- Fri 20 June – regulated period begins
- Thu 31 July – House rises
- Thu 14 August – Parliament dissolved
- Wed 20 August – Writ Day
- Tue 26 August – Nominations close
- Sat 20 September – Election Day
- Sat 4 October – Final results declared
- Thu 9 October – Return of the Writ
- Mon 20 November – latest day for Parliament to meet and a Government effectively to be formed
- Mon 9 October 2017 – 51st Parliament dissolves
- Sat 18 November 2017 – latest date for next general election
Adam’s campaign to reduce his weight and improve his fitness continues.
Since he last commented on this around 3 weeks ago he has achieved some major milestones.
1 – He has now lost 40.5 kgs, or 6 stones 5.29 lbs in imperial measurement.
2 – Since beginning of year he has lost 7 kgs, which is a bit over his target of 500gms per week. He attributes this to his walking programme.
3 – Adam has walked 300 kms between 1 January and today. His average pace in week 1 was 12 mins 18 secs per km and this last week this had reduced to 11 mins 46 secs per km. There have been some ups and downs, but the trend has been downwards.
4. Adam’s BMI has come down 11 points, but is still too high.
5. His neck, chest and waist have all substantially decreased in size.
6. His blood pressure is much improved.
7 His joints and muscles feel better.
8. Yesterday he did his best ever time for 6kms plus and today his best ever time for just over 1 km. Boy did it feel good.
Overall he just wishes he had started this earlier.
Best of all Adam feels no sense of loss or deprivation as he continues to eat a wide range of foods and has some red wine or good English cider from time to time.
Adam was delighted this morning when he weighed in and found he had now lost 39 kgs since he started his diet and exercise regime in May 2013.
His delight was increased when he achieved 2 more of his exercise goals for 2014 as well. on a lovely day for a walk, especially along the Hutt River, he walked just on 11 kms. The best bit being that he did 10kms in just under 2 hours. This meant that Adam had met his 10 km walk target earlier than his goal of June 2014. In addition he achieved 2 other goals, one was to walk 5 kms at an average of under 12 mins a km. This was done. Furthermore the 10kms was covered at an average of 11 mins 50 secs per km. Now this is probably not much to a power walker, but for Adam this is a great change from just a few months ago.
In fact since 2 January Adam has now walked a total of 198 kms in measured walks. Currently he is trying for an average of 5 kms per day, 6 days per week.
Key to the whole issue has been Adam’s recognition that he needed to deal with his weight problem. He is doing so. This is not something that can be done for him or enabled by soda taxes, fat taxes or regulation. Adam has had to, as they say, own the problem and deal with it. No one else can do it for him.