2009 Featured Challengers

Teachers Group

2009 Featured Group

Stats

Occupation: Teachers
Results: Lost 91.5 lbs. of combined scale weight in 12-weeks*

Teachers Group

Name: Deana Enderle
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 40
City/State: North Bend, OH
Weight Loss: 12 lbs.

Name:
Clayton Lindley
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 47
City/State: Cincinnati, OH
Weight Loss: 20 lbs.

Name:
James Miles
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 42
City/State: Montgomery, OH
Weight Loss: 14 lbs.

Name:
Chad Packer
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 34
City/State: Liberty Township, OH
Weight Loss: 17.5 lbs.

Name:
Maureen Ruether
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 37
City/State: Cincinnati, OH
Weight Loss: 11 lbs.

Name:
Jennifer Stokes
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 28
City/State: Fairfield, OH
Weight Loss: 11 lbs.

Name:
Heather Switzer
Occupation: Teacher
Age: 33
City/State: Fairfield, OH
Weight Loss: 6 lbs.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation,” and we were no exception. We weren’t particularly happy about the shape we were in, but we had jobs and kids and homes to maintain. “There just wasn’t as much time for weight lifting or aerobics anymore,” we rationalized. “It was so simple to cruise through drive-thus,” we explained. So, like many Americans, we resigned ourselves to hiding in our clothes and blindfolded ourselves to what was happening to us: we were becoming tired, sluggish, “wish makers” rather than the “achievers” we had always been. We told our students that they could achieve anything, while we settled for less than our best. Our bodies for life had become bodies for laughs, but instead of DOING something about it, we WISHED for the energy, bodies, and metabolisms we used to have. After letting our lives become our excuses, we were all quietly desperate for a change, but how? And then someone brought up the Body-for-LIFE® Challenge… We entered the contest blindfolded to demonstrate our discomfort with our bodies, but each of us was secretly relieved we would not have to be seen by our colleagues. It was time for our blinders to come off, but ohhhhh, it was painful.
 
The first few weeks were exciting because we saw results right away. The novelty of following a new program WITH A FREE DAY was exhilarating. We shared recipes, bragged about Chocolate Myoplex® mixed with strawberry yogurt (as though we’d discovered a cure for the common cold), and obnoxiously crunched carrots during staff meetings crying out to all who would hear us, “Look at us! We’re losing weight and improving our eyesight at the same time!” Names like “Slim,” “Buff,” and “Pipes” were being tossed around like forgotten change in the dryer. We patted each other on the back for turning down Friday doughnuts, and said, “We can do this!”
 
Then the tough times came. We hit plateaus. The novelty of free day wore off. Time juggling was difficult. Life interfered. Weeks five to eight led to cravings of brownies, pizza, cold beer, and chicken wings. We might have folded, but we had each other and the Body-for-LIFE plan for support. We had Myoplex bars stuffed everywhere: desks, cars, diaper bags, between stacks of assignments that needed to be graded. We even had protein powder in our file cabinets. We made large quantities of the healthy foods we found at the Body-for-LIFE website and brought in enough to share with each other. We ran each other’s errands so we all had time to get to the gym. We re-committed ourselves to the process and each other, and we persevered.
 
In the final weeks, we noticed we were in a steady rhythm. We made our adjustments without even thinking about them. Rather than time juggling, we were time managing: we anticipated our needs and planned for obstacles. We knew what it took to lead healthy lifestyles, and the beauty of those final weeks was that it was becoming ingrained. The pride came from buying new bikinis in April and strutting around in our shorts and t-shirts at t-ball and soccer practices.
 
As the day of reckoning (final picture day) arrived, we admitted it was not just about winning the contest. It was about personal victory and being a part of something bigger that just one person trying to lose weight. It was showing our students that physical health is as important as mental health. It was showing our friends, colleagues, and family members that we were all able to change ourselves for the better. In the end, it was about seven friends who became healthy by walking the Body-for-LIFE path together.
 
We believe in each other and the power this experience has given us to make changes in our daily lives. Our old lives weren’t terrible existences, but now that we know something better, none of us will ever go back.
 
* Individual results will vary

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