This is it. No more excuses. Today is the day that these News readers finally take their first steps towards changing their lives.
Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser challenge kicks-off this morning and those chosen to take part can’t wait to get started.
Between them they weigh more than 110 stone – but all that’s about to change.
For the next eight weeks they’ll be locked in a battle with each other and themselves as they fight it out to see who can lose the most weight.
The challenge is organised by local gym 24/7 Fitness under the watchful eye of senior personal trainer Gary Lockwood and his team (pictured right).
Our contestants will meet up today for their first official weigh-in and find out what their training schedule will be like.
They’ll be exercising for at least two hours every day, five days a week, and on Sunday they’ll take part in their first group challenge – a punishing run along Southsea seafront.
Eight readers were originally chosen to take part but one has sadly had to drop out due to health reasons.
Our remaining seven are Graham Street, Alena Brice, Kayleigh Smith, Sue Lawson-Steel, Mo Snook, Abi Mercer and Louise Smith.
New mum Kayleigh is excited about what the next two months will bring.
And she’s spurred on by a very important reason to lose weight – she wants to complete a skydive to raise money for the hospital that helped her young cousin, Clayton, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Kayleigh, 24 and from Portchester, says: ‘I can’t wait. I know it’s going to be hard work but I want to test myself and see how much I can achieve.
‘I’d like to lose about three stone. I know that’s going to be a challenge but that’s how much I need to lose to be able to do the skydive.
‘I lost about six-and-a-half stone about three years ago but that was with no exercise and I put it back on.’
We’ll be following their progress closely over the next two months and keeping you updated on how they get on.
Their progress will also be charted online at twenty4sevenfitness.co.uk
At the end of the challenge, one reader will be crowned Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser and walk away with a clutch of great prizes, including a year’s membership to 24/7 Fitness, which has gyms at Gunwharf Quays and in Fareham.
Eating plan is just as important as exercise
THE Biggest Losers won’t only be taking part in a hardcore exercise regime.
One of the key aspects of the programme is an eating plan designed by senior personal trainer Gary Lockwood.
There’s no place for any of the high calorie treats, alcohol, convenience meals or other fatty snacks our seven have been so fond of up until now.
It’s all change and Gary knows it won’t be easy.
Days are split into high, moderate and low carbohydrate plans.
On day one our losers will have a baked potato with tuna and salad for lunch, with a dinner of chicken breast, rice and vegetables.
But as the week goes on, the carbs will start to diminish.
By day three they’ll be following the low carb pattern, with a dinner of chicken breast and salad leaves to tempt their tastebuds.
And if they really need a snack they’ll be allowed a small tub of cottage cheese.
On day five, scrambled eggs for breakfast will feel like a feast, especially when you consider what’s for lunch – a tin of tuna.