WAFF's Biggest Loser competition begins

By Eric Sollman - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - If you didn't already know, news never sleeps, and finding time for exercise is extremely difficult for many of us in the business.

Many of you also lead busy lives and find it hard to take care of your body.

Here at WAFF 48 News, we've drawn a little inspiration from NBC's The Biggest Loser.

For three months this summer, many on our staff held their own competition.

When I [Eric Sollman] was first asked to host the competition, I found it to be quite difficult.

Everyone seemed to have their reasons for not joining, and many were the same reasons.

News is a fast paced, high stress business, but it's also competitive.

As soon as a few people joined, the list of competitors grew faster than a four alarm fire.

On the first day of weigh-ins, 56 feet stepped up to the scale, including 28 people from all departments, from sales and marketing to news and weather.

We were well on our way to losing weight as a station.

Next, we had to set some ground rules.

We split into four teams of seven with each team having two coaches or motivators.

Every competitor had to work out at least three days a week for 30 minutes each day, and track it on paper.

Our athletes would get one point for each day they worked out, and there would be two point challenges where competitors could gain an extra edge.

We set up individual prizes for those who worked out the most days, and prizes for the team who had the highest percentage of weight lost.

Along the way, we would have side bar competitions with the help of our friends at Huntsville Hospital's wellness center.

Over the next month, you'll meet the trainers and nutritionist who helped make our competition a winner.

You'll also meet more of our competitors,many of whom you already know, and hear about their struggles and triumphs.

As the competition heats up, see how the weight drops off.

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