Contestants shed pounds in healthy living challenge

Published On: Sep 12 2013 08:24:26 AM EDT

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LAKE MARY, Fla. -

Proving there are no short cuts to weight loss, two Central Florida residents are doing it the old fashioned way, with exercise and healthy eating.

It hasn't always been an easy road, but the hard work is starting to pay off for John McGivern and Emily Edwards.

The two are featured ambassadors of the Lake Mary Healthy Living Magazine's "Take the Challenge" yearlong event. Local 6 is partnering with the Seminole County magazine to promote healthy living.

We've been documenting their progress and showing what it takes to shed the pounds.

Three months after they completely changed their lifestyle, McGivern and Edwards have lost a combined 70 pounds.

At the last weigh-in held at the Lake Mary Farmer's Market friends, family and those following along online gathered to celebrate their success.

"It all starts with one small step." McGivern said.  "Before you know it, you're addicted."

The next weigh-in will be held December 14, marking the halfway point in their yearlong journey.

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