As you will know I often write for 'Her Business Magazine' here in New Zealand. The owner of this magazine is Annah Stretton, our very own Kiwi fashion guru. I am a huge fan of Annah's, apart from being an inspiration to other women in New Zealand, this week we see her launch 'Million for a Million' which has really got me buzzing with excitement.
'Million for a Million' Taken Directly from their website
|TO JOIN CLICK ON THE PICTURE|
The "Million for a Million" campaign aims to shed one million kilograms off the total weight of our nation. Influential fashion designer and entrepreneur Annah Stretton is heading the campaign. The inspiration for the charitable project surfaced after Annah's recent Dry July 30-day hiatus from alcohol - a stellar effort that saw her contribute to the $500,000 raised for Northern Regional Cancer and Blood Service at Auckland City Hospital.
Heart Foundation Medical Director, Norman Sharpe commends Annah on her enthusiasm to get right to the heart of the nation’s increasing ill-health and galvanise New Zealanders into action.
“Despite medical advances, heart disease continues to be the single biggest killer of our men and women because of complex changes in the way New Zealanders live, work, eat and exercise,” says Professor Sharpe. “The journey towards heart health is about making small but achievable lifestyle changes – something that I’m certain this campaign can help inspire. We’re a charity and need public support more than ever. We’re very grateful for Annah for leading this initiative and being such a positive champion for change.”
Million for a Million is supported by Zeald, Annah Stretton, Westpac, Mediaworks, Foodstuffs, The Warehouse and the Heart Foundation who are excited to be encouraging New Zealanders and their own staff to think about their health and lose a kilo for the cause.
SIGN UP AT www.millionforamillion.co.nz
In the words of the Million for a Million website congrats to Annah for being such a 'positive champion for change' Let's face it New Zealand it's time we did something about the obsesity problem here. I can't believe we are the third fattest nation in the world! What worries me even further though and should be a wake up call for the most ardent junk food fans is that one kiwi dies every 90 minutes from heart disease! This isn't something we can sweep under the carpet anymore.
The best thing I have done for myself in years was decide to lose weight. I am getting close to my goal weight now after losing 19kg, I have just 2kg till my goal weight and 4kg till my 'happy' weight. I won't pretend it's been easy, it's been anything but easy. However I can't tell you how much better I feel in so many ways. Physically I am able to do many more things I wasn't able to do before. The most important to me is more time playing with my children, rolling around on the floor, playing hide and side and running around. I had got to the point where unless it was a board game I didn't want to know!
The most surprising change that I suppose I wasn't expecting or that maybe I just hadn't contemplated was how much it would change me mentally. I feel more confident, I smile more and I actually want to go out and buy new clothes (especially Annah's ;-) maybe even go on a date or two!!
Above all I am finally setting an example to my children that I am proud of. Their intake of fresh food has gone up heaps and their intake of junk and processed food has become almost nil with the exception of the odd treat here and there.
There are so many support groups out there to help you acheive success. I have tried many times in my life to lose weight and usually always failed. The thing that was different this time? For me it was joining weight watchers back in January. I have found the path slow and painful but it is constant and easy to stick to (unless of course you are in Italy enjoying delicious home cooked food at your best friends wedding!!!) I have successfully changed my lifestyle and not just gone on a diet which I think is the key.
|My Before Picture - January 2012|
|Now - October 2012 19KG lighter|
I have also discovered the joy and help of raw eating (which you can read about in past blogs if it is something that interests you) Between these two things and a whole lot of support from family (especially my awesome parents), friends and my two beautiful girls I have made it almost to my goal. Which proves one really huge thing for everyone else thinking about losing weight.
IF I CAN DO IT THEN ANYONE CAN DO IT!!! :-)
I truly believe this Million for a Million incentive is a fabulous way to start your health new life. I joined yesterday, I figure I have another 4kg to go so might as well do one of them for the heart foundation.
Go New Zealand let's lose a Million KG!!!! Tell your friends and family and let's make a change for the better!!
Have a great day