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Florence’s Biggest Loser contestants reaching halfway point

February 18, 2019
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Scott Baldwin

FLORENCE, S.C. – As they enter the fifth week of the 2019 competition, contestants from Florence’s Biggest Loser have lost 516 pounds and raised more than $1,260 in fan-favorite votes for individuals in need in Florence County.

With the United Way of Florence County’s competition now almost halfway over with, we asked the contestants to share how the experience has been for them so far.

>> Rebecca Kearns: “My experience with the competition has been great! From the kickoff event, I felt like we were going to be given tons of information to help us succeed. Has it been easy? No. Early mornings and really taking stock of what I’ve done to my body over the years. What makes it a little easier is that I’m not alone in this. I’ve been staying with my brother (who is also competing) and his family. So it’s easier to know that we aren’t going to let each other fail. I’m enjoying getting to know new people and their stories for why they are here! My group is supportive of each other. We even have a Facebook page to share ideas! I’m really looking forward to the events that are planned out in March. In the end, this competition is helping me make lifestyle changes, and hopefully I can help a few other people along the way!”

>> Scott Baldwin: “ I have enjoyed my experience so far doing the Florence’s Biggest Loser competition. It has definitely been a lot harder than it sounds, and it takes a lot of support and determination to keep working out and eating healthy. What I have liked the most is developing relationships with my team and my trainer. I would say Sunday afternoon training sessions are definitely what I look forward to every week of the competition.”

>> Khadija Williams: “My experience with this competition has been hard but great! It was hard for me to transition to exercising daily, but my body is starting to get used to it, and I have a lot more energy!!”

>> Romtorail Spencer: “My experience with the competition has been great! I can see the fruits of my labor as I’m trimming down and feeling good. It has been harder than I thought, because I had to change my daily routines by cutting out unhealthy foods and eating leaner and fitting working out into my schedule. That was tough at first, but it’s much better now, because I am determined. My team is very supportive of each other, and we work well together. I like working out with them, my trainer, and I also like that my belt needs more holes in it.”

>> Alex McGill: “In the past I’ve tried to ‘get healthy and be better’ to varying degrees of success. I thought that when I started the competition I would be able to drop the weight like I did before and just blow this whole thing out of the water. I haven’t. Whether it’s because I’ve been distracted or I have more responsibility, I’m not sure. The one thing I am sure of is how grateful I am of my team. Bright and early every Monday morning they make me laugh and smile, and our hour is over before we know it. Getting to be on this journey with them is truly a blessing, and I am so proud of all the progress they are making. I can’t wait to see how it turns out when the 10 weeks are up. #breakfastclub #earlymornings #itstilldarkoutside”

>> Travis Copeland: “It feels really good to see my weight improve, and the encouragement from friends and family is great. Also, Meagan Hummel and Lucas Byrd (our team’s personal trainers) have been great motivators. Kitty Finklea (registered nutritionist and dietician) has also been a big help with food choices! I’m hoping to break into the top 10 this week!”

>> Krystal Ayler: “This has been a great experience so far. I am impressed by the friendship/family/ camaraderie that I feel at each meeting. I feel like we are all working toward the same goals and are helping to keep each other motivated. It is an easy program to follow due to the time frame of the events. The events are long enough to be effective but short enough to not feel like a task. For me, the hardest part is still making myself work out during the week. I really like my team. My work schedule is ridiculous with day shifts and night shifts and long stretches and short stretches, so it is difficult for me to make a workout buddy, but I often see my teammates when I am able to go to the gym between classes.”

If you would like to show your support for one of the 2019 Florence’s Biggest Loser contestants and help him or her raise money for the United Way of Florence County, cast your vote for Fan Favorite now at burnandlearnflorence.com.