Lena Cropper has been told that she’s a procrastinator.
She admits that she’s her own worst critic
Two powerful forces that can stand in the way of weight loss. But, Cropper
says she’s working on it. And, her results so far in the “Delmarva’s
Biggest Loser” competition prove it.
Though not in the lead, she has lost five percent of her body weight. With
a starting weight of roughly 280 pounds, this equates to nearly 14 pounds
– an impressive rate of weight loss that, if maintained over time,
will see Cropper to her goal weight of 130 pounds in less than a year.
The former corrections officer was forced into early retirement because
of a back problem and hopes the weight loss will ease her back pain and
keep other illnesses at bay. Cropper, who has an 18-year-old son, tends
to look out for others before seeing to her own needs, so the competition
is an opportunity to put herself first for a change.
“Delmarva’s Biggest Loser” offers counseling on diet
and exercise to its contestants, as well as free access to Olympia Fitness
Clubs’ gym for the duration of the contest, meetings with a personal
trainer two or three times a week, and ongoing encouragement.
Tiffanee Scott, with a total weight loss of eight percent, is currently
tied with Carroll Nicholson for first place. (Visit www.delmarvasbiggestloser.com
for a complete list of participants and to get updates on their progress.)
“Delmarva’s Biggest Loser” is sponsored by Olympia Fitness
Clubs, Healthy U, Atlantic General Hospital, ClearChannel Communications,
and area merchants. The goal of the competition is to introduce a healthy
lifestyle change to each participant as well as impact the lives of those
The 12-week competition will end on Monday, September 17. An awards ceremony
will be held at the conclusion of the Visions for Total Health Conference
on Saturday, November 3, when the dietitian who helped the nation’s
biggest losers reach their goals on NBC’s hit reality show visits
the Shore to impart her wisdom on nutrition and healthy eating.
The conference, which is hosted this year by Stephen Decatur High School
in Berlin, will include free screenings, exhibits, and 12 breakout presentations
on a wide range of health topics. The keynote address will be presented
by Cheryl Forberg, RD, highly sought-after food expert and consulting
dietitian for NBC's The Biggest Loser.
For more information about “Delmarva’s Biggest Loser,”
contact Cody Mackie at Olympia Fitness Clubs at 410-543-9999.
For more information about the 2007 Visions for Total Health Conference
or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dawn Denton, Atlantic General Hospital’s
Community Education Coordinator, at 410-641-9268 or visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.