Fat Bot­tom chal­lenge

Waipa Post - - Front Page - For more in­for­ma­tion about the walk or join­ing Fat Bot­tomed Girls & Guys con­tact Robyn Chap­pell — 0221629161 or check fbg.co.nz

Look out Te Awa­mutu — Fat Bot­tomed Girls will be walk­ing your streets this week­end.

Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of the Cam­bridge walk­ing group they are now ex­tend­ing the ‘Ur­ban Chal­lenge Walk, Talk, Sup­port’ con­cept to Te Awa­mutu.

Fat Bot­tomed Girls (or FBG) came from an ini­tia­tive from Cam­bridge woman Robyn Chap­pell af­ter she tried on a pair of trousers think­ing they would be far too big for her.

Hold­ing them up Robyn was con­vinced she had been sent the wrong size, but look­ing in the mir­ror at the snug fit, her worst fears were re­vealed.

While de­ter­mined to do some­thing about her ex­pand­ing girth, she dis­liked the idea of work­ing out at a gym­na­sium.

“I felt like I would be judged by all the skinny, fit look­ing peo­ple there.”

She then posted her plight on Face­book to see if any­one felt the same. She was over­whelmed by sto­ries of women who had sim­i­lar fears.

Or­gan­is­ing a meet­ing where some ground rules were es­tab­lished, the fla­ba­li­cious group of ‘Fat Bot­tomed Girls’ was formed.

But Robyn, not con­tent with just a walk­ing group, wanted to set a chal­lenge that would keep the girls in­ter­ested and mo­ti­vated, and so the Ur­ban Chal­lenge was cre­ated — walk­ing both sides of ev­ery street in Cam­bridge.

“Women signed up and we kept in touch via Face­book,” says Robyn.

“Team lead­ers would no­tify other mem­bers of the sec­tion they were walk­ing, time, and route. Other mem­bers would re­spond and they would meet and go for a walk.”

Some of their rules in­clude no chil­dren on the walks, no neg­a­tiv­ity and no judg­ment.

“Th­ese rules are still in place to­day which I be­lieve gives us our strength, while the struc­ture of the mapped walks keep us fo­cused and on task,” says Robyn.

“Groups or teams range from 6-26 de­pen­dent on the day, time and avail­abil­ity of peo­ple. We all en­cour­age each other and there is such a great vibe and ca­ma­raderie out walk­ing, and a sense of be­long­ing while stay­ing con­nected on our Face­book page.”

This year the Fat Bot­tomed Girls, com­plete with their pur­ple T-shirts, are eas­ily iden­ti­fied as they walk the streets. Fat Bot­tomed Dogs are per­mit­ted to walk with the girls and look equally dash­ing in their pur­ple ban­dan­nas.

And this year the girls have opened their group up to the men, with the group now known as Fat Bot­tomed Girls & Guys.

In ad­di­tion, to add in­ter­est and more op­por­tu­ni­ties to get ac­tive, they are of­fer­ing easy bike rides (Fat Bot­toms on Bikes), small hikes (Fat Bot­toms go Bush) and, for the par­ents and care­givers of ba­bies, Fat Bot­toms with Bubs.

Robyn says there are ben­e­fits to be­ing a Fat Bot­tomed Girl or Guy.

“They get gen­uine sup­port for what they are do­ing. They get a chance to net­work and so­cialise with oth­ers, and they get to see their town — ev­ery street, road, av­enue and terrace.

“But most of all they get off the couch, away from their com­put­ers or re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and out­side in the fresh air. The re­sults have been in­cred­i­ble,” she says.

To give mem­bers of the pub­lic a taste of what the walk­ing group is all about, they are or­gan­is­ing a walk in Te Awa­mutu this Sun­day, June 3. Any­one is wel­come to join them on this walk. The FBG group will be en­cour­ag­ing women and men to sign up for the Te Awa­mutu Ur­ban Chal­lenge, which they plan to be­gin mid June.

To take part in this first Te Awa­mutu Ur­ban Chal­lenge walk, meet near the Rose Gar­dens at 9.30am and look for the pur­ple FBG shirts. The walk will be post­poned if it is rain­ing heav­ily.


FAT Bot­tomed Girls Cam­bridge are bring­ing their in­no­va­tive ‘Ur­ban Chal­lenge Walk, Talk, Sup­port’ con­cept to Te Awa­mutu.

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