Collectively, students, faculty and staff lost 311 pounds as part of The W’s annual Spring Fitness Challenge.

There were a total of 164 active participants, according to LeAnn Alexander, director of Campus Recreation. The challenge kicked off in January.

“This year’s Spring Fitness Challenge was filled with great competition and most of all participants who were serious about shedding some weight. This program has been a staple in jump-starting healthy lifestyles on this campus. We should start seeing a shift in culture across campus in the years to come and I am excited about it” Alexander said.

Gold Winners in the staff category (female/male) were Jill O’Bryant, who lost 20 pounds, and Tim Gould, who lost 33 pounds.

O’Bryant, executive assistant to the president, said she was excited to win and plans to keep the momentum going.

She said, “The yearly W weight loss challenge is a great way to lose weight because of the accountability. I also rejoined Weight Watchers, so that helped me to correct my poor eating habits. I am not a big fan of exercise, but I don’t mind walking. I try to walk several mornings a week before work on The W’s outdoor walking path.”

Her advice to others: “There is no better day to get started than today. You can’t wait for the right day to get started; you just have to do it. Also, when you have a bad day or week, you just have to jump back in there and get going again. Never give up!”

She also thanked her cheering section—friends and co-workers who were at the reveal. “Although they were a little loud and obnoxious, it’s always nice to have family and friends who encourage me.”

Gould, head soccer coach, said, he was pleased with his results and also proud of the other participants.

“My success was all dependent upon following the Keto Diet during the last three months. I am in a group chat with two close friends and we support one another with pictures of meals we make at home or eat at restaurants.”

He added, “I think having goals is important for something like this, especially when broken down into smaller units of time like weeks or months. Losing large amounts of weight is possible when you focus on the process compared to the number on the scale.”

Gold winners in the student category (female/male) were Suveksha Bhujel (15.6 pounds), William Cutrer (21 pounds) and Franciso Lopes (15.2 pounds).
The winners were awarded $100 gift cards.

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