We asked entrants  ‘What have been some of the very best achievements for you over the 20 weeks?’

There’s 573 achievements listed below from entrants who agreed we could share their feedback.

 

Bruce T Change in mindset. I used to put off exercise.  I have more energy, fly up stairs. I am now stronger.
Rachel S Learnt to love my self !!   Jumped head first into every aspect of the 20week challenge.  Made new friends  Ate a better diet  Exercised regularly  Gave me inspiration for the next big journey ahead in my life
Wendy W Riding to the top of Victoria Park on my first outing on my road bike.  You could have knocked me over with a feather, I was so surprised and pleased.  Then at the end of the challenge biking all the way from Christchurch to Akaroa 100km
sarah W well what did I achieved in the challenge I didn’t achieve any of the goals I set on paper but I achieved so much more over coming fears and taken on the demons that I have hide behind . one I brought my self and got the courage to jump on it . I took on the fear of the marathon demon not once but twice and stopping in one to help someone who had given up and got him over that line. and last but nothing the least I completed my cert 3 and 4 in personal training over the time of the challenge
Wendy D I’m lighter, fitter, stronger!!!!   The experience has been life changing.    I started running!!!     I ran a 10k fun run, something I could not of dreamt of 20 weeks ago.   I’m now considering doing other 10k runs being held around the South island.    Exercise is an every day part of my life now, wether it be at a PT session, a Pumped boxing / circuit class or running or hill walking with some of the amazing supportive people I’ve met through the 20 week challenge.    Life is good!!!
Glenda A One of my best achievements over this 20 weeks has been my improved mental health and self belief. I am very proud of who I am and have grown in confidence in so many aspects of my daily life. My daily rituals of showing gratitude has become like second nature to me now. Instead my first response in my thinking being negative and full of self doubt I actually begin with positive thoughts. I have also gained greater strength and flexibility.  I have learnt to listen to my body and eat foods that support me to be energetic and pain free.
Helen B walking 3 hourly walks a week and working now part time 7 Hours
Amanda V my confidence and being happy with my body
Anna C – Reduction in body fat percentage  – Loss of 77cm   – Introducing some good habits that I feel will be lifelong and achievable to maintain  – Visceral Fat levels have dropped into the healthy range which I am very excited about!  – Smashing every test, except one, in my final testing
David S *I now no longer need to take my cholesterol medication as a result of dietary and fitness change. And my Dr has been most impressed with my state of health.   *Biking 54.5km in under 3h on my own up the port hills along summit road and back through Taitapu.   *Biking up and down Rapaki 2x whilst the rest of the Pumped crew walked and run up once.   *Partaking in the group challenges with other fellow Pumped Athletes   *Completing my homework task of as many times up Hackthorne road to the cup cafe as I could in 1hour resulting in the start of my 6th round.   *Last year I did 3 laps on my bike at the Pumped end of challenge event and this year I doubled that with 6 laps.   *I increased my muscle mass and reduced my body fat %   *I regularly attended Pumped group classes and even managed to get Richie McCaw to the door much to the ladies delight!  *In the last 10 weeks I have completed over 600km on my mountain bike and several hundred kms on my road bike.   *I have significantly reduced my alcohol intake this 20 week challenge.
James T Walking the Kaikoura  half marathon with my wife as never thought would ever do one
Suzie S The best achievement was sticking to it no matter what was happening in my life. Previously, if something out of the ordinary happened (eg, illness in the family or trips etc) I would put everything on hold and get back to it later.  Through this I continued no matter what. My mum got pneumonia and the infection went into her blood almost killing her but I still managed to exersice throughout it. It helped me cope so much better.  My first BIG achievement was running home from the hospital one rainy day. Since the quakes I have wanted to know if I could get home from town ok and I did it in 30mins.  Another achievement was being able to do a bridge. With 3 daughters who do gymnastics I wanted to show them you could do anything if you put your mind to it.  It was hard, but I made it.  I started using exersice as transport, a couple of examples include: running to my parents; biked to their place too (they live up a big hill and I visited them after a ride up Kennedy’s bush road);  and biked to Lincoln to watch my neice play netball.  During tri-July found I loved biking and did my longest ride (40km) for the first time.  I also swam my longest swim of 3km too.  I managed the Sprint to the Finish in August during an insanely busy month for gym comps around the country in the weekends and travel with work during the weeks.  If not for the challenge I would have only done 14 days exersice (13 days I got creative and forced myself to do it – breaking down a lot of barriers for the future). Thanks!!
Andrew G the change of lifestyle and the strength of mind to push through the mental pain barrier to get yourself back up again and keep going.    the camaraderie forged during those hard moments at the gym, and fellow gym members become friends and inspiration.    my general overall fitness has skyrocketed, at the start of the 20 week challenge I could barely manage 1km of the 2km row before dropping dead.. now the 2km row is a warm up for my gym sessions, which has had the benefit of really helping with my Asthma through the cold dark months of winter.    having the old wardrobe start to really hang off me and being able to buy more fitted clothing.
Cheryl D Strength enough to hold myself up and balance to maintain a handstand as well as the confidence to actually DO a handstand! On top of that – emotional strength – have become more balanced overall!    Multi day tramping – getting out into the “wild” with my family – extending on our theme of experiences not stuff – a real blessing and privilege to know our teenagers want to be with us on our journeys
Lucy S So much fitter nd stronger and my visceral fat have decreased to a far healthier range!!
Suzy L Making a new recipe every day for 5 weeks:) Setting my alarm and getting up and running for 3-4 days every week,even in the cold. Completing all the bonus workouts each week my PT sent. Realizing how important it is to set time aside for each of my children and talk, laugh and hug?? Making a special time each day to have a coffee/tea with my husband and hold his arm or hand and listen to him talk about his day. Finding gratitude in everyday and also bringing this into my work place to help keep a happy, grateful team to work with. Running in the hills with my friends, hoolla hooping every day for a month. After living in Christchuch for 7 years I finally visited the museum with my daughter which was fabulous! Taking walks with my family in the tracks of christchuch and running with my dog Rosie was wonderful. At the beginning of the challenge I had had an abdominal operation and had lost my mojo, my fitness and really my mental focus. Slowly over the subsequent weeks my strength improved again and I felt strong and focused.  Thank you catch fitness!!
Shayne R getting my blood pressure down .and also changing my bad food habbits .maintaining a happy relationship with my wife allowing quality time with some form of exercise
Lisa P Best achievements  This is my 6th time on the 20 week Challenge. Winter wouldn’t be the same without it anymore. It keeps me moving and motivated during the cold months. As a 55year old recipient of decent menopause symptoms, it doesn’t take much to entice me into the cold frosty mornings, or even better, pouring rain to exercise. I would take this anytime over a hot sunny day. I love hot sunny days, but I perform at my best when the winter climate helps control this over powering thermostat inside me. That said, some of you reading this will know the journey I have been on and some of you won’t. In 2012 I began my health and fitness journey and I have lost up to 45 kg. Everything about my life has changed. The biggest changes I have already made in the past few years and now I retune, refocus and redefine my goals to move forward. I fell into the job at the gym I go to, of helping the newbies as they came along. I loved doing this and last year after many a person suggested it, I embarked on training to become a Personal Trainer. I have to put my graduation with an Advanced Double Diploma in Fitness and Business up there, as a major achievement. I completed my course before the 20 week Challenge, but had my graduation during the challenge, which was fantastic. Then began my transition from participant to PT! I have continued to work on my own goals, and move forward but I have loved the achievement of getting someone else over that 20 Week finish line showing outstanding results and having made a vast difference to their life and their families.  To give you an idea of how I started the challenge this year with my own goals, I was studying 12-14 hours a day, mainly at home. Getting out and moving, took a back seat a little bit, while I completed my studies. This lessened my usual levels of strength and exercise and once I qualified and it was finally time to shed the load of all the study and jump back in to the world of working as hard as I usually would have been doing. I looked at my goals I wrote at the beginning and they said……  ‘ Smile more, help more people, sleep more, move more, try more things, start more projects, set more goals’….and that’s exactly what I did.   With a repairing torn shoulder muscle and a retorn hamstring, I chose categories that would work on these areas of my body. From being a very obese couch potato in 2012 to running half marathons, my next biggest goal was to complete my 20th Half Marathon. With a hamstring injury preventing me from training, I did alternative type strength exercises with my own PT. On 4th June in the absolute pouring rain (yay) I completed my 20th Half Marathon and ticked off another very proud moment.  From there I grew stronger and stronger and I signed up, completed the training and then completed, without stopping, the ‘Epic Half Marathon’ held in Christchurch by the Extra Mile Running group. This is a 21.1km collection of the steepest hills they can join together, to test you beyond anything, including running up Soleares Ave at the 18km mark. This is the most amazing experience to say you have achieved this and especially for someone like myself who only a few years ago, would leave walking to the letterbox until I really had to go. That was Half Marathon Number 21 ad was aptly named as ‘EPIC’. To top of my half marathon adventures, I have just returned from Sydney after running my 22nd one in the Sydney Harbour Bridge half marathon. My initial goals were to get to my 20th one and I have completed 3 during this challenge, instead of just the one. My injuries have subsided and my body is ever so much stronger as a result.  Another major achievement, relating to the afore mentioned menopause, I decided to come off my HRT medication for health reasons. I have had to battle with hot flushes particularly but shaking the drugs and learning to manage the symptoms in other ways has been a very healthy and life changing improvement. That leads me onto one of my goals ‘more sleep’. This can often be out of my hands but I have adopted very firm sleeping habits to ensure this part of my life is now ticking along very nicely. I look forward to bed now where as for years I have not.   All my testing results are in and I could not be happier with them. They are entered where they should be and speak for themselves. I particularly wanted to get my press up and chin up count back after sitting studying for so many hours and get strength back in my upper body. I have done that and more.   Another great achievement for me during these 20 Weeks was going on a tramp with some friends. This was a new adventure for me, (well the last time I went tramping was when I was 14yrs old) – some 41 years ago! We went for a 2 day tramp and camped out up the top of Hakatere Conservation Park. Life is so great when you can do so much with friends.  Another area of my life, my nursing, was put on the back burner while I completed my studies. This put a lot of pressure on financially and a very big goal of returning to the work force was not only necessary for my sanity, but financially. I am now proud to say I have two jobs in the nursing industry and I have clients that I take either at home or at their place. I work around my nursing hours to see them and it fits really well. I am in heaven with this shared arrangement.   Part of me becoming a Personal Trainer was to be able to help people more than I could do with just my nursing. I take people with complex medical conditions and can train them safely and effectively to improve their quality of life. This is a very big achievement and a goal realised, because I can now help people more than ever before. I love being able to safely pass on new and old skills in both medicine, health and the fitness side, to lift the quality of other people’s lives. There were many small blessings along the way, but these were some of my biggest achievements, qualifying, getting back into the work force, working as a trainer with others and changing their lives and of course running my 3 half and very hard Half Marathons. Along the way I am stronger and fitter and am on track to set higher goals and keep reaching for the stars with an amazing group of training buddies.
Jane F I have been really busy over the last few months, and also brought a new business in the middle of the challenge. One of my biggest achievements is that I managed to find time to exercise and staying focused enough to have a achieved results.
Sarah P Conquering my perception that I couldn’t swim and breathe in the water – I had swimming lessons, was brave enough to join a swimming squad and took 10mins off my 1km swim time.    Huge improvements in my swim, bike, run fitness tests… I now feel like I am well on my way to achieving my BHAG of doing a Half Ironman.    Completing Junk Free June and Dry July and raising $130 for charity.    Winning the Ashburton short course duathlon (beating my previous time by 3 minutes) and coming 2nd in the novice category of one of the JD Duathlons,    Completing 3 half marathons and 2 10km races.    Learning to enjoy cooking and making 20+ new recipes.
Matt C starting, taking part in (and enjoying) all the group activities and getting to the end without quitting. Ohh and beating Rachel in the beep test
Linley F Being able to do my bra up, drive again, cut fruit and vegetables, brush my hair with my left hand
Courtney K The little things, like not having to rest to during a core round of Metafit or completing all of my pushups on my toes and not dropping to my knees.  Also, the team challenges were great! Absolutely loved what my team accomplished.
Perry P Completing my first ever 1/2 marathon and 3 in total during the 20 weeks. In January this year I couldn’t run 100m without stopping, now I eel anything is possible. In addition improving my nutritional habits, eating healthier and feeling better. I also faced some personal fears i.e. vertigo and although I haven’t conquered I feel more confident than before when put in these situations around me fear.
Kathleen B learning to jog, short distance, learning I am strong  I can do things I never thought I would
Roger B Deadlifting 200kg  Being able to Jog  Head stands  weight loss and keeping muscle mass
Rob E Strength – deadlifts improved.
Elizabeth A Im so proud of the overall increase in my fitness levels. I love that I achieved many of these fitness goals with my three little children by my side, watching and encouraging me. My proudest achievement was when I chose to participate in a 5km run for mothers day with my husband and children watching – when I could have been out eating pancakes for breakfast!!
Pamela B I love how different I feel.  I have so much more energy and feel so much better in general.  I can now (and do) run around with the kids more which is great for our family.  Moving is easier in everyway, so it makes you want to move more.
Chris C I got myself over the running injury that kept occurring and have managed to get back to running again
Brogan R I managed to lower my resting heart rate down from an average of 72bpm to 52bpm throughout the challenge, something I really wanted to focus on and managed well.  I managed to recover from a frustrating hip injury during the challenge and go from limited running to completing the Sydney Marathon on the last day of the challenge.  I took on a new skill and started runners Pilates this challenge to help prevent injuries and build strength, this is now something I will continue with as it has helped my running immensely and given me some core strength I was not using well. I now know how to activate my muscles and use them in exercises properly.
Amanda C My very best achievements over the 20 weeks would be my mental state I think surrounding exercise and food – it is now just a lifestyle not a chore or something I hate it is just what I do everyday.
Stuart O One Saturday morning I go to the Hagley park run and decide this is going to be a good run, a big improvement – the next step in the right direction. Within the first KM I am running shoulder to shoulder with a stranger and within a few 100m we have an unspoken agreement that we are going to push each other all the way. I want the other person to go well and run with everything they have. I want to keep up with them. This was a great run, be bumped shoulders. He got ahead a couple of meters and I caught up. We had oncoming runners and had to pass single file, he was a gentleman and let me go first and within no time caught me up. Then more runner from the opposite direction, my turn to let him go first and catch up. My lungs are burning. We are stride for stride. The finish line is in sight. The second wind kicks in for me. I pin my ears back and pump the arms and legs, as I speed up, this brother in arm says   “Keep pushing yourself all the way, you’ve got this”  I crossed the finish line, knowing this was a good time, but more important than that, knowing that run, that unspoken bond had burnt a memory in me for life. I cheered this man across the finish line; we embraced and congratulated each other on a fine run and thanked each other for pushing when the other needed it. A special day for meeting true gentleman and competitor.
Belinda M Enjoying exercise, I really enjoyed all of the Pumped classes, Pt sessions and runs with other people.  Going to see a physio for the first time ever. normally if I get injured, I just try and ignore it in the hope it will go away or give up whatever I am doing. But this time I tried to look after myself a bit, so that I could heal faster and continue the challenge.
Catherine C Getting up every Sat to do exercise at 8.30am  Getting stronger  Running my first 10km  loosing some cms off my tummy area  feeling more confident in myself
Vanessa M I have made some changes which have helped my health.  I have reduced alcohol and coffee intake and now drink a heap of water.  I believe that I am fitter now than I have ever been.  I have gone from running minimal amounts on the road (preferring to use a treadmill if running) to running 10km on the road by the end of the challenge.  The biggest achievement for me happened right at the end of the challenge where I now believe in myself.  It took a lot of encouragement for me to run the 10km on the road and by achieving this I now believe that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.  This has given me motivation to set new goals after the challenge and keep going.  I have already entered my next 10km event. This for me will be an ongoing lifestyle change and not only a 20 week challenge for me.
Rachel L Working with Matt (and the Kids) towards the same goals. Getting muscle definition in my shoulders and strengthening my back. Dragging my work mates along for the ride!!! Hope they enjoyed that too!
Karleen E Much more balance in my lifestyle with work largely being limited to work hours (long hours though) but at least reclaiming weekends for myself and my family.
Lisa E Improving my running pace and achieving my goal of 100k’s during August.  Spending more quality time as a family!   Feeling stronger and more energised physically and mentally.
Marty M Flexibility, I can reach a lot further down my legs now, meaning I can put my own shoes on a lot easier, I can also get up off the floor with a lot more ease.  Being able to do my hook a lot better in boxing.
Paula E I wanted to improve my strength. the very best achievement for me was to go from 12 press ups to 50. I want to be able to support my own body weight whether it is press up, pull up, jumping walls. Testing for my entrance to Police 16 years ago was 50 pressups. My trainer said I needed 1 for every year of my age…and then her age… then I wanted 50. ACHIEVED!
Susan R Found my joy and happiness again.  Feeling better about myself.  Feel stronger and fitter and more able to cope with what life throws at me.
Jennifer B Changed size, body fat dropped, feel healthier.  Stronger mentally and physically.  Can now do a headstand :)
Kirsten C Beating my PB in the Kaikoura Half Marathon by 45 minutes
Fiona M I kept a list of the little things that made me feel good and successful over the 20 weeks…..    • Starting with a pre-challenge routine 3 weeks beforehand to ease into it  • Clothes fit better  • Not giving up when presented with challenges, eg. overuse injuries or illness; learning to adapt my routine to still reach my goals  • First 5 week check-in was outstanding – 8.2kg down  • Running further than ever before – 10km and 12km training runs  • Legs feeling quite toned when I put on moisturiser  • Mid-way point I was feeling very fit an strong; I had a really good PT session where for the first time in the 4 years I’ve been going I could squat down to the bag on the box and get back up again without sitting. Also, retested a circuit I had done in March, finished it this time, in a faster time than before, and running on the treadmill at a faster pace.  • Feeling very grateful to be in the right mental space to be having a great challenge.  • Excellent body scan results at the halfway mark – learnt that weight can stay the same but body composition can be quite different.  • Now wearing bras with no extender clasp  • People noticing the difference in my appearance  • Final testing successes, lots of CM down and achieved my goal of 60 press ups in a row  • Achieved my goal of 10,000 press ups in 20 weeks  • Walked a half marathon
Rebecca H Completing a 12km mountain bike ride- my first time on a bike in almost 10 years.  Walking the Rapaki Track 6 weeks post caesarean.  Completing Tri-July (albeit at the start of August).  Moving my daily step count up to at least 10,000 each day (huge when I sit for a job!).  Losing 24.6kg and 67.9cm across the 20 weeks.  Being able to stand comfortably on one leg and get a bathroom towel all the way around my body again!
Kirsty W Where do I start? Well……..where I will start is right at the beginning of my train of thoughts when I was deciding whether I will enter the 20 week challenge again this year or not.  Originally at the beginning of the year I thought to myself…..no I won’t enter again this year because I pretty much have maintained what I achieved during last year’s challenge, so what’s the point? Then as the time got closer to the challenge I really started to reflect on what I really did get out of last year’s challenge.  It wasn’t just about the weight loss and getting back my pre-baby body, it was more about how it made me feel during those potentially miserable winter months and the motivation it really gave me to get out and about with my kids, exercise and try new things!!! So with that said, I decided to enter again.  I really wasn’t convinced that I WOULD actually achieve anything more and that I COULD achieve anything more, but you know what? I have probably achieved more this year than I actually did last year!!!! So, after me waffling on, here are a few of my achievements that I am bloody proud of: 1. Signing up again and completing the whole 20 weeks (even 21 weeks) – that’s a pretty big achievement right? 2. Running my second half marathon at the beginning of the challenge was a pretty big thing for me and cutting 20 minutes off my time from my first half marathon (which I ran last year).  3. Managing to work my busy mum life around my 20 week challenge goals and include my girls in all of my 4by4 activities I chose to try, as well as involving them in other areas of the challenge such as runs for Tri July and even helping me drop off baking to Ronald McDonald house and the NICU unit for the BOOTY BUSTERS team challenge. Like last year, I really wanted to include my girls in as much of this challenge as possible…….and I did!!! 4. Getting back on a bike after many years during my team challenge was a bloody great achievement for me……..as nervous as I was, I am still someone that would not want to let my team down,  so of course I was going to get on that bike.  I am also pretty good at hiding my nerves so my team mates probably had no idea I was quietly crapping myself (sorry for the language lol).  But I did it…….and I loved it!! It brought back so many memories as a child and the fact I have a 3 year old who absolutely loves biking really made it more of an achievement for me as I now have the confidence in going for bike rides with her…….and I actually have done so since then.  I just need to get myself a bike and I will be off on many journeys I am sure (Thanks 20 Week challenge for helping me with getting back on a bike…….I doubt I would have otherwise!!).  5. The walks that my buddy Gemma and I have been walking during this challenge are another achievement!!! In actual fact, this was actual the best thing I think I really have done this challenge – for my kids, for myself and the fact that it was a chance to get to know a friend that much better while exploring all these wonderful walks!!! I mean, who in their right mind would get the kids all organised to go for a walk at 3.30pm on a winters afternoon…….alot would be sitting in a nice warm home doing other activities and cooking dinner.  Not us!!! Our kids have loved it……getting to see so much of the wonderful scenery we have here in Canterbury has been amazing for them and seeing my oldest girl Tahlia really find her love for walking and biking because of these walks have been awesome.  Guess what……the little one Kiahna is now also wanting to walk more than be in the stroller and child carrier!!! Such a great achievement. 6. Hula hooping……what more can I say……but I will!! Last year my PT Lisa set up a hula hooping class for the Realfit team with Bernadette at In2Hula.  I thought it was a bit of a laugh, I was hopeless, but it was fun.  So when this year she set up a class for us again, for some reason I really took to it…….I wasn’t great at it, but just really saw the benefits in it more so this year.  So with that said I decided to get my own hoop.  I am now proud to say I can hoop for over 10min without dropping it!! And, it has actually helped with my posture. 7.  I was pretty proud when I was able to do bicep curls with a 12.5kg weight……..and photos of my arm muscles really made me think “WOW”.  8. And the last achievement I will speak of (because I have already written a novel here, and could probably keep going lol) is basically all of my other results from the testing my amazing PT Lisa has completed!! As I said, I went into this challenge not thinking I would achieve much, it was really just for motivation for me. So after completing my fitness testing I was actually blown away at how I have made so many improvements!!! My goal was maintenance……I have done this and more. I was so chuffed when I did a plank for 3.41 minutes!!! When Lisa showed me my “After” pictures of muscles that have formed in my back I was also thinking “WOW”.  And as for my flexibility……it hasn’t been something I have worked on as much as other areas, but I still made improvements in this area – getting my hands over my head was a big improvement and touching my toes – I can not only touch my toes, but I can also touch the ground!!!!  So, for someone not thinking they needed to do the challenge because they didn’t think they could improve themselves or achieve anything more……well, that person was totally wrong!!!!
Rachel H This 20 weeks has opened up the road for me to achieve so many awesome things. As I only have to list the very best I will do a top 5:  1. I have completed my 2nd ever half marathon knocking off over 30 minutes from my PB and also become a fully-fledged runner who actually now LOVES running.  1 st Half Marathon in 2015 = 2 Hours 26 Minutes  2nd Half Marathon June 2017 = 1 Hour 54 Minutes – This is something that still makes me burst with pride. In fact just thinking of my running makes me burst with pride, I am now a very strong runner and love it. I am so proud and here is my running story:  I began running in 2010 to try and get into shape, and between 2010 and 2015 I did OK. I used to run maybe 5 – 6km once to twice a week, would get bored/ or get a blister or hurt my back then stop again for 6 months or so until I wanted to try and get fit again, and so the cycle continued. In 2014 a friend of mine asked me to do a 10km race with her, which I trained for and did. I can’t say I enjoyed it but I knew having an event booked made the motivation for training easier. So after the 10km I signed up to the Birmingham Half Marathon – October 2015. I did not do loads of training as I injured my back (I’ll talk about this injury later in the report) but when I could run I did run. I set myself the goal of completing it in 3 hours, I knew I was being generous on myself but also would just be happy for finishing it. I completed the half marathon in 2 hours 26 min and was delighted it was all over I met my goal and swore I would never run again. I hung my running shoes up and was ‘done’ with it – Literally I did not run again for 18 months! Little did I know that come 2017 running would be my new found LOVE! From 2010 to 2015 I would never want to run with anyone else embarrassed at how slow I was and how unnatural I looked when I was running.  This year one of my 20 week goals was to do another half marathon and to try and do it under 2 hours! This was a MASSIVE goal, but something I believed I could do if I trained hard enough. In training for this I swallowed my embarrassment of people seeing me running, and started inviting people from the Gym every Tuesday morning to do a 6km run with me. This meant some super speedy ladies came along which I would essentially be ‘chasing’ around Hagley park, in desperate desire to run at their pace. It also encouraged other people to come along, we all go at our own pace and use it mainly for accountability. This is a little running group I will keep going post the 20 weeks. Anyway I digress, I also roped Stu into doing some training runs with me as he naturally ran a lot faster than me, he ended up doing the Christchurch half marathon as well, and despite saying he would never do one – So another person I got into running (Yipee). I also went to see a running coach for 1 session to get her to correct my technique. Throughout training I was seeing improvement like literally never before, it was AMAZING. All this running with quicker people mixed in with the interval training at the gym allowed me to not only run the Christchurch half marathon in under 2 hours, I  smashed my goal by finishing it in 1 Hour 54 Min 59 Seconds. I am continuing to run 3-4 times a week and last week I signed up to do the Queenstown Half Marathon in November. I am delighted that I am STILL seeing improvements with my running, just last week I got a new 5km PB and yesterday I got a 10 KM PB. I have started to incorporate running up hill and just challenging myself wherever possible. I have seen improvements with my VO2 and have gone from ‘Average’ on my FitBit to ‘Very Good’ for my age and gender, meaning also having a decreased resting heart rate of 48-49 BPM.   The little Tuesday morning running club I have started is also something I am so proud of, I get such a range of ladies and gents from the gym coming along it is just so wonderful to see, and to know that they are all out there doing that bit of exercise because of my encouragement.    2. To be in the ‘ideal’ range on BMI for the first time in my adult life and getting to ‘low visceral fat’ and optimal body fat % – Since my early teens I have always been in either ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ and have carried an unhealthy amount of visceral fat.   I used to just think that I was destined to always be a size 12 at my smallest and in the overweight category of BMI as I was heavy boned (self-diagnosed as big boned). I am not sure if this was just a lazy attribute I had that would mean that I just wouldn’t have to push myself really hard to see if I could do better than that. Anyway I have proven myself wrong, I started this challenge in the over-weight section of BMI and dress size 14-16 but am now comfortably well in the ideal section and a size 10 can squeeze into the odd size 8. I have had such awesome improvements which can be seen on my body scan results. I also used to HATE going shopping as it is easy to tell yourself at home that you are a 12/ 14 and be in denial of being any bigger, until you go shopping and try on 12’s and 14’s and they don’t fit. However I am now at the stage where I just pop in to shops for the hell of it to try clothes and thrive that I am an easy size 10! My fitness goals are not for a smaller dress size but it doesn’t stop it feeling awesome when you reach a dream dress size!     3. I have achieved in gaining a lot of self-belief in my fitness levels and am at the stage where I enjoy pushing myself to my next level .   Self-belief and appreciation is something I am sure most people struggle with, it is so easy to doubt yourself and listen to that voice telling you can’t do it and to just take the easy option. I am still working on this aspect but am getting better; I think it helps having Stu who has so much belief in my ability that really encourages me. For instance the half marathon I did on my own on the 10th September (See Facebook Page), I was so nervous and anxious that I would not complete it that I almost talked myself out of doing it, but as I say on my Facebook video after the run, I have not achieved all these things by taking the easy option. To grow and blossom you must challenge yourself and keep pushing to the next level, because the feeling of self-worth and pride you get from doing it all is amazing and so good for the soul!      4. I completed a total of 2234.07kms over the 20 weeks under my own steam (biking, walking and running).   My PT Kate set me the challenge of completing 2000 kms in the 20 weeks which is the length of New Zealand. I reached this goal on 5th September and my actual end total was 2234.07 km! I would like to say ‘oh anybody can do this’ but I do think it takes a certain level of insanity/ determination! There would be days where the rain was bucketing down but I would still cycle to work/ go out for my run/ go on my lunchtime walk. It has become a standing joke with my boss that I quite often turn up to work as a drowned rat; in fact he has started calling me DR! Nothing was stopping me getting in my KMs rain, snow, hail you name it I was out there! – I feel quite proud to be able to say I didn’t go easy and just do 100’s of km in the comfort of the indoors on a treadmill or gym bike – I fully embraced the elements of a kiwi winter. Cycling to work and doing my lunchtime walk are both things I will keep up post challenge too. I get an hour for my lunch break so it just seems like such a waste to not head out and stretch my legs opposed to just using that hour to be sat on another seat.    5. I have achieved getting an incredibly strong core that is supporting a long term back injury that would always reoccur and allow me to justify not exercising – I will elaborate more on this in the abdominal section.
Nikki L Changing the way I see myself, forgetting about a number on the scales and acknowledging how strong and healthy my body is.  I am now more positive in all aspects of my life and my kids are now spending less time on devices and enjoying family time in the outdoors.
Kellie O 1. I learned to swim freestyle and was able to swim 2km without stopping by the end of the challenge.  2. I ran five half marathons and set a personal best time of 1:44:35  3. I took 31 seconds off my 1km time trial down to 4:05 min  4. I improved my beep test 1.2 levels to 10.5  5. I lost 7 cm around my hips and 30.5cm overall   6. Perry & I won two back to back 5 week team challenges set by our PT plus I got second in the first 5 week block and first in the second 5 week block   7. Encouraging and supporting my Buddy Perry Phipps and feeling so proud of all that he achieved..he wrote the most moving letter saying “I literally owe Kellie my life” if I inspired one person to change their life in this 20 Week Challenge then that is the biggest achievement by far.
Trish M 21 km marathon would never achieved before
Keely W Ride to work & home (bike). Starting took me 1 hr & 10 mins to get home (21km), at the end I did it in 55 mins (28 seconds).
Finlay A Improving my muscle mass and definition, as well as fitness
Kerry J – Improving my mental health through diet and exercise (and learning to accept support from around me)  – Learning to listen to my body’s needs both physical and mentally.   – Meeting some like-minded women in our community  – increasing my cardio and strength in my core.
Jenny H Completing my first 58km mountain bike race.  Learning to like myself  Accepting my body shape  Maintaining my weight from what I lost in last years 20 week challenge!!
Kylie R Stage coaching resulting in me participating in a pinup paegaent and also getting over a fear and going in a helicopter    Living a life true to myself
Amy G Completing 20 really interesting, fun, new and challenging adventures with 31 different people.
Chris M I have had trouble with my BP, but my GP has said we will control it by exercise and nutrition.  I am happy to say my BP is now sitting steadily at 130/80, down from as high as 172/98.    My flexibility, I couldn’t touch the floor while standing when I started but now I can.    My strength is increasing as well.    But the main achievement is that I no longer rely on the scales, as my  guide to wellness
Dayna B being able to run 5km! i only made it 700m at the start of the chalange
Karryn S My Biggest acheivement has been completing the Sydney Marathon!  I have also achived a household of less waste!! I have my children now thinking about what we are throwing away and ways we can recycle.
Stephanie P Increased Flexibility. Maintaining my fitness level and measurements from the previous challenge. Overcoming a fear of falling by completing Adrenaline Forest. completing Tri July.
Piripi D Losing 17kg  Clothes size dropping
Hannah P i have come to realise the impact relationship between my mental health and physical health, when one suffers, the other suffers.
Rebecca S Exercising at least 5 x per week  Evaluating quality of life and making changes where necessary  Running again  Joining a boxing session and going weekly with Mr 8  Practicing Mindfullness/Yoga  Resigning from a Stressful Job  Improved Diet
kelly M I have gone from struggling to walk 10 km to being able to run 10 km I used the app couch to 10k to achieve this.    I have lost two dress sizes and 20kgs    I can look in the mirror and still go out normally I would start getting ready to go out, then stop and hop into bed.
Nancy M My body fat percentage has reduced by 1% and my cardio is very improved
Rachel M At first I thought exercise was going to take up too much time, but during the challenge I started embracing the opportunity to workout more frequently and even craved it.  This has lead to increased strength and weight loss which has been a great achievement for someone who scoffed at the idea of doing anything physical.
Rachael B Increased hamstring length and shoulder rotation flexibility.   Better sleep.
Emma M I have so many to share,   this 20 week challenge has shown how much fun a healthly lifestyle can be   – learning this is a life long journey to enjoy, there is no quick fix or magic pill   -That you can be just as addicted to a healthy lifestyle as unhealthy   –  I started this challenge out of desperation , i now use my results for inspiration !    – instead of being a burden I am happy & confident to try news experiences   – I have gained the confidence to join in group fitness    – I have encouraged my husband to start a health & wellness journey !   – life balance, how to mange fitness, work, kids & fun :)   – given me my zest for life back
Kim H I am just so proud of my strength test results , I have been out of action for 2 years with knee problems and surgery and doctors specialist and surgeons saying I wouldn’t be able to carry on doing what i love  ,its been a long slow road but I feel like I am getting back to normal.   Also my cardio has improved so much i am doing a lo more than I have done in the last two years .  And coming off my pain meds.   I also feel so much better putting myself first , I have always put everyone else first , put I`m feeling so much better for it

 

TA – that despite the challenges of ill health, exercise in some form or another helped me to feel better, if not physically, then mentally/emotionally  – being able to do full pressups!  – that I am a positive role model for my kids  – that despite my challenges with health, I feel like I have more of my spark back because I see that I can feel a success even if my steps towards my goals are small
JK Awareness of the benefit of good diet and better / more sleep
EW Way stronger and more confident in the gym
BD This year my biggest achievement has been to maintain a healthy fit and active lifestyle in the midst of business and to enjoy each day without becoming stressed.
RJ Sticking to my programme
GA 1) I am  really happy at my improvement of time from last year in the St Claire Half Marathon.  2) I bettered the majority of my tests results.  3) Maintained my overall weight
DH Being able to balance on a swiss ball/medicine balls in my final testing
EO’S Being able to ride bike more confidently
SB lost weight  improved cardio   being able to fit a size 12 comfortably
EM Confidence and motivation to get out and get moving!!
SP Doing a 50km cycle in the Port Hills up a hill locally known as ‘The Bastard!’  Getting back to my 10km run pace that I had at the end of the last 20week challenge  Learning to play the piano and the feeling of achievement when I have mastered a piece that I couldn’t play when I first looked at it.   Recognising that for me right now, exercising is about making it fun, being social and not necessarily smashing pb’s.
DN My fitness has improved and I feel stronger. To feel stronger was one of my goals
NM Confidence, Body fat %, Strength
LR The best achievement for me over the last 20 weeks is my increasing ability to spend time confidently in a social situation.  Almost 2 years ago I had a stillborn baby girl which completely stopped my life.  Although I have since had another baby girl, I was still stuck.  One of my goals for this challenge was to say yes to social gatherings and attempt to go.  It was really hard at the beginning – I still had panic attacks at times, but now, at the end of the challenge, I am able to happily able to spend time with friends
NT completed tri july.  Did a half marathon
AL Improving my self worth and initiating good habits
Feeling the best I have for years! My physical health is the best it has probably ever been. My mental health is certainly the best it has been for several years. Family life is amazing because I am feeling so great.
JH Running in the local parkrun events on Saturday mornings.  Being able to run 5 km without stopping
CF – My weight hasn’t changed (in fact I am heavier than I was in week 1) but this is down to reduction in body fat and increase in muscle.  – As a family we eat far better than we used to as a result of better food prep. This has also lead to better financial stability.  – In the lead up to the challenge we had a few and unexpected bills which blew our finances  (i.e. two car repair bills). We have always had savings and a $0 balance on the credit card however I’d just returned to work after spending most of the year on maternity leave so our savings were depleted. The credit card balance swelled out to over $6,000 but due to discipline and better budgeting this was reduced to $0 by week 21.
VK Firstly not giving up when things didn’t go the way I had planned, starting with cracking a rib in week 1 fitness testing.  A massive improvement in my upper body strength, which was my primary goal at the begining of the challenge to be more balance with my strength
LE My biggest achievements over the challenge would have to be mental changes. Before the challenge if something got too difficult I would quit without thinking twice about it. Since entering the 20 week challenge and joining Pumped I have been fortunate enough to build some amazing relationships which has given me the confidence to keep on going and push myself to not give up. Because of this my running has improved immensely, before the challenge I struggled running 1km and now I would not think twice about running 5km and in my 21st weekend I completed my first half marathon and ran the whole way.  had the confidence to involve myself in activities with other people.I am also very proud of myself for finishing off the challenge after fracturing my wrist in 2 places.
KN – Exercising in public  – Wearing exercise clothes in public  – Completing Rapaki  – Going on some dates  – Increase in energy  – Trying on, and buying boots that fit!  – Getting rid of my ‘suck me in’ undies!   – I feel fitter, happier and stronger and more confident  – Made new friends through Pumped
MR 10,000 steps a day,  20 recipies in 20 weeks, Started back at the gym! (3-5 days and loving it)  70kg back squat, 60cm box jump ,   Rollerblading (and not breaking bones)  Jive Dance Class with hubby  Jenian Homes 5km fun run/walk with my mum  Bridal Path walk   JUNK FREE JUNE!  Tri July (completly outdoors except swimming,rain,snow and flooding)  Planted 600 trees on the Port Hills.  Keeping on going even when times were tough and it seemed like nothing was going right and knowing that I was motovating others to get out and about to improve there lifestyles.  My whole outlook on life and my body has improved, I have grown so much as a person and have learnt to love and feel happy and free in my own body, I am fitter, stronger, healthier and smaller than before.
sF I have suffered from knee tendonitis for the past year, and an old archilles injury. These have improved immeasurably. I now sleep better as I am not in pain. I no longer take painkillers. I can stand up and walk from a sitting position without having to wait for my knee to stabilise. I no longer hobble when I start to walk. My quads are so much stronger I can go down hills without pain and I am much faster. I no longer wear a knee support.
BB Having a brand new awareness of my body and what it needs to achieve more balance and nourishment.   Reducing my visceral fat, therefore reducing my risks of diabetes and disease
RC The change in how I feel on a daily basis, I’m no longer tired and sluggish.  I am enjoying exercise and wanting to do it. I miss it when i go a few days without exercising. I also feel much fitter and stronger, this makes it much easier to keep up with my children which is a huge bonus.
GG I have achieved more than I imagined I would during the twenty week challenge. I was blown away in my final fitness testing at how much I had improved in all sections of the two categories I was focusing on which were abs and upper body. Upper body has always been a weakness for me and so this was the first time I had ever focussed on it and had programmes set and abdominals have been weakened after two pregnancies and both being c section deliveries. I am really proud how I managed to fit these programmes into my week and the results prove how far I have come (as you will see in the results section). A few of these achievements were not even being able to do 1 full push up at the start and doing 20 in the final test and that was after doing 45 on my knees. I struggled to get to 26 tricep dips in the first test and in the final test I stopped after 200!!! I even managed to hold a plank for just over 5minutes and completed level 8 of the plank challenge (which is the final stage) when I was level 1 at the start. I was able to increase all my weights and had improved my strength hugely when using my own body weight for example doing a flexed arm hang for 1.59sec at the start and 13.06sec at the end. I may have been able to hang a bit longer but my hands slipped unfortunately. Another big achievement was at the start of the challenge I set myself the goal to complete a half marathon. When my training was going as well as it was I changed the goal to not just complete this but to do it between 1hr 30mins and 1hr 40mins and am proud to say I achieved this. I never imagined I would be able to run distances like this so it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind into something. I was also excited to improve on the beep test. I really pushed myself in the first test and this was when I was focussing on my running in preparation for the half marathon and so to beat it by a number of levels was mind blowing. Another big achievement was completing the buddy goal of doing twenty walks in the 20weeks. This was not as easy as it may have looked working around children’s activities, nap times, family life and all the other commitments we both have. This has been so beneficial for me and my children for a number of reasons and we have loved getting to know the environment that we live in so much better that I didn’t have the confidence to do alone. Another achievement has been managing to fit exercise into my daily life with two little children without it impacting their life and special time with me and involving them in the process as much as possible so that it is a positive experience for all. I have also been really proud that I have chosen to give the challenge my all by completing all aspects of it. I have been rewarded by increasing my muscle mass and losing body fat and cms over the twenty weeks. I couldn’t believe that I had lost 28cm all up with 12.2cm of that being around my hips and 8.2cm from around my waist!!!!
MG Mentally i have been better.   I have become a lot more confident  I haven’t stressed so much if i have to go out to dinner.  I went on holiday for a week and enjoyed myself without going overboard on food or drink..
JM taking 10 minutes off my 5 km treadmill run
CH To make my fitness a priority again.
EL Building healthy habits and improving my fitness.
MW I no longer let my anxiety stop me from living.  My relationships have improved because I know who I am again.  I came off my PND medication.  I am sleeping because I am not stressing.  I feel enough.
CS Strength – Amazed at how much stronger I have gotten without realising it.
SS Pleased to improve my strength and posture as well as my health and well being
JL Even though my weight is the same I feel trimmer and healthier. If I hadn’t been doing this I would have put on weight. I push myself more not using weather as a excuse, I forced myself to a organized  run and was please with myself and enjoyed it
What have been two of your best achievements over the last 20 weeks ?
Shelley Cornish Accepting my weight and letting go of the number on the scales!! Wohoo!!   20 Pressups on my toes! Wohoo = who would have thought!
Maree Whiting Strength and recovery from knee op
Hannah Cummins Getting exercise back into my life has been huge for me and makes me very proud of myself!   Loosing 6cm from my bum!
Charlotte Hurst Having the confidence to exercise anywhere at anytime and losing over 1 metre around my body
Sue Hill Loving myself, the way I look and feel with the inches and weight decreasing.  It’s been at least 14 years that I have felt like a prisoner inside my own body. I now suggest we go out for either a meal or an event. The freedom I am feeling within is beyond words I want to scream hey look at me look what I have achieved, I just can’t stop smiling I’m like the Cheshire Cat. But the weight and the inches are more than that it indicates the hard work, the sweat and a great PT?
Rob Anderson Flexibility and flexion in knee again after my surgery   Learning to ride a bike and going out again on small bike rides with my family
NIKKI WINTER OMG I ran 10kms !!!! I lost 88.5cms from my body Yippee
Jane Childs I set a goal to drink no alcohol for 20 weeks and I achieved my goal.  I also wanted to commit to two pt sessions per week and to do all of the challenges offered and I did both!
Jemma Buchanan Boarding a plane to America by myself- for a 6 week solocation!!     Surviving 6 weeks in the states without ending up unwell and in a US hospital!
Anne McClimont The change in my eating has been empowering.  I’m avoiding all packet food now or limiting it to foods with 3 or less ingredients.  But I also approach it with an 80/20 ideal.  80% strong 20% wiggle room.
Laura Page I have increased my upper body strength immensely, which has been a long term goal of mine.    Also, I don’t weigh myself everyday anymore. In fact, I don’t really go by weight at all anymore. I lost 2kg during the challenge but have changed body shape completely. It has really changed my mindset on ‘weight loss’.
Mel Webster Getting records in powerlifting, getting stronger
Cheryl Dunick Sticking to a plan! I had a plan for adventures near home and away…I achieved so much more than last year because my plan travelled with me (I carried my book of walks in the car ALL year, and my list for achieving in my wallet)! I planned to get involved and help our community – the BEST part of my challenge, and with so many positive spin offs for everyone! It felt SO good to be active AND help so many other people along the way..
Helena Cridge I can now ride a bike. Used to hate it but have got over that and can now ride 12 km no problem. Looking at buying a new bike as my current one is 23 years old bought for me to ride to the school bus stop and used to hate it subsequently it’s a bit small for me.     I did a duathlon which I didn’t think I could ever do.
Suzanne O’Leary Running 5km in UNDER 30mins! I’d thought 33mins should be achievable, but Kate encouraged me to go with under 30 (which was pretty much back at my pre-achilles injury pace). I achieved this, had time left that the goal was set for so I did it again and took even more time off it – wahoo!    Actually taking the time to consider my diet, and experiment with what things made a difference to my shape and the way I felt.
Gavin Fair Change of body shape and loss of weight
Jenny Craddock 10kg weight loss! Free from ongoing back pain and big improvements in flexibility   and fitness.
Catherine Mclean weight loss      improvement in my running
Tanya Harrington Donating weight through both exercising (running) and eating foods that nourish my body  Being confident in going out in public…YAH!!
Joy Coughlan increase in flexibility and sorting an underlying health issue
Janette Coughlan My balance is much better – so no falls. As I have osteoporosis this has helped my confidence.  I am much fitter, I can walk up hills and steps I wouldn’t have attempted before.
Ange Byrne Sleep  Exercise habits
Barry Dacombe Confidence in my shoulders being able to extend my range in particular exercises.  Improved balance and focus through learning how to engage the core strength.
Laura McSaveney 1.) Building my strength back up post carpal tunnel op.  2.)t awareness around food, and portion sizes – cut junk food out and only allow “treats” if I’ve had a successful week.
wendy gaby Beening able to stop taking medication for high blood pressure and no longer having a high blood pressure problem. Completing a 10km run in 55mins
Lilly Down 1. Playing my first ever season of football at age 22, I have wanted to do this since I was about 10 – I never had the confidence to start at an ‘older age’… pfft!    2. Appreciating myself and taking time for me, as a people person I always came last. Let’s just say that no matter how crap my day was… I still went to bed grateful for just being me.
Kelly-Anne Cruikshank Managing 25 press ups  Trying a variety of activities
Debra Nicholas Comitting to twice weekly PT sessions for the duration of the challenge.  Being confident that I  am strong enough physically as well as mentally to deal with whatever life throws at me.
Kate McGrath Quitting sugar, increasing upper body strength.
Michelle Pullen My self esteem!!! I just feel so much better about myself….   Energy!!!! I feel like there’s not enough hours in the day now lol I was napping so much when I started
Lorraine Loveridge Confidence, body shape, and feeling healthier and happier.
Alice Goode Going to the gym regularly and pushing myself to complete my workouts
Jane Harris Increasing my running and completing a 10km event with my son Jamie it was one of the best things we could have done together. It was the Ashley Forest Run it is a day I will never forget this day filled with love, laughter and a bit of singing on the way.  I also entered the Maintence Catergory and again was thrilled with the results
Heather Butcher Increased cardio vascular fitness even though I started running less  Getting to know some of the awesome people in my neighbourhood
Louise Brown Getting into an exercise routine and learning how to have fun with exercise again.  Enjoying the feeling after a work out.    Although not a massive weight difference, the change in my body shape and my clothes fitting better was a massive feel good factor.  I have gone on to lose more weight since the end of the challenge .
Wendy Davie Learning to love and nurture myself    Treating myself in a positive way by taming the angry negative voice that lived in my head    Byproduct – weight-loss happiness and greats kind to name just a couple
Kylie Rowlands covering the distance of 25+ marathons in cardio fitness, when health restricted my running it didnt stop me walking – and walk lots i did! and   getting my health conditions properly diagnosed
Dion Martin Losing 10.5kg and and re gaining some cardiovascular fitness both of which has enabled me to look at myself in the mirror.
Karen Bishop-Everett Feeling that I have my ‘mojo’ back    Feeling at ease (and pleased) with my body and all it can do for me
Gemma Pereira da Costa Improving lower body strength   Improving on my fitness running/walking  levels – shaved 5mins of my PB.
Nikki Winter Running 10kms  non stop, a goal that I didnt believe was possible for me  .  Fitting  back into all the clothes  in my wardrobe and many are now too big .
Jason Harris Learning to swim & improving my cardio.
Madison Harris Overall confidence and sleep patterns
Carla Henderson Setting up a photography page and doing physical things I thought I getting rid of my ‘can’t’ voice – the one said I ‘can’t’ do full push ups, or have sugar free days.It has been liberating to quiet that voice a bit!    ‘t’
Marnie Page Being able to deadlift twice my starting point (even though it really hurt and pushed my shoulder injury to the limit). This was really the one thing that caused me to feel that I had lost my strength from my injury and I had to really push through that feeling of disappointment and realise that I was not going to be as strong as I was last year, particularly as I’d won the strength category in last years challenge. I was thankful that I had my PT Ngauru encouraging me along and getting me to realise my limits.    Learning to stop (during the challenge) and do alternative exercises when injury began to hurt, meaning I didn’t incur further damage. Another thing to thank Ngauru for, and her patience with me being so frustrated and trying to push through the pain.
Glenda Albon My personal confidence, & my new positive mindset & self belief that I am ‘good enough’ at what I do.
peter warren Climbing mountains often above 2000 meters in Winter snow and ice conditions  Getting the climbing bug and now having the climbing gear to now do technical training over summer for next winters climbing.
Sally Banks Increase in beep test score – doubled it. Playing a better netball game due to increase in fitness levels and being awarded the most improved player for my team as a result.
Sue Ward Confidence in using the gym.  Fitness and health attitude to healthy eating
Jane Frazerhurst Gaining strength in my lower body – I couldn’t believe the improvement.   Making time to stretch to improve my flexibility
Helen Warren Self coaching skills helping me develop more manageable routines to my day/week.    body mass improvement.
Amy Billingsley Enjoying new foods and cooking    Going out of my comfort zone    Encouraging friends, family and workmates to be active, drink water and make healthier choices
Megan Holmes Having more energy  feeling more in control
Angel Pincott Well the first one was Squats, my maximum is 85kgs. So proud of myself.   Second is wall sit, my time is 13mins. Im so stoked. 😊
Angela Pearson 1. Dealing with Meniere’s disease – not fearing the bouts of severe vertigo that can happen at any time but learning to read the signs my body gives me and acting accordingly… jumping off sky tower was my ultimate challenge… I did it!  2. Starting my smoke free journey… a positive mindset, healthy body / healthy mind… I Can! I will! Watch me! Focus on a better future!
Aaron Clark Reduced body fat & strength
Heleena Simpson Fitting clothes I couldn’t before.  Lifting weights on a regular basis, and improving on start weight.
Greta Spearing Riding up rapaki no stopping  Changing my lifestyle to prioritise exercise
Jackie Cotter The team challenges, and getting an exercycle..and using it!!  lol
Heather Spearing My core strength  Commitment to perseverance with exercise
Kylie Frisby Finished a half marathon by myself. Did 20 full push ups. Couldn’t do 1 last year
Tanya Robinson Loosing fat  Big change in diet (sugar mainly)
James Tait Better body shape, learning to cut back on the bad foods
Angel Pincott Been able to back squat 85kg, so happy with myself.   Doing wall sits for 13mins.
Rebecca Brittenden Getting faster!!  I beat my times from last year for the St Clair and Christchurch half marathons and my 5km time trial went from about 36 minutes to 31 minutes (I think, don’t have book with me so can’t be exact). Also improved my time for the stair test and the 2.4 km run.
Nikki Edge Knee feeling better (osteoarthritis diagnosis in March)    Horse riding again
Lorraine Walker 1) Bench Pressing My own Body Weight  2) Starting & Finishing!
Sara McNicholl Achieving my goal of getting to a healthy weight!    Learning about health and fitness so that I can keep on track with my goals going forwards!
Liz O’Dea Learning to eat the right foods and my fitness level and endurance has improved
Rebecca Scott Becoming 100 times more fitter and completing my first half marathon.
Sheree King Smaller clothing    More FUN time with my family
Sue Sutherland Getting on top of injuries and not giving up because of them  sirprising myself that I had made gains when it felt like I wasn’t making much progress
Donna Stewart-Freemantle Continuing to exercise through challengers at work, family, home, life and in my mind!    Learning that I am getting fitter and stronger as I continue to move. This journey was all about me and believing that I am worthy of the time and the effort that I need to put in to myself.
Leanne Doake Increasing my strength dramatically, seeing some weight loss
Kathy Hansen 1. Sticking and committing to the 20 weeks.   2. Losing weight and increasing fitness over winter.
Jennifer McBride Taking 6 minutes off my 5km run time  Having 80% less packaging to put out in the recycling bin after supermarket shopping. The whole family has embraced eating ‘whole foods’ and planning and preparing at the start of the week sets us up for nutritious and healthy meals. Even the 7 year old has been known the read food labels to see whether it’s a healthy choice or not!
Hilary Blackstock Exercise is a regular part of my day now    I am capable of more than I thought, conquering the Tri July with a massive amount still to go in the last 6 days
Suzy Lange I have loved this challenge! It kept me motivated and exceeded all me expectations. I can run faster than ever before, I really enjoy riding my bike and have ticked off some amazing goals! I feel more confident and happy in myself and my appearance. My 2 best achievements would have to be biking the Dyers pass Road up to the Sign of the Kiwi and being able to run a 4 minute kilometre😉
Chrissy Fastier -I’m much fitter than I was at the beginning, and  – I’m more accepting of my physical appearance than I was in the beginning. I’m loving my body again similarly to how I did before I became ill
Anna Sanford I went from really not enjoying running to really loving it and being able to comfortably run 10km :)    I have become much more aware of my nutrition and am making much smarter choices!
Fiona Mace (nee Murray) Blasting out 6000 full body press ups!  Running 10km faster and better than last year
Anna Sanford Going for HATING and not running much at all to really enjoying it and looking forward to getting out and getting huffy puffy :)    Being much more sensible about my food and drink choices – although I am not 100% perfect, I am much more aware of it!
Brogan Ramsay Completing a BHAG of getting a sub 2 hour half marathon time!    Managing to do more than my age in FULL (on my toes) tricep pressups
Lee Hazlett Gaining strength and lifting weights I never though I could ever lift!
Tina Mongston Having regular exercise, more confidence in the gym and how to use the equipment properly.     Having firm arms and legs!
Emily Morgan Finally accepting the limitations of my injury and that it could still be a long time before I can run again.    Getting back on my bike for regular rides – especially riding the summit road
Riwai Grace Puku has gone down  Allowed to run again
LEE NICOLSON Shifting my concentrated weekly exercise from 1-2  hours a week to now 5-10  hours a week, by now including regular walks, both group and private gym sessions, and adding in fun family workouts with my children – thanks to the text challenges.    Consistent mindfulness over WHAT I eat and drink, and WHEN I eat and drink to now very happily making much more better choices.
Sonya Taylor Biking down Wynyard Crescent  Completing Tri July
Linda White I have had major improvements in swimming (technique, speed, distance without stopping), and I have lost many centimetres over my body through weight loss (which really helped my joint pain).  A much happier me is the best achievement!!
Alice Goode Getting to the gym on a regular basis and improving my health
Kirsten Chapman Completing two half marathons  Being able to increase back squats from 45kgs to 90kgs
Claire Horncastle Realising that life is too short to spend Sunday evenings ironing.  Making exercise a daily priority. I am incredibly busy with teaching full time and tutoring at home for around 18 hours a week but now book my exercise sessions before I book my students. In the past I would cancel an exercise session if that was the only time a student could come. I don’t do that any more. NCEA exams are about 7 weeks away so I am under lots of pressure for extra sessions and the money is good. Despite this I am heading up to Golden Bay for the first week of the holidays for some much needed and well deserved R&R with my son. In the past I would have worked all holiday. We are taking the bikes and the walking boots and plan to kayak as well.
Tessa Barnes 1: Being able to play netball this season.  2: Doing a 100kg Squat!
Rachel McCarthy I ran a 4min 16sec km in the final testing – never thought I could go that fast!  After saying I would never attempt running a half marathon I not only attempted one but I ran my first one ever sub 2hrs – 1 hour 53 mins, stoked!
Melanie Cropp Went from running up to 1km without stopping to running 10km without stopping.    Ran so much (422kms) that I now actually enjoy running instead of it feeling really hard!
Barbara Edwards Helping our teams complete the challenges.  Learning burlesque and performing on stage.
Nicola Proffit Continual fitness program  Did a detox and cut out processed foods
Abbey Parsons Only allowed two?! :)’  Running non stop up Rapaki for the second time and doing a PB on my birthday  Having an amazing active Rarotongan Holiday with plenty of huffy puffy when it would have been easy to flop and drop!
Claire Horncastle Stopping wasting my time ironing  Completing my first 10km and half marathon
Laura McCarthy  Changing my eating habits and totally reducing the amount of hidden sugars I was consuming in food I didnt know that had it for example sauces, dairy products etc.     Consistency! Keeping it up, not giving up and slacking, making it a new way of life rather then going hard out and giving up after a while.
Geoffrey Pearce Increase in fitness and strength
Jacqueline Culling Hanging in there and completing the 20 weeks.  Improving my strength and speed
Toni Ferris I can now walk 5ks+ and do it again the next day with no pain, when at the beginning I couldn’t do more than a few hundred metres without ending the day in pain    I am now able to do a plank without the use of a foam roller under my ankles as the pain in my foot is gone and the strength I have gained over the 20 weeks means I can safely use my feet in the correct manner.
Wendy Pearce battling my pain in my legs and also sugar
Julia Home my relationships with family and friends  my mental state :-)
Alyssa-Jayne Foster At the start of the challenge I could barely run 1km without stopping to walk. I had issues with my legs and feet cramping and my fitness was terrible. By the end of the challenge I managed to take approx. 2mins off my 2.4km time and I was able to run the whole distance without stopping. (Super Stoked!!)    One of my other goals was to loose some weight through the challenge for my wedding next year. While I haven’t lost a great deal of weight, I have lost approx. 7cm from my waist which was my target area for my challenge. So I am pretty happy with this result and I know that I can put the minimal weight loss down to the fact that I have turned some of my fat back into muscle.
Anne Malloch Improving my fitness and strength – I love the way my body can now function and the changes that it has made to my life. At the beginning of the challenge I could not run for 3 mins and now I can compete 10km with ease and will run a 1/2 marathon early next year.     Being able to fit into my jeans – for about 4 years now I have only been able to wear tights and stretchy clothes. I love being able to wear items that I have had hanging in my wardrobe for all this time.
Shireen Spaull Completing two of the 4by4 challenges with my daughter.  Blowing my times of the 3 challenges (Rapaki, Godley Head and Motukarara Rail Trail) out of the water.
Fiona Dixon Achieved 10,000 + Steps each day on my Sprint to the Finish challenge    The fact that I stuck with it for the full 20 weeks (not like last year)
Glenys Taylor Increase in both quality and quantity of sleep from start to finish of the challenge  Became much more flexible than I was at the beginning of the challenge
Sarah Jacobson Change in body shape  Made new friends
Julie Smith my beep test went from 6.4 to 12.4  10km run chch airport marathon personal best time
Michael Smith Saint Clair Half Marathon 1.41.53  Christchurch Half marathon 1.38.45  beep test 12.4 at start 17.13 at finish
Krissy Wilkinson I completed all of the solo challenges – I especially loved trying 4 new exercises and 4 new foods!!    I lost my “mojo” about half way through the challenge, but I managed to pull myself out of my rut and get out the door and I found it again – I remembered why I love doing this :)
Nicola Fair Losing weight   Doing more regular exercise
Linley Fowlie Climbing Conical Hill    Lowering blood pressure tablets
Amanda Voyce I swam 1.5km in one go when my goal had only been 300-400m. And I loved it!    I can finally cross my legs. Yuss!!
sally-Ann Clarke Completing new challenges that I had never done before. Meeting the members of my group -the bod squad
Jayne White 1. eating better, more veges, no sugar  2. lost 15 cm from around my waist!
Kathryn Bruce 5.5kg weight loss  attempted crazy activities like hula hooping and adrenaline forest ropes cours
Rachel Leech 1 – raising over $300 for Queenstown cancer society, I would never have taken part if I wasn’t already on this journey.  2 – changing mine and my family’s eating habits back onto the right track and showing them all that healthy living is the way to go.
Fiona Kenneally Hard to limit it to two!!!  My running – running 10+ km more regularly and with more ease!  Running 1/2 marathon.   The change in my body shape has been amazing!!  Even lost some cm off my legs.  Lost 72 cm in total from my body!
janine branje being able to do pushups when I could do none at the beginning  being able to maintain / improve in all areas of life and while external stressors continued on…..
Bill Fowlie Ability to run 1 Kilometre without stopping  20 pressups in one go
Kate Heyns 1) Confidence!! Being willing to say ‘Yes’ rather than making excuses and saying ‘No’.    2) Weight loss… 8.8KGS!!!
WENDY PEARCE losing the weigh and exercising even when I am in pain.   Finding my way with nutrition and getting something that works finally.
Ethan Marden Improved breathing after exercise  visible change in body shape
Kevin Blackburn Dropping a clothing size  Flexibility
Melanie Evans Exercising every week, was a couch potato prior to the 20 week challenge and being able to play netball after 30 years.
Ashleigh McKenzie RUNNING!!!!!!!!!! I cannot believe I am a “runner” now! I actually can’t. It makes me want to cry. I can’t remember what I set as my running goal at the start of the challenge (either 5km or 10km) but it doesn’t even matter…I can run 7km at the moment and next weekend (the final weekend of the challenge) I am doing a 10km run in Kaikoura…I swear not even in my wildest dreams did I think this was possible.    Facing my fears with support from my friends and colleagues – bringing them along for the ride. The 4 by 4 challenge allowed/pushed me to do things I never would have done…Rock Climbing (fear of heights and especially falling), Kayaking on the Avon (fear of falling into water), Using a different machine in the gym (venturing into the “big kids” area) and Driving Range – not facing a fear, but doing something I had always wanted to do but never made the time to. The best thing about this challenge (in the month of June) was getting my work along for the ride. I started up a work challenge to get people to focus on their overall wellbeing and they loved it…I also loved having them with me as I kicked a few goals along the way!
Susan Blackburn Over coming my fear of putting my face in the water which has given me confidence to complete my 20 week challenge of getting into a kayak and rolling    Gaining upper body strength – from lifting 3kgs weights to now managing 8kgs plus
Alexandra Cole Running 10km  Leg pressing 120 kg !
SM Being confident to do press ups in public places throughout Europe.    Saving money with homemaking more food
FV learning to count non-scale victories   cutting back on diet soft drinks
IT Planking 4min:42sec  and  7 pull ups
CY Getting running again  Having more energy in the mornings and enthusiasm
LF Achieving goals     Unexpected weight loss on a “no diet diet”    Realising that i do have control over my diet and weight for the first time in 20 years. Very freeing
MO Improving my flexibility and getting into the habit of exercise.  I had to take what felt like half the challenge off because of illness, so although my cardiovascular fitness didn’t really improve, I feel that I’ve now got the habit of exercise, which is more important in the long run (badum-tschhhh!).
KS Trying new things – I have tried foods and exercise for the first time, that I have been sure I wouldn’t like, and actually I really liked them!  I am more confident in myself.
CE Feeling more confident in my abilities  Much better Body shape – and lots of compliments
PW 1. Deadlifting 75kg  2. Squatting 60kg
LH Major swimming improvements via learning to breathe on both sides and tumble turns
DW running 10km with no stopping in 72 mins. When i started i could barely run a km  55 press ups in a row
MH sleep pattern and confidence
AC Increased regular exercise and reduced sugar
KB Running injury free  Going from no push-ups to 40 full
BS Running 5kms  Fitting back into old jeans and weRing shorts for the first time in 2 years
SA Just having a betting schedule
LM Got over my fear of swimming in public.   Completed tri july
AL improvemnet in overall fitness when winter is usually a time for doing t=nothing   improvement in mental health
NN Creating a sustainable exercise routine I enjoy and fits in with my lifestyle  Creating a menu plan full of antioxidants which I and my family enjoy
AP 1. Losing weight. 2. Feeling 100% better about my appearance.
PS Started running and stronger relationship
HG Changing family lifestyle   Making food changes
JC More energy, increased desire to exercise
ED Increased Cardio work and reducing my internal fats.
CG Definitely finishing with less pain and not requiring crutches for walking  A sense that I am as calm and balanced on the inside as I show on the outside
KB – Getting out of my maternity clothes! (was still wearing them 8.5/9 months after having my little one!)  – Swimming 60 laps non-stop, after not being in the pool for about 12 years. My goal was to swim 40 laps – four sets of 10. I worked up to that in the first couple of months and just kept going!
FS My mental health/stress levels- I feel more motivated and positive about life and my self esteem has improved heaps.    Cardio levels- I have loved seeing how much fitter and stronger I am- Now training for a half marathon!
AM Improved lower body strength & mountain biking confidence & speed.    Cleaner eating
LP I learnt I had to alter my goals, due to injury. This has shown me I can try and achieve at new goals and that injury doesn’t have to stop you.     I always find one of the most rewarding parts of the 20 Week Challenge, is working alongside other people who are working hard towards their goals. I just love being part of their journeys and seeing them smile with success!!
AJ 1. Huge change to my diet and how I think about eating. I used to be so lazy but I really see the benefits now of taking the time to prepare good healthy food. 2. Fitness and strength have improved massively. I can run almost 10km with relative ease.
PC 1. Breaking the cycle of dieting and creating healthy eating and nutrition habits for life, banning the scales for 5 weeks was the challenging finale for this goal! 2. Maintaining my cardio and abs activities from the last challenge even though this year has been busier and more stressful, enjoying exercise while on holiday was a real turning point.
JH Getting strong and increasing my muscle mass.
SS Learning to listen to my body and having my boyfriend join me at a session with my PT.
HI Eating less sugar  Running 5k easy  Excersise 4 times a week
SB Getting back into my favourite jeans and looking good in them!  Dropping a bra cup size!
HM My strength has increased more than I could have imagined!   Fitness levels have and are continuing to increase.
JD Improved cardio & cms lost from waist
AB Strength and getting my bounce back
ML Finishing what I started.  Trusting the process & actually enjoying it.
LF Convincing myself that small regular changes really do add up to a significant whole.    Reaching the point where the good stuff is a habit so that I  don’t give up by cheating myself.    Learning how to manage the injury I acquired during the challenge, so that I still achieved my biggest goal.
DC Recovering fully from a knee injury and becoming happy in my skin
CC No jet lag when flying home from Europe  Getting on top of knee pain and getting treatment for it
BD To have run three half marathons and improved my times each one.  To have been part of the 20 week challenge alongside many friends and people in my local community
KF 1) Cardio fitness – Going from being hardly able to walk up the hill at the back of our property to running the entire Kaikoura half marathon.   2) Feeling energetic, healthy and strong every day, makes running around 3 small children an easy task!
AV I rode my bike outdoors despite being almost phobic about riding!    I swam 1.5km in one go when my goal that day was 300-400m
ML To do something exercise wise every week.   To have gotten smaller
LW The sprint to the finish and the challenge at adrenaline forest
DL I am now more aware of how much your diet can influence your health and fitness levels.  It is not just enough to exercise, you also need to be conscious of your diet as well.
EA Stopping antidepressants  Being able to easily fit an airplane seat belt
PP Trying new forms of exercise & stepping out of my comfort zone
JA body shape  weight loss
JH Getting started with regular exercise again and healthier eating….    Running the Pupu Hydro in the time I specified along with completing my 20th Week Goal, a tramp with my son…
KM The 20  Week Challenge is one of the best things I have ever done.  A great length of time and you definitely get out of it what you put in.  With being focused on working on my lifestyle, it has enabled me to fit so much more into my day.  Which in turn has given me the opportunity to tackle my 40 adventure /rich experiences I set myself.    The beauty of this Challenge is you find out so much about yourself.  These are a few of the following things I found about me;  • Cardio at the gym is part of my routine now, it doesn’t feel like a chore  • I absolutely love my Vision board.  I see it daily as it is in my wardrobe.  I love all the quotes, but the one that has kept me going is “If you are tried of starting over, stop giving up”  • Learning to adapt with your exercise.  If my Plan A (exercising in the morning) doesn’t work out, do Plan B (walking at lunchtime in your break), and if that doesn’t work out Plan C (gym  or yoga after work).  Having these contingencies in place also ensures you do something as I am prepared, but also you are kind on yourself if your plans don’t work out…you fall back on the next plan in place.  Worst case scenario…all three plans don’t eventuate for some reason, a rest day is also good for the body.
TH Completing the whole challenge and not giving up, seeing the results with the hard work I’ve put in AND feeling the best I have physically and emotionally for the first time in 20 years!!!! Feeling on top of the world with my confidence  Energy levels
BD I have made a huge and lasting change in my eating habits and lost I have lost 10kgs!
LS Getting my blood pressure down to 130/70  Just feeling great with lots more energy
SM Completing a half marathon and running more than half.  Skipping 500 skips in my final testing.
KM – My overall fitness.  – stronger  – all over lost of weight
TR Changing my lifestyle habits such as over-consuming alcohol and eating lot’s of pies!  Improving my moods and energy levels through healthier food and lifestyle choices.
LW 1) getting back into the pool (not a place I had been since Sept 10 earthquakes!) and improved from 3 lengths and having to stop to 70 lengths non stop!  2) actually loosing weight!  I didn’t think I would loose more than a kilo or 2 and give up, but I actually lost 10.
EH Doing the Clyde to Alexandra 10km run in 1hr 10.41mins and completing the 20 wk challenge
TW Improved health ie blood sugars and blood pressure. Improved cardiovascular fitness ie can now run 1km without stopping, never ran before this challenge. Both these combined make me feel much better about myself.
RW Strengthened my upper back so don’t have pain when working at a desk
AB Regular daily exercise, strength, better eating
MO The 20 week challenge has allowed me to realise that with a little bit of effort and some small changes I can lose some of that weight, that nothing is impossible.  The enjoyment of working out with a great group of women and the great feeling when you leave the session that you have left it all there.
JB Skiing….I was petrified of going skiing…. big fear over come    Maintaining focus and perservering with goals during trying times….all part of life
TB I have only had one trip to A and E due to my pain/nausea been out of control  I didnt need to be admitted to hospital during this challange
WW Getting told by School mums they were jealous of me and my weight loss as I was looking fab!!    Feeling Healthier
NM I remained in the challenge even when life got tough!    Yoga – my flexibility has increased
MK Creating a healthy achievable lifestyle and becoming a much more confident me!  Enjoying exercise and I now actually love having it as part of my weekly routine!  I swam 40 lengths of a pool (25m) Had never in my entire life (that I recall) ever swam more than two – whoo hoo!!
KA completing activities haven’t done before e.g. hill walking, off road biking  feeling fitter
C Stopping the medication and extending my lifespan. Can also now walk and run 4.2ks in the street
CC Keep going even though injured  Balance greatly improved, haven’t fallen over this year
SM Running over half of a half marathon and skipping 500 skips within 4 minutes
KD Realizing that its not about the weight its about feeling better.    Losing 27cm in total.
TB Changing my lifestyle and dropped 2dress sizes
MJ Being able to maintain regular fitness sessions at least 3 times a week.  The great friendships that have been formed as part of the regular group sessions.
LG Doubling a lot of the weights I lifted in my final strength assessment.  Sticking with the weekly sessions with my trainer.
AS Massive increase in strength  More energy and vitality, open to doing more things
JU My best achievements in the 20 weeks has been able to drop my body fat this has been my main goal in the the challenge and I was able to drop it by 11.2 % , I also wanted to gain muscle mass as I  am trying to get good muscle tone and I think that I have achieved both of these things
CH 50 press ups!   Feeling my strength and fitness improve
SD Being my self again
LK My husband (who also did the 20 weeks) and I changed our eating habits during 20 weeks and have continued with these good habits after the challenge.     We have recently been on a short holiday and previously we would not have made exercise a priority on our holiday but while we were away we did beach and bush walks and will continue to include exercise in our lives
KM Can now run 10km  Hold a plank for 2mins
KF Walked a half marathon and stuck to the programme!!! Something I have never been able to achieve before.
SB winning 10k run for 2nd year  being involved in the 20wk challaneg and compleating it
SS Run/walk a 10km distance in 1:19:25    Lifting weights
AJ Managing to do push ups with correct form and all the way down (as far as my boobs let me) before pushing back up.  My starting push-ups whilst a lot of them, were pretty rubbish.  I also continued to exercise daily whilst on holiday in the UK at the end of August and also joined and completed a Map My Fitness challenge during that time to do something on a daily basis to beat ‘average’.
TR Improving my eating and drinking habits and increasing my energy levels and mood.    Improving my body shape even though I couldn’t exercise for more than half of the challenge because of a snapped Achilles!
EC Actually completing the challenge right to the end,  attending the gym/PTs all weeks possible
KW Dropped 4 dress sizes and gained the confidence to follow my dreams in farming.
VS To learn more about food.  And to have lost some weight and measurements.
NA 1. Being able to fit all of my pre-pregnancy clothes again!!! Including my favorite pair of jeans.      2. Remaining committed to what I said I was going to, by consistently working out and eating healthy – I have reaped the rewards with increased strength and fitness and confidence in myself.  I am a lot happier now than when I started the 20 weeks.
CG Reaching my 60th birthday with the fitness level of a 50 year old. Its only 10 years but it was hard work and I felt heaps better.  My other achievement was reducing my stress levels, a serious problem for myself. Learning techniques to help with this and also improving my diet as part of it.
Lisa Press Maintaining my weight during a 7 week trip around Europe, during the challenge! This is a ‘biggie’ and I am so proud of myself!!  Completing 4 Half Marathons during this challenge
Rebbecca Reij A) A holistic and meaningful change that is B) continuing and is not limited to just the 20 weeks
Cathryn McEwan Biking 30 k’s during the Tri July challenge did not believe I could do that plus finishing the whole tri-july challenge    Getting some control over my emotional mood swings that see me racing for the chocolate or biscuit tin
Rebecca Mccoy Overall body shape change and loss of body fat
Rebecca Smith Losing 14kg and learning to swim… Only 2!! I have so much more to write!
Leea Hirst 1. Being able to make the “challenge” a normal part of my life, rather than just being a 20 week phase that might pass, I really feel like this is the way it should be.   2. My Best Friend following in my footsteps and signing up with a Personal Trainer and Her first Bootcamp in Auckland.
Aaron Clark Abdominal strength & flexibility
Brogan Ramsay My two best achievement in the last 20 weeks are achieving my new years resolution of being able to manage a chin up hold for 1min (I lasted longer!!) and improving my overall strength. My other best achievement was running my fastest 10K’s ever (58mins!!)
Jo Hamilton weight loss of 17kg and ability to run 10km
elizabeth gordon Listening to my body and taking the rest i need..i felt like i needed too over exert myself to get results and it was a hard habit to boot to actually stop and listen to my own body and put my pride aside..    the change of shape in my core! having back pain and two c sections after my kids my core is the hardest part to loose fat but given the circumstances of less training because i run myself down and got sick i was suprised of my results and before and after photo
Kristina Wilkinson Reaching my milestone of 30KG total weight loss.  This has been a barrier for me before the 20 weeks started and I got over this hurdle due to my discipline during the last 20weeks :)  I achieved all of my 5 weekly goals along with my 20 week goals!
Dallas Baird 1. My whole physical being has changed to a new improved model. I’m faster, stronger, fitter, leaner,healthier.  2.I wasn’t expecting anything like this but my personality has changed from being an  introverted, stand in the background sort of person to a person who can participate in a group and take charge and press that enter button on Facebook and put myself out there!!!
Amy Lake A change in mindset about my worth and perspective on my life  Ability to push myself through my fear and uncomfortableness and trust and believe in my physical strength and ability
Kareti Rawiri Learning and adopting a better food and eating habit has been my number one best achievement. I used to eat HUGE portions of food and I NEVER said no to lollies and junk but during this challenge I took responsibility for my own eating habits. I made my lunch everyday before I left home, I stopped over-eating at dinner time, and I learnt to say no. I still have the odd treat but what is life if you can’t enjoy a treat!  My 2nd best achievement over the last 20 weeks was all the weight I lost. I have been wanting to drop the weight for years and now that I am engaged it is even more important to me to look my best. I also want to get my belly button pierced but I told myself not until I’d lost the excess fat and I am almost there! It has been so cool to have so many people recognize all the effort I have put in and telling me how good I look, it has made me feel really good about myself :)
Shelley Cornish Competed in a 10km race at week 5 in 1 hour and 20 mins  Running 5km on the treadmill with out stopping!
Debbie Horne Getting adequate sleep – what a difference   Increased health & fitness
Arch Youngman Participated in the Ashburton Duathlon as a cyclist in a team with my wife for all 4 races. Have begun to develop a six pack!!
Mark Gayford Appreciation of the beauty of the outdoors.  Trying out new sports I had never tried before
Diane deWit It was for me to get my shoulder back to a 100%.  near the end of the challenge I just started to come right with myself.
Steven Asher Dry July and less takeaways
Madison Harris How much more confidence I have gained in myself
Cheryl Dunick Two? Only two? Now that is hard! This challenge has been great in so many ways – have lost weight and more importantly centimeters! Lots of those! AND I did it with real food! Cutting out the sugar (you know that OMG I am hungry moment when you are trying to organise tea…gone!) and eating more of the good stuff has made a huge difference but the June July and August individual and team challenges really cemented the challenge for me…loved being part of a team and the support it gave everyone and LOVED the try new foods and new challenges! July got me into the pool and realising how strong I was getting and in August I found a love of the hills walking them nearly everyday. I find myself obsessing about being organised for food and exercise…all else is secondary (sorry boss). I have more energy for the stuff I want to do with my family and find myself wanting active family time and most of all – I am not stressing about the small stuff…Wendy and the team have been great support and the number of laughs and friendships built from this will continue I am sure – I am yet to stop this challenge – final testing done but re testing before the awards night and setting goals for the future – sorry – could not stop at two! Great fun, great achievements by so many and so much support for everyone – lifestyle on track…
Evelyn Burrows Achieving my ultra cardio event without injury and becoming stronger in my overall body condition.
Bianca Sullivan Getting strong enough to overcome old injuries (shoulder and knee now pain free!), losing 10 kg.
Rachel Leech Changeing mine and my childrens eating habits. Now healthy tasty food and snacks are normal and sugary snacks are cut out.  Improving my overall strength. Means i can run faster and longer without feeling like my lungs are going to explode.  Losing weight was never really a goal but feeling good in my skin was, and i have acheived that.
phillip wise Im healthy enough, little secret my beautiful party also in the challenge rebecca jelly is now pregnant.  Woop woop
Tessa Barnes Climbing Mt Thomas- a 6hour trip!!!!  Bring able to run 5kms!
Hope Woodthorpe One of my two best achievements has been changing the daily norms for our family from buying takeaways frequently, spending a lot of time in front of a screen and having the whole family up late no matter what day of the week it is, to cooking our main meals, playing sports, having no electronics during the week and having set bed times.   The other would be changing my thinking about my self and my body and being kind to myself :)
Kendra Street Competing in my first skating competition in 7 years.  Lowering my diabetes blood tests to NORMAL levels but completely changing my diet and eating habits
Amanda (mandy) Gardiner My stamina with comes from the confidence in believing that i can do things..Also found out that i am a bit competitive.i.e. if someone does a wall squat for 2 minute i try to go longer.
Julie Smith maintaining from the last 20 week challenge as well as losing 8 more kg this 20 week challenge and becoming fitter
Michael Smith Got fitter.  Maintained and improved body shape
Stephanie Cullen Believing that I am awesome.    Acknowledging and letting go of old beliefs and behaviours.
Fiona Dixon Learning that the road to one’s destination does not always run smoothly and that the important thing is to move forward and not let the bumps and pitfalls get you down.  I am a stronger person both physically (yay can bench press 40kg) and mentally for having undertaken the 20 week challenge and now look to moving forward and achieving new goals (an revisiting those that were not achieved)
Julia Home mentally i feel strong enough to achieve my goals and maintain a level of exercise/nutrition that is good
Mistelle Jack Along side my strength training came determination, confidence and mental strength  The changes I made in 20 weeks are part of my lifestyle now because of the duration of focus, rather than a fad or phase
Rachel Wilson Reconnecting with my body and enjoying exercise
Genevieve Galletly To manage and achieve study and fitness goals together.  Bring family closer together.
matthew Hides just getting started with doing some running again.and being part of team budgie.And seeing Amy and what she has done she is the star of team budgie.
Vivien Cowey Surviving winter with out gaining weight or turning into miss blobby  Being at a point that I can self exercise and enjoy it with out being accountable to my PT
Tracy Huband I managed to a a full push up, and fit into a ski jacket that has never fitted me.  I’ve also managed to ski a full day with no burning thighs and no uncomfortable muscle soreness, it made it so much more enjoyable.
Nikki Edge Running two half marathons (one of them at 10km/hr) which was faster than any of my training runs :)  Being able to fall asleep quickly once in bed
Lilly Down While the 20 Week Challenge has been a real internal process for me. My mental strength and connection, understanding and appreciating my body has improved dramatically.
caleb woodthorpe I did every climb at clip n climb like I wanted to and I got fitter
Melanie Cropp Completing my 1st half marathon and rehabilitation of my frozen shoulder.
Rob Woodthorpe Seeing my son do it  Learning to slow down and take life in
simone Burford My main goal was to run 5km but I ended up running just over 6km and uphill! The best part though was actually enjoying it!
Natalie Marriott Remaining on programme even when it got tough and cold and dark!  My strength
joy coughlan increased flexibility, feel fitter faster stronger.
Tania Fleck Carrying on with exercise despite challenges in my way  Drinking plenty of water
Anita Adlam Making new friends  Achieving my goals
anita adlam Meeting new friends  Getting fitter and healthier
Lou McLeod Ran half marathon, maintained fitness
Amy Billingsley 100 press ups  Pushing myself to keep going when I was at my lowest
Kerrie de Haan Not sure how to put it to 2, but from eating better and doing more excercise, I am now driving into town which I used to have a big fear of! and I am now with St John training with them to become a First Responder to Paramedic which is my Dream! :)
Rebecca Richards Lifestyle balance, and realising that exercise is just as important for my mental and emotional health as it is for my physical health.
Rebecca Chatwin Understanding of my body    Understanding that I can still achieve even with two injuries
Sarah Taylor 2 half marathons
Kerri Orchard Meeting new people  Being more aware of what I’m eating
Danielle Hennessy Fitness and building muscle
Sharon Hewitt Toning and healthier lifestyle
Paul Dawson trying zumba and getting started with exercise again
Liz O’Dea Increasing my cardiovascular strength in running and biking     Increasing my endurance in multi sports and being able to exercise for up to 6 hours.  I have just completed the 6 hours Spring challenge and was very happy with my fitness level and placing in the race.  This proves my hard work throughout the 20 weks, great opportunity to increase your fitness.
Nicki Hamburger Keeping mentally focused to continue after the flu, and my eating has improved heaps
katherine walker improving my general fitness and feeling good about myself again
Shireen Spaull Maintaining my weight despite several hiccups during the 20 week challenge. My second achievement was involving my kids (and trying to involve my hubby!)
Elly McGuinness Being able to do 40 full push ups and 6 full chin ups (for a hang – none of that swinging stuff!!).  At the start of the challenge I did 10 push ups and half a chin up.  My strength is now better than it has been for 20 years, since I was 13 years old!  And I have been a health and fitness trainer for many years but still wasn’t as strong as this during those years – this has been my chance to focus on my own fitness.    The other main achievement has been getting out there and exercising 6-7 days per week even though I consistently have very few hours of sleep at night.  I have been proud of myself for being able to be flexible and go for a stroll or do a stretching session when my energy levels are too low for something more energetic
Jason Harris Realising I can actually improve my cardivasiular finess dispit my bad knees and and realising I will live without certain foods.
Tanya Robinson Being able to do pull ups!!    Gaining noticeable biceps, triceps and back muscle!
susan blackburn Now able to do sit ups  Swimming 3.5ks
Aaron Clark Abdominal strength & flexibility
Jacqueline Roberts Increased my running distance from 5km to 8.5km and increased the weight i can lift from 45kg to 60kg.
Kirsten Chapman Competing in first half marathon walk   Improving fitness
peter warren Running a Marathon in my dream time of 3,30  Learning how to deal with injury and train smarter
Angel Pincott There are so many things I have gained/improved on, but the two main things are: I can do 20 continuous and unassisted pull ups  and I can do 35 continuous full  press ups. I have exceeded my expectations tenfold.
Caroline Fellows Feeling fitter and healthier, fitting my clothes better and dropping a size.
Natasha Stipich Eating habits  Staying committed
Raymond Lum going to the gym to feeling better about my body
Nicole Vivian Awesome speed improvements in my running – new PBs in half marathon, 10km, 5km, 1km  Physically feel stronger, fitter and faster
Sheree King Overcoming low self esteem and confidence issues gained from childhood.   Going down clothes sizes and feeling more healthy fit and toned than  I have done in many years
Rachel Palmer Increasing running speed eventually after overcoming running issues.  Completing close to 12,000 lower body reps in 20 weeks.
Gemma King Completing 20,000 steps in 20 weeks and the complements I’ve been getting from my family, friends and workmates – noticing my weight loss.
Natasha (Tash) Parkinson I ran my very first half marathon  Lost over 10% of my body weight during the challenge (reached my goal of losing 10kg since start of year)
Angela Leigh 1. On the last day of the challenge I took part in the Pumped 10km/half marathon. Despite only ever running 10km twice before (both during the challenge)  I decided to complete the half. I had to walk from about 17 km but completed it with a run to the end in a time of 2:39. Pretty happy about that!    2. Making my husband proud of me for actually getting out there and exercising. :)
Fiona Murray Running 10km non-stop  Losing over 20kg
Rachel Stead I can now run. One week 1 I hadn’t even attempted running a 1km on week 20 I ran 7 km    I now have doubled the leg strength in my left leg with full extension and flexion
Rebecca Brittenden This challenge I lost most of weight in the first five weeks and I then maintained that loss for the balance of the challenge – I was really happy with this because in the past I’ve always lost the weight and then its always crept back on.  The other achievement I’m really proud of is completing three half marathons over the course of the 20 week challenge and running faster each time.
Fiona bond Getting lighter then my husband, and looking the best I’ve looked in my adult life
Sarah Parker Weight loss  Cardio improvements through running
Lorna Sutherland Dropping to a comfortable size 8  Really seeing a great improvement in fitness now work out with people who i view as being super fit – which makes me super fit
Julia Liddell Weight Loss and a Entering in a Half Marathon.
Jo Mckay 1) Still exercising and managing to lose weight through winter  2) Running my first ever 10km race and winning the female vets (over 40) category by 10 mins over next closest finisher
Kathleen Perrin Finally realizing the hard work that I have done for 20 WEEKS doesn’t need to be undone. IT CAN BE LIFESTYLE CHIOCE. I haven’t weighed 64 kgs in over 20 years
Lee Tooala The desire and determination to see this to the end and achieve my goals. Secondly, the 20 week challenge has helped me to make a lifestyle change for the better.
philip arthur increased flexibility  increased energy levels – better breathing patterns when exercising
Penny Arthur I used to see goals as a way of measuring my failures rather than my successes.  Now I’ve learnt to not be disappointed about not reaching a goal but to be positive about the journey.  That is my best achievement from the challenge.  Second best is accepting who I am and where I am in life, there are things I can’t do, and I don’t care because there are heaps of things that I can do that other people can’t.
Peter Michie Being able to meet goals despite developing Carpol Tunnel Syndrome, continued weight control, and lowered Colesterol levels
Melanie Macfarlane Weight loss of 13 kg  Learnt about different exercises I can do at home to fit in my busy lifestyle
Jane Harris Increasing my overall fitness running 5.87km’s in 60 minutes.  Making lifestyle changes forever with nutrition.  Having a wonderful time with my son Jamie
Lisa Gray Significantly changing my eating and lifestyle habits & smashing the gym 5 days a week therefore seeing the appropriate resutls :)  Dropping my measurements & body fat throughout the challenge and enjoying seeing my body literally change before my eyes as the weeks progressed !
Tracey Mills Completing my third 20 week challenge an achieving all the goals I set for myself an being confident I’m myself again an believing in myself am knowing I can do it
Lee Hazlett 1) Getting under my goal weight by the 20 week mark.  2) Actually completing it – and enjoying it!
Shea Langford Losing 7 kg  Huge improvement in confidence!
Wendy Clarke I can do a pull-up!! Have never been able to before. Didn’t think I would ever be able to! Also, I’m very happy with the visible impact of the decreased body fat level, I love not having to disguise a muffin top :-)
Angela Beard Climbing the Ned and competing in a  3 hour cross country Rogaine
Leanne Sangster Finally enjoying running  Learning to take time for myself
Rebecca Empson Going from only being able to do 1 full body push up to 25     Seeing the physical change in my body
Beth Sharpe Running. I am now a runner. Previous to the 20 weeks, I had had several bouts of going for runs. But for 20 weeks now running has become part of my weekly routine. There were several weeks where for one reason or another, I wasn’t able to do my two regular runs. But knowing that they are just a part of life now I was able to pick up running again at the earliest possible stage. I read somewhere that unlike most sports there aren’t any extra requirements to being a runner. If you run, you are a runner. I am a runner.    The second biggest achievement would be recording my food for several consecutive months and maintaining healthy nutrient dense meal planning for that time aswell.
Brendon Edge Getting my running distances out to levels I’ve never done before, and getting an addiction to running. I can now blast out a couple of 12km+ runs a week and feel good. I used to get to 30-40 minutes of running and get injured or have pain that put me off. But Rick got my running technique going well, and had me build up slowly and effectively to help me achieve the distances I wanted to get to, and stay injury free.     The other big achievement was increasing my pace to 5 minutes/km for 10-12km runs, in readiness for the Peak to Pub on Oct 1. I’ve now done a few 12km runs on or near that pace, and as part of my assessment I completed a 4km run at 4:30 pace which is a big improvement from when I started (where I couldn’t keep up with my kids – now they won’t run with me as I go too fast).
Christine Stevens Running 10km without stopping in 58 minutes when I could hardly run 1km at the start of the challenge.  Being able to do exercises with my baby – I was struggling to hold him without getting back pain at the start of the challenge.
Deena Boyd To complete the 20 weeks even after high stress levels with Otago University papers and the recent death of my step father.  To look at how amazing I look now, which has increased the confidence I have in myself now.
Rachel Leech Getting back down to less that 21% body fat (my main goal)  Getting into volunteer work and discovering that helping someone, even if no body knows that you have, can give you a boost.
Brogan Ramsay 1. Running 100 km for charity and raising over $3000 in doing this. This is ultimately one of the most challenging things I have ever done but also one of the best things I have ever done. I did this because I wanted to try my hand at an ultra distance but also for a cause I feel strongly for. I’ve always wanted to raise money for charity in a big way and this was a bucket list goal I could tick off. I’m very fortunate to have the body that I do that I could attempt to do something like this and so thankful to have the support system and trainer in my life that I do.    2. Getting to have my family join me in my crazy fitness journey! My Mum ran two half marathons with me this challenge, these were her 2nd and 3rd. She completed her first last year after being inspired by my running and that to me is just amazing, how infectious is this exercise thing?! Both my sisters and my sisters boyfriend joined my Mum and I for Saint Clair and did their first half marathons, which honestly is such a proud moment to experience seeing both of them cross the finish line. Both of them have been planning to run one with me since watching me complete them the last couple of years. It was a cool family thing to tick off!! We even got family friends involved and running their first half marathons there too!   My Mum, sister and Step-David joined me for my 100 km  charity run and that was huge too, each of them will have done about 20 km or more with me. My step-David suffers from a back injury which has stopped him from running for years now but he actually joined me and jog-walked with me for 10-20 km of my 100!   Actually thinking about it now, this challenge I’ve been able to share so much with my family, I’ve had them join me for runs, or doing their own epic training, we’ve been to family yoga classes together. It’s been awesome.
Katie Parish Reducing alcohol consumption and gaining energy
Stephanie Pole The reduction in fat mass/weight has been one of the best achievements for me. 10.2kg weight – 9kg fat mass and 1 kg fluid.    Completing my fitness test 12 minutes faster with all increased weights and faster cardio.
Virginia Kidd Finishing the 20 weeks still feeling motivated to keep going to the rest of my life
Chris Clemett Running 10k without stopping and getting my cholesterole level down to a safe level
Sarah watts I achieved a half marathon 😀 and not once did I fall off the wagon I got up at 5am and went to the gym or for a run. I achieved going from 35% body fat to 21.1 % body fat and toned up my body
Diane Park Meeting new people and doing many things I hadn’t done for years and wouldn’t have done if I wasn’t doing the challenge
Sue Hill Strength and body fat, but body fat because it was going to help reduce my cholesterol and strength not just physically but mentally.
Jo Ridgway Doing 50 push ups, proper ones  3 chin ups
Parvati Rotherham Gaining more energy and starting to have a defined waist
Rebecca Ryan 1. I have faced my ongoing challenges with depression by both seeing my doctor about my stress levels and taking medication (for the first time in around 10 years) and also by opening up to my friends and family about what I am going through. Talking to the ladies in my personal training group has really helped me to feel ok about sharing my struggles and to realise that I do not have to be alone or ashamed in facing depression.  2. Buying my wedding dress- there wasn’t even a wedding pre 20 week challenge. My partner saw how focused and happy I was with the physical results I have been getting and suggested we get married on our holiday in November. I purchased a dress in a size that I would never have imagined fitting into and I feel AMAZING wearing it!
Kaye Burling Starting a new exercise routine that’s fun and sustainable  Completing Tri July and rediscovering how great it feels to achieve goals
Glynn Rogers The best acheivements for me having been believing that I could  and then actually running.After multiple times giving up smoking I know I will never smoke again. It was  a pretty major journey for me learning to breathe properly again. I will never do that again to my lungs, myself or my family.
Christine Bailey I can run 10 KM without stopping and I am exercising regularly as well as making my lunches each day
Kate Heyns I have decreased my coffee intake of 6-8 cups per day, down to only 2 cups daily    Making ‘me time’ a priority without the guilt factor
Richard Love Being able to enjoy my trip to Sydney, not worrying about getting tired from exploring the city, and being able to fit more comfortably into the airplane seat.
Michelle Pike More time spent exercising with my children, having fun outdoors and encouraging them to exercise  Stronger body
Kirsty White 1. Running my first Half Marathon!!!   2. Loosing 4.8% of my body fat!!!
Amy Steiner-Simpson Finishing the challenge on minimal sleep with a baby, committing to 2 X sessions per week
Glenda Albon My strength, balance, flexibility and physical abilities  My mental approach to health and wellness.
Josh De Thier The 20 week challenge marked me starting at the gym so it’s also a journey of my first 20 weeks actively getting to a healthier me my best two achievements is that I have better understanding now of what I’m able to do and that I feel comfortable in the gym
Jenny Harris Committing to the challenge and sticking with my running and weight programme no matter what happened – this enabled me to cope with what life threw at me.    Learning to like myself and gain more confidence to try new things and experiences.
Rebecca Brittenden The first would be completing my BHAG which was running the Rotorua Marathon.  Techainlly, this was before the 20 Week Challenge started but I’m counting it because it was a goal I set myself at the end of the 20 week challenge last year and I’m so proud of myself to doing it.  The second would be getting my body fat percentage and visceral fat levels out of the danger zone and into the healthy range.
David Sutherland Challenged myself to go beyond my boundaries, or where I would otherwise not have experienced. For example, skydiving, SkyTower jump, adventures in AdrenalineForest, Christchurch, quadbiking off road.  Restarted biking, initially with off-road bike, but added to that, mid course, a carbon framed road bike. Largest ride 40kms, but regularly 20 – 30 km road trips, and 12km off-road,   Recent team, “Davies Angels” trip around McLeans Island track, where I was asked to lead, so I thought that with these athletes behind me I will need to set a good pace, while still allowing the tail enders to keep in contact. At the end I was teased about being too quick.  Great confidence booster, and really good fun.  There have been others of course, but the mateship at times like above are what warms me.
Jane Dalzell 1. Putting exercise into my daily routine.  2. Proving to myself that I can ‘do it’
Amy Gardiner A change of attitude!    Completing my very first half marathon!
Maria Swensson To loose weight, I have lost 7kg.  And to fit better into my wedding dress, I got it altered down from about a 16 to a 10.
Kellie Oliver-Morrish Personal best plank time of 10 minutes.  Loss not only of weight but 99cm off my body and body fat down to 13% all meaning enough body confidence to wear a bikini! 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
Tua Hollebon Rinning my first race in public and losing 64.5cm off my body
Briar Dann Getting stuck into exercising at home and in our home gym (which was otherwise gathering dust).  Taking on challenges and doing my absolute best with a smile on my face :)
Cheryl Elsey balance in my life – I have high stress levels so wanted to balance out my work/home life which I feel that I achieved over the 20 weeks    commitment to exercising at least 3 times a week = consistency
Mandy Gardiner To keep exercising over winter.  To try some new things activities.
Aaron Clark Muscle Mass increase & definition, Huge increase in strength and power
Amanda Collins Sticking with the challenge even though I found out I was pregnant and making lots of great new and motivating friends.
Angie Partridge Learning to love myself and my body without putting crazy ideals in place!  Getting myself back on the bike (literally)
Anna Greenslade Losing 12cm around my waist.  Getting fit and active.
Anna Sanford – I have become much more consistent with nourishing my body with good nutrition. As a result of this my energy levels improved hugely and I feel much better about myself.    – My physical testing results were awesome. I felt really proud to see the improvements in my results!
Anne Clark Been a regular exerciser 5 days a week Have improved strength.
Bill Fowlie 1. Managing Angina whilst not decreasing exercises  2. Increasing pressups from 10 to 30
Cathie Hurdle 1. When starting this challenge I had only just become a mum. My life had changed in so many ways and so did the way I had to exercise. One of my biggest achievements has been learning new ways to exercise that fit into my new lifestyle. I’ve learnt to do home workouts, I’ve learnt to run with the pram and I have a few different mummy walking groups that I’ve started up! 20 weeks on and we are loving our new lifestyle!  2. My other best achievement had to be my final testing. I could do a 43sec prone hold and now I can do 3.30! I could do 30sec side prone and can do do 3mins! I could do 6 leg lowers and can now do 110!! Amazing
Charmaine Shaw Nutrition – being aware of what im putting in my mouth! Consciously chewing food down into smaller bits rather than swallowing food after two or three chomps!!    Seeing changes – on a physical level i have seen changes in my fitness and also in my bodies appearance (shape and definition)
Cheryl Dunick Making 20 000m in altitude for my adventure part of the challenge – and knowing that Mt Everest is about 8000m high – the determination I had to finish this and share with my family and friends was huge for me – it would have been so easy on rainy days to just stay indoors and say oh well…but I didn’t! And seeing how much stronger I have become with upper body strength – never thought I would ever see an improvement – but again, determination and a whole lot of encouragement got me to see great improvements.
Chris Matheson Performing in a burlesque show. I also set myself a challenge at the beginning and that was to do 2000 flights of stairs and 1.5mil steps. I succeeded in completing this by actually doing 1,616,481 steps and 2,445 flights of stairs.
David Race Learning to understand and manage my injury’s and arthritis to accept the limitations they put on my training and not to see these limitations as failure but as challenges to overcom…
David Race Managing and understanding my arthritis condition and adapting my fitness training to suit.     Making a big step forward in returning back to normal training.
Diana Mikkelsen Increase of strength & reduced medication for pain.
Eric Dann Breaking my goal of pushups in 30 seconds. Regular weekly exercise.
Fiona Hirst fat loss and fitness level
Gary Marshall Staying committed to a high level of training while having an enormous amount of work/life stuff going on.     Hitting the goals I did while suffering some injuries over this time.    Completing the June 4×4 and Tri July
Graeme Albon Increased strength and endurance
Heather Butcher 1. Being able to do a bridge and get my head off the ground  2. Increasing my fitness even though I have decreased my running
James Tait Being able to do an un-added pull up  Just feeling better about my self
Jessica Bruning Can I have three?? lol  I committed to, and saw to the finish the 20 weeks,  And from that I now have belief that I can stick to other projects.  I am now a runner – not just to the fridge running but hours on end kind of running. 29.3kms even!!
Jessica Bruning That I finished something I started, (I always used to quit)  That I can run, not just to the fridge, but hours on end kind of running, 29.3kms in fact!! :)
Jessica Proudman Being at peace with myself, realising that I am amazing and can achieve great things when I put my mind to it.  This achievement has only recently happened, what this space amazing things are about to occur.     Just because the number on the scales have not changed and my physical appearance has not either doesn’t mean that my fitness levels have not increased.  This I find is my biggest battle, if I don’t see results on the scales then I don’t think I have achieved great fitness and strength.  I was proven wrong by the end of the challenge.  The start of this challenge I sabotaged myself with this theory but am happy to say I have kicked it out of my life!
Jillian Christoff I can hang (the hang test) for much longer!  (It was 0 when I was a teenager!!!)    And, I’m still exercising!  I have been accountable to the challenge and my trainer, even though I didn’t necessarily want to be at times! lol.    Also, I almost enjoyed the wall sit test!  I used to hate it, but running has given me stronger things, so now I can go to my “happy place” for longer until my legs “Jelly-out”.
Jo Ridgway Increasing my push ups from 17 to 50  Feeling good about myself and lots of energy
Justine McCall Losing a large amount of cm’s off my tummy and getting into a more regular fitness pattern through winter which is always hard
Karryn Stevens Biking to Hanmer  Running 21km!
Kate Tipple This is a hard question! :-)     Completing so many exciting and fun ‘Adventures’with my family and friends.     Feeling so much stronger in my body overall including my running.
Kerrie de Haan Over the past 20 Weeks 2 of my best Achievements would be Good Eating and being able to run on a treadmill
Lee Scott My Best achievements have been to get exercising every week and 2nd one is that I have wanted to.
Linda Williamson I was focused on ‘rock the recovery’ after finishing 6 months of chemo in December 2015 and radiation in January 2016.  I had put back on a lot of weight and lost a lot of general fitness and almost all of my cardio fitness.  Now my cardio fitness is much improved and my shape has changed hugely (much leaner shape, even tho not as much weight loss as I would have liked).
Linley Fowlie 1. Completing my first half marathon walk – St Clair Half marathon –   2 Being fit enough to climb the narrow winding steps to the top of the Normandy Keep, Cardiff with my grandchildren Jade (5) and Will (3), to celebrate my 65th birthday
Lisa Press Fundraising for Look Good Feel Better Cancer Charity organisation and doing tough challenges for this throughout the 20 weeks. They all helped me achieve my physical goals and improve in my upper and lower body achievements.    HIll running programme that helped me complete the amazing Epic half marathon. This has done wonders for my overall fitness and lower body strength.
Lorraine Campbell I have coordinated the Arthritis Appeal for the Palms.That meant ringing people to organize times for them for two days at the Palms.Making sure there were people doing what they said they would.Banking the money.I got very tired on the collection days but it was very satisfying.  I now exercise three times a week which helps my fitness and well being.
Lucia Hartley The motivation(and want) to get to the gym almost every day.  I can now do PROPER pushups on my toes.(doing the 22 pushup for 22 days).  Getting the confidence to create new and healthy meals and experimenting with so many more vegetables.
Melanie Cropp Finding exercise I love and look forward to participating in.    While trying new activities well outside my comfort zone I have grown in confidence and learnt more about myself including how to be more comfortable in my own skin.
Melanie Cropp Finding exercise I love & look forward to participating in.    Learning more about myself & becoming more confident & comfortable in my own skin while trying new activities /exercises well outside my comfort zone!
Melanie Kennard Strength
Natalie Marriott Hampster wheel  Team challenge
Natalie Marriott Balancing on balls  Completing team challenge
Natasha Tait completing the challenge again.  weight loss but muscle gain as well
Pauline Jackson Gained body strength  My appearance has improved and I feel so much better about myself.
Peter Warren I can easily touch my toes and my hands nearly meet behind my back from over my shoulders. Mustles recovered from years of abuse feeling like i can now get into  more without damage going forward.
Rach Dawson Running another half marathon  Staying committed to challenge despite a major injury approx half way through challenge
Rachael Bunting Continuous PT for 20 weeks and being out of exercise for two years.  Balance pose: legs on swiss ball and hands on BOSU.
Rebecca Richards Confidence to try new things  Mood and energy
Rebecca Empson Going from being able to only 1 full body push-up to doing 25 in testing    Seeing how much my body changed from start to finish
Richard Love Losing enough weight to enjoy my trip to Sydney, not worrying about getting tired from walking around the city and not having as much trouble with the airplane seat.
Richard Love Losing the amount of weight that I have has made a huge physical difference. Also having a lot more energy, like being able to go for a 30min walk and not get tired.
Riwai grace Feel grief free for the first time since the Earthquakes.  Mentally stronger and more capable to deal with bumps in the future
selina kemp I have gone from struggling to run a lamp post – to completing a 10km run non stop on the last day of the Challenge. (It wasn’t fast or pretty) but I did it.  I entered and completed a Duathlon – all by myself. This wasn’t even a dream goal as I never thought this would ever be possible. I still find it hard to believe – but I did it.
Stuart Oldham Setting a 5km PB (20:43)  Supporting Brogan and running 13km of her 100km run
Sue Hill Strength and reducing my body fat.  Body fat been the main issue due to having high cholesterol in the past and no longer requiring prescription pills. And strength to be stronger physically and mentally.
Tina Mongston Really happy with my increased strength, I feel as though I learnt a lot this year and have a much better understanding of what I’m doing whilst using weights in the gym.   Also great to see muscle development and feeling toned.   Definitely more aware of utilising my core more, it’s never really been a focus for me in the past but now appreciate how important it is to implement into my training regime.
AW
Running 20km and gaining the confidence to change not only the way I see myself but to also change aspects of my life.
JS Overall lifestyle change. I wasn’t focused on changing my lifestyle just feeling better about myself. Guess what it just happened naturally along my 20 week journey.  Both my partner and I now eat less and a lot healthier,  we drink less (limited to weekends) and we exercise together.    I can fit into clothes I put away for one day when they might fit again.  That was 10 years ago and they now fit. So exciting but I think it’s now time to throw them away and reward myself with a wee shop.
SP Weight loss  Cardiovascular fitness
IH To stick to the programme even when I had to deal with intens loss/grief.  To left weights and feel strong again eventhough my muscle pain never subsided. To be able to push through that pain barrier.
JM The biggest change for me has been having a nutritious lunch every (week) day.  In the past I would often skip lunch and then mow my way through the fridge and pantry, then not eat a proper dinner because of eating too much, too late in the day. I was also a recidivist BP and bakery lunch shopper – not too many healthy choices on offer in either place!  I am really proud of this change and it has had huge impact on my overall nutrition.   The other achievement for me is the gains I have made with my improvement in strength. Not only does this show in my physical appearance, but it has helped me psychologically with my running, in that I push myself much harder than I used to.
ET Learning to run and running 10km! Never thought I’d “be a runner” and I’m so proud I achieved that. I got a strain in a foot muscle half way through the challenge which stopped me running (but not all exercise – I just had to modify) for about a month so I’m really happy with my achievements with running.  Getting overall fitter and healthier. I’m doing all areas of life better – eating, working (stress), relationships (mood) and exercise etc. I’m feeling really positive and loving life as a result.
PC My flexibility has improved ‘dramatically’ in the words of my physio! This is thanks to daily stretching, weekly yoga and regular massage and physio sessions which were part of my 20 week goals. It feels great to look after my body properly, it works very hard! I have dramatically improved my cardio fitness, smashing my 1km, 5km and half marathon PBs – 3 major BHAGs! This had given me the confidence to attempt longer runs of up to 30km which has resulted in me signing up for my first marathon. I never thought this was possible but now I know I can do it ??    I am the lightest and fittest I have ever been! I have beaten my fastest half marathon twice in the past 20 weeks, shaving over 3 minutes off on Sunday at the pumped half. I also ran my fastest 1km and 5km ever last week!
GD I have dropped a few dress sizes  I WANT to exercise
VJ I exercised all through winter    I’ve realised that I can push myself harder, and I can achieve “the impossible”
AC Coping with an injury which stopped me from being able to complete my running goals for the challenge – I tore a tendon in my foot and was in a moon boot for five weeks, and am not allowed to run for 3-6 months, although this also had a silver lining as I have been able to increase my strength in my upper body and can now do 40 pull ups!!!  I was able to get through the whole 20 weeks without drinking any coca-cola (this would be like not drinking alcohol for most people), and even though the challenge finished a week ago I still haven’t had any.
PE Consistent training    Increased mileage in running
NE Riding my horse more regularly while improving my balance on her (specific exercises) and 8kg weight loss
SP Body shape and weight  Change in mindset – exercise becoming part of the routine and hence improvement in cardiovascular fitness and strength
EB I lost 5% of body fat and gained at least 2kg of  Muscle
JH Fitter and stronger
AP Completed my first half marathon  Planned and completed some great fun family adventures
CR I survived the winter without getting pneumonia or having any hospital visits with illness, so I made it to my daughter’s 5th Birthday 28th September 2016 which was one of my goals in the 2014 20 week challenge and I have 90 – 95% recovered from a rib cage injury – Costochondritis which I endured during the beginning of this challenge from painting the outside of my house.
CMcD Boost in confidence   Getting stronger
CMcD My gain in confidence,  Getting a lot stronger
DD AchievING a higher fitness level and comminting to fitness classes
DM Sticking through it, increased fitness and back into running again!
EM Being able to do single leg TRX squats  Getting clearance from physio to start walking again
GS Working out and sharing common goals with friend  Muscle definition and strength
JJ Rang 10kms without stopping   Eating healthier foods
JH I am fitter and stronger coming out of winter , which is wonderful
JC Smashing my prone hold target and being able to do something I didn’t think I could
JS The turn around in both my partners and my lifestyle.  We have stopped drinking during the week, changed our eating habits, exercising together and giving up smoking together.    Getting fitter both mentally and physically.  This challenge has help build my confidence and self esteem back to the old me.  Its great to be back.
KM Enjoying the results of the quarterly fitness tests and appreciating the improvements made in strength and fitness  Competing in events that have pushed me out of my comfort zone, and being surprised by my results (in a good way)
KA Keeping going  Exercise as a habit
KB To get back into big musical theatre shows!!  Completed a half marathon!!
KD Regular exercise and discipline with making good food choices.
LJ 1. I got a pretty bad knee injury in week 6 of the challenge and was told I wasn’t allowed to use that leg for anything until it healed. Of course this knocked me back a bit, but instead of quitting (which would have been an easy option) I continued training just upper body and my left leg.   2. I’ve always been scared of gyms. Pre-challenge I would wait until my gym was completely empty before going in. Around week 4, I was faced with my gym being packed with a fitness class of 30+ people and I still went in and did a full workout as per my plans. This was MASSIVE for me, I’ve always been incredibly self conscious and being all hot and sweaty is not my ideal way to be seen by a pack of strangers.
LW Changes to my mental health & physical strength :-)
LS Learning that “I can do it”, no matter how unachievable the goal seemed at the beginning.  Increasing strength of body and mind.
LMcL Christchurch marathon 10km run  Reduced measurements
MH Despite the sudden loss of my adult daughter just before the challenge I still attempted the challenge – it gave me something to focus on. .While I did not make the progress I had hoped, I still attended my training sessions and my yoga classes and did not give up completely on health and fitness and I know I can be successful in the future.
MR The change in my eating habits have been huge,no more meal replacements or diets for me just nutritional real food and better option treats.   Also sing my body shape start to change, I was so excited when I could see my bicep muscles, I ran around the house flexing at everyone!
RE Strength
RS My confidence has increased  Entering my first ‘event’ ever (10km walk Christchurch city marathon)
SS decreasing my body fat and increasing my muscle mass  feeling super strong
SL I still can not believe I have biked, run and   Walked 2272kms in this challenge!   Completing 3 1/2 marathons in 20 weeks  And booking in for my first marathon in  November!   I really enjoyed the 4×4 challenges and some of these definitely put me out of my  Comfort zone!
TM Managing to reach my goals of running a certain route, Kingston to Fairlight and being able to fit into pants I wore 10yrs ago!