10:30 p.m., May 1)
Latest Biggest Loser winner drew inspiration from his
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
totally changed my life. Now my daughters are pooped before
I am," says Fournier.
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.
response has been amazing. I think I got 200 likes as
soon as I posted it," says Fournier.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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