Ronnie reflects …


So over a year post surgery, life is as normal as can be, after WLS. I’ve plateaued with kilo loss but still shrinking, go figure.

The number on the scales can rule some people, so use the measure of clothes or monthly measurements. It will do your head in otherwise.

Talking about head stuff…just because I’m now seen as ‘skinny’ doesn’t mean I see what you see. Am I happy in my skin? Believe it or not, I was more comfortable big, I was less self conscious & I was ‘invisible’. Those who have been there will understand.

The most difficult part for me is accessing help to try deal with the post surgery stuff.   Pre- surgery, I paid for counselling for myself (3 sessions) & my girl (2sessions), because there is no counselling available in our dhb. This is where the wheels can fall off, if you don’t have the support & professional help.

So where to from here? Keep on asking questions, for help. If you are wanting surgery, finding the right GP who will help & guide you.

I am truly grateful for being accepted for surgery, that was the easy part. Now the hard part continues…living in a society that is full of temptation.

Keep your mind on the goal, ask for help, find a supportive friend.

Eat to live, don’t live to eat. Kia Kaha.

Ronnie xx

PS I’ve been asked a lot how my knees are. They are coping better with the weight off. I can now do exercises I could never do before, step ups, lunges, weighted barbell squats (PB 80kg), reverse curl, hanging knee lifts, to name a few. I can even jog a little, I laugh when I’m doing it coz everything jiggles and I’m chanting ‘I’m running, I’m running!’

The changing weather has caused a bit more pain, arthritis will do that, but I’ve asked a talented man if he can make me some knee warmers (will keep you posted!).

Thanks for reading xx


Josephine’s on fire …

Just letting you know what I’m doing right now. 

The Big Boys and Big Girls programme is great, which I attend three times a week with Mum and Nga.  They know all about ‘The Big Ward’ and they are helping me to lose weight so that I can have my surgery. Here’s a picture with my new cool group, we are all there fighting the fat

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Plus my sister had just signed me up with a different programme, which runs for six weeks.  That programme runs from Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6am to 7am in the morning, which means waking up early in the morning.  I had someone come up to me this morning, saying, the only reason why she came was because her friend told her she saw me there.

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In Veronica’s words …

Being overweight has caused me a lot of issues over the years. Not being able to do what I want to do coz my knees are in disrepair. Living in constant pain is exhausting.

My love for netball was halted coz it was too painful for days after. Not being able to walk, legs and knees swollen, not a nice feeling.

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Anxiety & panic attacks also have not helped my situation as it makes me self conscious to do anything in public, and doing exercise by myself is scary. Day to day life is always a struggle, what people take for granted, like running, shopping… I would luv to do with ease.

My daughter, Sophie, is such an inspiration to me to better my life, as I’m her only constant in life. So if anything, she is my motivator to try do more. She has the kindest, caring nature and she has been my cheerleader in so many situations.

Luv my baby girl so much xx


Our Dietitians share with you …

If you have set yourself a goal of losing weight, well done. You will probably know that it can be a challenge, but it can be extremely rewarding in more ways than one.

We understand that with so many mixed messages on dieting and food fads in the media, it can be confusing trying to make sense of it all. How do you make the right decisions when nutrition has been over-complicated?

The answer is to get back to basics.

A healthy diet should include a variety of nutritious foods, and shouldn’t exclude any food groups (unless there is a specific reason to, such as a gluten free diet for someone with coeliac disease). The focus should be on wholefoods i.e. foods that are in their natural form and have not been heavily processed. Water should be the first drink choice. More information on the Healthy Eating Guidelines from the Ministry of Health can be found here:

This month we celebrated the first National Dietitians Day, a special day dedicated to dietitians all across New Zealand.   It celebrates dietitians as registered health professionals, committed to using their specialised knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of New Zealanders.  To celebrate National Dietitians Day, we wanted to share some best ever healthy eating advice from our dietitian members – Trust a dietitian for your expert nutrition advice.

Sarah Mavor and Deirdre Nielsen

Counties Manukau Health Bariatric Dietitians on behalf of Dietitians New Zealand

For more great advice check out these websites:


Episode 6

With only 8 weeks to lose 8 kilos, Pasione throws himself in the deep end, while 20 year old law student Kimiora gets questions answered and her family onboard for her bariatric journey. If you missed out on seeing this episode you can catch up on TVNZ OnDemand.

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Want motivation not medicine? Try getting a ‘Green Prescription’ from your GP or nurse. click here

To keep you on the right road, download this walking/ cycling planner app. click here

Get on yer bike mate! Bikewise has events and great ideas on where to get out and cycle. click here