North Country Biggest Loser participants begin program

Jennifer Goddeau, Plattsburgh - "I just had a baby nine months ago and I've been on countless diets. I did a lot of things to go ahead and lose the weight but when my primary doctor went ahead and gave me a referral to bariatric surgery ... then I knew it was actually time."

Randy Hilliker, Plattsburgh - "I joined the competition because I wanted to lose a lot of weight and I wanted to become more active and try to get off of some medicine. To try and lead a better and healthier lifestyle."

Jennifer LeCuyer, Plattsburgh - "This program appealed to me because I have been waiting for something like this to come along for a long time. I want to be present on this earth for a little bit longer and I have a niece who is 8-years-old with whom I am extremely close. I want to be here for her and be a good role model for her. I was looking for a way to change my life for the better, and I am finding it through this program."

Tamber Shepard, Plattsburgh - "I realized that life is too short, and there is so much more I want to experience and accomplish. I made the decision that it was time to incorporate diet and exercise into my life as well as manage my diabetes so that I could live a healthy lifestyle."

Jim Snook, Plattsburgh - "For me the motivation was my family. Angela, my wife, has encouraged me for years to lose weight. I look at my children, Emma, 6 and Gabriel, 3, and realize that I won't be around for them if I don't change my lifestyle now."

The North Country Biggest Loser is now on Facebook, which Duprey hopes more people, not just the participants, will utilize.

"I think if they're following us and kind of watching what we're doing, ... they can mimic that themselves," she said. "We'd like to have [people] go on there and try to encourage the 10, plus get any information out of it they can."

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