SOUTH BEND Tuesday night concludes a weight loss journey that America has followed, but it also marks the end for a group in Michiana who has used the hit NBC show, Biggest Loser, as inspiration.
The Biggest Loser: Kroc edition will come to a close Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. Contestants have been working toward weight loss and healthy eating habits for months.
One of those contestants is Julie Harris. Julie is a mother of two, she works full time and she's battled multiple health issues throughout her life. She was born with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, a heart condition that causes abnormalities. She was also recently diagnosed with skin cancer. Julie got pregnant after high school and because of her conditions, was put on bed rest. It was during that time she put on the weight.
At her heaviest, Julie was 295 pounds.
"I just got on the scale and I saw the number on it," said Harris. "You see 295, and that's a large number. A very large number for me."
Julie joined the Kroc in May of 2013, and she's lost 85 pounds in less than a year. It was her trainer, Dawn Myers, who suggested the Biggest Loser competition, and since it started in October, she's lost 20 pounds.
"I'm just honored to be part of her life," said Myers. "And to share in her journey with her. She has had so many obstacles and every reason to give up and quit. And she hasn't."
Julie is in the top 10 in the competition, but winning is about more than a title.
"In this whole journey, I've just learned my strength, I think," said Julie. "I've been a quitter my whole life, I've just been a quitter. I've learned you can't quit. Life is really hard, and you can't quit."
The Kroc's Biggest Loser competition concludes Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. The final weigh in on NBC's Biggest Loser is Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.