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Let the slim down begin

By Laura Collins
Published in State News on February 5, 2010 4:20 PM

And the slim down begins.

For the past two-and-a-half weeks I've been eating insane amounts of food, especially beef, to prepare for the Andy's Big "A" Challenge. I started the training at 132 pounds and when I weighed myself almost immediately after the challenge I was at 144. Thankfully by Thursday afternoon that number had dropped to 139, but it's still not where I want to be.

The Goldsboro Family YMCA has agreed to help me with losing the weight and getting me back in shape. I met Thursday with wellness director Lisa Weston who set me up with personal trainer Ashleigh Wilder, an intern from ECU.

Ashleigh is like a little mouse, tiny with a high-pitched voice. I thought she was super sweet...that is, until she started giving me my numbers.

Apparently my percentage body fat is 26.7 percent. That means that over a quarter of my body is solid fat.

I don't like that at all.

My waist is 29.5 inches and my hips are 36 inches.

"What possessed you to eat like that?" Weston asked me, and now, I can't really think of a good answer.

I assured her that I will work as hard to lose the weight as I did to gain it.

"Good. Because you don't have a choice," Weston said with a crazy twinkle in her eye.

Then she threatened me with an all-spandex uniform requirement if I don't work hard. Message received.

Tonight, I officially begin my workout.