7:30 a.m., May 22)
Loser a big winner in more ways than one
By Fred Sherwin
Loser Ottawa winner Joanne Lahey is flanked
by AMD Boot Camp owner Adrian Delorey and
Live The Smart Way television host Kathy Smart.
normal circumstances being called a "big loser"
would be considered an insult. Not so for the 12 individuals
who took part in the Biggest Loser Ottawa challenge which
wrapped on Sunday and especially not true for Joanne Daly
who has earned the distinction of being named Ottawa's
Biggest Loser after shedding nearly 32 lbs and 45 inches
during the past three months.
beaming Daly picked up her winnings on Monday, which included
12 months worth of AMD boot camps and 12 Juice Monkey
lunches designed by Kathy Smart.
Sunday, Daly joined her fellow Big Losers for the final
weigh in. The results were extremely close. In fact, Joanne
beat the second place finisher Doug Feltmate by slightly
over a pound. She came into the challenge weighing in
at 236 lbs. and dropped 31.8 lbs., which accounted for
13,5 per cent of her body weight.
started out at 291 lbs. and lost 38.2 lbs., which is 13.15
per cent of his body weight. The difference between 13.15
per cent and 13.51 per cent is 1.02 pounds.
truth is that there are no losers when it comes to the
Biggest Loser, the group lost a total of 250 lbs. and
an average of 40 inches per person -- and it was all done
without the aid of calorie counting or exercise machines.
Daly, Sunday's weigh-in was the high point of a journey
that began last spring when she was diagnosed with breast
cancer. After successfully undergoing treatment, Daly
was determined to make some lifestyle changes beginning
what she ate.
long afterwards, her neice Johanne Morin suggested they
go to a nutrition workshop in Navan. The topic was "10
Super Foods" and the speaker was Live The Smart Way
author and TV host Kathy Smart.
the seminar, Smart invited Daly to join her Facebook page
which she did. Smart then posted an invitation on the
page inviting her Facebook friends to apply to be a contestant
on Biggest Loser Ottawa.
first I wasn't sure if they would take a cancer survivor,
and then the doubts started setting in, but then I thought
'Why not', so I decided to go for it." says Daly.
challenge included three boot camp sessions a week given
by AMD owner and local fitness guru Adrian Delorey who
approached Smart with the idea for Biggest Loser Ottawa
back in September.
contestant also received personal training sessions with
Delorey and Smart and a crash course in proper nutrition
that included kitchen raids in the challengers' homes,
grocery store tours, healthy recipies and meal plans,
all put together by Smart.
also benefitted from having a partner at home who did
all the grocery shopping and cooking, including her lunches.
I was a little spoiled. He allowed me to stay focused
and stay out of the kitchen/ I went to work never knowing
what my lunch was going to be, It was great," says
the 55-year-old cancer survivor and mother of two grown
men in their 20s, the Biggest Loser challenge has given
her a new lease on life.
always had issus with my weight. I've gone on lots of
diets, but I always gained the weight back," says
5-foot-10 with a large frame hasn't made the battle any
easier. But now, armed with the nutritional knowledge
she's leaned from Smart and one year's worth of boot camps,
she plans to embrace her new lifestyle.
been absolutely fantastic. I can't say enough about Kathy
and Adrian. They're amazing," says Daly.
also has high praise for the Biggest Loser pair. He joined
the challenge after being told by his doctor that he had
to make some serious lifestyle choices if he wanted to
get his high blood pressure under control.
three months his blood pressure is a relatively normal
125 over 70 thanks in large part to having shed nearly
40 lbs. Like Daly, he plans to continue working out and
like to lose another 20 lbs," says Feltmate, who
won four months worth of hot yoga classes with Moksha
Yoga Orleans for finishing second.
and Smart are already accepting applications for Biggest
Loser Ottawa II. Prosepctive challengers can register
by visiting www.amdbootcamp.com/BiggestLoser.
The challenge will begin on May 30.
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