Contest provides motivation

There’s nothing like being a successful loser.

At least, that is, when it comes to shedding pounds.

That’s been the case with Marlon Ford and Petronella Kotze, two participants in Sports Supply’s 10-week weight-loss contest that aims to find the biggest loser in Cayman.

‘I joined for the motivation and fun of it,’ said Mr. Ford, who is among 150 participants in the contest.

‘It’s been helpful. I weigh in most weekends – it makes you try when you know you have to step on the scales.’

He’s lost around 11 pounds so far, and already notices a difference.

‘I can feel it in my clothing.’

Along with working out at a gym, Mr. Ford lifts weights. But the biggest change, he says, has been in his eating habits.

‘That was the most important thing – eating right.’

Better eating habits have also helped Ms Kotze lose weight. She’s lost 15 pounds so far, and is happy with the results.

Not a fan of dieting, Ms Kotze decided, however, to go on the South Beach Diet because of its emphasis on healthy eating – and seeing the results of several co-workers who had been on the diet.

Just two days after going on the diet, she heard about Sports Supply’s Biggest Loser contest and decided to sign up.

‘It came at exactly the right time. It’s for inspiration. I had no idea what I wanted to lose but I just wanted to join in and see what happened.’

There was another incentive as well. The person who loses the highest percentage of weight wins the grand prize of a $1,000 shopping spree at Sports Supply. Second place is $500 and third place $250.

The contest wraps up in two weeks, with the final weigh-in on 15 June to determine who will gain the title of biggest loser.

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