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Weight Watchers(R) Reveals the 2008 Inspiring Stories of the Year Contest Winners Online and in the January Issue of Good Housekeeping
Date:12/16/2008

weight-loss support from those who attended his Weight Watchers meeting. Today he sees the positive side of life - and who can blame him? He's over 190 pounds lighter!

Jessica Chicas, Ocala, FL

Total Weight Lost: 53 pounds

Jessica Chicas, 32, went from being a spectator at triathlons to a triathlon participant in a matter of one year when she resolved that it was time to do something about being overweight. She knew action was required to be a healthy role model for her young children. Her husband is a fit athlete whom she always cheered for at triathlon competitions, but Jessica decided it was time to get off the sideline and join the "race." She joined Weight Watchers and started to move more and her exercise made it easier to keep up her new, healthy eating habits. This combination helped her to lose 53 pounds and compete in 11 races just this year alone.

Jan Haapala, St. Paul, MN

Total Weight Lost: 122.8 pounds

Jan Haapala, 28, left the doctor's office unable to forget the four words he just heard - "You're going to die." That's what his doctor told him at age 24. With a prescription for blood pressure medication in hand, Jan went home to his wife desperate to prove his doctor wrong. After trying many fad diets, Jan and his wife joined Weight Watchers. Step by step, Jan begin eating differently and moving more. Within just a matter of months he was making dramatic progress. His doctor took him off blood pressure medication and he was on to achieve amazing goals - like his first marathon. This spring, Jan completed the Cellcomm Green Bay Marathon, and reached his healthy goal weight just six days later.

Jane Reeder, Carlisle, PA

Total Weight Lost: 117 pounds

Years ago, Jane Reeder, 41, lost 80 pounds on an unhealthy diet consisting onl
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