With only days to go, Comox Mayor Paul Ives and Courtenay Mayor Larry Janugla are completing their final weigh-ins for their Cut the Waist challenge.
The challenge was initiated at the end of January, and the mayor to lose the most weight by percentage will have his community flag fly over the other city or town hall July 4.
From a starting point of just over 191 pounds on Jan. 31, Mayor Ives weighed in Thursday morning at just under 176 pounds, for a total weight loss of just over 15 pounds in the past five months.
From June 2001, Ives has lost just over 28 pounds for a total percentage weight reduction of 13.5 per cent overall; however, since the start of this challenge, it has been a total of eight per cent reduction.
No matter who wins or loses the challenge, both mayors feel they have not only accomplished personal goals and objectives in eating well, exercising regularly and having a more balanced life, but also they have helped to encourage other members of their communities to live more active, healthy and fit lifestyles.
Mayor Ives would like to thank his family members for their positive encouragement and the public for their supportive comments, and to acknowledge the important role the Comox Recreation Centre staff (in particular, fitness studio and spin class instructors) have played in helping him to meet this challenge. As well, Ives added high quality road bike purchased by him from Simons Cycles has made the last two months of cycling a lot of fun.
— Town of Comox