Kiersteads surpass goals of weight loss challenge, plan to continue on
Kim Kierstead watches as her husband Devin checks his weight for the final time after participating in the eight-week Eliminate the Weight challenge through the Cumberland YMCA. Throughout the eight weeks, the couple has lost more than 60 pounds in total, which is more than their individual goals of 20 pounds each. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
*Editor's note: this is the last in the series as the Amherst Daily News followed Devin and Kim Kierstead on their journey through the Eliminate the Weight challenge with the Cumberland YMCA.
AMHERST - For the past eight weeks, Devin and Kim Kierstead have motivated each other through what they hope will be a lifestyle change for them.
The couple had their final weigh-in Tuesday night of the Cumberland YMCA's Eliminate the Weight challenge.
"I'm very happy with how things went. I had set a goal of losing 20 pounds because I thought even that would be hard to do, but I'm more than thrilled," said Kim, who lost a total of 34.5 pounds and now weighs 292.5.
"I did better than I was expecting to do."
Devin also had a goal of losing 20 pounds, which he reached around the halfway point of the challenge.
"I wish I had lost more," he said after losing one pound over the past week-and-a-half. "I probably would have lost another five pounds if I wasn't sick."
Devin spent 24 straight hours at the stadium during the 24-Hour Physical Activity Day on Feb. 26, and was diagnosed with pneumonia just a few days following the event.
"For not exercising for a week and having pneumonia, losing a pound is pretty damn good," he said, noting Kim and he did participate in the Bring a Man to Zumba night at the end of February.
Although the program through the Y has ended, the couple has set new goals for themselves to continue on with the weight loss.
"This is not the ending," said Kim. "This is the beginning."
They both have a goal of losing another 20 pounds by the end of April.
"That's another eight weeks," Kim noted.
Because their plight was in the spotlight each week through the Amherst Daily News, Kim said they had incredible support from the community.
"We went into a store to buy a bag of chips for our children, and the woman at the cashier wasn't going to let us buy it because we were doing so well," Kim said with a laugh.