Up for the weight-loss challenge

A little motivation can go a long way when it comes to getting in shape
By: Susan Belknap Press-Tribune Editor
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With the popularity of the television show, “The Biggest Loser” weight loss challenges are springing up everywhere.
If losing weight is one of your resolutions for 2009, there are several options available in the Roseville and Granite Bay area to achieve your goals.
Certified fitness trainer, rehabilitation specialist and licensed nurse Debra Skelton recently began a boot camp for several women in Granite Bay. They meet a few times a week in the garage of Granite Bay resident Judy Dwyer. Each session begins with a weigh-in and then it’s workout time with warm-ups, stretching and cardio circuit training.
Skelton said the group of four women, called the Local Losers, each contributed $100. At the end of their 12-week program the woman who has lost the highest percentage of body weight will be the winner. The winner will take the pot as well as gift certificates from Sunrise Natural Foods; Nevaeh Salon in Granite Bay and Imagery by Michelle in Roseville.
In addition, Body Dynamics Massage of Granite Bay, Fleet Feet of Roseville and the Center for Weight Management in Roseville are donating gift certificates.
“The ladies compete against each other,” Skelton said. “But my camps are ‘come as you are and we’ll get there together.’ Each lady is at a different level and each one has different issues such as knee problems, back problems, high blood pressure, etc.”
Skelton said she concentrates not only on the exercise component of fitness but also the emotional side and nutrition as well.
Tracy Glasser of Granite Bay has been training with Skelton for about five years. She said she’s lost 47 pounds through the years. But lately she admits being in a bit of a slump.
“This idea of a competition has inspired me again,” Glasser said.
Granite Bay resident Dawn Hill said she’s worked out since she was a young child. But with the birth of her third baby, and several injuries along the way, she appreciates how Skelton has modified the boot camp to accommodate her limitations.
“I just want to be healthy,” Hill said. “I would like to lose 20 pounds for this first round.”
Skelton advises anyone beginning a weight loss program to set realistic goals, and to find a program that will work for a lifetime not just a few weeks. Skelton can be reached at
In addition to Skelton’s boot camp in Granite Bay, the national program, Weight Loss Challenge, has several group sessions currently seeking new members including one coordinated by Ramona Boscow of Roseville, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.
According to Boscow there is a $39 registration fee of which $25 goes into a pot for the person in the group who loses the most weight. The remaining $10 of the fee goes to a nonprofit organization dedicated to help to prevent childhood obesity.
“This next challenge will be for 12 weeks,” Boscow said. “We will weigh in each week as well as cover different nutritional topics each week teaching participants how to lose weight and keep it off by balancing their body.”
Boscow said the most recent challenge that ended in December with Granite Bay resident Ted Allegra as the winner with a win of $200 having lost 9.74 percent of his body mass.
Roseville resident Bert Zavala Newell came in second losing 9.2 percent body mass and third place was awarded to Mary Steele, also of Roseville who lost 5.9 percent of her body mass.
“I had tried exercising at the gym with minimal results,” Allegra said. “I quickly learned that nutrition is 80 percent of the weight loss equation while exercise accounts for 20 percent of the results. The 12-week weight loss challenge combined weekly nutritional topics with friendly competition. Ramona works with each contestant on their individual goals and create a fun and rewarding environment.”
For those interested in joining Boscow, the challenge takes place at 800 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville. Boscow can be reached at 677-9031.
Personal wellness coach Christopher Reese and his wife Mayumi of Rocklin are also conducting a 12-week educational program.
“Our team is on a mission to help the Roseville and Rocklin communities lose at least two tons during 2009,” Christopher said.
Just like the sessions Boscow conducts Christopher said his sessions include a different topic each week including discussions about protein in the diet, water, exercise, proper supplementation and overall well-being.
The Reeses are offering three 12-week challenges that began last week at Umpqua Bank and the Marriott Courtyard Hotel both in Roseville. Information about those sessions can be obtained by calling Mayumi at 788-9745.
Rocklin resident Cynthia Doppelhauer participated in one of the challenges the Reeses offered last year.
“Before I started the weight loss challenge I had very low energy, was overweight and not sleeping well,” Doppelhauer said. “I really learned a lot about great nutrition, how to increase by energy, lose weight and keep it off. I have lost two dress sizes and 25 pounds and kept if off for six months now.”

Debra Skelton

Local Losers