Motivated by her colleagues at Cook Islands Tourism, Vainepoto Tangaroa signed up for the Johnson’s challenge, the first exercise programme she has ever committed to.
She lost 8.7kg over the eight weeks.
Tangaroa had always had low self-confidence and a negative body image of herself.
But because her workmates were also taking part, her decision to sign up was made a lot easier.
“I knew that when I would need support, I would have it from them, when things would get a little tough.”
Just turning up to the classes was a challenge for her.
“I struggle with self-confidence, so to put myself out there doing exercise has always been a mental struggle for me … and I am not one of those girls who look good in workout attire.”
Tangaroa also found it difficult to be consistent with the meal plans and admits that it wasn’t until the sixth week that she was strict, “not that those weeks were out of control, but I did allow myself to have a few too many treat days.”
A highlight for Tangaroa was working out with Team Tourism: “We supported one another and just wanted the best for each other.”
She was also thrilled with her progress. “My body was getting stronger and fitter; I know I have a long way to go but it is always great to celebrate little wins.”
Having moved to Rarotonga just over a year ago, meeting new people was also a high point.
“I’m not really sociable, so it was great to meet and support others, even if it was a small greeting like, hey.”
Tangaroa said there has been an improvement in her health and wellbeing. “I recommend others to take part, Johnson’s has a great atmosphere, awesome trainers and it is always great to see what your body is capable of.”