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New photos coming this week!

I’ve got lots of photos to upload this week, so stay tuned!


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‘Loser’ says: Middle age is no excuse

Monday,  May 18, 2009 3:12 AM


The message that even middle-aged women and men might lose weight is offered by Helen Phillips, who last week beat contestants half her age on The Biggest Loser, the NBC weight-loss competition.

“No matter how old you are, you can make the change if you have the dedication and the drive,” said Phillips, 48, of Sterling Heights, Mich., who has lost 140 pounds since September.

Phillips, who won $250,000, credited celebrity fitness coach Jillian Michaels for helping her lose the weight through the roughly 18 weeks of the show.

She lost 32 pounds when she went home for 30 days — and credits high-school football coach Shauhen Tahrebandi, formerly a Bally’s personal trainer.

“I couldn’t have done it without him at home,” Phillips said.

She slimmed down from 257 to 117 pounds and went from a size 22 to a size 2.

At home, she worked out six hours a day — two hours each in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Phillips suggests the following advice for anyone trying to lose weight — but especially the middle-aged crowd:

• Carry along food so you don’t fall into bad habits, such as stopping at fast-food drive-throughs.

• Never make excuses.

“It’s a priority now to go to the gym or do some kind of physical exercise every day.”

• Believe in yourself.

“Stop saying you can’t, and start saying you can.”


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Wisconson’s Biggest Losers Home

Biggest Loser, Mother Daughter Home in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s very own Biggest Loser couple is home after their finale trip to California.  Kristin Steede and her mother Cathy Skell arrived at Austin Straubel International  Airport Saturday night.  The mother daughter team didn’t win on the NBC show but they did win something money can’t buy, the confidence to change their lives and stick with it.  “Everyday that I live my life I’m experiencing something new in a smaller body,” says Steede.  Now there’s no more cameras or coaches to remind them when to exercise and what to eat.  The real challenge lies ahead. “It taught me the most valuable lesson that this is a very tough lifestyle to live and you have to want it and you have to work for it, every single moment.”  Kristin started at 360 pounds and she lost 167, her mother Cathy lost 95 pounds.  “We’d be cheering each other on and you can do it,”says Skell.  Everyone giving each other the confidence to go the next step. “We kept going and everyday you went on and you got a little stronger.  It’s a wonderful feeling.  When we walked out of the gym, words can’t describe how you felt.”  This mother and daughter team is now hometown heroes.  Their true motivator is knowing how they felt before, and how they feel now.  Kristin says, “It’s hard because I will never forget what it felt like to live life like that, to be 360 pounds.”
The group, Mid-Day Business and Professional Women is welcoming Kristin, as the speaker for their monthly meeting this Wednesday at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.  The public is welcome to attend.

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The Companion is back!

Sorry about the lack of updates…life has been crazy, especially since I’ve been on my own weight-loss/health journey! But, things will be getting back up and going here this week.

Thanks everyone!

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Season 7 Premieres Tonight!

Don’t forget to tune in to NBC tonight at 8pm Eastern to the season seven premiere of The Biggest Loser Couples.  More on the new season contestants here on “Companion” upcoming!

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See BL2s Matt & Suzy!

Matt & Suzy Hoover will be at the Federal Way Community Center’s Health Fair this Saturday in Washington from 10am to 2pm.

For more information, check out this link:

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“Cowboy” talk tonight in Nashville

Posted from David’s myspace:

If you are in or around the Nashville area,

I am thrilled to announce David Griffin from Season 4 of The Biggest Loser will be our guest for the January Band Group. This meeting is open to everyone regardless of where you had you had or are having your procedure. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in the Center classroom. With David coming in January we would like to invite all surgery patients (Yes, I said ALL). This meeting will not be limited to just band patients. We welcome you all. Pre or Post, Any Surgeon, Any procedure.

David will be there to discuss his struggle with his weight, what he
has done to get it off and generally provide some motivation for each
of us for the New Year.

Please join us Tuesday January 6 at 5:30 at Centennial

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