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Biggest Loser: Office Edition.

September 22, 2010 by Carolina

After last year’s holiday season my fearless leader at work decided to start a Biggest Loser contest at the office — I was quick to jump on board! A decadent holiday season left me with unwanted pounds. I also had the Disney Princess Half Marathon to train for; that was all the motivation I needed. The rules were simple: $20 buy in, 6 weeks to lose the highest weight percentage, winner takes the entire pot.

Spite is a big motivator for me, always has been. When buzz around the office started to grow about this competition, some of my coworkers told me I wouldn’t win. According to them, I’m already petite & therefore would have a harder time losing weight…so they thought. I entered the contest armed with determination, a running regiment & with my eye on the prize.

The six weeks came & went, I managed to lose 9.6% of my body weight…and was the Biggest Loser!  I loved the motivation we all afforded each other & the results we achieved by leading healthy lifestyles. Now, several months since the last Biggest Loser: Office Edition challenge, we started it up again. This time, as the previous winner, I am not competiting for the pot — call me impartial Switzerland. I am coordinating the contest, sending out updates & motivating the contestants along the way in hopes of starting a tradition of the next winner leading the next one & so forth.

Now wait a minute, just because I’m not competing doesn’t mean I won’t be shedding some pounds. I haven’t been as strict with my running regiment as I have been in the past & there are a few pounds I’m wanting to shed. I’ve upped the ante in my nutrition (which you will see here in the coming weeks) & my running schedule. This weekend I’ll be running the Miracles & Miles 15K. Next weekend I’m running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. I will admit: I’m very nervous about my second half marathon. I don’t feel nearly as prepared as the first time but I am determined to finish…even if I have to crawl pass the finish line.

Katie is currently training for a 15K (go girl!); I have a feeling there will be plenty of running talk & nutritional tips as we get ready for our races. Get ready to lace your running shoes, eat your protein & carbohydrates & be the Biggest Loser. In the best possible kind of way.


Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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