Rockwall woman loses 54 lbs, wins $1,000 in local Biggest Loser contest

ROCKWALL – A Rockwall woman who lost 54 lbs. over the past four months won $1,000 last Wednesday in a local version of the Biggest Loser contest sponsored by Rockwall Healthy Solutions Weight Loss Center.

Shannon Raymond, 34, who also lost 20.4 percent of body fat, won the prize by defeating five other finalists.

They were:  Joelle Vercher, who lost over 50 lbs; Mario Aguilar, who lost over 44 lbs; Johnny Seals, who lost 27 lbs; Lisa Coppler, who lost 23 lbs; and Lou Williams, who reduced his insulin by 75 percent.

The combined weight loss of all the contestants was 200.8 lbs. The contest which was conducted from Jan. 6 – May 2.

The award ceremony was held at L’Trevinos restaurant May 9, where Healthy Solutions owner Pam Benedetto also provided a $1,000 donation to Rockwall Helping Hands. Executive Director Margo Nielsen was present to receive the donation.

Benedetto said all of the contestants were thrilled with the results of the four-month contest.

“Two of the contestants were able to have previously-required daily medications totally removed or reduced.”

“One contestant who is insulin-dependent decreased daily insulin by 75 percent by following our simple dietary recommendations (meal plan?).”

She explained that, from the beginning, each finalist was provided with Healthy Solutions all-natural amino acids and received a B6B12 injection at their weekly weigh-ins. They were also asked to follow their individual meal plans and get as much exercise as possible.

To assist each finalist, free workouts and a personal trainer were arranged at Eclipse Fitness Club, located just north of The Harbor.

“Frizz and Scott, the owners of Eclipse, provided the finalists with free memberships so they could work out there for free during the four-month contest,” said Benedetto. “Hector, one of Eclipse’s trainers, even donated his time free-of-charge.”

She explained the contest began with 19 people writing a short essay about how losing weight would impact their lives. The six people with the best reasons to lose weight were chosen as finalists.

For more info, call Rockwall Healthy Solutions Weight Loss Center at 972-412-6600 or visit http://rockwallhealthysolutions.com.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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