From behind the desk, into the spotlight |

From behind the desk, into the spotlight

Most of the time, employees of The Union work behind the scene. This time, though, we turn the camera on a team of five determined to drop some unwanted pounds.

Sara Langes is the captain of a Meltdown team which includes Sarah Cohen, Melba Brown, Ken Gutierrez and Dixie Redfearn. Together, the “Mindset Meltdowners” weigh 953 pounds – almost half a ton. Their goal: to become so fit that 100 pounds drop away by Feb. 24.

With ages ranging from 23 to 55, the team varies in marital and parental status. One parent has teenage twins; another has grown children. One teammate, Sara, has already lost 120 pounds and is going for more. However different they are in their personal lives, though, what they have in common is a desire to have more energy, feel better and look better.

Changes are already occurring. Recreational, stress and mindless eating are diminishing. Sarah is starting to eat breakfast. Ken is giving attention to portion-size and minimizing high-calorie snacking. At the team’s request, the office celebration of ice cream and cake is being supplemented with a fresh vegetable tray. Teammates take turns preparing and stocking the office refrigerator with veggies to munch on. Walks before work, as well as during breaks and the noon hour, are scheduled into demanding, time-pressured schedules. A hula hoop keeps everything playful!

Will they succeed? They have to, because we’ll be watching them and reporting their progress, along with the other 120 plus other Meltdowner teams.

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