Contestants in this year’s War on Weight competition have lost a total of 216.7 pounds and 152.5 inches.
The winner of the 16-week contest, which wrapped up its final week on 9 December, will be announced on Friday, 16 December.
The final weigh-in last week, overseen by dietician Chad Collins, revealed some major weight loss among the 10 contestants.
The weight-loss warriors spent the past few weeks of the competition doing a beach workout with ultra-marathon runner Lisa Smith-Batchen who coached James Murray and Gerry Martinez of their Crazy Idea 100-mile run, using playground equipment and benches at the public beach on Seven Mile; learning how to play softball with the Coors Light Chuggers co-ed softball team at Field of Dreams; participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Fire Truck pull to support the Special Olympics; a specialised workout class with Tarasa from Crossfit Cayman; and boxing at Rogue Gym under the coaching of Lachie Hewitt.
“The look on the women’s faces when they realised they had won first place against Customs and Immigration in the Fire Truck Pull was the highlight of the competition for me,” said Cheyenna Stewart, chairwoman of War on Weight.
The team comprised eight women and four men, while the Customs and Immigration teams had nine men and two women each.
“For the contestants to realise that they are capable of pulling a fire truck was one thing, but to realise that together they beat teams made up mostly of men was a whole other level of success,” Ms Stewart said.
As one of the final events in the competition, dietician Mr. Collins took the contestants on a tour of Airport Foster’s Food Fair IGA’s grocery aisles to show them where heart healthy items were located in the store, so they may continue the healthy habits they’ve developed.
As they explored the bread and pastries aisle, contestant Ian Yearwood said, “I avoid this section all together. When I round the last aisle, I don’t even look at all the sweets. I just keep going.”
The competition has been garnering growing community support since it launched four years ago, with local companies offering services and prizes to contestants.
“Without this support, the competition would not be the success it is today and we would not be assisting in making the community aware of the serious health issues caused by obesity within the Cayman Islands,” Ms Stewart said.
This year’s contestants are Amy Archer, Ian Yearwood, Ileea Moore, Jhaklin Cano Reeves, Lakiva Ebanks-Reid, Mariza Bennett, Olivia Ebanks, Ruth Grizzel, Tiffany Donnegan and Tunisia Barnes.
The winners will be revealed at a grand finale dinner on Friday, 16 December, sponsored by Ragazzi Ristorante.