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'The New You' | Have you gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You're not alone. It is why our 3News Meteorologist Jason Frazer launched a new series called 'The New You.'

CLEVELAND — If you have gained some weight during the coronavirus pandemic, you aren’t alone.

This year, I had the same resolution many people had; new year, new me. I had big plans to lose 40 pounds and look like I was in my mid 20s again. Well that sort of happened right before my co-anchor Romney Smith and I got married in February.  We both looked marvelous. We vowed after our honeymoon in Brazil, we would lose even more weight.

When we returned, the pandemic forced all gyms in Ohio to close. As a result, I gained all of the weight back and plus 6 pounds! I found out I wasn’t alone either.  A recent survey by Nutrisystem found that 76 percent of people had gained up to 16 pounds during the quarantine.

I sank into a mini-depression. How could I spend months losing the weight to gain all it back in a matter of weeks? As I watched some of my newscasts, I could see the suits getting a little tighter. My double chin returned. I thought, 'So much for getting back my mid 20s body in 2020!'

Like many Americans, my weight has been something I have always struggled with. I love eating out at restaurants and I do stress eat. However, I decided last month that it was time for a change. I couldn’t let the pandemic get the best of me.

Recently, I joined Browns Fit in Cleveland. I hired a trainer and I also enlisted the help of the doctors of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Center. They don’t believe in crash diets. Their program is focused on changing your mental approach to weight loss. The program includes include nutritional classes, Acupuncture, and Yoga.

I know this journey won’t be easy but I hope you’ll join me for the challenge.

We have two viewers who have decided to embark on this journey with me. Click here for their story!