BATESVILLE — The sixth Southeastern Indiana YMCA Community Transformation Challenge party March 14 for six women and two men started with David Bowie singing “Changes” during a Power Point presentation. Ooohs and aaahs could be heard as before and after photos of the contestants were viewed.
The grand prize winner was Ray Weidner, who dropped 8.72 percent of his body weight, earning an overnight stay for two at Belterra Casino. Although he was out of town for the final gathering, Weidner must have been a constant visitor at the Y – despite working in Harrison, Ohio, and living in Brookville – because he accumulated the most points of any contestant, 75, worth a local gift card.
Two Batesville men also received prizes for shedding weight: Tom Karbowski, 6.45 percent, duffel bag and shoes; and Chris Bowman, 5.91 percent, massage.
The top female loser was Leacarol Bennett, rural Batesville, at 6.69 percent, good enough for a massage. Second place honors went to Marveen Boor, Sunman, at 6.67 percent. She won shoes and a duffel bag.
Organizer Angela Hurley, SIY wellness director, told them, “You are the oldest females in the group. As you age, your metabolism slows down, so that’s phenomenal you were the top two losers!”
Nineteen competitors between 29-68 committed to the challenge and eight were still watching their food intake and activity levels 10 weeks later.
Collectively, they lost 78.8 pounds or an average of just under 10 pounds each.
“Everybody gets a pedometer,” Hurley announced. “Does everybody know the goal for steps you should take in a day?” Katie Kersey, Harrison, Ohio, guessed 2,000, but the correct answer is 10,000. A pedometer makes it easy to count.
Karbowski teasingly suggested the contest should start after the Super Bowl next year, because it’s so hard to diet during festivities like that. The director replied, “You’ve got to learn to deal with those situations.”