Big Weight Loss Challenge
Congratulations to our winners and all of the participants!
Jay Hunt- 15% change in body weight
"I was getting out of the pool one day and Carla (the lifeguard) noticed I had lost weight," he said. "That one comment gave me the encouragement to keep going and motivated me to want to win."
Cutting back on calories and an additional meal a day also contributed to Jay's 15% change in body weight. His advice to people trying to make lifestyle changes, including weight loss?
Sheila Lodwick- 8% change in body weight
Many of us can relate to Sheila's weight loss journey. An injury and a working from home prevented her from working out. Sheila said an email about the Big Weight Loss Challenge was what she needed to get back on track and jump start her fitness.
"I decided I would set modest goals- lose a pound a week," she said. "After I lost eight pounds, I was more motivated to keep going."
Sheila points to the enthusiasm and encouragement of the personal trainers who taught the group classes, especially Joe Morrison, and diet advice from Pauline Calabrese, one of The J's personal trainers, as highlights of the contest for her.
"My family was encouraging but the reinforcement from the staff meant everything," she said.
"I would see other members from my group classes or on the track and locker room and it was nice to see a familiar face," she said. "It really makes you feel like you are part of a community."