In January 2017 I made a deal with myself to find a way to exercise that I enjoyed and which I could maintain. I was struggling to drag myself around Nailsworth’s hills to walk the dogs, and any enthusiasm I mustered to get fitter on my own just dwindled after getting disheartened with my lack of progress. The prospect of joining a class where I would inevitably be the one hiding at the back battling to keep up was far too daunting, so I tentatively made contact with Personal Best about 1:1 personal training sessions. With Carl’s encouragement and a programme pitched just at the right level, I found myself able to exercise in a way that felt right for, me for the first time in far too long! After a while I was brave enough to join the stretch class, and then after starting working with Tom I discovered how fun boxing is! Around the summer last year, I asked whether he thought I might be able to manage a circuits class. It took some weeks for him to convince me that I could, but eventually I went along and although it was hard, I got through it in one piece. It wasn’t long before I dropped the PT sessions as I was able to manage two circuits classes a week! Coming to the circuits classes and the support I’ve been given has helped me discover how far I can push myself physically and the determination I have to succeed.
Just before last Christmas, I made the mistake of mentioning to Tom that I felt I needed a new challenge and was vaguely considering whether I could do a 10k. He didn’t let me forget I had said this and ‘gently’ (and persistently!) persuaded me to sign up every time I saw him! So, at less than half the weight I was when I started this journey just over a year ago, and considerably fitter, on Sunday 13th May 2018 I will be running the Sketchers 10k trail run in the Forest of Dean. To hold me accountable (and to make sure I don’t chicken out of it!) I am doing it to raise money for the charity I work for part time, Inclusion Gloucestershire. Inclusion Gloucestershire are a disabled people’s charity who work in many innovative ways to challenge discrimination of disabled people and to champion their rights. I would be so grateful if you would join me in celebrating what I have achieved by helping out a local charity and sponsoring me here .
Thank you so much.
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