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  • Ready for a change: Meet our Fittest Loser contestants Feb 24, 2014 4:01 PM
    Out of more than 200 applicants, five Daily Herald readers emerged as finalists in the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge. They are Chris Kalamatas of Lake in the Hills; Cheryl Seibert of Joliet; John Bohanek of South Elgin; Allie Monroe of Schaumburg; and Tim Lange of Algonquin. These five contestants have tried it all — dieting on their own; formal weight loss programs; and trying to squeeze in a little exercise. Now, as part of the Fittest Loser Challenge, sponsored by the Daily Herald and Push Fitness in Schaumburg, they are excited about making future plans for what they expect will be new bodies and new lives in the weeks to come.

  • Community groups join the challenge Feb 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Community and corporate groups are joining the Fittest Loser Challenge as well. For the second year, the Daily Herald is sponsoring the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. Twenty-three corporate teams and 13 park district teams are working to improve their fitness and lose weight. Last year, the winning community team — the Schaumburg Park District — lost 15 percent of its collective weight. This year’s teams are just as motivated.

  • Reporter joins Fittest Loser Challenge Feb 24, 2014 9:11 AM
    The 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge kicks off this week. Meet Lisa Jones Townsel, a writer covering the competition while participating alongside the contestants.

  • Fittest Loser contestants still work at keeping weight off and staying fit Dec 2, 2013 1:03 PM
    It's been six months since the 2013 Fittest Loser contestants completed an intensive training regimen. How do they look today? We check in with them and kick off the 2014 competition with an invitation to apply. For the sixth year in a row, the Daily Herald and Push Fitness in Schaumburg will be looking for contestants who are willing to tackle and triumph over a 12-week workout and nutrition program to see who can lose the most weight, based on percentages, during a three-month period.

  • Community teams to also join weight-loss challenge Dec 2, 2013 6:00 AM
    The Fittest Loser is not just for the lucky contestants who get chosen for the competition. For the second year, the Daily Herald is sponsoring the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. Working with local park districts and Alexian Brothers Health System, 30 teams of five participants will be eligible to enter the competition. Teams must work with local park districts to come up with fitness and weight-loss plans for their individual team or teams.

  • Hampshire coming together to support man in need Nov 7, 2013 5:30 AM
    The Hampshire community has risen up to support a fellow resident who is known for dropping whatever he’s doing to help people. Bob Pearson, winner of the Daily Herald’s 2011 Fittest Loser contest, was involved in a serious automobile accident Oct. 26 and remains in the neuro-intensive care unit at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

  • Schaumburg Park board recognizes Daily Herald for commitment to community health Jun 14, 2013 9:53 PM
    The Schaumburg Park District Board of Commissioners recognized the Daily Herald for its Fittest Loser Community Challenge competition at the June 13 Park Board Meeting at the Jerry Handlon Administration Building, 235 E. Beech Drive. The news organization is committed to community health, well-being and fitness.

  • Sponsors help make Fittest Loser challenge a success May 16, 2013 7:20 PM
    It took time, money and lots of community effort to make th­e campaign a success. In the end, each of the Daily Herald’s 2013 Fittest Loser challenge sponsors carried their weight in gold. More than a dozen businesses donated their products and services or offered financial assistance to this year’s Fittest Loser challenge, a 12-week campaign for healthier living.

  • Fittest Loser awards ceremony attracts a crowd May 16, 2013 7:18 PM
    They came. They saw. They witnessed a transformation. Roughly 400 people flocked to the Daily Herald’s 2013 Fittest Loser awards ceremony on May 1 to see how six people from the Chicago suburbs have conquered their battle with weight loss.

  • Determined Fittest Loser participant turns life around May 16, 2013 7:14 PM
    On a recent day off from work, I accidentally walked 12 miles. You read that right: 12 miles. Accidentally. I had some errands to run; when I returned home, the weather was gorgeous and I couldn’t resist taking some laps around the neighborhood. The weird thing was that it felt almost effortless. I felt energized, not exhausted. It’s a far cry from where I started the Fittest Loser journey a little more than three months ago.

  • Schaumburg’s Waist Management wins team challenge May 6, 2013 5:21 AM
    Family members and friends of Schaumburg Park District's Waist Management team erupted into cheers and applause as the team was announced the 2013 Fittest Loser Community Challenge winner at the Fittest Loser Celebration held May 1. To seal the victory, the team lost a collective 133.6 pounds, 15.02 percent of their total starting weight. The team, consisting of team members Melissa Long, Linda Lozar, Ed Montoya and Ed Poczatek, came to the stage noticeably thinner than when they started.

  • Fittest Loser contestants look ahead to new lifestyles May 6, 2013 10:57 AM
    There wasn't much blood. But there were buckets of sweat, some tears and a fair amount of initial protest from their aching bodies. But in the end, the six contestants of the Daily Herald's 2013 Fittest Loser competition dropped a combined total of 266 pounds. It wasn't easy. The journey was demanding and temptation taunted them daily, but these six weight-loss champions showed their community that determination and hard work produces results.

  • She's savoring 'incredible, life-changing gift' May 6, 2013 5:00 AM
    It's hard to believe how much things have changed since I started this Fittest Loser journey three months ago. I was a sedentary 44-year-old ex-smoker whose diet was mostly grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen pizza. Looking back actually makes me cringe a little and wonder what the heck I was thinking. (Except the ex-smoker part. That was a good choice.) But that's all changed.

  • Final results for Fittest Loser contestants — in order of place May 6, 2013 5:00 AM
    Final statistics for the Fittest Loser contestants.

  • Editorial: A healthy dose of inspiration May 3, 2013 5:00 AM
    The focus and determination of the participants in the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser Challenge are examples of how to go about reaching toward all sorts of personal goals, an editorial says.

  • Carol Stream social worker sets Fittest Loser record May 2, 2013 6:00 AM
    Determination and drive led Marianne Costales-Roman of Carol Stream to not only win the Daily Herald's 2013 Fittest Loser competition Wednesday but also set a record. The 38-year-old wife, mother and high school social worker lost 60 pounds — 27 percent of her original body weight — over the course of the 12-week competition. She dropped from 222 to 162 pounds.

  • Contestants learn valuable lessons for the future Apr 29, 2013 11:11 AM
    When the Fittest Loser Challenge began 12 weeks ago, the six contestants were eager to lose weight and improve their health. They were also a little wary of what their trainers had in store. Now that it's almost over, they can all say they've accomplished most of their goals and tapped into inner reserves they didn't realize they had. The competitors talk about what they've learned and what they're taking away from the experience.

  • Team members enjoyed chance to get healthy Apr 29, 2013 5:23 AM
    The Community Challenge teams came to their final weigh-in visibly healthier and noticeably thinner than they were at the initial weigh-in 12 weeks ago. The results of the weigh-in provided by the Academy of Athletic Advancement and health screening conducted by nurses from Alexian Brothers Health System attested to the participants' improved health.

  • Becoming fit has been a real education Apr 29, 2013 6:05 AM
    During Fittest Loser boot camp on a recent Saturday morning, I did a whole bunch of sit-ups. I didn't keep count, but I'm pretty sure it was probably about 76 kajillion. Somewhere around the 50 kajillion mark, Push Fitness trainer Wade Merrill, who was leading the boot camp, asked me if I was having fun. "Yes," I told him. And I was being honest.

  • Sacrificing certainly no fun, but it's worth it Apr 22, 2013 1:03 PM
    A friend of mine — who lives out of state but has been keeping up with my progress by reading my columns — asked me a funny question the other day about my Fittest Loser journey. "I really expected you to be a lot more whiny," she said (Fair point. I expected me to be more whiny, too.) "How are you staying so cheerful about it all?"

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