comes down to it, we have to choses the “hard” that we want to continue to have. For example, it’s hard to lose weight. It’s very hard! But it’s also HARD to live with the weight on my body. It’s hard to choose the salad when others are having the double bacon cheeseburgers, but it’s also hard to buy clothes when you’re overweight. Life is full of choices, HARD choices, and I must choose which HARD I am willing to take.

I want people who are starting to know that they CAN succeed. I want them to know that I do understand where they are. When I started I was in a size 22 to 24. In the fifth grade I was in a size 18W. I have literally struggled with weight my entire life. I am currently in a size 14 to 16. This feeling is better than any cheeseburger!

My Weight Loss Story: Carletta

I have always been big. Growing up I would I would hear people say, “oh, she is just big boned” or “it runs in the family.”  As I got older I continued to get bigger. When I was in junior high/high school I was wearing 26w & 28w clothes. I eventually got so big that I was wearing 5x & 6x bottoms and 3x & 4x tops. I hated shopping for clothes because it was hard to find anything big enough to fit. I had begun to have a friend make my clothes.

Most of my family is on the heavy side, but out of all of us, I was the biggest. 

As a family, we tried several diets and weight loss programs.  I would lose a few pounds here and there but eventually we would quit and I would gain it all back and then some.

My real weight loss journey started in October 2011 when I started the Weigh and Win program.  My sister-in-law and I decided to take her kids to the rec center.  We happened to run into some of our friends while they were there working out. They were really excited to show us the Weigh and Win kiosk; how it worked, how to sign up and how it tracks weight loss progress.  We signed up that day.  Getting paid to lose weight was a real motivator for me!

When I signed up and weighed in for the first time that day I weighed in at 390.2 pounds; severely overweight.

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The Weigh and Win program gave me the jump-start that I needed to start losing weight. I loved that I could see the progress I was making.  When we found out about the Team Challenges we started getting involved in those. I am very motivated by competition and hate to lose. To be able to see our team climb up the ladder would just push me to work even harder. Getting paid to lose weight was probably the biggest motivator though. My first year in Weigh and Win I hit the 25% weight loss, and got paid the $105 at the end of my one-year. That was great, but not good enough for me! The second year I set a personal goal to make it past the 30% mark and get the $150 payment.  And I did it!

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Everyone asks me how I did it and what my secret was. There are really only three things that helped me to succeed.

First, I was never on any special diet. Diets have never worked for me in the past because I felt limited, and would eventually give up.  I would watch what I would eat and eat smaller portions, but if I wanted to eat something I did.  Gum has been a huge lifesaver! I chew it a lot because it helps curb my appetite and desire to eat more.

Secondly, I would make small goals, not big unreachable goals. I would make a goal of 15 pounds a month, or that I wanted to hit a certain percentage of weight loss by my birthday or the first of the year.  My brother has been working out with me a lot and one goal I had was to weigh less than him.  He really made me work for it, but I finally did it!  I hate to lose or let others down, so I always told others my goals so that I had someone to help me remember my goals and not let me slack.

Last, and certainly the most important, is the support I have gotten from those around me. I never would have made it this far without all of my family, friends, and even people I don’t even know that have encouraged me to keep going and not stop. My friends and family have gone to workout with me and helped encourage my eating habits and changes. When I would get down or depressed and think I was not making any progress they would remind me how far I have come and motivate me to keep going. With their helped I have completed two 5k races (one being “The Rugged Maniac” obstacle course), overcome a lot of personal obstacles, changed my way of living, become a better person, and lost 180 pounds!  When I weighed in at the end of my two year mark with Weigh and Win the end of October I was 209.6 with a total weight loss of 180.6, and I owe all this to the love, support and encouragement that everyone has shown me.

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Fitspiration Friday: Myrna F. Success Story

I started my weight loss journey two and a half years ago at 225 pounds. After a year and a half, I hit a weight loss plateau and that’s when I found out about Weigh and Win.

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Weigh and Win helped me with healthy eating tips and exercise ideas. The emails kept me moving forward on my goal and helped me break through my plateau. I’m less than ten pounds away from my goal weight now and I even got paid to lose weight.

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My advice for anyone just starting their journey is: do not give up. Even if you don’t lose the weight as fast as you want, just keep moving forward. Hard work pays off. You will see the results if you stick with it.

From Walking to Running a Marathon, to Losing 125 Pounds!

Kristin Arnold is proof that baby steps add up – to 52,400 to be exact!

“Two years ago, I was sitting at the Paramount Café eating with my kids. I was close to 300 pounds. I remember seeing all the people who just ran the Colfax Marathon and feeling so proud for them and a little bit envious,” shared Weigh and Win member Kristin Arnold.

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“Little did I know, that two years later I would be 125 pounds lighter and running the Colfax Marathon myself!”

In January of 2016, Kristin Arnold joined the free Kaiser Permanente supported Weigh and Win program and began her transformation to better health.

“What I like about Weigh and Win is that it keeps me accountable. With the photographed kiosk weigh-ins, I knew that if the scale didn’t move or went the wrong way – I needed to make new changes. The cash rewards for my weight loss keep me motivated too!”

Kristin started improving her diet and eating more nutritious foods. Then, she began walking to incorporate exercise into her weight loss plan and starting running a few months after.

“I have never been able to run around a track once in my life without stopping. And now to run a marathon seven months later at the age of 43 blows my mind!”

Kristin had been losing weight consistently, but as soon as she began running she noticed a drastic weight change.

“I have lost 125 pounds, gone from a size 24 to a size 8 and I feel amazing. I have energy to do anything I want. I made my daughter run with me in the beginning and I have inspired a love for running in her as well. All I want in life is to be an inspiration to my family and to be healthy enough to lead a long life and enjoy every minute of it.”

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Kristin’s advice to anyone thinking of improving their health and starting their running journey: “Take it one day at a time. You may have bad days. The important thing is to start again the next day and never give up.”

“I am running the Colfax Marathon this year as a reward to myself. A reward for how far I have come. Hopefully I will keep my daughter motivated and she will run it with me as a reward to herself next year.”

Cycling to Good Health

Recently Weigh and Win participant Juana Martinez not only lost her brother, her health was also suffering. After months of not feeling well, she made an appointment with her doctor.

“I have a family history of diabetes and have seen first-hand the trouble my family members have experienced as a result of their diabetes. So when my doctor told me I was borderline diabetic, it was the wakeup call I needed,” said Juana.

Juana immediately changed her eating habits and made physical activity a priority by beginning to bike to work every day.

“I love the way I feel riding to and from work. It clears my mind and I get my exercise in for the day. Plus, I’m saving money on parking and a bus pass.”

Cycling has also helped Juana strengthen the muscles in her legs, reducing the pain in her hips and knees.

“I’m able to do challenging hikes now. I even climbed my first 14er.”

In addition to biking, Juana joined Weigh and Win, a free Colorado program that provides technology-based health coaching, progress tracking and cash rewards for weight improvement.

“Every day I read through my coaching email from Weigh and Win. Whether it’s learning about heart rate or portion control – it gets me engaged in my health. The photographed weigh-ins are really beneficial. As I’m toning up and getting stronger, I can go back and compare what I look like now to the old me. It motivates me because I don’t want to be the person I was before.”

Two years later, Juana is twenty three pounds lighter and feels healthier and stronger than ever before.

“I love the way I feel after a long bike ride. I’m always sharing what I’m doing with friends and family, and encouraging them to get outside and get healthier, too.”

Success Story: Sue M.

Sue Menges joined the Weigh and Win program in February of 2015 after learning from a doctor’s appointment she was borderline diabetic. After seven months of slow, sustainable lifestyle changes, she is fifty pounds lighter and her A1C levels are in the normal levels.  Read more about her story below.

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What motivated you to join Weigh and Win?
My doctor told me I was borderline diabetic and needed to make a change.  I discovered that Weigh and Win had set up a portable kiosk so I went online to see what it was all about.  I thought that being rewarded for working hard at losing weight was a super incentive!

What were your goals when you started the program?
I wanted to lower my A1C & get healthier so I met with a nutritionist to learn how to eat.  I also wanted to lose weight because I knew that losing weight I would feel better and be healthier.

Why has Weigh and Win worked for you and what do you like about the program?
I like the program because it helps make you accountable, sends you email tips and also rewards you for your hard work.

Do you have any tips or advice for new participants to Weigh and Win?
One of the hard things is to recognize that making a lifestyle change is not easy but that you need to stick with it and it WILL get easier before you know it.  I drink Hint water as well as regular water because it has a hint of flavor and nothing bad in it (works well if you get tired of plain water.)I take a bite of food and put the fork down on the table and slowly chew my bite of food and swallow before I pick up the fork again. I get salad dressing on the side and dip my fork into it and then into the salad.  My very fist exercise was walking a mile a day.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
It is not easy, but so worth it.  It helps to have family and friend’s support and encouragement.  Reward yourself with a NON FOOD reward.  It is amazing, but after one year of eating healthy I don’t crave sugary items or bread anymore.

Has the Weigh and Win program and your weight loss had any effect medically? Have you reduced or prevented your need or any medications? 
When I started my A1C were 6.0 and blood pressure medicine was 20 mg.  Now my A1C are 5.6 and blood pressure medicine is 5mg.  I still need to lose 30 more pounds, which will be easy now!

Losing Weight, Gaining Confidence

In 2013, Sharla Williams found the perfect prescription to cure her ailments – running.

“It was a time in my life where I was overweight and miserable,” said Weigh and Win participant Sharla. “I just didn’t feel good about myself and I was depressed.”

That same year she signed up to run in the Corporate Cup Relay for her job. She decided to take it seriously and started to train.

“I began running on a treadmill, starting off at a very slow speed. Every couple of weeks, I would increase my speed. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, but I kept going.”

Sharla’s hard work paid off, she completed her leg of the marathon (6 miles) in less than one hour and gained the confidence and motivation she needed to commit to living a healthier lifestyle.

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That same year, Sharla joined Weigh and Win, a free Colorado program that provides technology-based health coaching, progress tracking and cash rewards for weight improvement.

“Weigh and Win helped me achieve my health goals with meal and snack suggestions that were texted to me daily. I also love how the program tracks my progress with weigh-in photographs so I can see how I have changed over time.”

In 2014, Sharla signed up and ran a longer leg in the 2014 Corporate Cup Relay and still finished in less than one hour. In 2015, she ran the half-marathon, which she is running again this year.

“My ultimate goal is to run the full marathon at the 2017 Colfax Marathon for my 35th birthday.”

Sharla uses her love of running and new-found confidence to encourage others to get healthy.

“Running gave me a whole new type of confidence. Not to mention I have been able to motivate my friends and family to become more physically active as well.”

When Sharla first started running, she weighed 159 pounds and wore a size 12. A year later, she was thirty pounds lighter and down to a size 4.

Before (on right): May 2013 After (on left): August 2014
Before (on right): May 2013
After (on left): August 2014

“My advice for anyone who is starting their journey is that at the end of the day no one can push you or make you do it. You have to be willing to do it for yourself. Some days are going to be hard but you have to make the decision to keep pushing through.”

Reason To Run Contest Winner

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Weigh and Win asked for participants to share their reason to run for a chance to win a $75 gift card.  Thank you to everyone who entered – the entries were inspiring!

Congratulations to the Contest Winner:

AJ Benefield

“I started running to get in shape. In the running community I found friends that have turned to family. I believe that the health that I gained through running helped me to overcome a Breast Cancer diagnosis at 33 years old. I now still run to try and keep the cancer away.”
-AJ

 

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Not JUST Another Tool to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

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Free Resources Help Coloradans Stick to (and Achieve) a New Year’s Resolution

DENVER, Dec. 28, 2015 – Every holiday season, millions of Americans ring in the New Year with a common goal: weight loss. Whether motivation stems from wanting to fit into last year’s jeans or simply wishing to be healthier, data shows “staying fit and healthy” as the top New Year’s resolution of 2015 for Americans, followed closely by “lose weight.” According to a study done at the University of Scranton, of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions, 64 percent maintain them past one month and 46 percent past six months. Only 8 percent of people are actually successful in achieving New Year’s resolution goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle is attainable if a person has access to the correct educational tools and support. In the United States, $40 billion is unnecessarily spent on weight loss every year, a number that could decrease exponentially by utilizing free community resources such as the Weigh and Win program (primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente). Not only would obesity rates decrease, but the amount spent on medications for obesity related ailments such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart related issues, would follow suit.

“To compliment my healthy living New Year’s resolution, I joined Weigh and Win in January of 2014. My father passed away at 73 and my mother at 78; I had just turned 70,” said Weigh and Win success story Suzanna Spears.  “Weigh and Win was not only a free resource but a daily reminder of the commitment I had made to myself. I have lost weight and built muscle and stamina. People even comment on how I look better.”

Spears has since competed as a walker in 10 5k’s, 9 of which she has taken first place.

“The greatest benefit is knowing that, as I approach my 72nd birthday next month, I am a different person and have improved my quality of life. I still check-in with Weigh and Win daily,” said Spears.

Weigh and Win has helped thousands of Coloradans reach their goals. To date, the program is made up of 70,000 participants. The average weight loss for a successful participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds.

“My husband Ron and I were looking at our weight as a barrier for us enjoying life including traveling, going anywhere seats may be too small or where we may have to walk too far,” said Weigh and Win participant Julie Brown. “Since our successes with Weigh and Win, Ron has been taken off full-time oxygen and diabetes medication and is working full-time for the first time in a decade. Weigh and Win made us accountable to our goals while receiving daily, positive reminders, tips and money to boot!”

Weigh and Win is available for free to all Coloradans 18 and over. Sign up for an account today at www.weighandwin.com.

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