Lagro arrived with a friend and her mother to receive a $500 check from Curves International for winning their annual Sweetheart Weight Loss Contest. Josh Cannon photo
One year and 141 pounds ago Kristal Lagro walked into Kathy Allen's Curves franchise and took the first step in a complete lifestyle change.
One year later Lagro is the winner of the Curves Sweetheart Contest.
"It's wonderful," Lagro said Monday after Allen presented her with several gifts including a $500 check from Curves International.
When she arrived Monday morning, she was escorted by her mother, Mickie, and a friend, Marsha Duregger. Lagro's mother stood back and smiled at her daughter while Duregger snapped photographs.
Lagro lost the most weight out of all the individuals in her region, Allen said. In total there are upwards of 8,000 Curves franchises, but only around eight regions, she said, and only one winner for each region.
At the beginning of 2004, Lagro attended "Scale Down," an annual event sponsored by Union Hospital's cardiovascular testing department. When she stepped on the scale, it didn't register.
"It was the reality check that I needed," she said.
Following her embarrassing moment, she began exercising on a treadmill, watching her diet and registered at Curves.
She said since the birth of her first child, she hadn't lost all of the weight and it continued with the birth of her second, but as her weight loss began to take affect she couldn't believe it, she said. She was in shock when she reached 100 pounds and now she's almost half way to another 100, she said.
Largo's advice is, "Keep trying. You can do it."
She said she is accountable for anything that goes into her body and that realization is how she helps herself.
Visiting Curves three times a week for 40 minutes each time, writing down everything she eats, eating foods high in protein, while staying away from refined carbohydrates such as white bread also aided in her transformation.
It's not so much that she has taken food out of her diet as much as she limits it, she said.
"I don't deprive myself of anything," Lagro said.
Her friend of four years, who has watched her lose the nearly 200 pounds, Marsha Duregger said, "It [the weight loss] really does affect your personal outlook. Her outlook and self-esteem has grown."
Duregger said she has been Lagro's "scrap book buddy" through the past year and that, "It's fun to see the transformation."
Allen said this means much to Lagro, but it also means much to the local franchise.
"She is a walking advertisement," she said. More people have come in lately and mentioned her success story.
Lagro said she really wants to thank her friends, family and the people at Curves for helping her acheive her goal.
In addition to the $500 check which she plans to use to purchase a diamond cross pendant, she was also awarded a tiara, a Curves workout suit, two months paid membership and "a whole lot of memories," she said.