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Chelsie Lee, Fit to Be Gold Winner Starting Weight: 182 Finishing Weight: 143 Percentage Lost: 21.20 Why did you decide to enter the Fit to Be Gold Challenge? Well, I wanted to kind of learn to live a healthier lifestyle so when my husband and I have a family we can teach them a healthier lifestyle. My mother and I are also participating in the Avon Walk in October, and that’s when you do a marathon the first day and half marathon the second day. I wanted to get in shape for that so I wouldn’t ruin my knees or anything. What was the most surprising aspect of your 13week journey? I don’t know. I think I was pretty well prepared mentally. I’ve lost weight before, I lost 30 pounds when I got married, so I was pretty well prepared. It was kind of what I expected, I think. What was the most difficult part of the Fit to Be Gold Challenge? I think both the exercise and the diet were difficult, but I set my mind to the fact that I was going to do what I needed to do, so once I set my mind to that fact, it made it easier. I know that what I did was difficult, but once I set my mind to it, I did it and that made it easier. What was the easiest part of the Fit to Be Gold Challenge? I can say what made the competition easier: My trainer made the competition a lot easier because he was very encouraging and he believed in me and I didn’t want to let him down. That made it easier for me to stick to what I decided to do because I was accountable to him. Even though his workouts were incredibly difficult, it made it easier to have someone beside you supporting you. Was there ever a point when you wanted to give up? I went out of town a whole lot during the contest, and it was definitely more difficult when I was out of town. I never wanted to quit. For instance, I threw a bridal shower for my friend and I said to myself, “You can eat like a regular person, you just have to watch the amount

of what you eat.” So I didn’t feel like I was cheating. I never wanted to drop out completely, but I did cheat a couple of times… I allowed myself some room. How did you feel at the end of the Fit to Be Gold Challenge? I was really excited because I could eat regular food again but, at the same time, I was also really nervous because I didn’t have the same accountability. I feel like I was more afraid because I didn’t have someone watching over me. How are you doing today, now that the challenge has been over for a month? I work out a lot more, and I like to work out because it gives me energy and makes

me feel better. When I am in town I’ve noticed that I’m eating a lot more healthy. I search for healthier recipes, a try to eat real, non-processed foods and a lot more fruits and vegetables. I’ve learned how to enjoy healthy foods more. When you eat processed food it sort of takes that enjoyment away. It’s definitely become more natural for me. What are your long-term goals? Just to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make it second nature to me so that, when we have kids, they grow up with a healthy lifestyle so they don’t have to retrain themselves. They just grow up that way.

Bobby Burch, Fit to Be Gold Third Place Finisher Starting Weight: 283 Finishing Weight: 257 Percentage Lost: 19.57

Why did you decide to enter the Fit to Be Gold Challenge? My girlfriend… well, at that point we weren’t really together but we were friends… and this is Nancy Wilson, who was also in the contest, we had been talking about doing something to get into shape.

Metro Spirit 06.28.2012  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

Metro Spirit 06.28.2012  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

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