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(Posted 10:30 p.m., May 1)
Latest Biggest Loser winner drew inspiration from his daughters
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Shaun Fournier is congratulated by 180-Degree Fitness Centre owner Adrian Delorey after losing 63 lbs in three months during the Biggest Loser program. Photo supplied

Shaun Fournier always wanted to do something about his weight, but he was always lacking the necessary motivation until a recent visit to Cosmic Adventure with his two daughters.

"I was playing with them at Cosmic Adventure and after a few minutes I was running short on air," says Fournier, 36. "I knew I had to start taking better care of myself. I thought where am I going if I can't even keep up with my daughters."

Fournier's other motivation was seeing his father go through triple bypass surgery. But although he had the motivation, he was lacking the opportunity until he drove past a sign promoting the 180-Degree Fitness Centre's Biggest Loser Challenge.

"I went home and did a bit of research and my mind was immediately made up. I didn't even ask my wife if we could afford to do this. I just came home and told her that it was something I really needed to do and she totally supported me," says Fournier who is 5-foot-9 and weighed 311 lbs before he started the 12-week challenge in February.

The program is all-inclusive with four training sessions and one personal coaching session a week; bi-weekly consultations with a certified nutritionist; bi-weekly motivational workshops; full meal plans; group nutrition seminars; home kitchen raids; and a grocery shopping tour.

Fournier started seeing results within the first two weeks, which motivated him even more. He dusted off his membership to another fitness centre, which he had rarely used, and began going every morning before work to spend 30 minutes on the tread mill.

In the end he managed to lose 63 lbs and a total of 45 inches. As a group, the 12 individuals who signed up for the program lost over 485 lbs.

Besides losing weight and learning how to keep it off through proper nutrition and regular exercise, the participants formed a bound that can only be created when a group of individuals achieve a common goal through hardwork, commitment and mutual support.

"After you've been working out together for three months you kind of form a little family," says Fournier who plans to use the one-year membership he won for losing the most weight to register for 180's Game Changer program.

"It's totally changed my life. Now my daughters are pooped before I am," says Fournier.

As a direct result of the weight loss, Fournier has been able to reduce the medication he takes for high blood pressure from 8mg a day to 2 mg. There's a good chance that if he continues to workout and keep his weight in check, he can go off the medication altogether.

Fournier shared his Biggest Loser experience on his Facebook page, and as a result, he's inspired others to eat better, exercise more, and become healthier.

"The response has been amazing. I think I got 200 likes as soon as I posted it," says Fournier.

A new group of people will start their journey to regain control of their weight and their lives on Monday as part of the next Biggest Loser challenge. There are still a handful of spaces left. Anyone interested in registering for the program can contact 180-Degree Fitness owner Adrian Delorey at adrian@180fitness.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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