Weight Loss Wednesday

Virgil AtkinsonWe have an update on Livingston Parish athlete, Virgil Atkinson. We originally reported that Virgil weighed 374 before beginning this weight loss challenge. However, after Virgil went to the doctor back in February, he was up to 380 lbs. As of the end of last week, he is down to 350lbs.! That is 30 pounds he has lost thus far! We are very proud of him and ask you to continue sharing your comments and words or wisdom for Virgil as he is trying to change his life for the better.

YOUR words could equal 150lbs!

Virgil Atkinson at beginning of Weight Loss ChallengeVirgil Atkinson is a 42 year old Special Olympics Louisiana athlete from Livingston, Louisiana. He currently weighs 371lbs. and has diabetes. Virgil is a regular around the Special Olympics Louisiana office and has attended various events around the world on our behalf.

One Special Olympics Louisiana staff member has challenged Virgil to lose 150 pounds by his birthday in September. If he completes this task, the staff member will buy Virgil a laptop.  If he loses an additional 50lbs. by December, he will get a Wii Fit. Virgil has accepted the challenge and is starting today!

Today, from YOU, we would like words of encouragement for Virgil. Please post, reply, share, etc. as we would like to get as many helpful hints and motivational responses for every pound Virgil intends to lose.We will provide updates monthly! Your words could equal 150lbs.!

Weight Loss Wednesday

Sticking with WWL-TVs Weight Loss Wednesday…we have a great story to share from St. Bernard Parish!

“….Well, it was official; he weighed in at 380 pounds….”   Jonathon Sanders Before

“…Jonathon is like a new person now. He no longer walks slowly down the hallway dragging his feet; looking at the ground and feeling so sad…. He says he has a lot more friends this year and the daily smiles on his face are priceless.”

See how much weight he lost and what he looks like now