James, 27, a car salesman, is a part of the Pikia whanau, who are competing in a 12-week Biggest Loser Challenge where weigh ins occur each week and $5 fines are handed out for weight gain.
James, whose two sisters and brother are also competing, lives in Australia with his partner Zharmaine and five-year-old son Malakai.
He was inspired to join the challenge by his whanau’s drive to get together to become healthy and fit.
“I thought this was just mint. It is something that would build your whanau up and it will be awesome for our tamariki to look up to everyone putting their health and fitness above all.”
James is keen to know and understand more about health and fitness – what foods are good and what he and his family’s bodies need to grow.
His starting weight was 120.6kg and he is down to 116.2kg, and has noticed a “massive difference” in his personal fitness.
“I think I could run past my letterbox without breaking a sweat.”
To achieve his goals James has changed some of his habits.
“I have been trying to get out on as many bikes rides with my son. Instead of driving to the play grounds and shops we get on the bike and ride down. I’ve also signed up to the gym and try head down there as much as possible.”
His end goal is to reach 100kg – a weight he hasn’t been since he was 16.
* Nga Kete’s Mauri Ora Nurse Dee Curwood stops in to perform health checks on each family member (in Invercargill). Those checks can include cholesterol, blood pressure, and cervical screenings. Some of the family have also signed up to the Southern Stop Smoking Service.