A couple of home truths

I started this blog in May 2015…

I did it because I was doing my 9th series of the Catch Fitness 20 Week Body and Lifestyle Competition and thought blogging was what Cate wanted,   it was the wrong reasons and pretty soon I stopped.  I did the challenge but didn’t record it.

So I am being brave.  Reposting the same stuff – hell none of it’s changed – well actually my attitude is pretty different as this year I am still doing it for her but the main reason is I am doing it for ME.

We have been in our house for over a year and I finally feel like it’s my time.  I have given to everyone else but if I don’t do it this year for me then there might be no more years left at all and that is really scary!

I said to Cate I wanted to do some videos to keep me honest and so as we signed me up she got me to start – unshaven and everything.  Geez you’ll see I am pretty uncomfortable – but we did it and here is my first 2016 video .

Then we both rang my old buddy Racy who when we do it’s good.  We decided to do the early starter and remembered that back in the day there were two series so thought we better give the early start a good nudge.  First up is back to Tuesday Hagley Park runs and where our running started in 2011 more info see –  http://www.5krunseries.com/

ps heres what I wrote in May 2015… and it’s still time to keep sorting my shit out!

So I am not getting any younger and sadly my puku isn’t getting any smaller.

I have had a roller coaster of a ride for the last six years, both my parents passed away, my wife and soulmate left her government job to pursue her dream as a personal trainer, my home town got munted after mother nature dished out thousands of earthquakes, I was in charge the day CTV was burning and my crew at the fire service were sending our friends into rescue everyone.   We were fighting our own EQC battles and I was experiencing survivor guilt.  I hit the wall more than once and each time my puku got bigger and bigger.

Cate was encouraging me to do something (probably I called it nagging and riding).  Finally my GP sent me for a new round of bloods.  We had a discussion and really I was in denial about my diagnosis of Type II diabetes.   It’s such and invisible disease I didn’t really see how it was effecting me…..

Then she mentioned insulin and I kind of flipped out.   I didn’t tell Cate and kept telling myself it would be ok.   We finally went to see a nurse specialist who taught me all about keys and how the disease worked.

It is time to sort my shit out…..  This year is my 9th time doing the Catch Fitness 20 Week Body and Lifestyle Challenge.  I am going to put everything I learnt over the years to reduce my Puku.   My hope is this blog keeps me on track and that somewhere along the way it inspires someone to kick themselves up the ass too and do something before its too late.

I am too young to die and have too much to do in my life!


6 thoughts on “A couple of home truths

  1. Boudewyn Couprie says:

    Riwai. It only seems like yesterday that you, I and about 80 other young men showed up to begin our adult lives in a sailor suit. It’s been nearly 29 years since those days when we were young, foolish, and thought we could take on the world.

    We are no longer young and foolish, but the world still had better look out. Go for it.


  2. geekgirllivingfit says:

    Riwai, you know how much of an inspiration you are to me and I have no doubt that you can kick butt this 20 weeks and continue to go on and inspire many more people, not just this year but all the years to come 🙂


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