By Max Erikson

Most popular New Year's resolution is hardest to keep


January 3, 2018

It is the New Year, and for most people those New Year's resolutions to get in shape and lose weight are easy to make but harder to keep. Historically the desire to lose weight and start a healthy lifestyle in the number one new year's resolution.

If starting a healthy lifestyle is your resolution, and you are committed to following through, Sole to Soul Health Center at 122 E Main in Goldendale is having their annual "Biggest Loser Challenge" starting today and running for the next 12 weeks, ending on March 28.

"Our 12 week program is not just about losing weight," co-owner Kathyjo Randall says. "It is also about the overall aspect of healthy living both physical and spiritual."

The contest costs $65 per person to join and the first weigh-in is today, Jan. 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Of that $65 dollars, $40-from of all the participants-will go into a pot as prize money to first place winners, who will receive 60 percent of the pot, second place will receive 40 percent and third place will receive a consolation prize.

Contestants get a free T-shirt with registration and there will be a Facebook page that will have healthy tips and ideas for getting into shape.

The winners are decided by how many points a person earns over the course of the 12 weeks by completing daily challenges. Points are accumulated based on the completion of these challenges and also the weekly weigh-ins. At the end of every month you turn in your monthly challenge calendar and receive new challenges for the next month.

The contest is not just about losing weight, Randall says, but overall fitness and well-being is the goal.

"We believe you should be healthy from the inside out," Randall says. "It's not just about losing weight; it's about changing habits that make us more mentally and spiritually well, and a healthy body plays a big role in that."

Weekly weigh-ins will be on Wednesdays and everyone will have a code name. At the end of the 12 weeks the contestants who has the most points will be the Biggest Losers.

It is a physical and mental challenge to stick to a fitness New Year's resolution and research shows that only eight to10 percent of people achieve and maintain their goals particular those related to exercise, healthy eating habits, and overall fitness.

Sixty-six percent of Americans are considered overweight by the CDC, so losing a few pounds is a common goal for many people.

"We don't see this as a quick weight loss plan," Randall says. "It is something that you continue with throughout your lifetime."


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