Mum tak­ing strides to feel­ing health­ier

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - LIU CHEN

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.

LIU CHEN / FAIR­FAX NZ

Mike Blucher, man­ager of Flat Bush gym Zero 2 100, team mem­ber Tere Atera, Deeyana Amosa and Marwa Al-Bayaa, and Amosa’s sons.

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