BIGGEST LOSER "4" — WEEK 12

Well that was it. Another 12 weeks gone—just like that. I’m always amazed how fast things go. One thing is certain though, time always passes. The only question is what will you have you done with it?

This was another great group of Biggest Losers. We started with 68 and ended with 31 making the final weigh-in, a little less than half the group which is about normal. I always tell them when we start: “Half of you won’t finish for one reason or other—which half are you going to be in?”

A lot of different things came up to take them out of the game: jobs, illnesses, vacations, summertime, lack of interest, too hard, not what they expected, ____________ (fill in the blank).

The ones that bother me the most are those that I simply never heard from. They just stopped coming. I always wonder if they’ll find a way to get what they want. Life always intrudes, and it’s what you do when that happens that makes all the difference.

Keep in mind, that I don’t feel that this is the only way. It’s just the way to lose the most weight in the shortest amount of time. It’s perfectly fine to take it a little slower and do it gradually. In fact, more than half of the remaining contestants ended up leaning in that direction.

Even if they just lose a pound a week, they can still get what they want. So it takes a year, or even a year and a half? Time is going to pass anyway. How long did it take to put the weight on?

One of the biggest challenges facing the group is figuring out what to do next. They’ve been used to being pushed by me and each other. We kept raising the intensity, and kept setting goals along the way.

Now what they need to do is set a new goal—right away. They need to figure out a new plan, and start working it, right now. Otherwise, things can easily slip back in the other direction.

We had several examples of how that can happen, with people going on vacation and gaining 8 & 10 pounds in just a week or two. Imagine if you “permanently” go on vacation. I once had a member lose 80 pounds and then put it back on—plus a few pounds!

It’s a lifestyle of making better choices that will stand the test of time. That’s one of the things our resident nutrition expert Camilla Whitkanack, MS RD talked about in our final meeting. She has a great presentation of good versus bad choices that’s always an eye-opener, and like with our last group, I believe it made quite an impact this time, too.

Of the 31 people who made the final weigh-in, most of them were able to do the final one-mile walk/run test to see how it compared with 12 weeks ago. The average improvement was around 3 minutes, with several completing the mile 4 minutes faster and one even took 6 minutes off her time!

The weekly winner was also our final winner, Josh Rigdon, who’d been feeling the heat from Bill Lewis, our 2nd place finisher. Josh turned it up in the last week, working out 3 times a day, and worked out 4 times on two different days.

All that calorie burning had the desired effect with Josh losing 4.5% of his body weight and a crazy 10.2 lbs in the final week. That brought his total up to a contest winning loss of 21.2% of body weight and a new Biggest Loser record of 57.6 lbs in 12 weeks. He won a $20 Kroger gift certificate from Dimond Brothers Insurance for being the weekly Biggest Loser, and the $500 grand prize for taking the top spot overall.

Josh had also taken some heat because he’s young and pretty athletic but he’s worked his butt off (literally). For the first time ever (and probably last time too), we’re including before and after photos so you can see for yourself.

Bill was pretty impressive too, losing 18.1% of his body weight and another 40.6 lbs, all at the young age of 67. That pretty much shot down the “lost it because you were young” theory. It also brought Bill’s total weight loss up to over 93 lbs in 24 weeks!

3rd place overall went to Judy Rush, who’s been pushing hard the entire time even though she has a bum knee. Judy lost 13.0% of her body weight and a total of 24.8 lbs making her the top lady this time around.

Here’s how the overall winner Josh fit into our Biggest Loser Hall of Fame:
1. Josh Rigdon lost 57.6 lbs in Biggest Loser “4” this summer.
2. Chris Redmon lost 56.5 lbs in Biggest Loser “3” last spring.
3. Bill Lewis lost 52.5 lbs in Biggest Loser “3.”
4. Joe Stidham lost 49.5 lbs in Biggest Loser “3.”
5. Steve Johnson, Jr. lost 44.0 lbs in Biggest Loser “1” last fall.

And finally, here are the total numbers for the 31 people who completed Biggest Loser “4” for the last 12 weeks. Contestants are listed in order of percent of weight loss and then total pounds lost.

Most of those who lost the least still reported a loss in inches and clothing sizes even if the scale wasn’t as kind. I think the numbers are going to start going their way soon though, especially given their great effort in the last few workouts and the final one mile run. It’s been an honor to work with all of them.

Name, %, lbs:
1. Josh Rigdon 21.2 57.6
2. Bill Lewis 18.1 40.6
3. Judy Rush 13.0 24.8
4. Steve Jones 11.8 29.8
5. Kelly Reed 11.6 23.0
6. Tracy Rush 10.6 25.4
7. Shawn Bowers 9.9 30.4
8. Mike Elledge 9.7 29.4
9. Darren German 9.3 28.0
10. Stacey Reed 8.8 17.0
11. Janet Tyler 8.7 15.2
12. Jeannie Kaufman 8.4 13.6
13. Kellie Gates 7.6 16.8
14. Jerryca Leeman 7.4 17.2
15. Theresa Finley 5.8 13.0
16. Pam Kelly 5.7 15.4
17. Laura Whitaker 5.5 16.2
18. Lisa Eskew 5.4 9.8
19. Rhonda Shaw 5.4 9.0
20. Kelli Stidham 5.2 14.0
21. John Kaufman 4.7 10.0
22. Sheri Hackett 4.5 10.0
23. Lynn Anderson 4.1 8.0
24. Bridgett Trover 3.6 6.6
25. Kathy Rhoads 3.5 6.2
26. Jasmine Camp 3.5 7.6
27. Shirley Fiscus 3.4 6.6
28. Tina Cooper 3.3 6.0
29. Karen Kerrick 3.0 4.5
30. Mandy Neal 2.6 5.8
31. Dawn Stewart 0.0 0.0

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