Richmond Green Fighter is up for the Kin’s Green Challenge
Samantha Jaune lives across the street from a major grocery store, a convenience someone trying to lose weight could do without.
Fortunately, her home is equally close to Kin’s Farm Market, which is typically her first stop these days as she attempts to drop several pounds in Kin’s Greens Challenge and win the grand prize that includes a trip for two to sunny California. Thirteen contestants from around the Lower Mainland are competing.
“Every time my boyfriend and I go to get groceries, I redirect him to Kin’s first,” she says. “Then whatever else we need we go to the (supermarket) on our way back (home).”
Jaune lost over 50 pounds two years ago, but then gained it all back. Armed with the fact she’d lost the weight before, she decided one of her new year’s resolutions was to lose it again. She received further support from her boyfriend, who saw the challenge advertised in The Richmond Review.
“So I signed up and they selected me to participate,” says Jaune, explaining that the overall goal of the 13-week community challenge is to encourage individuals to improve their health and fitness.
“I previously lost 50 pounds by chaining my eating habits and taking a cardio kickboxing class,” she says. “I swore I would never gain it back but I love to cook and unfortunately my love for cheese, dips, sauces and butter put me back in my old big girl pants. I recently started back at an all-women’s cardio kickboxing circuit and have a goal to make it there at least three times a week.”
Jaune has also vowed to cook healthier meals and include more fruits and vegetables.
“Again my boyfriend is supporting me with this and he’s also eating better,” she says. “We’re planning the dinners out for the week, instead of going on a day-to-day basis. I’ve never really been a big eater, but it’s more what I ate. It’s the comfort food as opposed to something like a small serving of rice and a large portion of broccoli. It’s about balancing the sizes and portions differently.”
Jaune is also still able to enjoy the “comfort” foods—but in moderation.
“If it were a vegetable-only diet I would feel deprived,” she says. “I still get to have my favorites, but now a chocolate bar lasts me a week. And there are other little things, like instead of taking the elevator at work, taking the stairs.”
Through pledges, Jaune also hopes to donate $500 to the Canadian Cancer Society.
For more information, see www.kinsgreenfighters.com.