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Biggest Loser contestants weigh in

PLATTSBURGH - Forty people are now on their way to changing their lives for the better.

The North Country's Biggest Loser contestants have been weighed in, and have now begun the six-month journey towards losing weight and living healthier lives.

"We gave out safely hundreds of applications," said Plattsburgh's superintendent of recreation Steve Peters. "But, the application is long and a bit arduous and you need to visit the doctor and that narrowed the field based on motivation."

The new contestants first met Sept. 25, following the Plattsburgh Start! Heart Walk.

"We have ... a wonderful cross section of the North Country," Peters said. "We're representing white collar, blue collar, men, women. People who have gone through life and been successful, but still have these challenges. People who are just in the beginning phases of their careers and still have these challenges."

"We picked a lot of great people," he added. "It should be a very dynamic group and we should see some interesting results."

The group's youngest contestant is teenager Taylor Larsen from Peru, who applied for the Biggest Loser with encouragement from her parents.

"I was really hesitant for awhile," she said. "The last week I decided to hand in my application just because I thought it would be cool to do. And, I don't regret it. It was a good choice."

Although Larsen has always been aware of how much she weighs, she never considered doing something about it. Now, she's hoping to lose about 100 pounds and try out for softball in the spring at Peru Central School.

Prior to the first workout, which was held Oct. 4, Larsen admitted she was a little hesitant about what the day would hold.

"I don't know what to expect," she said. "I see it on TV and they're all hardcore the first few weeks and it just gets worse."

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