Waugh pushes past age

54-year-old Marblehead resident has been battling her weight for years
Brandi Barhite
Aug 19, 2014


FIT Challenger Sherry Waugh is the oldest in this season of the FIT Challenge.

However, at age 54 years old, she isn’t the oldest ever.

FIT Challenger Gary Mortus and Ken Gipe were both older in previous seasons – and both won the FIT Challenge.

While that news surprised Waugh, she was happy to learn she will be working out at the same gym as these previous champions: Bodi N Balance in Port Clinton. 

“I have been fighting with my weight for years,” she said. “I have a picture from when I was 5 years old. I was thin and I was active, and a year later, it started coming on and it has been up and down ever since.”

At her heaviest, Waugh weighed 305 pounds. She dropped about 30 pounds on her own, but has been losing and gaining the same 5 pounds since. 

“It has taken a year to get there. I know it is slow going, but it seems super slow,” she said.  “My goal is to lose 60 pounds because that seems reasonable.”

Waugh hopes working out at Bodi N Balance with owner Trevor Tieche and his staff will jump-start her weight loss and healthy eating. She also stopped smoking right before the start of the FIT Challenge at the end of July.

The Marblehead resident struggles with eating too much at night. She lives with her mother and it is “monkey see, monkey do,” she said. “I eat whether I am hungry or not.”

Waugh works at AdWriter in Sandusky and sits for eight or more hours a day. 

“I played volleyball when I was in high school and I still walk quite a lot,” she said.  “I was working out at Curves for the past year. It is a workout and better than doing nothing at all, but it wasn’t challenging for me.”

Waugh knew she might get placed at Bodi N Balance since she lives in Ottawa County. She has been following the previous FIT Challenge seasons as “I have been thinking about doing it for a while,” she said.

“I was fine with the idea of doing Bodi N Balance until I saw the log pictures. It is intimidating.”
Tieche likes to use a log in his personal training sessions. The log has been both a source of motivation and trepidation for FIT Challenge contestants. 

Waugh is also nervous about running a 5K, which is a requirement of all FIT Challenge contestants. The upcoming FIT Challenge 5K will be Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. at the Norwalk Reservoir.  

“I have to admit it, I have never been someone who enjoyed running. Face it, I'm 5 foot 1 inches short and 54 years old,” she wrote in her blog. 

But she doesn’t plan to let her age define her, even if it scares her a bit.

“Everyone in the FIT Challenge seems like they are in their 30s,” she said. 

Sherry's stats

Weight: 273 pounds 
Body fat percentage: cannot be determined 
BMI: 51.6
Neck: 15.5 inches
Chest: 53.5 inches
Arms: 17.5 inches and 16.5 inches
Waist: 55.75 inches
Hips: 59 inches
Thighs: 30.0 inches and 30.5 inches
Calves: 21.5 inches


Erie Countian

Once again the Fit Challenge and the Sandusky Register have done a great disservice to Curves! One of last year's Fit Challengers slammed Sandusky Curves because she didn't like the way the owner was trying to help her and so she decided to go it alone. We Curves members knew for a fact that this particular contestant didn't bother to show up most of the time. Even after she quit she still did not lose a single pound during the remainder of the FIT challenge, even though she claimed she went to boot camp style workouts and walked in 5K events. Now we have Ms. Waugh saying she went to Curves but it didn't challenge her. I would like to say that I have been a member of Curves for many years and have lost over 60 pounds and have kept it off with regular workouts. Many other women can say the same. Curves has made a great difference in our lives! Bottom line is you get out of it what you put into it, be it at Curves or anywhere else. It doesn't seem right that you are portraying Curves in a bad light. It may not be right for everyone, but you can be successful there. I feel that it was not necessary to mention Curves by name in this article. It could have been stated that Ms. Waugh worked out at another facility without naming Curves and once again making it seem as though it is not a worthwhile program. I'm sure Curves owners around the area do not appreciate it that another person who was not successful is once again blaming Curves for their lack of success!

Brandi Barhite

It wasn't our intention to cast a bad light on Curves; it just wasn't intense enough for Sherry. We would love to have Curves back in the FIT Challenge. We actually had a potential contestant ask to be placed at Curves this season. Please feel free to email Barhite@sanduskyregister.com


I would NEVER slam Curves. My words were that it was a workout, but not enough for me! The people at the Port Clinton Curves were fantastic and I did get a benefit from the workout, just not ENOUGH and after a while there was no challenge. Please don't take offense to my words, there was none intended.

Erie Countian

Sherry, I wish you all the best on your journey. My problem is/has been with the Register and the way Curves has been written about in the Fit Challenge articles. I guess I'm rather defensive about it because I personally have benefitted so much from my local Curves and all the support and encouragement I've received from the staff there. I hate to see misconceptions about Curves spread in the pages of the Register. I think it is unfair and I just felt there was no need to mention Curves by name in this write-up since they are not involved in the Fit Challenge this year. Good luck and much success to you, Sherry.