EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- More than 3,000 people laced up their running shoes Sunday for the Biggest Loser run/walk at Carson Park. For some it was more than just a race down sidewalks and streets, but a chance to share their stories of weight loss.
“I started my weight loss journey two years ago next week,” Shelly Matthias said just minutes after completing her 5K run.
It was nearly two years ago that Matthias decided to make a change in her life.
“I did it for my kids I have a three year old and a five year old and they are everything to me. I want to see them grow up and I want to see them get married and have kids,” she said.
“With Shelly having two young kids I wanted her to have a really long life and I don't know what I would do without my best friend. I was really glad that she took up this challenge and we were able to do it together,” Shelly’s friend Summer Marththaler said.
It was the motivation of her kids and the support of her family and friends that pushed Shelly toward making healthier choices and losing 108 pounds along the way.
“It is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. You're the only one who can motivate yourself, you can’t just expect someone else to do it for you,” Matthias said.
“It amazes me what people can fight through on their own to actually achieve their goals,” Jeff Nichols from season 14 of the Biggest Loser said.
As Nichols can tell you, weight loss is no easy task but getting started is the first step to getting fit.
“Start today, there is always tomorrow and always Monday, but for me those were the two days of the week that never came. So if you want to make a change and you want to do something great you have to do it today,” Nichols said.
“You have to be in the mindset to do it you have to want it more than anything,” Matthias added.
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