Shape Up Showdown finalist meet the mentors

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Just recently we announced the 8 finalist for the second season of the Shape Up Showdown. Train sessions are about start up, but classes are now underway.

Rebecca Perrin has had an amazing weight loss journey. "The people at St. Bernards, the people at KAIT, Drew... I owe them my life. They've done everything for me, so I have to pay it back," said Perrin.

Now, a year later and over a hundred pounds lighter, Rebecca is doing just that. "You have to find a plan. It's whatever works for you. It's like we always say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail," said Perrin.

Former Shape Up Showdown participants Rebecca and Linde Miller, turned mentors, are back this season to rally the new recruits, answer questions and let the group know what to expect.

"It's going to be hard. If it's not hard you're not doing it right. Remember to lean on one another and celebrate the small victories," said Perrin.

Tiffany, a 31 year-old stay at home mom, is ready to get to work, and already hitting the gym. "One of my biggest goals is to be able to walk up those stairs to the fitness area and not be out of breath," said Tiffany.

She says being able to meet with people that have been there, make all the difference. "Just listening to them talk, they hit a subject about not being able to fit comfortably at the restaurant in the booth. I've been there and I've done that and to hear somebody else say it, it felt good that they were there and they overcame that,' said Tiffany.

"That (the class) kind of helped me with my fear. I think my biggest fear is coming and working out and feeling like I don't fit in because I'm heavy," said Stacy, a local nurse. She says she's ready for a life change and to prove it..."I put my body percentage out there and how much I weighed. That's a good way for me to be accountable because I am so much more than a number," said Stacy

And with their weigh loss journey underway, the biggest thing the group is looking forward to is the results. And of course, we'll be along side for the ride. Remember you can follow Shape Up Showdowner's progress or even leave them a not of encouragement by clicking on the health tab on our website.

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