With self-discipline and encouragement from their spouses, the Petersons and Brooks have come a long way in the past 11 weeks.
"I 'm really proud of D anielle ," said her husband Mike Peterson, " for how she gets up at 5 a.m. every morning and works out."
"D avid is really excited about where's he's head ed," commented his wife Eli Brooks, " and I see him being able to hang on to it for the long haul."
A lthough each competitor started out with his or her own goals , with only one week left in the YMCA Health Seekers competition, success for the couples is now measured in each other's progress.
"I t ' s been encouraging because we're doing it together ," said David Brooks. "W e enjoy each other's company, so working out together is great. "
T hey've all lost weight , but the importance of seeing results on the scale has diminished when compared to how they're feeling and how their clothes are fitting.
B oth couples admit that staying on track after the competition comes to an end will be tough .
"My husband and I want to keep going with being active," said Danielle Peterson.
T hey're hoping that by having accountability with each other , their long-term goals of maintaining a healthy lifestyle will be possible.