‘A weight off my shoulders’

PE teacher, coach, drops 120 pounds at the Y

Alec Gunn stepped up on the scale during his annual physical – and did a doubletake.

“I was 311 pounds. The most I’ve weighed in my entire life,” said Gunn, a physical-education and health teacher at Kate Collins Middle School and assistant football coach at Waynesboro High School.

It didn’t take long after stepping down from the scale for Gunn to decide to do something about his weight issue. Gunn put his degree in kinesoliogy and sports training to work at the Waynesboro Family Y.

“I just got tired of being heavy,” said Gunn, who designed for himself a challenging exercise regimen that would keep him motivated to keep on track.

He started at the Y with the goal of losing 30 pounds.

“I lost my 30 pounds, and I just kept working at it,” Gunn said.

The Y was a “good fit,” Gunn said, because “it was a place I felt comfortable going to and doing the type of workouts that I wanted to do.”

From 311 pounds a year ago, Gunn is now at 203 pounds, after hitting the 194 mark back in the summer.

“It was literally a weight off my shoulders to get there,” Gunn said. “I feel so much better. I have so much more energy. And I feel so much better about myself. I have so much more self-confidence.”

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