Carolyn Gibson founded the Kiwi KISS classes in July 1984 with
the belief that if we could enjoy our meals and use everyday ingredients
(no diet foods or artificial sweeteners) then we would be more
likely to continue cooking those meals once we had achieved our
goal. Too often we follow a strict regime for a short period of
time, then return to our old habits along with the return of our
Kiwi KISS recipes are used extensively by people wanting to lose
weight as well as those who just want a healthy lifestyle.
The first classes were established in Glenfield, Auckland, and
there are currently 12 Kiwi KISS classes as well as several weekly
Corporate Weigh Ins.
On joining a class you are weighed, on electronic scales, and
together we discuss and set a Target Weight. At the end of the
class we take you through the Kiwi KISS Diet so that you are ready
to start immediately. We are always available to discuss any queries
or problems you are experiencing. We believe the better you understand
the food plan the more successful you will be.
class format includes a full demonstration of our weekly recipe,
a copy of which you take home, and the opportunity to sample, if
you wish. This allows you to assess if that particular recipe would
fit into your family meals - without wasting your ingredients and
time at home.
Each week we discuss one behavioural issue to help you learn new
skills and tools for not only losing your weight but also keeping
Life membership is achieved after having reached your Target Weight
and attended a further six classes. You will be provided with a
Maintenance booklet and are required to check in with the Class
Co-ordinator each week to make sure you stay within your target
At the end of the six attended classes you are awarded Life Membership
which means that as long as you stay within one kilo of your target
weight you will not be required to pay a meeting fee. If you go
one kilo above your target you are required to pay a meeting fee
until you are back within your range - at that time you are, once
again, entitled to attend the classes without charge.
We encourage you to use this service in order to maintain your
THE HEART PIN AWARD
At Kiwi KISS we encourage you to continue attending classes after
you have achieved Life Membership and twelve months after being
awarded Life you are presented with our special crystal heart pin.
This signifies that you have remained at your goal weight for a
period of twelve months and is confirmation that you have taken
the first step to maintaining your weight permanently.
Carolyn continues to have a hands on approach:
"I am serious about weight loss. Losing weight changed
my life and I feel privileged to see changes, weekly, in the
people in my classes. I prefer to be personally involved in my
classes and conduct 12 per week. To me the weekly meetings are
more than a weight loss class but rather a gathering of friends.
In my classes I have women who have been at LIFE and maintained
their weight for over 15 years - so it does become a friendship."