Thu, April 09

For Cottonwood Lookin' Good competitors, winning is all about losing

COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Recreation Center's "Lookin' Good Cottonwood" weight loss competition celebrated its combined one ton of weight loss Monday night and awarded the winners.

The criteria for the prizes included greatest loss of body mass rather than simple weight loss.

First place winners in men's and women's divisions each won $2,000. The two second-place winners won a check for $500. This year, a $500 group prize was also awarded to the team that lost the most body mass.

Heather Kimparens, the Fitness Center supervisor who ran the weight loss program, said people reported effects of taking off body mass as feeling better, more energy, less stress, less snoring, and ability to drop medications and looking better."

Three hundred contestants started the competition, and 100 completed it. More completed than last year according to Kimparens.

Timothy Larkly, a pastor at Faith Baptist Church, lost more weight than his three children's weight combined. "I gave my life back to my children," he said.

One couple, Bruce and Vicki Westover, both entered the competition. She came in first in women, he placed third among men and lost a quarter of their body mass and 127 pounds.

• 1st place Men: Timothy Larkly 30.33% for a total of 78.8 #

• 2nd Place Men: David Fleenor 29.67% with 92.8# lost

• 1st Place Women: Vicki Westover, 28.9% and 60.4#

• 2nd Place Women: Esther Irwin, 25.9% and 47.6#

• Group Flab-u-less 5: 17.09% for 149.4# (Esther Irwin, Margaret McFarland, Michelle McFarland, Maci Sanchez, and Brenda Williams)
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