North Devon Journal's Weight Loss Challenge kicks off
By North Devon Journal | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 07:32
THIS week saw the start of the North Devon Journal's fourth Weight Loss Challenge with ten participants undergoing gruelling training sessions in a bid to beat the bulge.
THE TEAM: Weight loss challenge group with Absolute Training owner Wayne Large (back row, fourth from left) and his trainers Chris Reeves and Steve Sanger (front row). Picture: Rob Tibbles. To order this photograph call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNRT20121112H-024_C
Tracey Mallaband-Whitham: Start weight, 18st 7lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-009_C
Liz Payne: Start weight, 16st 3lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-017_C
Zoe Mundell: Start weight, 12st 6lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-005_C
Louise Sibbald: Start weight, 11st 9lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-001_C
Karen Everett: Start weight, 11st 4lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-011_C
David Brown: Start weight, 23st 3lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-007_C
Jackie Braund: Start weight, 11st 8lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-015_C
Holly Conway: Start weight, 15st 5lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-003_C
Brian East: Start weight, 16st 5lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-013_C
Lisa Snell: Start weight: 14st 10lb. Ref: BNRT20121112H-019_C
Monday night was the launch of the challenge but the participants were broken in easily – they only had to be weighed and measured before the real work started on Tuesday.
This year's group has been set the challenge of raising £550 for the North Devon Hospice, a £50 increase from last year's target.
Personal trainer Wayne Large from Absolute Training in Barnstaple will be on hand to offer coaching, diet advice and support to the participants, many of whom have struggled with their weight for a while.
Emma Lowe from the hospice will also be giving fundraising tips and a helping hand during the 16-week challenge.
Wayne said this year's diet plan will be slightly different to last year's, which involved a tight calorie-controlled allowance.
The challenge runs through Christmas, ending on March 1, but Wayne was adamant the festive celebration should not be a justification for putting the weight back on.
He said: "Obviously it will be a bit more relaxed over Christmas, but it's all in the name – Christmas Day, not Christmas month."
There will be a halfway challenge taking place on January 20, which last year involved a cycle along the Tarka Trail and a run around Rock Park.
The end of the challenge will be marked by a Weight Loss Challenge Ball on March 2.
The ten participants in the group range in age from 21 to 60.
David Tyzack, 21, from Barnstaple.
Liz Payne, 28, from Bideford.
Zoe Mundell, 32, from Bratton Fleming.
Louise Sibbald, 33, from Ilfracombe.
Jackie Braund, 39, from Ilfracombe.
Lisa Snell, 40, from Barnstaple.
Tracy Mallaband-Whitham, 46, from Barnstaple.
Karen Everett, 52, from Combe Martin.
Holly Conway, 52, from Bratton Fleming.
Brian East, 60, from Bratton Fleming.
Keep an eye out each week for more information on each of the participants and regular updates on how they are all getting on.
Challenging journo Fran Taffs:
JOURNAL reporter Fran Taffs is one of the Weight Loss Challenge participants. She writes:
THERE'S nothing that brings more fear to my heart than stepping on the scales, especially in front of ten people I've never met before.
But I've signed up to take part in this challenge and so I'm not going to shy away from being honest about my weight, painful as it may be.
Having said that, everyone taking part in this year's challenge was so lovely and lively, I'm sure the process is going to bring as much joy as it will misery.
On Monday, Wayne took me aside at one point and asked me: "Have you ever had a six pack before?"
Now if he's talking about a crate of Strongbow then yes, I've had many of those.
But washboard abs you could grate cheese on? I've never even come close.
Wayne has set me the challenge of achieving this elusive six-pack (while not ending up looking like a body builder) by the end of the challenge.
I've got a funny feeling this is not going to be easy. Please keep the mince pies away from me.