The Times' Lose 17 in '17

Ed Bermes, of Portage, weighs in for The Times' Lose 17 in '17 contest in January at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in Chesterton.

Jonathan Miano, Times file photo

In 2017, The Times challenged 17 Region residents to lose at least 17 pounds, with the person dropping the highest percentage of his or her body weight being crowned the winner. The contestants have so far dropped a total of 458 pounds, with 10 participants already meeting the contest goal of shedding 17 pounds or more.

The Times is upping the stakes for 2018 (by a pound). We are now accepting entries for the Lose 18 in ’18 contest, which will start Jan. 1.

We are asking people to submit short essays explaining why they want to lose weight and what they plan to do to accomplish their goals. We will choose the contestants based on which stories are most compelling.

Contestants must commit to weighing in once a month in either Schererville and Chesterton for the entirety of 2018 and being available for interviews and photos for monthly contest update stories in The Times. The contest is self-directed, so The Times does not provide any exercise or nutrition support.

The winner gets a free year's gym membership.

Submit your entries by email to, fax to (219) 933-3249 (ATTN: Giles Bruce) or mail to Giles Bruce, The Times, 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321.

In your entry, include your first and last name, the city where you live, your date of birth, profession, phone number and email.

The Times will select the Lose 18 in '18 contestants later this year.

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