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Fundraising….

So, despite my distinct lack of training so far, I decided to “put it out there” as they say ( who does say that?!), and announce to the world (Facebook and here) that I am raising funds for charity. Gulp – that makes it very real now – I can’t let anyone who sponsors me down! But then, maybe no-one will sponsor me!!

There are so many charities to choose from – there really are so many deserving causes. However, given my recent diagnosis of osteoarthritis, I decided to choose Arthritis Care (Scotland). Please do take the time to visit my JustGiving page – every little helps as they say and let’s face it – I don’t want to let my sponsors down!!

Thanks in advance!

<a href=”http://JustGiving - Sponsor me now!“>Yvonne’s JustGiving Page

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Back to Basics

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Well, at long last, my mojo seems to have made a reappearance! I made it to the gym tonight after work – yay!!

Ok, so I was not breaking any records on the treadmill, but still, I managed 3 miles at a reasonably brisk pace. What is it they say about small steps and learning to walk before you can run? Rather apt really!

So a small triumph in my book. Lets just hope that I’m still as enthusiastic tomorrow after my acupuncture session. Now there’s a thing, I haven’t mentioned that…. hmm. One for another post I think!

Getting Back on the Wagon

So, I’m conscious that I have neglected my blog for some time now. My main reason – I haven’t done any training. I got off to a flying start but very quickly crashed and burned. The news of my arthritis didn’t help, but if I’m completely honest, it wasn’t just that. Laziness set in, yet again.

I think I am inherently lazy. To a certain extent, I think we all are. It’s just that some of us tend to hide behind it and use it as an excuse. Tiredness, pain, boredom, bad day at the office – all excuses I have used time and time again.

I watched a Jessie Pavelka programme on TV tonight – Fat: The Fight of My Life. Now, I am by no means in the same category as the people featured in each episode, since I only have around 30lbs to lose, however the issues we face are the same. That vicious circle of eat, feel depressed, eat more. I’ve battled for a long time now with issues around my eating/weight, as those who are close to me know only too well. Unfortunately when you are in this frame of mind, comments like “you don’t need to lose weight” and “you’re fine the way you are” don’t help. It’s difficult to explain, but those of you out there who may read my blog and suffer the same way will understand.

Anyway, the whole point of this now rather long winded post, was to say that I intend to get “back on the wagon”! Oh yes, we’ve heard it all before. Yes, you have. This time, however, I intend to stick to it. As was mentioned in the programme tonight, if you don’t have your health, you have nothing – what better reason to get back into the gym?! Ah yes, the slight issue of The Dopey challenge in 19 weeks time – gulp!

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Training? What Training?

So, it’s been a few weeks since I last posted an update – mostly because there’s not been any training to post about!

My news from the hospital about the osteoarthritis has taken a bit to come to terms with. More so the fact that the surgery will only last at best, five years. That’s not long at all.

I celebrated (if that’s the word for it!) my 40th birthday on July 26 – could this be a turning point? A good one, at that?!

I weighed myself on Monday, as always, and was horrified at what I saw on the scales. I’m not entirely sure why I was so surprised – I know that I’ve been over-eating, so should have expected it!

So, with renewed vigour, the diet started yesterday (two days in and I’m surviving so far!) and I even made it to the gym tonight, albeit for a “walk” on the treadmill. Still, a good friend once told me “Yvonne, it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. How very true!

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The road is long….

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Dopey Challenge?  What’s all that about then?

Well, on January 9, 2014 my husband (Jim) and I will be running our first ever Dopey Challenge.  This is Disney’s latest event at Walt Disney World in Florida.  It consists of a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon on consecutive days, starting on January 9.

Now it has to be said, that I am, by no means, what you would call a runner!  Far from it.  I more likely fall into the slightly overweight, sedentary office worker category!

It just so happened that I was browsing through Facebook of a Friday evening (as you do) and came across runDisney’s latest post – “New Event at Walt Disney World”.  “Hmm, what could that be”, I thought to myself.  On further investigation it was clear that this was a challenge like no other – or certainly no other that I’ve ever considered!

“Fancy doing this” I said to Jim, passing him my iPad.  “That would be great” he said in reply.  Inwardly I groaned.  What had I done????

So, on April 9, I sat at my desk, counting down the hours until entry for the challenge opened.  12noon US time, 5pm here in the UK.  With more than a little trepidation, I signed us both up.

It’s now June, and I have started my training – oh yes, I have started already (remember the sedentary office worker part?!).  I’ll share with you the highs and lows of my weekly schedule and look forward to any comments/tips/support from those who decide to follow me – let’s face it, I’m going to need all the help I can get!!!