Episode 9

Kimiora’s recovery is plagued by dizzy spells, Maria bares all at the beach and is it second time lucky for Veronica’s surgery?

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How much is enough protein? click here.

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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:  http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/eating-and-activity-guidelines

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 – http://dietitians.org.nz/news/item/what-do-dietitians-really-advise/. 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

In Pasione’s words…

My personal walk with obesity.

For me in my years as a child there was always a heap of bread at the meal table. I used to sandwich everything at every meal, rice sandwiches, potato sandwiches, pie sandwiches etc…I believe that this main accompaniment to my meals was to be one of my hardest habits to break. Along with getting older and finding work, having an income and not having any responsibility besides board, the allure of drive through take aways crept in. This would be my hardest struggle now as an adult. In control of my eftpos card in my own car with no positive support or motivation and even past habits it is so easy to roll through mcds and order the usual 2 boss burgers extra big mac sauce kaiser bun steamed with extra quarter pound patty on 1…so many nights and money spent. And then fizzy drink. I could polish a 1.5l Pepsi max taste in 2 minutes some days and my conscience was clear because it has all the taste and no sugar.

So these habits have been with me for a long time and I take full responsibility for my choices and my weight gain to make it clear. But here is where my testimony turns toward more changing circumstances. In June 2010 I met a girl. After 3 months of being friends I was let go from a job that I loved so deeply, where I had met her and danced and drank and danced some more(r.i.p boogie wonderland) the last night I worked I was absolutely drunk and crying in the small bar. Keita was holding my hand and consoling me throughout. When I had sobered up enough I remembered her heart and thought that it was a Beauty worth pursuing. She became my mrs and I became her man.

She fell pregnant the 2nd week we became a couple. We found out on the 7th week.

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I had moved with her and her family to the bay of islands after living my whole life in Auckland surrounded by my family and familiarity. I put on 50kg of weight and Keita put on 30kg during her pregnancy due to our choices and habits surrounding fast food and country living. During this time in 2010 to 2011 I reinjured my back badly and I discovered through blood tests that I had developed type 2 diabetes. My daughter was born in 2011. And since then my situation of my health conditions combined with weight and constant medication has become the poorest quality of a life I could have ever imagined for myself. Also place my beautiful partner and daughter on to my shoulders and what is now my chance at a family and growing a loving and nurturing environment for them is taken up with pain management and our choices are severely limited by my injury, my weight, me.

Through all of our trying to lose weight and dieting and exercise and hopes and dreams we have both been unsuccessful at making a major dent to my obesity and my diabetes. I am now desperate enough to consider anything. Even cutting off my stomach for the sake of my family.

This is how I came to be here. This is my personal walk with obesity. It now affects my 2 greatest Loves and not just me. As I said in the documentary, Keita deserves a better man, Sophia deserves a better dad. This is how my journey has started…hopefully with surgery my life could be given something new, positive, inspiring.  Thank you for reading this blog and I hope you are encouraged by our lives.

“Eat to live, don’t eat to die” – Pasione 

Kia kaha Nat

He was the first of the crew to undergo surgery. “It’s going to hurt a bit,” warned his mate Mili, who had the operation last year and has since lost 70kg. “But you know. Just harden up.”

Nat has been one of our most committed contributors and last night he showed us just how much can be achieved with hard work, determination and support. Thanks Nat!


The awesome Nat and Mili at Round the Bays 2016.

Episode 5

Pasione is determined to beat his body, Josephine’s cooking up a storm and Nat’s weight loss is plummeting at full speed. If you missed out on seeing this episode you can catch up on TVNZ OnDemand.

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Just 30 mins of moderate exercise each day (even in 10 min chunks) can reduce your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Watch Dianna’s Podcast on ‘The Talk Test’ to find out if the exercise you’re doing is working! click here.

How to manage your own risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Click here.

Some simple & healthy meals for ALL the family. Click here.

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