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Low Country Shrinkdown--Part II

Last month, more than 1,200 people in Beaufort County took on the Low Country Shrinkdown challenge. It's an eight-week program sponsored by the local YMCAs, local hospitals and the University of South Carolina to help people lose weight and get healthier.

We have been following two ladies from the beginning of their quests to lose weight, and the news is good. These women are a little past the halfway point of the program and are really seeing results.

For the past four weeks, Linda Funk and Melody Annis have each made some major changes in their lives, including eating healthier and exercising regularly.

"I see improvement in my lifestyle, my life," said Linda. "And my family has been very accommodating."

When we first met Linda, she told us she not only wanted to improve her life but also her family's. So over the past few weeks, she's been changing her menu even when it comes to feeding the grandkids.

"We usually for lunch would have Spaghetti-O's, hot dogs, and hamburgers," said Linda's grandson Austin Thompson. "And now we're actually, since the weight loss thing, we've been having fruits and vegetables."

And it all seems to be going over well.

Melody has also been making some big changes in her life, even at work. "At the end of the month, we would celebrate everyone's birthday, anniversaries anything of significance and we called it Fat Friday," she told us. "Everyone would bring food, there would be cake, we'd celebrate."

But now, thanks to her persistence, they've turned Fat Friday into Fit Friday. "We had our first one last Friday, and it really was a success," said Melody. "All the food brought was healthy, everyone participated and everyone felt good about it."

So did they have just as much fun? "Absolutely we did," said Melody. "It was fun because people were saying, 'What's in this? How many calories are in that?' It was good."

In fact, now that Melody has been making these changes, eating healthy and staying within her 1,200-calorie diet is not such a challenge. "Actually, it's getting easier for me. It's becoming more of a habit."

And that habit is paying off. "I'm very proud of her and we're going to go shopping for a new wardrobe when she gets down to her goal size," said coworker Lori Graham.

Just halfway through the program, Melody is losing more than she had hoped for. At her fourth weigh-in, she had lost another four pounds, shedding a total of 17 pounds thus far.

"Things are going great," she said. "I'm still on track, feeling great about it. I don't feel deprived."

Linda is also making progress. She's almost doubled her exercise at Curves, not to mention at her last weight-in she had lost another two pounds.

"I feel like I'm losing inches and putting on muscle," Linda said. "And so I thought I wasn't going to lose anything. But two pounds, I was shocked."

Not only has she lost six pounds, but since the beginning, Linda has lost nearly eight inches.

Both say they're feeling healthier and have a lot more energy.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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