In Nat’s words …

Well with the first episode done and dusted, I found myself even wondering how everything turns out lol.

As it said in the doco, I had to lose some weight before i was considered for the surgery.

My doctor gave me a big piece of advice, which was before I have a meal have a huge glass of water before I ate anything that way the water filled my stomach and that way it would force me to eat less. I used that to help cut down my intake of food and still use it.

What also helped me to keep the weight off was my walking around the block every day. When you see me on the doco, you see me with my heavy work gear on walking around the block. What it does not explain is I just finished working a 13 to 15 hour shift and i would walk for around about an hour at a pretty fast pace.

With all my work gear on that’s about another 20 kgs I’m carrying on top of what I already have on, so its not like I was taking it lightly (no pun intended).

However, it’s having good motivation to do what you have to do, to keep you going. It does get hard, but as long as you have a goal then it gets that little bit easier.

For me it was not letting people down, including my friends and family. I was lucky I had my best mate Mili with me. He had the same surgery a year before and he told me what to expect, so I kept all the people that were pushing me along always on my mind.

Not to mention that my wife said if I don’t get the surgery then I wasn’t allowed to buy anymore transformers and I’m never one to back down from a challenge lol.

Nathanial How



Episode 1

Maria, who has been addicted to sugar since the birth of her son, will need to change everything about the way she lives. Truck Driver, Nat, who’s waited two years to make the list, is going to need his mate Mili to keep him on the straight and narrow. If you missed out on seeing this episode you can catch up on TVNZ OnDemand.

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