The Times' Lose 19 in '19 weight-loss contest has begun.

This week, 19 Northwest Indiana residents weighed in at local gyms to start their journey of losing at least 19 pounds in 2019.

Over the past three-plus years, contestants in our challenge have dropped nearly 1,000 pounds.

The Times will check in with the participants monthly to see what lifestyle changes they are implementing to get into shape. We hope readers will use some of the successful techniques in their own lives.

So let the competition begin. Here are this year's participants: