It's been 12 weeks since we started our weight loss challenge. with 25 people. Two moved away, some found they couldn't get to the station to meet with us very often, but those who pulled up a chair to sit in the studio for each meeting discovered there was less to put in that chair every week.
This week is the conclusion of our series "Let's Lose it Lubbock." We said in the beginning we were going to have a contest to see who lost the most weight. We will have the winners in a moment but first, a final lunch. It was a Weight Watchers pot luck sharing low-fat favorites like mango salsa, light cheesecake, fat free brownies and homemade tortilla wraps.
"If you get one of those half wraps that's two points and nine chips are two points," said Beverly.
So how did tamales get in here? Well, three people brought them after learning at an earlier meeting that Pedro's Tamales are Weight Watcher friendly. You can eat four chicken for five points or four beef for six. You see, we learned a lot in these twelve weeks about eating out and dining-in if you remember two things; watch your portions and make wise choices.
It all started with McDonalds, showing us that fast food doesn't have to be fat food when you can get healthy options like an Asian Salad and low-fat parfaits. Valentine's Day came with a warning...treat yourself occasionally because if you cut out what you enjoy most you set yourself up for failure. Then Subway joined our meeting to explain that by cutting down a little you can save a lot in fat and calories. Even a side of chips is not bad when they're baked.
On Week 6 Market Street showed us how to make low-fat substitutions for party dips or desserts, a lesson we tasted again when Applebee's set the table with a menu of ten choices, real meals full of flavor but low in points.
Next, a round of applause for Chick-Fil-A, their chicken is cooked in peanut oil, no trans fat there, and instead of fries you can substitute a fruit cup in the combo meal. We even sampled cafeteria food from LISD to see how they're trying to provide healthier meals for our kids at school.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was Pizza Hut, with a new option called "light and delicious" two slices add up to six points. "If you want to eat it, that's okay. Just remember to count it and to plan for it," said Teena.
So how did our group do after all these meals? In all, we lost 257 pounds! We'll start with the biggest losers one from the station and one from the community. Our community winner award goes to Miss Karla Hankins, who lost 18.2 pounds. No doubt it helped that this principal had a lot of support from every corner of her school.
Here at the station, Debbie is the winner, she has lost a total of 23 pounds. But that's not all, Peggy lost 10% of her weight and a lot of people dropped a lot of pounds these last few months. Nancy lost 10.4 pounds, Beverly and Eloiza lost 22 pounds each, Elizabeth lost 13 pounds, Clay lost 18.4 pounds, Denise lost 17.6 pounds, Sharon 1lost 0.6 pounds, Diane lost 22.2 pounds, Kim lost 15 pounds and even I lost 8 pounds.
A big hand goes out for what we've been doing here and for all the weight you we've lost and for each restaurant that put something in the basket and for just having a good time!
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