Navigation issues and too much mud!!

Today was the first training hike for my Peak District 6-Dales (PD6D) Physical Challenge, which I'm doing on 24th June (see previous post for further details). All started well.  I'd printed off my route to the meeting point (no SatNav!) and set off up the M1 in plenty of time.  My destination was to be The New Inn pub at Walton, Wakefield.  Needless to say, the AA route finder let me down within the last couple of miles and I was left to my own instincts.  Eventually, after a  detour around Durkar, I…continue reading →

Peak District 6-Dales hike – Part 1

Thanks to my wonderful cousin Jill, I’ve now got my next Physical Challenge decided, booked and paid for!  I’m going to do the Peak District 6-Dales hike with Pure Challenge on Sat 24th June 2017.  I'll be fundraising too! More of that later. I wanted a challenge that would stretch me – this certainly ticks that box!!  It’s a timed 27-mile (43km) hike – that’s longer than a marathon - with 1000m ascent, on a variety of terrain.  Some people even run it… I’ll be walking it (and probably limping some of it!). …continue reading →

Day 6 – Just do it!

It’s been my first day back at work after two weeks off over Christmas and New Year… I feel tired… I’ve got a slight chesty cough… it’s cold outside… it’s windy… it’s spitting with rain… and I’d committed to do a brisk walk / run as part of my 100-Day Challenge.  So what did I do? There was a strong temptation to take the above excuses and curl up on the sofa in front of the fire with them and have a well-deserved rest!  I could certainly justify not going out... no one…continue reading →

Day 5 – Beware of the ‘All or Nothing’ thinking

If you’ve read my article on Catastrophic Thinking, then you’ll have a rough idea of where I’m going with this article. It’s so very tempting, when we start anything new, that we get excited and go overboard.  On a new diet we’ll zealously over-restrict; on a new training regime we’ll go to every possible class at the gym; on a New Year’s Resolution we’ll stick to it for maybe a day or two… ‘All or Nothing’ thinking (aka Catastrophic Thinking) is often a big factor in why New Year’s Resolutions rarely last past…continue reading →

The 100-Day Challenge – Day 1

Today is Day 1 of my '100-day Challenge'.  I thought I'd beat the rush of New Year (don't agree / like the idea of New Year's Resolutions anyway) and start to make some small, sustainable, barely-noticeable changes to continue to improve my life. Over the next 100 days I'll be writing about what I'm doing and how well it's going.  The Challenge will finish on Fri 7th April 2017. Each day I will: weigh myself and plot my weight on a graph; start a daily routine of 10 press ups, 5 sit ups,…continue reading →

Desperate, Determined, Delighted!

When I posted my recent ‘GoApe Tarzan Swing’ video, I received two very distinct types of response.  The first type went along the lines of: “Goodness (or words to that effect!) Sharon, why get so worked up and upset and take so long over such a small thing?!  Was that it - a small swing onto a cargo net? I thought you were going to do something HUGE!” People found it strange that I would want to make public a video of me at my vulnerable worst, appearing very ‘weak’. The other type…continue reading →

“I know walking’s good for me… but I hate it!”

"I know walking's good for me... but I hate it!" So ended the brief conversation some seven years ago with a friend of mine who was trying to persuade me to go on another embarrassing ‘short’ walk with the aim of ‘making me feel better and get fitter’. The subject of walking - among other topics - came up again this morning as I sat in the sunshine with my ‘Black with a Splash’ (strong coffee) listening to the Christian church service on Radio 4.  The speaker mentioned his recent walk along the…continue reading →

Week 8 – Blood Sugar Diet

  Day 56 (Sun 10th July 2016) is finally here.  I celebrated this morning with a slap up breakfast cooked by my little brother Ian!  It’s been a long old eight weeks, but I have learnt things, lost weight, lost body fat and improved my blood sugar levels and food cravings.     So here are the stats: Total weight loss 7.4kgs (16.3lbs) Total body fat loss 4.9% (using bioimpedence scales) Total visceral fat loss 1.5% (using bioimpedence scales) Awaiting my HbA1c blood results… but daily readings have been more stable Food cravings…continue reading →

Week 7 – Blood Sugar Diet

Writing a weekly blog (Week 7 ended on Sun 3rd July 2016) provides the dilemma of what to put in. Do I just provide the good stuff that worked, or do I share with you what hasn’t worked - where I’ve slipped up - in the hope that it’ll help me and maybe a few others to learn. I’m conscious that when I think about the bits that have ‘gone wrong’, the aim is NOT to beat myself up and dwell on how silly I’ve been, but to analyse and learn from them…continue reading →

Week 6 – Blood Sugar Diet

Woah!  What a difference a week (ending Sun 26th June) makes.  Totally impressed with myself this week: lost 2.8kgs (that's 6.2lbs in old money!).  I step off the scales and get on again: same result!  Amazed and chuffed. But even as this fact starts to sink in, I can feel the panic rising.  I'm not meant to be any good at this weight-loss stuff.  The old thoughts of "Lose weight = good girl; put on weight = bad girl" come rushing back to mind.  What happens if I can't keep it off 'cos…continue reading →