I would refer you to Kelly Ogle's My Two Cents segment last week for details regarding the News9 fitness contest, but it wasn't exactly flattering for at least 1 team (okay, it was mine) so here's my version.

75% of the employees at News9 are finishing up an initiative to encourage better health through participation in a walking contest. There are 39 teams competing with 4 employees on each team. Each person wears a pedometer and records their number of steps each day. The goal is for every employee to walk at least 10,000 steps per day which is roughly 4 to 5 miles.

I have to tell you, the trash talking got ugly in a hurry. There was no such thing as below the belt. Name calling, public humiliation, and personal threats were just the tip of the iceberg. Morals also went out the window as people resorted to everything from bribery to shaking the pedometer to wearing multiple pedometers and adding up the totals. It was even suggested you could conveniently allow your pedometer to end up in the clothes dryer!

I suddenly realized I had a serious problem. I was about to embark on a 2 week vacation to the beach. Decision time, let the team down or take a much needed break. I became desperate. My pedometer mysteriously found its way into my 1 year old daughter's hands. Let's just say the dishwasher wasn't kind. Unfortunately my plan failed however, the pedometer worked as though it were indestructible. The display is a little faded though.

We will now fast forward to the last week of the competition. The Doppler Dudes have been pulling up the caboose for weeks, but giving up is not in my nature. I have seen the light, and I took some lessons from one of the master walkers (Kelly Ogle) while simultaneously showing forgiveness. You heard me right; I am even walking the halls during the commercial breaks with the My Two Cents character. Good thing too, because the email from our team captain said it all: "Doppler Dudes!!! We're out of the basement!"