Otago Daily Times Queenstown bureau chief
Tracey Roxburgh documents her progress in the 12-week Revive
programme at Alpine Health and Fitness.
Dear Diary ...Went for ''yog/walk'' around Lake Hayes this
evening. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
Dear Diary ... Saturday, December 8
Seven days until scales ... am nervous.
Fear drove me to spend morning at gym, where I had pleasure
of Mandy Kennedy's company in back row.
Concluded during wonderful stretch class Mandy and I should
be kept separate during classes. We get giggles which is not
appropriate given zen-like state of other stretchers. Am
grateful managed to control giggles before they turned into
Sunday, December 9
Sent Margo Berryman text this morning informing her I missed
her face and hoped to have a Pump date.
Margo did not disappoint and, despite glorious day, we spent
an hour doing all manner of exercises, which seem not to be
getting any easier.
Possibly this was because Pump was 19th class in seven days
... Actually, was 20th, but am not counting special RPM class
beautiful Ruth took for us on Wednesday.
Before you ask, Diary, yes, possibly have lost several
Monday, December 10
This morning had last official training session with Haylee.
It made me sad ... to start with anyway. After an hour on
circuit, sadness replaced by relief. At one point during
press-ups water started pooling on mat beneath face.
Haylee employed distraction technique ... she started talking
When it got to round two, arms were shaking - by the end of
it, entire body had followed suit.
Haylee turned down resistance on RPM bike tiny fraction
because legs couldn't go any faster ...
just to make sure she got cheesecake brownie on Wednesday.
This afternoon the 19 classes caught up with me. Was
shattered. By 1pm, was eyeing up couch in office wondering if
anyone would notice if I used it for nana nap. By 3.30pm
catatonia had set in.
Tuesday, December 11
Woke up in same position went to sleep in, Diary ...sign of
blissful slumber indeed.
Felt MUCH better today. So good I decided to torture myself
in different fashion.
Smell of chocolate filled house for several hours as I put
domestic goddess pants on and prepared delicious treats for
Haylee and Lakes Leisure staff.
Was my way of saying ''thank you for putting up with me''.
Major issue with domestic goddessness is things created were
not allowed to pass lips ... OK, maybe ONE (or two) items
fell into mouth (promise, it was accident, Diary).
Wednesday, December 12
Fitness test, round three.
Was worried would not be able to surpass six-week results -
particularly with push-ups.
At halfway mark managed to do 20 full ones ... have only
managed to better than that once since then.
Haylee was her effervescent self and was excited - suspect
mostly because of large bag containing treats I brought with
Fitness test began with treadmill - which now reports I am
''above average''. Vast improvement on 12 weeks ago when the
first word was ''below''.
Also managed to take 14 seconds off my 500m rowing effort -
took just under two minutes to do it ... and double that to
The Pump classes clearly paid off, with vast improvements in
squatting, lunging and tricep dipping, but the two am most
proud of were sit-ups and push-ups.
Today busted out 40 of the former before Haylee told me I
could stop ... find it remarkable on September 24 could only
manage one and even that was a struggle.
But best of all, Diary, managed 30 full press-ups - on my
toes and everything.
Haylee said this officially meant I was better than her at
pushing up - she told me not to tell you, Diary, but I tell
Thursday, December 13
This evening tried something have NEVER contemplated before
... paddle boarding.
Aim of this activity is to stand up on large board and paddle
Was very nervous - have atrocious balance on anything not
technically classified as solid ground and also am petrified
of fish ... stop laughing, Diary.
Instructor Paul deserves medal for his patience ... which am
sure I tested several times.
There is always one, Diary - and for some reason it seems to
always be me. After watching other ladies stand up with ease
and gracefully cruise around Frankton Bay, decided to give it
Took several (very) shaky attempts before I was upright ...
and then, in blink of an eye, was in water.
Got back on the board, managed to stand up and was going
quite well before legs got wobbles and I plopped off again.
Had only JUST semi-dried out and was (sort of) getting hang
of it, when Paul made me turn board around ... started
turning and then realised what was coming. Very bad word flew
from mouth at volume before quickly being fully submerged in
At least water was warm.
Am proud to report all other Blue Team members were far more
successful than I ... think some of them should investigate
competitive paddle boarding.
Friday, December 14
The penultimate day has arrived. This morning at gym could
not escape feeling was on Biggest Loser and this was ''last
RPM instructor Andi knew it too and did excellent
impersonation of Gillian.
Did not anticipate level of nervousness ahead of scales visit
tomorrow - am scared of being disappointed in myself, despite
multiple achievements over the past few weeks, most of which
are things have never before believed possible (like 31
push-ups ... and paddle boarding).
In effort to get rid of most stubborn fat cells, met Blue
Teamers for ''yog/walk'' around Lake Hayes this evening.
If you had told me in September by end of Revive would be
able to yog large part of 8km track, would have found this
hilarious - and unbelievable.
Eighty-one sleeps down - one to go.
Before bed said a few quiet words to God of Weight Loss ...
wish me luck, Diary. See Wednesday's Queenstown Times for the
final Dear Diary, photos and results from Alpine Health &
Fitness' Revive programme.