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Local Woman Wins Biggest Loser 'At Home Challenge'

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A Clifton Park woman is one hundred thousand dollars richer, and nearly 200 pounds lighter.
Tumi Oguntala was crowned the 'at home challenge' winner on the national tv show, Biggest Loser's, season finale Tuesday night. Our Maria Valvanis has more on her hunger to win.

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- "I've failed in my weight loss so many times, there comes a point you don't believe in yourself anymore," said Biggest Loser 'At Home Challenge' winner, Tumi Oguntala.

Weighing in at 319 pounds, Tumi Oguntala was one of 15 contestants ready to participate in NBC's televised weight loss competition, where the biggest loser, is actually the winner.

"I was there almost four months without seeing family, and really only being very focused on my personal fitness and achieving that," said Oguntala.

On week 11, the scale didn't tip in Tumi's favor. Eliminated from the main competition, she was sent back to Clifton Park, where she could still compete in the Biggest Loser 'At Home Challenge.' Same goal, shedding weight, but now having reach that goal without her hollywood trainer, and balancing a full time job.

"I was really scared about how I was going to do it," Oguntala said.

But the stars were aligned when Tumi signed up for an aerobics class Tiffany Morgan was teaching.

Morgan said, "The next morning I saw her on the treadmill I said, 'Hi Tumi, your a runner too, I run as well if you ever want to join me.'"

With Tiffany helping to encourage a healthy life style, and Tumi determined to reach her goal, the two hit the pavement every morning.

"4:00 in the morning it is not easy, winters, it is not easy," said Morgan.

Oguntala said, "You need that friend that will push you to run, that will push you to be better."

And on Tuesdays season Finale, all the sweat and tears became worth it, when a glowing 145 pound Tumi was crowned the At Home Challenge winner, and recipient of one hundred thousand dollars.

"She was shining ear to ear," said Morgan

And the biggest pay off, passing along her hunger for change, to others.

Oguntala said, "As many times as you fail, it only takes one win to do it." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP