Top Performers

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I wanted to share an e-mail I received that I'm feeling very good about! The Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota paired with The Biggest Loser to sponsor a weight loss challenge from January 15 - April 15.
I have deleted questions 1-6 of the interview simply because they were name, address, contact info etc.


Congratulations! Your team ranked among the top performers within your division in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge!

The Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota would like to highlight your success by sharing your story in a writeup that will be shared with local media in your area and on the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota's website.

Thanks for your incredible participation in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge!

Winning Group Teams
Team Name: Excess Baggage Team Captain: Laurie Team: myself and my husband, Steve

7.How did your team come together? We were watching the 1st episode of Biggest Loser January 4th 2011. (BL happens to be our favorite show to watch together.) An ad came on for the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge which sent both Steve and I grabbing for our lap tops to look closer at what they were talking about. I was ready to jump on board immediately. Steve told me to go ahead and do it on my own. I wanted to do it together, so during the show I kept after him. Finally I said "what would Jillian say" That's all it took. By the end of the show we had created our team Excess Baggage. How do you know one another? We are husband and wife.

8.Why did you decide to compete in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge? Laurie: Hearing the ad during the 1st episode just flipped a switch for me. Also, a chance to go to the BL Live Finale was an opportunity I didn't want to pass by without trying. Steve: To become healthier and also my wife was in my face very much like I think Jillian would have been.

9.What motivated you to continue towards your goal? Laurie: I like how I feel. I like talking with family, friends and work mates about eating healthier. Steve keeps me motivated. I would have been at a jumping off place in April if Steve hadn't been their doing this with me. It has been fantastic going through this process with my husband!! Steve: Because I feel better.

10.Did you and your teammates do anything to help keep one another motivated? We have gone to the grocery store several times!! We have tried several new recipes, very healthy. When it comes to our workouts, we don't tell each other we "have to do it" but we just ask each other what we are doing today for exercise.

11.What was the hardest part about losing the weight (if applicable)? Laurie: Staying motivated when my weight wasn't dropping off like I wanted it to. Steve: Changing eating habits.

12.Do you have a favorite exercise? Laurie: I am learning how to run. It's not my favorite, yet but it is something I'm proud of. I want to run a 5K before the end of summer. Steve: Treadmill.

13.Do you have a favorite healthy meal or snack? Laurie: Two recipes I found. Both very healthy. Shepards Pie and Mexican Style Brown Rice Casserole. Steve: Almonds and the Mexican Style Brown Rice Casserole.

14.Are there any foods you’re tempted by? Laurie: Anything where sugar is the first word listed in the ingredients. Steve: Fast food. How do you deal with that? Laurie: Chewing gum, orange cinnamon tea, an occasional piece of hard candy. Steve: Pack a lunch.

15.How will you stay motivated to keep it up after the competition? Laurie: The key for me has been and will continue to be doing this together. Our habits have changed and are changing together. I couldn't have done as well as I have done without doing this with Steve. Steve: I feel so great. That's motivation enough.

16.What’s the best advice you can give someone who’s struggling with his or her weight? Laurie: Find a partner to share the experience with. I also discovered a free web-site, It is truly amazing. I'm recommending it to everyone who comments about my weight loss. Steve: Keep at it.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Awesome! I didn't know you had such a great program outside of sparkpeople. And having your husband on board is great. The household changing, not just one person, makes for a really positive environment.
    The grocery shopping habits will stick.....I know that for sure. Once you start shopping the perimeter and staying away form all the processed crap, you just can't go back.
    For me, I am working (fairly successfully) at making good choices outside the home. Still need some work but what I have learned here at sparkpeople has been nothing short of miraculous!
    You are a great emoticon and an inspiration!

    (trying to talk hubby into getting a treadmill because of you emoticon )
    2829 days ago
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    Way to go!!!
    2835 days ago
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