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Biggest Loser: Winner gets her inspiration to drop pounds from popular television show

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carolyn Burgess, of Bloomfield, was deemed the "Biggest Loser" with a loss of 34.4 pounds, which consisted of 12.54 percent of her body fat. Here, she is shown in before (at left) and after
(at right) the contest photos.(Submitted photos)
The second round of Greene County's Biggest Loser accumulated a loss of 345.8 pounds among the 20 participants in 13 weeks.

Organizer Jenny Ryser said the second round of the competition brought in double the number of participants than the first competition in the Spring.

Two of the participants participated in the second round, including the previous winner Jennifer Field -- who lost a total of 32.2 pounds.

"This time of year it's a lot harder to lose weight with the football games and the festivals," Ryser said, noting greasy food and soda are the normal food of choice at these events.

Carolyn Burgess, of Bloomfield, was deemed the "Biggest Loser" with a loss of 34.4 pounds, which consisted of 12.54 percent of her body fat. She took home the grand prize of $300.

Portia Hockman was a close second with 30.4 pounds lost, consisting of 12.28 percent of body fat lost. Misty Graf came in third place with a loss of 21.8 pounds and 11.07 percent of her body weight lost.

Burgess said the television show "Biggest Loser" has been an inspiration in her quest to lose weight, and was thrilled when the opportunity arose to take part in the local program.

"I had started on my own in January. I'm currently down 97 pounds. I had gotten so big and I worked from home so I didn't get much exercise. It got to the point I couldn't walk across the house without being in pain and anguish. I have two grandkids, and I want to be around for them. So, I came to the conclusion it was time to make a change," Burgess said.

She began watching reruns of the "Biggest Loser", and using exercise and eating tips in her daily lifestyle.

"I saw the advertisement for the Biggest Loser competition in Greene County and I knew I had to be a part of it," Burgess added.

The Biggest Loser competition made her work harder to strive for her weight loss goal, and she began moving up towards the top spots.

Despite an accident in her yard that caused pain in her knees and lower back, Burgess kept working towards her goal. She planned to take part in a 5K at Purdue with her family, but the pain was too much for the run.

"As a family we all pulled out of the race, and walked the trails (at Purdue). We walked two miles that day. It just really kind of warmed my heart," Burgess said.

When she returned to a Friday weigh-in, she noticed she was ranked fourth among the competitors.

"It really brought out a competitiveness in me I didn't know I had. I began moving up the charts. When I came back I noticed I was moving up the charts. In the last five weeks I really poured it on, and I was determined to finish it and finish it well," Burgess said.

She was determined to meet her goal and worked harder to do so.

"When I got to fourth place I wanted to move up. I moved up to second, and with two weeks left I was determined to get to first. But, the same week the person in front of me had a good week too. That didn't stop me, and that made me decide I was just going to work harder," Burgess explained.

Burgess has a goal to lose another 100 pounds, and encourages everyone to set goals for themselves.

"I don't think diets work ... I think diet implies temporary. If you're as heavy as I am, you have to make a lifestyle change," Burgess stressed. "Don't be afraid. There is a lot of help out there if you look for it and really want it."

Ryser said it may be January 2014 before another program starts, but she will advertise the competition before it begins.

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