Mike Conway has switched pies for crackers and dropped 5% of his body weight.
It wasn’t long ago the 45-year-old father-of-three thought he was in pretty good shape. But as he watched his young moko kicking a ball around he thought I’d like to be able to run around with him and kick it back. \
“I’d never really considered my fitness level, I just always thought it was always good. Reality is it needs work.”
So between his moko and the rest of his whanau Mike decided to give the Biggest Loser Challenge a go.
Keen to reach a higher level of fitness, Mike started walking and lifting weights, and replaced pies and mousetraps with crackers, raisins and cranberries and halved his portion sizes.
It’s about healthy choices rather than convenience, he says, although a trip to the supermarket takes a bit longer.
“I have read numerous boxes and packets of food where normally I would just throw them in the trolley … it is quite hard to find food without sugar and next to zero fat of any kind in the supermarket.”
Mike, who enjoys diving, fishing and watching sport, is loving the challenge and says it’s great to see the cross section of ages, ability and fitness levels doing the hard yards. He has noticed a big change within his whanau.
“Everyone is looking healthier and you can see the physical results starting to appear. There might be competing groups involved but we are all supporting each other’s individual quest, to help each person reach their personal goal which is a rewarding experience in itself.”
“We are together as one united in urging each other on for that last sit-up, that last burpee and that famous lunge.”
Mike’s work colleagues also have a keen interest in his journey and catch up often to share results and discuss what he’s been up to.
“There are a lot of people within the whanau’s reach that are being motivated by hearing what we have been doing , also seeing some positive results and asking what have you been up to?”
* 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.