On Thursday, it was time once again to take off our shoes and step up... and weigh in.
Here at NewsChannel 11 since September, a lot of us at the station have been attending Weight Watcher meetings right here in the studio every week. But Thursday was D-Day, as in diet deadline. So, here is our final report -- as NewsChannel 11 celebrates its biggest losers.
"You did so great," says Kim Martin, weight Watchers.
Our NewsChannel 11 team was a lot bigger back in September. We took it slow, the Weight Watcher way, losing a little every week.
In the Weight Watchers program, you can eat whatever you want, but every food has a point value. You need to eat up to a certain number of points every day, with extra points "stored" in sort of a savings account to pull from when you want to splurge.
Now, four months later, all of us took off our shoes, most of us got rid of jewelry. It was the last chance to lighten up and weigh in for the team. I went barefoot and even sleeveless in January, after all, this was our final weigh-in after a two week break through the holidays.
"Oh, you had a good Christmas," said Kim Martin.
Well, I might have slipped a little, but our group numbers looked good, another eight pounds gone for the team since our last meeting, bringing our total loss to 212 pounds!
So, of course, we celebrated with a meal, a low-fat meal. You see, while we've been learning about good eating habits, local restaurants have been sharing theirs. First, it was Subway, providing us with a variety of their low-fat sandwiches. Then, Pizza Hut let us try their new fit and delicious line of low fat pizzas with light meat and less cheese. Burger King brought over their new chicken and Taco Bell wanted us to taste their new entrees, but on Thursday, our team cooked up a light lunch with every low point treat you can think of... from lettuce wraps to key lime pie... we are eating better, and weighing less.
Okay, so who are the biggest losers at NewsChannel 11? Our winners were handed a barbell trophy to mark their contribution to the more than 200 pounds lost. Drumroll please.
Wilson Leftwich -- 23 pounds
Kim Owens -- 18.8 pounds
Janie Martinez -- 18.4 pounds
Cecelia Coy -- 15 pounds
This was great fun, and Kim says a lot of other area businesses have started team Weight Watcher programs at their school or office.