'Biggest Loser' contestant to visit Victoria

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.
Updated Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:31 a.m.

Patrick Kutchka lost more than 100 pounds in 2011. But this year, he's taking on a different mission - he is helping others reach their weight loss goals.

Kutchka, 42, and his wife Misty, 38, started the FIT 4 HIM support group in March through Covenant Life Center in Victoria.

He and the group are hosting a special event Sunday. "The Biggest Loser Season 13" contestant Mark Cornelison will be the guest speaker.

"It was easier than I thought it was going to be," Kutchka said about wrangling a contestant from one of NBC's high-rated shows.

Cornelison walked off the show after he and several contestants disagreed with a line in the contract.

Cornelison serves as a youth pastor in The Woodlands, north of Houston.

Kutchka is not fully sure what Cornelison will talk about at the Sunday event, but he assumes it will be about not only his weight-loss journey, but also his spiritual journey.

When Kutchka was first approached about starting the group, he was a bit hesitant.

"It was kind of overwhelming for me," he said. "I'm not really a public speaker, but God had this calling for me and my wife to help people. That's why I'm here."

Kutchka's wife helps at the group's meeting by creating a healthy dinner as they discuss weight loss struggles. The group does not exercise as a whole, they only support each other on their individual journeys.

Kutchka lost the weight because of his battle with renal cancer. He weighed about 300 pounds when he started his mission. Now, he is well under 200 pounds.

His wife has also lost weight.

Kutchka is receiving the support he needs to prepare for his first marathon in Houston in January. In November, he ran his first half marathon.

Right now, Kutchka said, the group is growing. The members are not limited to Covenant Life, and come from other churches as well. They average between 12 and 15 people per meeting.

"We're not experts," he said. "We just know what we did and how we're getting there."



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