Weight-off: One Year Later

With the new year come New Year's resolutions. We're checking in with a couple of contestants from the Channel 6 Weight-Off from a year ago for a progress report.

"I can accomplish anything I put my time in," said Jeff Ciurej who won the competition.

He entered the competition at 302 pounds and in 12 weeks of workouts and eating right, lost nearly 70 pounds. "Looking at a year later, it's kind of nice to know I maintained it."

For Chris Andersen, he's back to where it all started. A year ago, he lost 75-pounds in 12-weeks. But his story is much more common in the world of weight loss.

"I've gained more than I lost back," said Andersen who now weighs 461-pounds. His original exercise goal zeroed in on getting a girlfriend and a few weeks into the program -- he did. "I got comfortable. There's no point to keep working out. And then after we broke up, I went back to my unhealthy decisions and unhealthy lifestyle."

The 23-year-old is back in workout gear at Kosama -- trading in the sweat for self-confidence. "As of yesterday, I stopped drinking pop. Any liquor as well -- and I stopped eating fast food."

Jeff Ciurej, 24, knows his year of success could easily be lost without commitment. "I needed to lose the weight. Actually, I just got off high-blood pressure medication. So that was an accomplishment. I don't want to be on medication. I'm too young for that. I'm eating to live --- not living to eat."


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