JANINE Adams was crowned the winner of Ararat College's 'Get Healthy, Stay Healthy' Challenge at an awards night last week.
She took out the title of the 12 week program by losing 12 percent of her starting weight.
Ms Adams said she exceeded the goals she had set herself heading into the challenge, but was still 'shocked and pleasantly surprised' at the announcement.
"It was actually interesting going in because by then people had started to notice that I had lost weight," she said.
"For me I hadn't noticed it that much because it had been gradual over the 12 weeks.
"I actually liked the challenge because I had really enjoyed watching The Biggest Loser in town and that inspired me to have a go and lose some weight myself.
"I think sometimes it is often starting to lose weight that is hard, but when this had a starting date that you had to go and get weighed and you knew you'd be weighed again it was an incentive to give it a good go."
Ms Adams was up against about 30 other locals in the 'Get Healthy, Stay Healthy' campaign, with saw the participants take part in fitness sessions run by YMCA personal trainers Pete Harrison and Mercedes Stewart, along with nutrition and exercise advice from staff at the East Grampians Health Service.
"I suppose the best thing that I got out of it too was at the first weigh-in they took your blood pressure and I didn't realise mine was so high," Ms Adams said.
Since losing weight Ms Adams said it has brought her blood pressure down considerably and she will continue to maintain the healthy lifestyle.
Pradeep Chandak finished runner-up in the challenge beating Patricia Ruthven, with only 0.1 percent separating the pair.
Biggest Loser contestants Sharon Basset and winner Craig Booby attended the finale, with Mr Booby giving a motivational speech before presenting Ms Adams with $500 as a personal prize, while a further $500 will go back into Ararat College.
"I am looking to put it towards something that will benefit the whole school, maybe with a healthy focus," Ms Adams said.
Organisers of Ararat College's 'Get Healthy, Stay Healthy' Challenge thanked the sponsors and everyone who was involved in the 12 week journey.