The top male and female winners of The Ada News Greatest Loser Contest say some of the credit for losing the most weight over the 12-week period is due to a natural competitive streak. But it doesn’t take much digging to find out other factors were involved in keeping their motivation stoked.
Dennis Green of Byng, who lost 52.6 pounds, said presenting a “can-do” attitude for his kids was also an important factor. “I told everyone I came across, ‘I’m going to be the biggest loser. I’m going to do it.’ Second place would have been failure to me. I wanted to show (our children) that you can decide to do something, say you’re going to do it, put in the work and the effort and get out there and get it done, by the grace of God.”
Gina Williamson of Stonewall, who went by the name “Nana 45,” said a recent bout with cancer played a motivating role in helping her lose 39.8 pounds over the contest period. “I had stage three colon cancer last year, had surgery, and 12 rounds of chemo,” she said. Williamson said the cancer treatments proved extremely difficult. “It took a toll on me. It was rough. I thought, this is going to be a new year and this (contest) was something to motivate me. I never thought I’d win.”
Williamson’s doctor pronounced her clear of cancer on Sept. 29, 2012. “I go every three months so the doctor can check my blood work,” she said.
Asked what she did to lose weight, Williamson said she exercised by walking and paid close attention to what she ate. “I watched my calories, my carbs, walked and exercised at night,” she said.
Green said he too exercised and paid attention to his diet. “I basically just didn’t eat any sugar, very few carbs, and ate lots of vegetables. I got a membership to Perks Club (where weigh-ins took place each week), spent a lot of time on the treadmill and did a lot of cardio.