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Life changing contest

Posted: Thursday, Mar 21st, 2013

Anytime Fitness owner Jay Krick (center) congratulates the Biggest Loser contest winners, Johnette Patterson and Todd Smith, on Thursday morning. (Photo by Jennifer Simmons)

ROCHELLE — The results have been tabulated and this year’s winners of the Rochelle News-Leader and Anytime Fitness Biggest Loser contest have been named.

Todd Smith was the winner in the men’s division with 15.86 percent weight loss. Johnette Patterson was the winner in the women’s division with 14.01 percent weight loss.

“This contest has been life changing,” Smith said.

Overall, 418 pounds were lost during the contest — 225 pounds in the men’s division and 193 in the women’s division.

“I’ve had co-workers notice the difference and ask what I have been doing to lose weight,” Patterson said. “Now they are all changing their diets and exercising.”

Both Smith and Patterson said the biggest change they have undergone since the start of the competition is changing their diet by eliminating carbohydrates and sugars and adding more fruits and vegetables.

The contest is sponsored by Anytime Fitness and the Rochelle News-Leader and began in January. The final weigh-ins were held Saturday, March 16.

Smith and Patterson have earned memberships to Anytime Fitness, a subscription to the Rochelle News-Leader and gift basket filled with healthy snacks and other items.

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