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Our classified sales manager Adam El-Sheemy is undertaking the “Boot Camp Challenge,” a grueling, thrice-weekly workout regimen set up by two personal trainers in a DUMBO park. Every week, he’ll give us an update on how he’s doing.

Day 1: June 4

Today was the first day of the rest of my healthy life — and does it hurt! Not physically … the first “session” was merely an assessment. But my numbers tell a horrific story:

Age: 26
Weight: 290 (or more!)
Goal Weight: 220
Waist:  46 inches
Hips: 48 inches
Thighs: 26 1/2 inches
Body Fat: 27 percent

A simple mile took me 15 minutes (plus!). After two minutes of as many “real” push-ups as I could do (five, by the way) and two minutes of sit-ups (37), I felt like I was being drowned.

But good news: My goals are clearer. I need to boost my stamina, lose some weight and gain some muscle tone.

I also started my nicotine supplement program, and so far it’s working. I’m personally using the Commit lozenges (I love their slogan: Commit to quit!).

It’s early yet, but I believe change is possible. Root me on!

Day 2: June 6

I threw up. ’Nuff said.

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