Weight loss journey sparks message to others with similar circumstances
Debbie Pipson wants to take her bid to get people involved in the ASB Summer Starter a step further.
The Christchurch woman has been rallying her colleagues at St John to take part in the November 27 fun run as a large team representing the charity.
That meant signing herself up to running at the event too.
"It wouldn't be right that I'm out asking our staff to take part if I'm not prepared to sign up and commit to it either . . . it just made sense," she said.
Now, her job as the fundraising manager for the organisation saving New Zealanders' lives each day has contributed to her own journey of getting fit and healthy.
Pipson has been running since January and has since lost 13kg, after several years of struggling to find a way of exercising that worked for her.
"I found a track that was 5km, I just put one foot in front of the other and realised I could do it."
Now, her next step was to try and encourage other women having the same struggles not to give up on finding a solution.
"This has been a 10- or 12-year journey, and it's really about moving the weight . . . Lots of people go on that journey, I've done lots of things and had lots of trainers.
"It's about inspiring other people who have tried for years to actually not give up."
She started by "plugging away" twice a week, then three times, before she began noticing results.
"Now I'm 7-and-something kms. It's not fast, but it's just about realising I could actually run 5km."
She is working her way toward a personal goal of achieving the "10, 10, 10" – the 10km fun run, raising $10,000 and losing 10kg. That was on top of the 13 already lost, she said.
"You can never go past a good bit of fitness – for your mental health and wellbeing as well. And it's actually probably made me more confident."
Donations could be made to Pipson's cause at summerstarter2016.everydayhero.com/nz/debbie-pipson
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