Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

January 19, 2013

'Biggest Loser' competition kicks off in Nappanee

(Continued)

NAPPANEE — SIDEBAR:          PREVIOUS WINNER OFFERS ADVICE

By DENISE FEDOROW

Correspondent

Arden Graber was named Nappanee’s Biggest Loser for 2012 and he offered advice for this year’s contestants.

“If you want to lose weight and keep it off it requires a lifestyle change — that’s how you got it in the first place,” he said.

“Before the competition I wasn’t exercising much, my job had become less physical and I was eating more fast food. It takes commitment to change how you eat and continue to be active,” he said.

During the competition Arden lost 22.4 pounds, “But I kept working at it and at one time lost a total of 30 pounds. Now I fluctuate between 26 to 28 pounds lost from the start of the competition.”

Graber said he was comfortable with that success and that he’s maintained more than he lost during the 10-week competition. He said he had to go out and buy new pants and shirt and he was surprised how much a difference 25 to 30 pounds made.

Graber said he used a meal replacement shake during the first three months for two meals a day, justifying the cost in what he was saving in not buying convenience foods, pop and fast food. He no longer drinks pop but he does still frequent fast food restaurants on occasion but he finds the healthiest options they offer — sandwiches with better bread or salads.

“I ate a lot of salads,” he said. “My wife asked if I was getting sick of salads, but I found ways to make it interesting, adding fruits and nuts and hard boiled eggs. Adding a lot of bulk made me feel full.”

Another piece of advice he offers contestants is for them to realize they may drop pounds quickly at first but at some point, it will slow down and that’s normal.

“I lost 10 pounds the first two weeks and then only 4 to 6 the next two. The people at Nappanee Health and Fitness told me as muscle starts to build you don’t see as much loss on the scales,” he advised the contestants to stick with it and don’t be discouraged.

Graber said he likes to run, but had stopped and now has more energy to do so again. “I can’t imagine running with a 25-pound sack and that’s what that extra weight was for me,” he said.

He joked when he saw the prizes for this year’s competition he was tempted to put the weight back on so he could join and lose it again.

Graber said one has to be committed to lose the weight and feel the benefits health-wise, have less medical expenses and feel good in the process. He commended the support given by those at Nappanee Health and Fitness.

“It was really neat to be involved with a group like that,” he said. “It was motivating and a lot of fun!”

Last year the competition started with 40 people and 30 weighed in at the end. They lost a total of 435.1 pounds — an average of 14 pounds per person or an average of 6.8 percent body weight.

Text Only
Breaking News
  • CORRECTION: Outdoor worship, barbecue at Goshen Christian Reformed Church not happening It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's edition — the Briefly column on A3 — that Goshen Christian Reformed Church was to have an outdoor worship service and barbecue Thursday through Saturday. The event was submitted by a church with the same nam

    August 21, 2014

  • South Ninth Street area under boil water order South Ninth Street, between East Jackson and Franklin streets in Goshen, is under a boil water order from noon until further notice.

    August 21, 2014

  • Police cars hit during multi-county chase According to Middlebury police, officer Gary Smith attempted to locate a silver Saturn leaving McDonald’s on Ind. 13, near U.S. 20 in Middlebury at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

    August 19, 2014

  • GN140820 hospital network hacked.jpg Kosciusko Community, Lutheran hospital among 206 hacked

    WARSAW — Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals including Kosciusko Community Hospital and Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, announced Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rick Perry Indicted [GOSHEN NEWS] Texas' Gov. Perry indicted AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rail work to close U.S. 33 Sunday, Monday

    The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 33 at Ninth Street, is scheduled to close the morning of Sunday, Aug. 17 as Norfolk Southern rebuilds its railroad crossing. 

    August 13, 2014

  • Obit Robin Williams_Selm.jpg Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Israel Palestinians-12 [GOSHEN NEWS] Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza cease-fire proposal CAIRO — Israel and the Hamas militant group on Sunday accepted a renewed Egyptian cease-fire proposal, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce meant to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Iraq [GOSHEN NEWS] US officials: New round of airstrikes near Irbil NEW DELHI — American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Millersburg under boil order

    August 5, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results