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By Michael Howlett mhowlett@civitasmedia.com

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The Carroll Wellness Center crowned its “Biggest Loser” champion on June 10, with the team led by Teresa Roberts of Masterpiece Fitness taking first place. Three five-member teams competed in the competition for six weeks.

“I had a very diverse group of gals varying in age, health conditions, fitness levels, and personalities. However, we came together as a team,” said Roberts. “I gave them all a common goal. I wanted to see a lifestyle change in each one. We never really talked about winning the contest; my ultimate goal was to truly make a difference in the lives of these delightful ladies.”

“Even though we had a lot of variables, there are essentials that are the same for all of us: commitment, hard work, and desperately desiring change. These girls rose to the occasion. Knowing I only had six weeks I put all of them in the water. I knew it would be the most effective way to burn calories, strengthen their cores, and we could work together as a team. An added bonus is the water is fun. It feels more like playing, than working…that is until you get out. Then you realize how hard you have worked, and it results in feeling relaxed, rather than beat up.”

Mary Gardner, Eleanor Dick, Karen Boyer, Karen Castelle and Katie Shockley composed the winning team. Gardner managed to lose 16.5 lbs. overall. She lost 1.25 inches off her chest, two inches off her waist, and 1.25 off her hips, while Dick lost 10.5 lbs. overall, while losing .25 inches off her chest, two inches off her waste and 1.25 off her hips. Boyer, who dropped 8.5 lbs. overall, lost two inches off her chest, 2.75 inches off her waist and 1.25 inches off her hips. Castelle lost 7 lbs., as well as .25 of an inch off her chest and 1.50 inches off her hips, and Shockley, who lost 6.5 lbs. overall, reduced her chest by two inches, her waist by three inches and her hips by 1.5 inches.

“I signed up for the Biggest Loser Challenge at the Carroll Wellness Center to get a jump-start on weight loss,” said Gardner, whose continued weight loss has now reached 25 pounds. “I was a very active person until I had some health issues two and a half years ago. It took me two years to get over my health problems. While having these problems, I was unable to be active and gained 40-plus pounds. With the extra weight, I didn’t feel like being active. When I got the email from CWC about the challenge, I decided to give it a try. This was exactly what I needed.”

“My goals for the future are to continue to live an active life and continue to eat right,” continued Gardner. “I have a goal to do the Ramblin’ Rose triathlon in Winston Salem on Aug. 17. It requires swimming, cycling and running. I feel strong about the cycling and running, however, with additional training from Teresa, I feel confident I will be ready for the swimming portion. I am also planning to do the New River Duathalon in August of this year.”

“I was very excited when I first learned that CWC was offering a weight loss challenge. Not only for the weight loss aspect, but for me, the personal training component and the support in making lifestyle changes were most important,” said Castelle. “Much of the success of our team goes to Teresa, her motivation and that we were able to work out together. During the day we had six different lives, but in the pool we all had the same goal. The peer support was very valuable.”

“When I started the six- week weight loss challenge I had a lot of leg pain from blood clots that made it difficult to work out in the weight room. Teresa was my trainer and she decided that the best way to help me was get me in the water,” said Shockley. “We met once a week and did water therapy/water aerobics. I then would do water aerobics about three other days a week. It has been the best thing for me, I feel so much stronger physically and mentally. My leg pain has also improved.”

“I signed up for the weight loss contest at the Carroll County Wellness Center in February. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I didn’t do very well because of a family illness that took me away from the area,” said Dick. “I entered the next contest and was lucky to have Teresa Roberts as my team leader. The motivation was high and we learned so much more than just how to exercise. My problem with plantar fasciitis disappeared within a few days after Teresa showed me how to stretch correctly. Teresa has come up with a plan that fits into our lifestyles so that we can continue to work out together. I am contemplating bumping it up a notch by trying to jog.”

“I could not be more proud of each one of the girls. They worked hard, obviously,” said Roberts. “Speaking as a personal trainer and from years of experience, successful personal training comes from the trainer and client giving 100 percent. One of my most fulfilling moments is watching people perform far beyond their expectations. When a client is willing to trust their trainer and try things out of their comfort zone in a safe manner we accomplish success.”

Michael Howlett can be contacted at 276-728-7311 or Twitter@MikeEHowlett

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