JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Contestants in Clinton's version of "The Biggest Loser" weight loss competition been working to shed pounds and win big since January.
Their weekly boot camp at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton Thursday morning kicked off week nine in the battle of the bulge.
With three weeks left, competitors are working harder than ever to trim their waistlines. The contestant that drops the highest percentage of body weight in 12 weeks wins a $3,500 prize package.
So far, the 16 competitors have lost over 360 pounds combined. Every contestant said the competition has changed their lives.
"Self pride motivates me. I'm competitive and I always try hard, and I decided, if I'm going to do this, I'm going to do the best I can, strive as hard as I can," said Georgia Wright, a competitor.
"Even if I don't win, I feel like I have won because I have lost so much weight and just become healthier. I'm able to do more with my children now. When we go to the park, I don't get tired," said Angela Thompson, who just dropped from the lead spot into second place during Thursday's weigh-in.
WLBT will continue to give you weekly updates on the contestant's progress.
A winner will be announced April 24th.
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