I get to wear a floaty dress and I need your support

It’s Day 55/90…of my personal #90DayChallenge to reach fitness and lose weight. This coincided with me being selected to take part in Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice Strictly Christmas in December. A great opportunity to combine my own personal fitness challenge with raising money for a great local charity. However, I need your support to reach my £500 fundraising target.

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Well despite losing 7lbs in the last two weeks, I’ve hit a bit of a plateau. I blame the solar eclipse for the fact that I lost my mojo. Yesterday was all about hot chocolate and cake! I never eat cake but for some reason yesterday I just needed it, so I had it. I also had wine! For me it’s all about choices and not about deprivation. Sometimes we all need a little bit of what we desire along the way.

Today’s a different story…I’ve had yoghurt and fruit and I’m off for a run later. My goal is to run 5k by the end of my #90DayChallenge.

Most Saturdays I volunteer at Parkrun Coventry. I’m the one in the yellow vest being a marshall with my dog (AKA Marshall Dog). We are usually positioned at the bottom end of the War Memorial Park. If you’re passing give us a wave.

It will be a different story in a couple of weeks when I am on the volunteer roster for my first tail walker/runner role. If anyone wants to join me, you are more than welcome. I will be the one at the back with Marshall Dog. The last time I did this was the same day I broke my ankle so this is a huge milestone for me, both physically and mentally.

Meanwhile…

The excitement about Strictly Christmas is building as each Contestant is being revealed over the course of the coming days/weeks. You can follow all of the progress and reveals on the Strictly Christmas Facebook Page.

My excitement is building too as I realise that I get to wear one of those floaty dresses to dance in.

Strictly Christmas is organised by volunteers to raise vital funds for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry. Tickets are already on sale for the evening show on 9th December and for the lunchtime show on 10th December. As well as an impressive line up of judges, including Anna Kennedy OBE who featured in the first People’s Strictly for Comic Relief, you will also get to  see some of the dresses worn by celebrities and dancers of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing! (Exact dresses to be confirmed)

If you want to know why I’m supporting this challenge you can read all about it here.

In the meantime, I need your support to help me reach my target of £500. I will be posting regular updates about my progress and you can support me via my JustGiving page

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I’m Running! My ‘Strictly Christmas’ training regime in aid of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!I am on Day 43/90…of a personal #90DayChallenge I set myself to reach fitness and lose a bit of weight along the way. This coincided with me being selected to take part in Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice Strictly Christmas in December. What a great opportunity to combine my own personal fitness challenge with raising money for a great local charity.

I am now walking most days, counting my steps and eating a healthy diet.  However, a huge leap for me last week was signing up for the Couch to 5K “Run Like a Girl” (RLAG) 8 week challenge organised by Sky Blues in the Community through their In it Together project.  So last Monday I turned up feeling slightly nervous at the War Memorial Park, along with 150 other local women, in my trainers ready to commence Week 1.

I don’t really know what I was expecting…perhaps a few breathing exercises, maybe a few stretches or even a talk about how we were going to build up to the magical 5k?  I certainly wasn’t expecting to actually run on Week 1!

However, I soon got into the flow of the 90 second runs and 2 minute walks which I generally used to gasp for air before we set off again.  The biggest challenge for me was trying to forget about my ankle and once I got over the mental hurdle of actually running on it, I enjoyed it.  In fact, the more I did, the easier it became until I was actually quite disappointed when the final whistle went at the end of the last 90 second run.

Now just to clarify…when I say run, I mean a sort of gentle jog. To me it was running, it was definitely faster than my walking pace as I couldn’t speak while doing it, so it definitely counts as a run….a whole 3.4k and over 5,000 steps. So I am actually looking forward to Week 2.

All this activity must be working because I jumped on the scales last week and dropped 5lbs!

Strictly Christmas is organised by volunteers to raise vital funds for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry. Tickets are already on sale for the evening show on 9th December and for the lunchtime show on 10th December. As well as an impressive line up of judges, including Anna Kennedy OBE who featured in the first People’s Strictly for Comic Relief, you will be able to see dresses worn by celebrities and dancers of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing! (Exact dresses to be confirmed)

If you want to know why I’m supporting this challenge you can read all about it here.

In the meantime, your support would be greatly appreciated. I will be posting regular updates about my progress and you can support me via my JustGiving page

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Follow Strictly Christmas on Facebook and Twitter

It’s official! I’m very excited to be a contestant in ‘Strictly Christmas’ in aid of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice

This is the start of a huge personal challenge for me having recovered from a badly broken ankle last year.  Little did I know that I would spend 6 months on crutches, gain over 2 stone in weight and face almost 18 months of pain, coupled with the inability to walk properly.

30 days ago I started my own personal #90DayChallenge to fitness. Over the last 30 days I have been walking almost every day and, although I still have some pain, I can now easily walk 5k (in trainers).

The next 60 days are all about preparation for the intense training for Strictly Christmas. I will be eating healthy and my gym visits will be less about chatting, eating and drinking coffee and more about actually entering the gym to do a workout. The dance training commences in early October.

So why Strictly Christmas? Basically, I am a supporter of Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry. I help through a variety of local business activities to raise vital funds each year for the charity. However, I wanted to do something personally and this seemed a great way to do it. The event is organised by a group of volunteers and I am one of 20 contestants taking part. Tickets are already on sale for the evening show on 9th December and the lunchtime event on 10th December.

I’ve always wanted to be able to glide effortlessly across a dance floor…Strictly style. In my head I’m the most amazing dancer with great rhythm and footwork, usually after a few glasses of wine! However, the harsh reality is that I  leave a trail of trodden toes, stumbles and I’m sure that I resemble an elephant with two left feet. Quite simply, I can strut my stuff on my own but put me with a partner and it all goes to pieces. I can’t wait to meet my dancing partner…I hope he has the patience of a saint and protective footwear!

I will be posting regular updates about my progress and you can support me via my JustGiving page

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