Dump Your Plump winners
He's the biggest winner and biggest loser: Leonard Frett, a Fort Meade pet care worker, got an armload of goodies for being the overall and individual male biggest loser in the military base's Dump Your Plump contest. He couldn't be happier, and not just because this week he was awarded an iPad, gym bag and more.
Frett, 30, lost 24.8 percent of his body fat and 65 lbs in the 2-month program. And since the last weigh-in earlier this month, he dropped another 10 lbs. Now at 251 lbs, he says he has about 50 to go.
"I got up and 4:30 every morning so I was at Gaffney, the gym, at 5 when it opened. I ran and walked 2 miles on the treadmill," he told me. "Then I did 30 mins on the bicycle and 30 minutes on the elliptical." That was "very hard," but seeing results and staying ahead in a friendly competition with his manager kept him focused.
Top female winner: Air Force Master Sgt. Kat Collins. 17.8 percent of her body fat and 25.4 lbs -- gone. This was the third year of the DYP challenge.
The winning team: Dead Weight, the team we featured here a few weeks ago that was determined not to come in second again, lost 12.9 percent of their body fat.
Frett's a tall 6'3" and he's ex-Army. When he left the service in 2003, he stopped the training regimen but kept the eating regimen and packed on pounds. His diet makeover: Bye-bye fried chicken, hello baked chicken. Bye-bye Sprite and 7 Up, hello water and iced green tea. Bye-bye fast food, chips, cookies and candy; welcome fruit, egg whites and salad.
"I ate until I felt satisfied. The more I lost weight, and the more I ate that diet, the more I felt like I didn't need so much to eat," he said. Besides, he feels better, has more energy and is inspiring other people.
Since January when DYP started, his belt got so big on him that now he can wrap it around to his back. He had been punching new holes in it weekly. DYP also gave him an activity for outside the gym: buying new clothes.
Photos of Frett and Collins courtesy of Fort Meade