David Gibson joked that he needed help with choosing the right foods and eating smaller portions after agreeing to join in a public weight loss challenge.
David Gibson joked that he needed help with choosing the right foods and eating smaller portions after agreeing to join in a public weight loss challenge.

Agnew sets weight loss challenge

IT’S no secret. The majority of people struggle with excess body-fat issues – just ask some of Gympie’s well-known residents.

This impressive group of people, including member for Gympie David Gibson, have taken up the ongoing challenge of losing weight and keeping it off for good to inspire people to get healthy after hearing damning reports that list Australia as the fattest country in the world.

The idea is the brainchild of The Gympie Times’ Michelle Agnew who was concerned about her own health and weight.

“The idea behind this challenge is to motivate our community to change something in their life in order to become healthier and a little or a lot lighter,” she said.

“I convinced several people to become involved and profile their own weight struggle, which is quite a challenge as most of them are relatively well known.”

These people are Nathan O’Neill (Harcourt’s), Katrina Pedersen from (Shine Lawyers) Alex Mclaughlin (Think Office), David Gibson and Michelle Agnew.

“The hardest thing is routine,” Mr Gibson said at his first

Their purpose is to enlighten the community on what they could do to improve their own situation and encourage a healthier way of living.

All they have to do is practise what they preach and submit to fortnightly weigh-ins.

“The big attraction of this is accountability,” David Gibson said.

“When I’m buying my favourite rocky road, I need the girl at the check-out to ask me, ‘do you really need that?’ Food-wise, the one thing I’m changing is my portion size. I don’t have to feel like every meal is my last. I’m committed to not being the family Labrador and eating the leftovers off the kid’s plates.”

Mr Gibson’s strategies are to wear a pedometer and commit to walking or running 10,000 steps each day.

“I can walk, but I rarely get to the gym. I get to go once a week if I’m lucky. The hardest thing is routine (but from now on) I will be planning exercise around my days.”

That means if he is to sit in parliament all day, Mr Gibson will rise a half-an-hour early for a run around Southbank and if he has to, will run up and down the stairs in parliament to reach 10,000 steps each day.

The Gympie Times is inviting one local to join the challenge and be included in the fortnightly updates. Phone Michelle on 5480 4228.

Gympie Times


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