Mum taking strides to feeling healthier
Smaller, healthier and happier was what Mission Heights mother Deeyana Amosa felt after completing the Stadium Stomp event at Eden Park last month.
The so-called biggest stair climb in New Zealand, stepping on 5000 stairs, proved to be a fun challenge for her and the other 15 members of Flat Bush gym Zero 2 100.
Amosa, a former fitness trainer, is satisfied she successfully motivated others and herself to set the goal and accomplish it.
‘‘Stadium Stomp gave me confidence. I now know I’m capable of doing 5000 steps in under an hour,’’ Amosa says.
‘‘I’m wondering what else is my body capable of doing. That makes me feel good.’’
When pregnant with her third child three years ago, she cast aside her passion for exercise and stopped working.
Her fourth child came a year after the third was born, which made her days even busier.
Seclusion and stresses of life made her turn to food for comfort, resulting in a weight gain of 40 kilograms.
‘‘I talked to myself that I needed to do something, not just for me but for my children because I always felt tired,’’ Amosa says.
The decision meant going back to the gym, where she was able to meet friends and embrace her passion again.
She tried hard to squeeze time out for exercise according to her children’s sleeping patterns and lost 30 kilograms last year.
Driven by a desire to challenge herself further, she signed up for Stadium Stomp.
At the gym, she organised a team with members aged 19 to over 60, designing a training programme for them and serving as trainer.
Team member Tere Atera is appreciative of Amosa.
‘‘The trainings we did before the event made us fitter, stronger, and faster. Deeyana is the force behind us.
‘‘I enjoy being with people on the same journey, wanting to improve their lifestyle to live longer and healthier for their family,’’ Atera says.
Wanting to make exercise easier for women with babies, Amosa is talking with the gym about developing programmes that allow women to bring infants along, incorporate them in the training and offer nutrition advice.
Mike Blucher, manager of Flat Bush gym Zero 2 100, team member Tere Atera, Deeyana Amosa and Marwa Al-Bayaa, and Amosa’s sons.