It was Oprah herself that inspired four Lubbock women to shed some pounds and eat healthy. "Karen saw the tv show and we put our heads together and came up with our own contract and the lifestyle changes that we needed to make," said Parkway Teacher, Penny Casner.
Last January, Kim, Penny, Karen, and Linda made an official contract for their group they call, 'The Four Lone Rangers'. But when they didn't stick to their guns, "We had to put a quarter in a jar every time we didn't do one of those things. And when they weren't losing pounds, losing quarters quickly got their attention. "There was quite a bit of it. We had an assembly the kids that couldn't pay we had them covered," says Penny.
The ladies decided to write up a new contract. "But we weren't pushing ourselves very much," says Parkway teacher, Kim Oldfield.
Last spring, they put those quarters to good use and hired personal trainer, Dan Doggett for help and inspiration. With dedication and hard work, the pounds started coming off and going to the gym was more like a girls night out.
"They have fun. I push them harder than they would push themselves. One of them's lost 8 dress sizes they've reduced body fat 8% to 10% they're progressing wonderfully. I'm really proud of them," says Personal Trainer, Dan Doggett.
"He's hard. Sometimes you just want to punch him, but he keeps you going," says Parkway Teacher, Karen Aton.
Staying fit is an everyday goal. "Ya'll are doing good just keep walking!" shouts Teacher Linda Moore to her students.
They've even brought their workouts to the classroom as a way to fight the childhood obesity epidemic facing the U.S. These teachers say they've not only seen big changes in their own lives but more importantly right here in the classroom and with exercise they find their students come more eager to learn each day. "They're the ones going is it time to go? And they motivate me to run as well and they just love it they have more energy and they can focus better," says Linda.
And they can focus on having a bigger impact on their students. "The stronger we've gotten physically the stronger we've gotten emotionally and we fell better about ourselves and that comes through in our teaching," says Kim.
The four are currently in New York at a photo shoot for Oprah magazine. Their story of commitment to working out and incorporating exercise in the classroom will be in next month's issue. They are also hoping to get a spot on the show.