Win prizes and make gains by los­ing big

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jus­tine Glu­cina

The search for Auck­land’s Big­gest Loser is on.

In­spired by the Amer­i­can fit­ness re­al­ity television show, fire­fighter Chonell Ford and friend Kim­ber­ley Joe are vol­un­teer­ing their time to chal­lenge peo­ple for Auck­land’s equiv­a­lent.

The 12-week com­mu­nity pro­grammes run reg­u­larly in Mis­sion Bay and New­mar­ket and in­clude ad­vice on nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise.

Mrs Ford, also a per­sonal well­ness coach, says the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween clients is in­spir­ing.

“They are get­ting great re­sults. Ev­ery­one in the classes are all in the same boat, whether they are strug­gling with weight loss or los­ing mo­ti­va­tion. The feed­back has been in­spir­ing be­cause they are com­pet­ing with each other and don’t want to let the other per­son win.”

Weekly meet­ings en­sure clients are kept on track.

For Michelle Reti the meet­ings have been a source of in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion.

“It’s good be­cause it’s mainly women who are all go­ing through the same thing. It’s a good kick up the back­side and if you need some­one to talk to, they are there.”

She says she has changed her eat­ing habits in just a month and feels bet­ter phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally.

In the first week, she lost 5.9kg, and hopes to lose a to­tal of 20kg by the end of the 12 weeks.

With three school-aged chil­dren, she is rev­el­ling in her new-found en­ergy.

“I’m eat­ing health­ier and my en­ergy lev­els are 10 times bet­ter. I can be a bet­ter mother for them.”

Mrs Ford says Mrs Reti’s weight loss is an “awe­some amount”, and hopes it will in­spire other women to take the first step.

The Weight Loss Chal­lenge and Class sup­ports all weight loss pro­grammes, such as Jenny Craig, Sure Slim and Weight Watch­ers.

Mrs Ford says coaches can also rec­om­mend easy and suc­cess­ful op­tions that fit a per­son’s bud­get.

A web­site tells clients about as­pects of weight loss and di­et­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants weigh in each week and the three peo­ple with the high­est per­cent­age of weight lost at the end of the course win prize money.

“More par­tic­i­pants equates to more fun and a big­ger prize pot,” says Mrs Ford.

The win­ner gets 50 per­cent of the “pot”, sec­ond is 30 per­cent and third is 20 per­cent. A sep­a­rate prize goes to the per­son with the high­est mea­sure­ment loss.

New pro­grammes start reg­u­larly and cost $29, all of which is paid back to the win­ners in prizes and cash.

Con­tact Kim­ber­ley Joe on 578-0390 or 021-921-382.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Big­gest Loser: Chonelle Ford, left, and Kim­berly Joe, right, are run­ning weight loss chal­lenges to find the East­ern Bays Big­gest Loser. Par­tic­i­pant Michelle Reti, cen­tre, says the chal­lenge has been in­spir­ing.

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