FEW people could be more committed to losing weight than Paul Newnes.
After all, putting yourself through an hour of intense training is no easy task.
And when you do it after you’ve just worked a night shift, it is even more praiseworthy.
They are the measures that Hartlepool dad-of-two Paul, 42, is willing to go to in our Weigh Forward competition.
The ambulance worker said he had tried to diet and use his bike but found it difficult to shift the weight.
Paul said: “Plus, with the shifts I work, my eating and body clock is all over the place, especially when working night shifts.
“The work I do is very demanding and we do a lot of manual handling so I need to keep fit for this too.”
Combining that with Weigh Forward does leave Paul feeling “pretty exhausted and really tired”.
But he added: “I got myself checked out and found that I have high blood pressure.
“That’s why I want to do this.”
Paul, a former military man, was a member of the 50 Missile Regiment in the Royal Artillery, serving in Germany from 1987 to 1990.
Then he became an ambulance technician, working on the crew alongside paramedics.
But despite the heavy schedule, Paul relishes his Weigh Forward sessions.
He said: “It is great. I am really enjoying it and they are a great bunch of people.
“The hard bits for me are getting there because of my job, but I am making the effort and I am doing as much as I can.
“I am losing weight and my body is getting a lot trimmer.”
Paul’s starting weight was 13st 8lb and he quickly lost 5lb in the early stages of the contest.
The Hartlepool Mail is running the competition in conjunction with Tavistock Leisure and personal trainer Steven Smith.
All of the participants are benefiting from personal training with Steven, who is keeping a close eye on each entrant and personally shaping their exercise regime.
But the hard work will all be worth is as the winner of the competition will receive a hotel stay and personal training with Steven for two months absolutely free.
A runner-up will also be celebrating.
As well as getting into shape, they will receive a month’s supply of personal training.
Anyone interested in getting fit can call Steven on 07861 520717.