Thank you so much for visiting my JustGiving page.
I've never been a sporty person. Like many of us, I stopped exercising and got into bad eating habits when I married and later had children. Whilst pregnant, I had gestational diabetes and it was a complete shock to be put on a controlled diet and medication. Plus, once you've had gestational diabetes, you are seven times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in later life. There was no way I wanted this.
I had my 40th birthday and my weight was still creeping up. I knew I needed to do something radical but didn't feel mentally ready. I'm an all or nothing person.
It was 1st January 2017 - this was going to be a new years resolution I kept. I decided I needed to both diet and start exercising to achieve weight loss. I lost over three stone. I completely changed my lifestyle. I started Park Run, did an exercise class and started a healthy eating regime. I wanted to be a good role model for my children and for them to see me exercising.
I'm nearly 43 and I'm fitter now than 10 or 20 years ago. I hope this sprint triathlon will be my first of many fitness challenges but this will really push me to my limits. I've never cycled on the road before. In fact, I can't remember the last time I cycled. Training for this will be intense - juggling being a mum, running my own business and fitting in training 6 times a week. The thought of the cars terrifies me and I'm quite accident prone!
I would absolutely love it and be so grateful if you can donate just a small amount, every £1 counts. It is a wonderful charity which really makes a difference. Music can really enrich your life, particularly for children that have life-threatening illnesses and complex learning needs. To put into context...
- £5 will provide a tool for a non verbal child to be able to express themselves beyond words through something as simple as drumsticks
- £50 will pay for a child suffering from cancer to attend a music therapy session
- £250 will pay for a full day of music therapy in a dedicated centre
I hope my part of the fundraising will provide 3 days of music therapy. I'm racing with a team of 20 strong women - as part of the Monkey Music team led by Alison Norman, who runs Monkey Music classes for children in Tunbridge Wells. Nordoff Robbins is their charity partner.
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Thanking you so much for listening to my story and supporting Nordoff Robbins.