Pushing others to lose weight

Raissa Tetanish
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After a successful three months, 'I am BIG and need a PUSH' is once again on the move with a four-month contest to see who can lose the most weight. Melodie Haynes-Fraser won the first contest, losing 43 pounds over the three months.

AMHERST - Over three months, a group of online motivators lost a total of 1,036 pounds.


Because of the success of the 'I am BIG and need a PUSH' Facebook group, creator Kim Marks is continuing with the page and has started another contest.

"I can't believe how well this has gone," said Marks, who had reservations about the group after first creating it on Jan. 3.

"I thought people might think (the group) was insulting and I didn't want them to think that, so I was going to close it."

She changed her mind after seeing 10 people in the group that same day. Now, the group has 287 members.

Over the next four months, Marks will have another contest to see who can lose the most weight.


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Recent comments

  • kim marks
    April 11, 2011 - 15:42

    Thank you Kathy. I can't wait to meet all of you in the Summer. I am so looking forward to the little Party I am planning for everyone in August. Thank you guys for all the WONDERFUL Support. My weight loss Journey will continue and many will continue with me!!! P.S... weigh day is Friday.... GOOOD LUCK

  • kathy mason
    April 11, 2011 - 12:46

    I'm proud to be one of the members in this group. It has been a great motivator and support helps us all. I don't have a lot of support at home and I'm the only one trying to actively lose weight so the people in this group have sure helped with a high five, a way to go, congrats etc.