CLINTON, MS (WLBT) - After 12 weeks of training, the 16 contestants in Clinton's version of "The Biggest Loser" are walking toward the finish line.
"It has not been easy. In fact, it's been a struggle. We've had good weeks and bad weeks," said contestant Shauna Peacock.
"One of the things we've learned is you're going to have weeks where you don't lose anything, or you may gain something, but the important thing is that you don't quit," said competitor Charles Hill.
WLBT has been following the "Arrow Meltdown" since the beginning.
At the program's last boot camp at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton, the transformation is clear.
Most of the contestants have shed about 30 pounds.
Mary Ann Stotts is one of the top contenders, and proud to be one of the oldest.
"That's an excuse you have to get rid of," said Stotts. "And realize age doesn't have anything to do with it. What it really is, is planning, education, and getting up and moving!"
Ultimately, most competitors said it's not just about what they've lost, but also, what they've gained.
"What hasn't changed?" said Peacock. "My attitude has changed, my body has changed, the way I look at food has changed."
"I had my daughter, Alex, she came up to me the other day and put her arms around me and she said, 'Look Daddy, I can reach my arms all the way around you now.' So that inspired me a lot," reflected hill.
And what's most important, the contestants said, is not how far they've come, but how far they'll continue to stride.
A winner will be announced after the final weigh in Saturday, April 24th during "Healthy Family Day" at Clinton High School. Roger Shultz, a runner up on NBC's "Biggest Loser" will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
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