Baguettes are out as Laura targets life-changing win

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BIGGEST Loser contestant and local optician worker Laura Campbell has set her eyes firmly on the prize, vowing to not only change her life, but win the entire competition.

Laura is one of ten lucky people, chosen from a bumper entry of over 30 applicants, to take part in the third year of the weight-loss challenge, organised by local gym Think Fitness. And as the contestants settle into their new regimes and lifestyles, Laura has revealed the goals that are spurring her on.

“My main aim is to run a 10K,” she stated. “I took part in one last year but had to walk. And I also want to go on holiday with my friends and fit into a bikini I’ve had in the cupboard for years and never had on.”.

Laura, an optical cosultant at Boots, says she wanted to be a ‘Loser’ after looking at photos and realising she had gained weight in recent years – admitting that “overindulging” with food and socialising is to blame. But now the 27-year-old says she is ready for change, and is already loving the ‘Biggest Loser’ experience. “The competition has given me the willpower I needed,” she told the Hawick News.

“The gym programmes are good and I enjoy that there are classes, too, so there’s no chance of getting bored.”

Laura also has the added bonus of fellow ‘Losers’ Stuart Mitchell and Jan Ridley being work colleagues, of which she said: “We are egging each other on, and no-one is eating baguettes at lunchtime which makes our diets a lot easier.”

And with this year’s competitors being the first to benefit from ‘My Zone’ belts – a device that measures calories, heart rate and effort – Laura says it is a “huge incentive” to work hard.

And that is going to be her mantra for the next 17 weeks, as she strives to lose weight and gain confidence. “I don’t just want to achieve my goals”, she asserted. “I am determined I’m going to win.”