VIDEO: Inspiring journey for 2017 Total Makeover Challenge winner

Abbotsford grandmother Gwen Beukens claims top prize

  • May. 31, 2017 11:00 a.m.
Gwen Beukens is the 2017 Total Makeover Challenge winner.
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Gwen Beukens is the 2017 Total Makeover Challenge winner.

A local grandmother is the winner of the 2017 Total Makeover Challenge, announced May 16 at the Phoenix Ballroom in Abbotsford.

After losing nearly 40 pounds and 32 inches, Gwen Beukens has an inspiring message for everyone.

“My journey is not yet done. I have more to lose,” she said. “I plan to continue on in my weight loss journey. I am planning to volunteer to help out in some way for the Total Makeover Challenge. I’m not quite sure what that is going to look like yet but I want to encourage and inspire other women in their journey.”

In her words, as a family woman, the biggest reason to compete in this challenge was to “run around with my grandkids.” Being able to feel more confident with her body and physical mobility has enhanced her relationship with her grandchildren alongside feeling at ease with her body.

Beginning with 30 contestants, these women went through numerous challenges pertaining to fitness, health, personal growth and development and beauty makeovers. As time progressed, the challenge went from 30 participants, to 15, to six and, lastly, to one.

Over the course of four months, these women challenged themselves rigorously towards better health and a heightened image of themselves. The contest was both mentally and physically difficult, and they paced themselves towards a gradually healthier and confident lifestyle.

Beukens said she is thankful for this experience and optimistic about utilizing the skills she learned towards living a longer, healthier life. She is looking forward to the prizes she won, including: a getaway trip for two by Tracy Peterson Foy Windemere Real Estate and $500 spending money from Shape Your World Society, a one-year gym membership with She’s Fit, a highlight video of the Total Makeover Experience by E.A. Corporate Care, a boudoir photo shoot with Photoart by Simpson, a hair style by Imagine by Cecile, a professional makeup application by Beauty by B, and healthy mouth dental package by Willow Dental Care Abbotsford ($3,000 value).

As an annual event put on by the Shape Your World Society, the 2017 Total Makeover Challenge was brought to the community in partnership with lead sponsor MSA Ford.

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