Many of us take on a New Year's resolution, but it is not always so easy to stick to it. One local couple stayed true to theirs and it is paying off.
KENNEWICK, WA - Many of us take on a New Year's resolution, but it is not always so easy to stick to it. One local couple stayed true to theirs and it is paying off.
Between the two of them they lost over 100 pounds in just weeks. This weekend the Chapa's are now being celebrated among the top ten weight loss champions at Gold's Gym in Kennewick.
"People were always asking me, so when are you due? Ummm yeah I'm not pregnant," explained Denise Chapa who lost 40 lbs.
She does not get those questions anymore. Now, all that people can ask her is ‘how did she do it?’
"We didn't really have a plan per say, we just come in, 'we're going to use the elliptical and the treadmill."
They soon realized they needed some kind of direction. That is where the trainers and the Gold's Gym 12 Week Challenge came in.
"The trainers taught us which is best for me and what's best for her," explained Elizandro Chapa who lost 60 lbs.
"I can't take a whole lot of the credit. These guys went above and beyond. They did everything we asked them to and then went on their own and did extra," said Phillip Cowin, the couple’s trainer.
Along with their trainer they sat down and made a plan to not only work out, but eat healthier. The couple says it is hard to motivate yourself, but not as much when the other person in your life has your back.
"'You said we're going to go to the gym after work, you're tired but come on let's go. Just an hour and before you know it we've been here for two hours,'" said Denise.
While the Chapa’s say 80% of their success is due to the people at the gym, their trainers say they can’t believe how motivated the couple kept one another.
"They get you to believe in yourself again because you can see the weight drop off and you're like, 'hey he believes in me, I believe in myself. I can do this."
Saturday at the Kennewick Red Lion, the winners of the 12 Week Challenge will be announced. The Chapa’s know they are in the top 10 and they will find out their final results at the ceremony.