As a multi-year finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s Healthiest Company awards, The Event Team has a reputation to uphold! The biggest culprits that have been distracting us from this? Delicious treats at the lunch table from various group birthday celebrations and summertime happy hours tempting us to eat/drink more and exercise less!
So enough is enough! As an office, we decided it’s time for our annual Fat-Off! In prior years, this has been an individual weight-loss competition with a winner-take-home prize. This year, we chose to stick together and reach our individual goals with a group effort and both individual/group rewards. This will allow the entire team to support each other along the way and celebrate our common commitment to healthy living!
Earlier this week, the team participated in the “before” weigh-in, with help from our neighbors at The Perfect Workout in Mission Valley (check out their website and like them on Facebook…they are lovely to work with and dedicated to helping people reach their health/fitness goals). We measured weight, as well as body fat percentage, muscle percentage, BMI, V-fat, and our “fitness age”. The results weren’t terrible, but we all agreed that there is much room for improvement!
Most of us are aiming for a healthy 5-10 lb weight loss goal by our final weigh-in on August 2nd. We (ten of us – 4 men, 6 women) are starting with a combined weight of 1,873 lbs and have a combined weight loss goal of 97 lbs. There have already been positive changes around the office, including short, healthy lunches followed by a quick afternoon walk with group discussions about how to finish out the day with a healthy dinner and more exercise. As a DMC, The Event Team is already accustomed to working together toward a common goal when it comes to event planning. We’re all happy to extend that team spirit toward healthier lifestyles. Stay tuned for updates along the way! Or better yet, gather a group at your office and join us by organizing your own office Fat Off! We’d love to support your efforts too!
Thoughts from the rest of the team…
“I am excited we are working towards a healthier lifestyle –looking forward to some fat coming off!”
Danny Fisk, GM – Los Angeles
“This is the motivation I’ve needed… fewer desserts = better life!”
Dick Burson, National Sales Manager
“I’m excited about the Fat Off and doing it as an office. It is great motivation to know others are supporting you and a little competition is good to keep you on track. To stay on track with my workouts and healthy eating, I need to be held accountable.”
Paige Weeber, VP Operations
“I’m glad to be participating in the Fat Off with everyone because it’s important to have support on the road to getting healthier! I’ve already changed my exercise habits this year so hopefully it will help me reign in the eating habits.”
Jessica Ingalls, Operations Assistant
“I’m glad to be participating in the Fat Off with my co-workers because dieting is much tougher by yourself and to have this great support group will make it easier and more fun!”
Matt Robbins, President
“I hope to improve my body fat % during the Fat-Off. I have never been tested for body fat %… needless to say I was surprised and immediately depressed.”
Katie Bowen, Executive Assistant
“So it’s day 4 of the fat-off. I’m still alive, but I stared at pasta for 8 minutes before having salmon instead last night and I had to pretend grapes were chocolate chip cookies today. Needless to say, it has not been easy, but having the support of the office has been overwhelmingly helpful to getting back to my soccer days shape.”
Rachel Horgan, Sales Assistant
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single-digit pant size since birth. Do I think I will see a single digit pant size after this Fat Off? Let’s not kid ourselves, I’m a large lady. However, if my current double-digit-size pants fit a little bit better in seven weeks, I’ll celebrate. Probably by drinking a glass of wine and eating some ice cream. Wait, am I missing the point of all this?”
Lindsay White, Director of Sales & Marketing
“I’m excited to be participating in the Fat Off with my co-workers because we’re working together to achieve our goals. Having their support and motivation on a daily basis will definitely help me stick to it and shed pounds!”
Jackie Fennelly, Sales & Marketing Assistant
“It’s great fun to lose weight with your office friends, lots of motivation and everyone wins.”
Bill Yahres, VP Sales & Marketing