THE last time Anthony Skinner tried to walk up the steps at Crimdon, it didn’t end comfortably.
“I felt like I needed an oxygen tank,” said the Weigh Forward contestant.
But that was before he joined our fitness fight.
Now, he’s just had another go at the steep challenge.
And he told us: “I just did it. I got on with it and my recovery is so good. I was ready to go again in 30 seconds.”
That’s just one of the signs that 46-year-old Anthony is on the road back to fitness.
He said: “I have lost just under two stone from a starting weight of 26st 1lb. I feel fine and I feel like I have got a spring in my step.”
Father of three Anthony, who is a manager at ATS Euromaster, in York Road, Hartlepool, lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.
He is married to Tracy, 42, and has three children, Anthony junior, 22, Jessica, 22, and Jamie, 12.
Anthony senior added: “I’ve been struggling with my weight for a few years now and need the push the competition is offering as it is starting to affect my health.”
But he is already beginning to tackle his problem of having high blood pressure.
And there’s an extra reason for wanting to do well.
Anthony explained: “I am going to be a granddad for the first time thanks to Anthony, and I wanted to get fit for that.”
The Hartlepool Mail launched the Weigh Forward competition in conjunction with Tavistock Leisure and personal trainer Steven Smith.
The weight loss challenge will eventually see one person win a hotel stay and one-to-one personal training for two months.
And for one runner-up, a month’s supply of personal training is the fantastic offer.