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Expo benefits: Weight loss, fitness, healthy color, good sleep

I feel grateful to grueling Expo, because 184 days of walking and interviewing around the site have helped me lose a lot of weight (5 kilos). When colleagues who hadn't seen me for a long time said I looked fitter, I thanked them (and quietly, the Expo).

Since we journalists had no site transport, we had to walk more than 3km on an average day, shuttling between the Expo Media Center and various pavilions.

For other journalists, going out on interviews simply meant scorching sun and a long walk; to me, it meant a fitter body and healthier tan.

On the hottest days, when the temperature was around 38 degrees Celsius, I was glad to trudge in the sun and enjoyed the feeling of sweating. I just told myself, "Step by step, I am losing weight."

Although I never weighed myself during the Expo, I was happy to be told I had lost weight. The words "you look thinner" became the best encouragement and I rushed back to the site and kept working hard.

Hard work and long hours every day also helped me sleep well. Every day I dropped off as soon as my head touched the pillow.

After I began to appreciate these benefits, I spared no efforts to spread the word and share my great discovery with visitors, volunteers and other journalists who were tortured by waiting and working in the sun. If everyone knew what I knew, then visitors ought to be queuing happily, and volunteers and journalists would work more industriously.

Few of them, however, bought my ideas.

"Are you crazy? I didn't pay 160 yuan (US$24) to lose weight," said one extra-large visitor queuing for more than three hours in front of the Saudi Arabia Pavilion.

Volunteers also shook their heads at my crazy idea. Chen Anbing, a Zone C volunteer, said the scorching sun only burned his skin and made it peel - as a volunteer, he had to stand in place and was not allowed to move.

Female journalists just ridiculed me: "Stop your nonsense and pass me the sunblock."

But I'm still grateful to the Expo. Now I can dash to catch buses and swing aboard. I can walk for hours without feeling tired and getting winded. I abandoned the Metro elevators and take the stairs.

Give me another Expo - I might become as strong as Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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