by Susie Ellis
The SpaFinder Biggest Loser Contest began in January and ended with our “grand finale” yesterday! We got down to our final 4, pictured here from left to right: Lisa (Accounting), Dan (SpaBooker), Sarah (Publishing), Nikki (Accounting) and each stepped on the scale for the final time at 5:00 p.m. Our winner was Sarah Day – who had lost the highest percentage of body weight and about 22 lbs! Her prize was a week at the spa of her choice – and she chose Rancho la Puerta!
We had designed our Biggest Loser contest to have a runner up – someone who had been voted off and didn’t make it into the final four but lost the most weight. That winner (pictured to the right with Sarah Day) was Raul Diaz (Online Marketing) who lost 55 lbs!
His prize was a weekend at a spa and he choose the Lodge at Woodloch.
And finally, there was a prize for the group who lost the most weight. That prize – a group trip to a day spa in New York for a spa treatment and lunch at Great Jones Spa – was won by the group named the Ice Screamers. This group lost over 100 lbs in total (yes, that’s me on the right and I did contribute 4 lbs of that weight loss). Also pictured from left to right: Raul, Amanda (Web Editor), Alex (SpaBooker), Emma (Accounting), Reggie (IT), and Nikki.
All in all, this contest was a huge success. The company lost about 275 lbs and since the contest lasted for 4 months, this was not as much about a crash diet as it was about losing and keeping the weight off. The unexpected pay-off was getting to know people in other departments and learning that working for your team mates can be a greater incentive than just losing weight for yourself.
And the final lesson – that it is possible for someone to make it to the final four (Dan) who never lost a pound but was so clever at forming (and deceiving) alliances that he taught us that strategy is definitely part of the game. (On the other hand, in the end….seems that you will have to pay your own way to a spa Dan.)
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