Gladewater man slims down in incentive weight-loss challenge - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Gladewater man slims down in incentive based weight-loss challenge

Posted: Updated:

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Sometimes a little competition can be just what a person needs to lose weight and keep it off.  A Mayo Clinic study finds a well- designed weight-loss incentive program where cash is on the line produces more weight loss and long-term success.


This happened for a Gladewater man.  Stephen Courtright took his bosses' challenge at Joy Global in Longview to join a weight loss team and he's glad he did.

Stephen Courtright's love for tennis, is a lot like his love for food.

"I like to eat. Pretty much it was something I have been taught in the past, you have got to finish your plate," says Stephen Courtright. 

For much of his life, Stephen struggled with his weight. He'd lost weight before, more than 70 pounds, only to gain it back.  "One of the things I told them is once I do this I am all in," says Stephen, 

The HealthyWage weight loss challenge taught Stephen something valuable.

"In this case, it was a life changing effort.  It was changing my eating habits," says Stephen.
"I cut everything in half. Instead of realizing I just paid for food and had to eat it all. What I would do is I would sit down and take half of that and immediately have the lady give me a to-go or if I was at home I would cut it in half."

Stephen also tripled his activity level working out morning, noon and night.

"I realized if I was going to make a life changing effort it was going to have to be convenient. Something I would normally do," says Stephen.

He also logs everything on this "Lose It App."

"I would see I just ate that and I would be like what am I going to do to get that off," says Stephen.

Stephen ended up losing 50 pounds during the healthy wage competition.

"I like being in 32 pants rather than 38 pants. I like that," says Stephen.

He earned a some money in the team challenge, but the benefits don't end there.

"It immediately gave me a lot more energy, which I think is why I did  so well because I immediately felt better," says Stephen.

The competition ended in the summer and Stephen still feels great!  He's now in "maintenance mode", which he admits is hard, but he's sticking to his portion control plan.
Overall, Stephen and his teammates at joy global took third in the HealthyWage challenge.



  • Local NewsMore>>

  • In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    In somber ceremony, Dutch welcome home first remains of MH17 victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:47:58 GMT
    CNNCNN
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
    (CNN) -- A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.More >>
  • Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Washington family says dog reunited with Texas family belongs to them

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:25:07 GMT
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
    It was a joyous reunion for one family and a devastating loss for another. The Miller family of Tyler lost their beloved Maltese named Reese seven years ago. The little white dog escaped while the Millers were visiting family in Balch Springs.More >>
  • ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:43:13 GMT
    photo: (ICE)photo: (ICE)
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.