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Andy Flynn on an exercise walk May 11th near Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Andy Flynn, used with permission
Andy Flynn on an exercise walk May 11th near Saranac Lake. Photo: Andy Flynn, used with permission

In public battle to lose weight, victories and dark days

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Back in January, we profiled Andy Flynn, a veteran Adirondack journalist now with the Lake Placid News who's been publicly documenting his effort to lose weight and live a more healthy lifestyle.

Beginning in December 2013, Flynn launched a column and blog describing his efforts to lose more than 200 pounds. He sat down recently with our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann to give an update on his journey, which has seen enormous victories and also some dark, difficult days.

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The basis of the Lake Placid Diet is honesty. If I'm not honest with the public, I'm not being honest with myself.
Big progress over the first six months

Brian Mann:  You look healthy, you look good.  How's it going?

Andy Flynn (L) and Brian Mann co-emceed the Winter Carnival parade in Saranac Lake earlier this winter.  Photo: Mark Kurtz
Andy Flynn (L) and Brian Mann co-emceed the Winter Carnival parade in Saranac Lake earlier this winter. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Andy Flynn:  Thanks, down 70 pounds since December 17th.  So I feel really good.  Just eating less and exercising more.  There's a whole lot more in terms of support, and getting the word out and finding a gym that suits me.

BM:  You've been talking about all this in your blog and your column, this very public, sometimes very raw exposure of what this process is like.

AF:  The reaction has been overwhelming.  I have people all over the state, all over the country, following this.

BM:  You've written very candidly about your depression.  I know the ups and downs are part of what everybody who tries to lose weight struggles with.

AF: The basis of the Lake Placid Diet is honesty.  If I'm not honest with the public, I'm not being honest with myself. 

To hear the first part of Andy's conversation with Brian from back in January, click here.

Dark days and a sense of being alone

Flynn in the gym.  Andy began the "Lake Placid diet" solo but has since found a community of weight loss supporters, some of whom work out together at a local gym.  Photo:  Andy Flynn, used with permission
Flynn in the gym. Andy began the "Lake Placid diet" solo but has since found a community of weight loss supporters, some of whom work out together at a local gym. Photo: Andy Flynn, used with permission
BM: Take us inside that moment when you're feeling that depression.

AF:  You want to fall back on food as a crutch.  You want to eat as much food as you can.  It's tough to climb out of those.  Sometimes it's taken months, even as much to a year or more of climbing out of that eating cycle.  You are so alone.  You're in a dark place. 

BM:  When you look forward, how optimistic are you feeling?

AF:  Once I got through certain milestones, I felt better, I had more confidence.  Getting under 400 pounds is going to be a big boost.

This is a partial transcript of Brian and Andy's conversation.  Click Listen above to hear their full conversation.

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