Though Imelda Arzola didn’t take the grand prize within the T-L-S Slim Down showdown this 12 months, she nonetheless succeeded in her purpose of adopting a more healthy life-style.
Arzola works on the Woodway T-W-S and was considered one of 30 Texans chosen to compete within the 14-week weight reduction competitors.
She dropped 22 kilos through the problem by monitoring her parts, selecting more healthy meals and exercising 4 instances every week, she mentioned.
Laguna Vista resident Marie Pechacek was named the Community Slim Down winner after shedding fifty three mass and dropping 4 gown sizes. Ashley Tremble, assistant retailer director for the Belton T-W-W, received the Partner Slim Down grand prize for shedding fifty nine weight and slimming down 5 costume sizes. Each obtained a $10,000 prize.
Arzola mentioned during profitable the competitors would have been an effective way to rejoice her dramatic well being transformation through the previous 12 months, she nonetheless feels happy with her progress so far.
“No one in the entire 30 individuals (who competed) felt like they lost,” mentioned Arzola, who now weighs 202 kilos.
“There’s not one facet of my life that has not modified. I realized that I can exit to eat and make a wholesome alternative, or if I select to eat unhealthy in the future it’s OK, that I can select to be good about my different meals.”
T-W-W offered every contestant with new strolling sneakers, a one-12 months membership to Gold’s Gym, a present card for groceries, and kitchen gear like blenders and scales, plus individualized counseling and consultations with a dietitian to make more healthy sutanance decisions.
In addition, all of the contestants got a makeover and buying spree to spotlight their slimmer new figures for the conclusion of the competitors final weekend.
That meant a glam cocktail costume for Arzola and a classy, cropped hairdo that resulted in her very long tresses being donated to Locks of Love.
“They drove us to the hair salon and drove us again, and I was the final one to get on the bus, and all people checked out me and mentioned, ‘Oh, my God, you look so younger!’ ” mentioned Arzola, who’s forty four. “I was like, ‘Did I look actually previous earlier than?’ It was humorous.”
Arzola’s weight-loss journey started final spring when she started an in-retailer model of the Slim Down problem for workers in an effort to be more healthy and extra lively for her daughter, Issabella, N.
Since then, she has lost a complete of seventy five weight and dropped from a measurement 26 to a dimension sixteen. Issabella additionally lost 10 kilos during her mother competed within the Slim Down Showdown, and Arzola’s husband, Pete, has lost about 20 mass.
“I made wholesome meals at residence, (Issabella) goes mountaineering with me, she performs soccer, and all of us have been very lively,” Arzola mentioned. “It wasn’t simply me that T-L-T helped, it actually helped my complete household. I’m very happy with that.”
With the competitors over, Arzola stated she now’s motivated to proceed her wholesome journey on her personal. Two weeks in the past, Arzola accomplished T-W-S’s Cap10K in Austin, ending in a single hour and 21 minutes, her greatest time in a race of that distance.
She additionally has developed a coalition of hikers to accompany her on trails by way of Cameron Park and stated she plans to make good use of her health club membership.
“It was a life-altering expertise, to place it mildly,” Arzola stated. “It actually modified my complete outlook on every part. I didn’t assume my life was unhealthy or something, I simply wasn’t completely happy. I was in denial (about) my high quality of life.”