Get off the couch and ex­er­cise

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Stephanie Tay­lor was swamped. The doc­tor and mother of three jug­gled a chaotic life­style. Be­ing busy was al­ways her ex­cuse for be­ing over­weight and ex­er­cis­ing ir­reg­u­larly.

Un­til the 42-year-old, her hus­band James and their three daugh­ters signed up for the Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays fun run in March.

Fairfax or­gan­ised for the Ko­hi­marama fam­ily to team up with per­sonal train­ers Mar­cus Ste­ward and Mike Rickard from Bodi Trans­for­ma­tions.

And it had an im­pact - Stephanie and James both lost around 8kgs each dur­ing the seven weeks. When race day came they breezed through the 8.4km course - even Lucy, 4, man­aged to walk.

This year we are look­ing for an­other fam­ily, work­place or group that want to take up the chal­lenge of train­ing for the eight weeks in the lead up to Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays run on March 5, 2017. We will fol­low your progress and in turn ar­range a per­sonal trainer and free en­try.

Tell us why you should be picked for the chal­lenge by email­ing RoundtheBays@fair­fax­me­dia. (make sure you in­clude your sub­urb).

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