FALL RIVER — Imagine going into summer a thinner healthier you? And, shopping for new smaller clothes, and feeling good about yourself?
For Steven Rego and Robin Noverca, the biggest losers in this year’s Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge, that’s a reality.
The challenge ended in April, but being healthy and continuing on their weight loss journeys isn’t something they’re giving up any time soon.
“I feel great. More energy,” said Noverca, 35.
Noverca lost 38.8 pounds, or 19 percent of her body weight.
Her goal is to get down to 150 pounds, and she’s confident that she’s on her way to meet it.
“I’m down four sizes,” Noverca said. Shopping for clothes these days is a “wonderful feeling.”
Rego, who said his weight has been “up and down my whole life” lost 51.1 pounds, or 20.7 percent of his body weight. He’s down to 190 pounds and is just about five pounds from his goal.
“I’ve go so much energy. I move faster,” Rego said. “I was determined.”
It was Rego’s first time participating in the challenge that runs each year from January to April. His wife Sherri, also a participant, and kids encouraged him to join and get healthy.
Rego said he’d been diagnosed with high blood pressure and sleep apnea, both conditions caused or exacerbated by being overweight.
“I said, ‘I’ve go to do something,’” said Rego, age 56.
Already, his blood pressure is lower, and he believes he’ll be at least halving his medication.
“I kept away from doughnuts,” Rego said. “No overeating.”
Rego rides a stationary bike at a local gym nearly every day. He started out at 5 miles per day, and is up to 10 to 20 miles per day with “increasing intensity.”
“I just sweat,” Rego said. “That’s how I lost the weight.”
Noverca, who has participated in the challenge in the past, once came in second place.
Noverca said she lost the weight by simply working out and eating right.
“I’m trying to stick with it,” she said.
Noverca said she cut down on carbohydrates and walked and ran on the treadmill six days a week — a mile or mile-and-a-half each morning, then another mile in the evening.
When she couldn’t do as much, she didn’t get discouraged, and strived to walk at least a mile per day.
“Take it day by day,” Noverca said.
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