'It's been life changing' Peoria's Biggest Loser contestant fights mental battle to finish strong

By WEEK Reporter

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 12:12 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria's Biggest Loser contestants are starting the second half of the 12-week weight-loss race.

News 25 has been keeping up with 23-year-old teacher Nicole Moore since the very first weigh in on January 11th.

Now, she is 16 lbs lighter and feeling great.

"It has been life changing," said Moore.

The race is far from over. It's week 7 and mental endurance is the name of the game.

"Right now they're probably getting used to the point where their body is getting used to exercise," said Team Jade Trainer Heather.

"In the beginning a diet is way more fun because you see big weight loss, now I have started to taper down," said Moore.

The competition is getting harder.

"We're upping the ante," said Team Jade Trainer JoAn Grane. "Instead of having one person run one lap, now we're doing two laps and more."

Moore's defense--mental check points.

"I start thinking, 'You can do anything for a minute. You can do anything for ten seconds.' That's what our trainers tell us, and I'm starting to believe it's true."

Grane says mental endurance is 90% of the battle.

"You can be fit as a fiddle, but if you're not mentally there...you're going to lose it," said Grane.

One way to improve your mental endurance is to set a realistic goal, and start gradually. A common mistake people make is starting too explosively---they usually never complete the work-out. Trainers say to set a realistic goal, start at a comfortable pace and then take it up a notch.

The hardest part may be something only you can control.

"Now, I have to believe in me," said more.

She has just four more weeks to go.