One Step At A Time

Quick fix – is there any such thing? I’m not the first – and definitely won’t be the last – 40-something woman to find herself in an on-going battle with a spreading girth.
I know full well that a healthy weight is simply about eating less crap and exercising more.

It should be easy. Only somehow, for many of us, it just isn’t.
Despite knowing that all we have to really do is knuckle down and get on with it, we all go out looking for quick fixes and magic formulas.
This is the time of year when diet groups, fitness clubs and exercise classes see a dramatic rise in numbers, as we all pledge that this year will be DIFFERENT, and go searching for the ideal solution to our weighty woes.
I could definitely do with dropping a couple of dress sizes (at least) after letting my weight balloon recently, but I’m intending to follow advice about making changes one small step at a time – quite literally.
On May 14th I will be joining my friends The Blister Sisters on the 26 mile Moon Walk, in aid of breast cancer research. Setting off from Hyde Park in London at 11pm, we will walk through the night, dressed in specially decorated bras, to cover the marathon distance, hopefully finishing in 6-7 hours.
I must confess, when I first thought about it, I stupidly thought this would be a fun challenge. After all, I can walk, can’t I? And it’s not like running – it can’t possibly be as tiring can it?
Then I started training. Just 45 minute walks at first, then an hour, then longer. This is not just ambling along; I’m covering about 6km an hour. I am pretty puffed at the end of a long walk. And my legs – I’ve not known aches and pains like it for some time.
Then there’s myBORING dodgy big toe. I have a fused big toe joint, which means I have very little movement in my big toe and it swells up in protest when I walk. This has a profound effect on how I walk and run and puts pressure on my foot, ankle, knee, hips and lower back. It’s all very frustrating and, despite various podiatry visits and special insoles, is not getting any better.
Anyway, walking for hours on end is not what my doctor would call “a good idea”. But what the hell, I’m committed to it now – and having discovered that one of my fellow walkers might be doing it while suffering from torn anterior cruciate ligaments in her knee, it seems churlish to complain.
Most of all, what’s driving me on is the thought of all those brilliant people I know who are currently battling with cancer or other serious illnesses. I know full well that they would all happily swap places with me – after all, what’s one night of pain against months of debilitating treatment?
I’ve done walks and runs for charity before, but I honestly think this is the first time I will have really tested myself. As a result I am currently wracked with self doubt – I feel I’ve become someone who likes to start things but isn’t so good at finishing them, so this will be a genuine trial.
Now, I’m not one to beg for cash, particularly as I know how tough things are or are getting for many of us. But I really want to help this magnificent cause as much as possible, which means getting in as much sponsorship as possible.
I won’t be asking for money for nothing. I’m currently cooking up a couple of fund-raising schemes that will, I hope, be fun as well as in a good cause. Kids’ sports day in the park, anyone? A coffee morning marathon? Maybe even a big night out, bras compulsory?

Watch this space – and please support my efforts!
See this link for more information. Unfortunately it’s too late for you to enter (you know you want to!) – but maybe next year?
http://www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkLondon

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  1. Sounds good to me – sorry you have a foot problem though.
    Good luck with the training.

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