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The Fat Club - 16/02/2004

   Stephen Caldwell
   Leeds United
   Newcastle United

I lost just under a stone last month, not bad for my first ever diet!! It started as a bit of joke between me and the Caldwell brothers, but then became a bit competitive when JC (John Carver, the first team coach) got involved. We all put in £100 each and the winner took all. I’ve never had a problem with my weight, so it might surprise some people that I actually went on a diet. I already had a healthy diet but as with most things – you can still make improvements. So with so much information on diet and nutrition I’d thought I’d give it a go. I cut out white bread and stopped all the snacks between meals, and although the first few days were a bit tough, I soon got used to it. In fact I’m going to keep the diet up. If it’s helps my game it’s worth it!! Even with losing so much weight I still didn’t get to win the cash!! The Caldwell’s cam third and fourth with yours truly coming in second. Looking back we should have handicapped JC, lets just say he had more fat to lose than the three of us put together. With him working with Windy (Paul Winsper – the clubs fitness coach), he probably had extra training sessions – and I bet Windy was on 10%!!??

I thought I’d also mention the UEFA Cup game in Norway. I think it’s been more than a bit unfair on the fans who are having to plan the trip with no real guarantee the game will be going ahead. I just hope that the weather in Valerenga isn’t too bad and that pitch will be playable. The thought of having to take time off work and spending all that money whilst knowing that the grass could be covered by snow just goes to show how much this club means to the fans. I’m sure that lads will get a result though, and then let’s hope that we’ll get a draw in Spain or Italy!!

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