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Rockford family talks about seeing Biggest Loser finale live

July 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER Celebrating the accomplishment of a family friend typically does not involve a trip across the country and the opportunity to be part of the audience during the live season finale of “The Biggest Loser.” That is exactly what a Rockford family got to experience by celebrating the victory of Jeremy Britt on “The Biggest Loser.” Mike and Linda TenBrink, along with their son Graham and his fiancée Katie Couturier, traveled to California to watch Britt become the winner of season 13 of “The Biggest Loser.” Britt’s sister, Conda, took third place in the live finale that was broadcast to millions of television viewers in early May. Jeremy, 23, lost 199 pounds during the season, dropping his body weight to 190 pounds. Conda, 24, lost 115 pounds for her third-place finish. “This year’s Biggest Loser season was an amazing journey for Jeremy, Conda and their family and friends,” said Mike TenBrink. “We feel very blessed of having been afforded the opportunity to be in the audience for the finale in order to support Jeremy and Conda, and view it as one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” Mike said Jeremy demonstrated many qualities during the season and the show’s finale, but the one word he always thought best described Jeremy is “loyal.” “Jeremy has always been loyal to his friends and his family,” Mike said. Linda said their family got to know Jeremy as Graham and Jeremy graduated together from Rockford in 2007. “We have known him for about 10 years,” she said. The TenBrinks said they got to know Conda and Jeremy’s family through the season and better through the trip. “Jeremy was always so funny. He always had a story to tell,” Linda said. “About six years ago, I was watching ‘The Biggest Loser’ on TV and Jeremy was at the house. I told him to check out the show, as they lost weight and had the opportunity to win money, cars, etc. Jeremy was a baseball player when he was young and had athletic abilities. I told him that he should try out for the show because he could win.” Linda said trying out for the show was a long process and both he and Conda didn’t want to get their […]

‘The Biggest Loser’ winner, Rockford’s Jeremy Britt offers tips to weight-loss success

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER Perseverance and “keeping at it” are keys to success with a weight-loss plan, according to a Rockford resident and “The Biggest Loser” Season 13 winner. Jeremy Britt, 23, lost 199 pounds during the 13th season, dropping his body weight to 190 pounds. His sister, 24-year-old Conda Britt, lost 115 pounds to drop from 294 pounds to 179 pounds and finish third. Britt said his weight loss of 51.16 percent during the show placed him in the top five contestants of all the show’s 13 seasons. Jeremy and Conda left Rockford, their jobs, families, friends and all the technologies that connect people to try and make a change to their lives. During a recent interview at MVP in Rockford, Jeremy spoke to The Rockford Squire about the things he gained in the process. “There are so many ways my life has changed,” he said. A tremendous weight loss, prize winnings of $250,000 and better health are some obvious things, Britt said. The friendships that he made and learning to change behaviors that were harmful to his health are things that may have been less obvious to the millions of television viewers who saw him win the live season finale in May. “There are definitely people I will always stay in touch with. I’m friends with the people on the show for the most part,” Jeremy said. “It was such a great experience.” Things have slowed down for him after a whirlwind of television and radio appearances, but Jeremy wants to continue to tell his story and let it serve as an inspiration for others. Jeremy said he eventually plans to return to college and finish pursuing an education such as the business and management degree he was working on. He currently wants to serve as a motivational speaker and help others as they struggle to overcome obstacles to weight loss and improved health. “I feel I have a story to be told right now,” Jeremy said. “It’s pretty amazing being among the top five contestants of all time.” Jeremy was the youngest winner in the 13 seasons at age 22, and one of the younger contestants on the show. While he could travel if he becomes a motivational speaker, Jeremy said he […]

Nation waits to see if Rockford contestant will win Biggest Loser

April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Brother and sister are in finals on national television show by BETH ALTENA A Rockford brother and sister have made it to the end of a life-changing process that has taken place in the public on NBC’s Biggest Loser Club series. The two are back home now after the 18-week show where they accomplished more than they ever imagined after starting the show weighing 389 pounds (Jeremy) and 294 pounds (Conda). Their journey even took them to the White House, where they spent a day with First Lady Michelle Obama, and currently have the chance to win $30,000 to bring a gym locally if they are first in online voting. Jeremy Britt, 22, employed at Fifth Third Bank, and lived a sedentary life—the only sport he ever played was golf, where the exercise was minimal as he always used a golf cart. He knew he had to make a change in his life when a friend asked him to go to the beach and he declined because he didn’t want anyone to see him without a shirt. Conda Britt, 24, is a single mother and college student with a full-time job. As a nutrition technician for Spectrum Health, she is responsible for helping patients maintain diets created for them by doctors or dieticians. She felt she had to make a change in her life not only for herself but for her two-year-old daughter. Both Rockford High School graduates say they come from a family where being heavy is the norm and family gatherings feature delicious but not very healthy food. “Being overweight was easy and acceptable,” Jeremy said. The brother and sister duo went to a Detroit open casting call for the show and were accepted. The first airing of their season of the Biggest Loser Club took place on January 3 of this year. The final episode will air May 1. Over the next 18 weeks each contestant, always a team of pairs, are challenged to lose weight, learn healthy lifestyle habits, and face challenges with eliminations throughout the season. Through each elimination, the cast has been narrowed—both in the number of contestants and physically as each sheds pounds. Now the participants are all home, and know what only the NBC staff of the […]