Monday, 23 November 2009

Back in Action

I followed the Doc's advice properly, and took a week off training. Last wednesday running club was hard work - but mainly because I had lost fitness rather quickly! Saturday I spent a few hours in a London gym with a chum - that was good, I worked extra hard on the treadmill, sweated loads and felt quite good afterwards! This morning I felt that work though - legs of iron for the first 20 mins of my early morning run, but the aches soon worked themselves out and I had a good run in the end, despite being nearly blown off my feet outside Lime St!!! Onwards and Upwards!!! We have had many good ideas for fundraising to add to the sponsorship - keep checking here for news!!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Missing in Action !

Well I've been missing for a week or so, LIFE !!!!! We've had Joes Girl out of action being a tumble tot in work and Ive been laid up with the flu for the past week, this training malarkey would be so much easier if life didnt get in the way !

I did however do my training up to being ill, and took delivery of my christmas/birthday present early of a vibration plate machine - for those who dont know what they are it is a platform that you stand on which vibrates and you do various exercises on up to 3 min on each it does work because it throws you off balance so you have to work twice as hard on the muscles. well I think I spent most of the time laughing or falling off it not sure that is what you are supposed to do but I had a giggle, Mark was rolling on the floor laughing at me he couldn't speak for laughing at me - so much for support! and a week later my teeth still havent stopped rattling -

So I'm back in circulation now, fighing off the last bit of flu and getting back into the training, met with Joesgirl today and she is good now, and back in training herself and all entered into the Santa Dash in Liverpool - love to do it myself but am literally left holding the baby because hubby had already entered himself and then takes my 2 daughters around the mini dash so I am left with only the baby and Starbucks for company -- oh well its a tough call !

Friday, 13 November 2009


Yes, I fell down the stairs. Got to have a week off training, then a slow return. But it has not stopped me signing up for the Marathon!!! Very exciting! Links to donate will appear soon!

Friday update


Joesgirl74 is out of action for a week or so - but will let her keep you up to date on whats happended - all I will say is work isnt good for you and get better soon chicco x xx

on happier notes,

Had my weekly weigh in and lost 3lb so guess who's a happy chappie this week so to date that is 14lb Woo!

And Tadahhh we are officially entered into the shine marathon so will soon let you know on ways to sponsor us if you dont mind


Coming up soon we will have some NKOTB stuff up for sale to add to the contributions - calendars, etc so will let you know when they are available

Until next time - take care ......... and be careful in work !!!!!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Signing in

Hi everyone,
So, here I am! We're going to do all we can to raise as much as possible, and will have plenty of ideas that you can help us with, so keep checking in! I'm currently nursing a 'flare-up' of a very old injury, so having to be a bit more careful with my training; I had the ice and hot-water-bottle out after my club run last night.
Let's Get This!!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Partner in Crime

Both myself and my partner in Crime are doing this marathon together as a team, along with any other blockheads we grab along for the ride and pretty soon she is going to start adding her posts here so you will be able to keep up with the team progress. I know I havent given you my name but I think to save any confusion and because you have probably 'met' us on there it would be better if you know us by our twitter names:




Can you guess who our favourites are ???!!!

UPDATES ......

So weigh in last week, stayed the same - but in my defense it was halloween and all those sweets are bad for the kids, and I DO always tell them to share !! so I am back to the grindstone this week with a vengence - I did however have my first measurements taken ( since being measured at the start)and have lost a total of 10.25 inches overall - my Gym instructor says that is is a better indication sometimes because as you are working out muscle weighs heaveier than fat so you may be staying the same but toning up more - So maybe it wasn't all those Halloween Sweets - hmmmm does that mean that I can use that excuse another week ??? dont think it will work in the new year - months after Haloween - but you never know !!

I may even be brave enough to post some pictures soon - if any of you know Donnie though I have the same interpretation of 'soon' lol

Until next time, take care x x x

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Midnight Marathon here we come x

Sorry this was my very first post - deleted it my accident - DUH so here it is again, good for a little reminder of why we are all doing this

Welcome to my new blog,
Breast Cancer is a disease that affects so many people and the knock on effects for friends and family runs even further because of this I have chosen to enter into the Midnight moonlit Manchester Marathon 2010 in aid of the
charity Breakthrough Cancer

I, as well as a lot of women have been touched by cancer
in some way and any financial help that the many
charities can raise is a huge step in the breakthough
for a cure, join me on my trip from non runner
through to marathon runner/walker raising as much as
I can along the way - wish me luck !!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Missing in Action !

I know I havent been here for a while I have been working out - I promise - The kids and hubby have been off school this week so Ive had to try and fit it in around all sorts plus had an injury, - my first !! so to bring you all up to date, 2 weeks ago maintained weight, Friday 30th October lost 3 lbs, so still going in the right direction, x

Went on my long walk/job on Sunday last week did well then went supermarket shopping and twisted my knee turning the trolly - so not exactly a sporting injury, but sounds better than 'I did it shopping' - thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it !! so for last week I could only do upperbody exercises at the gym and no long walks - not very exciting im afraid.

One thing I did discover though was one night my calves were REALLY, REALLY painful, apparently it was a build up of lactic acid in my muscles because I hadn't been exercising but for one night it was so painful, so if ever I needed an excuse to carry on exercising that is it just so I dont have to experience that again.

On a positive note though, because me knee still isn't right yet I have invested in a treadmill, so I can still walk/jog at home until it is better because I dont want to set out on a long walk/jog and my knee be too sore and Im in the middle of nowhere, so until then Im tied to the treadmill.

Kids are back in school tomorrow so I'll be able to step it up a gear between now and the Christmas Holidays

to lose......... 70
Lost .............11

To go ...........59

Till next time, be careful x x x

Monday, 19 October 2009

Why choose a Breast Cancer Charity?

I said that I would let you know why I chose a breast cancer charity, yes I am a blockhead but I have a more personal reason for choosing this group of charities.

I always religeously check myself monthy - it is one of lifes necessary evils, I hate checking myself but the thought of not scares me even more, so anyway Id been checking myself and nothing untoward to report, we had been doing a fair bit of decorating and stripping of wallpaper and I had what felt like a pulled muscle under my arm, which wasnt getting better, but with being right handed its not like I could take it any easier to rest the muscle, so went off to the doctors just to make sure.

Doctor agreed that it was just a pulled muscle but did find a thickening in my right breast just by the breast bone, which sent me into a flat spin, I am so fastidious about checking myself and I had missed this which makes you think on what else have I missed, I was a young(ish) mum with 2 small children who were 3 and 5 at the time and Ill be honest with you every time I saw them and my husband I just burst into tears, thinking the worst. I went to the specialist who thankfully diagnosed me as having benign breast tissue and was nothing to worry about, but would flare up throughout the month due to normal hormone fluctuations.

I can honestly say for those couple of days until I saw the specialist I have never been so scared.

My doctor and the nurses at the practise were fantastic and even a couple of years later when I was pregnant again and obviously had hormones up the wall sent me off to the specialist again to calm my fears, what I did learn throughout the days is how differently it could have turned out and how much I appreciate the kindness of the doctors, nurses and my close family and friends.

Since then it has been toying away in my mind of raising money for the charities, but then my son was in SCBU overnight when he was born so I raised money for that cause, which brings me to today.

Yes I am a New Kids Fan and all of the fans out there know what Danny has had to endure, but this is on a personal level more than anything, and to be honest I dont mind which Breast Cancer Charity it is for as long as it is for one of the group and we get as much money as possible by any means and get this disease beaten once and for all - together we can get this x x

Weight loss Friday

Well it's Monday couple of days late but weigh in at Gym on Friday was ...... (Drum Roll) ........

Lost 2 lbs - woo !!!

So to date

Weight to lose 70

Weight lost 8

To Go 62

How do I feel? I feel pretty good even though I am aching ALL OVER today, Hubby said I should be on 45 minutes walk/jog on Sunday, he didnt tell me the first part was up the side of a mountain - he said (as a seasoned runner) it was an incline not from my point of view matey, it was a vertical climb - must remember grappling hooks next time, and to top it all off I must have done what felt like 42 miles turned out to be 3.7 !!!! - so Im not speaking to hubby today because he was making fun of me all night - ho hum onwards and upwards !! new week

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Weight loss Friday

This posting will be every Friday but I forgot to do it last friday so from now on it will be on a Friday after I have been to the gym last week lost 6lb

I want to lose about 70 lbs overall - Im a big girl - hence no piccies yet - and why it makes the marathon an even bigger (pardon the pun) challenge

The way I am looking at it - if I can get through the next 6 months training that will be beneficial for my long term health then it will be a precious gift to continue with and for my family to benefit from, I will still be here for them and also be able to join in rather than sit on the sidelines, and not forgetting the struggle that I will be going through in order to get fit for the race is nothing compared to the fight that many, many women go through daily, they are the ones that have the courage, fight and grace- my heart goes out to you all x

to lose --------70
lost ---------- 6
to go ---------64

woooo - go me !!

Reality Check

Well, sorry it has taken me a while to do my next post, the shock of being accepted has worn off and reality has set in now !!

My Husband has done many marathons, and various other runs - (he calls them fun runs, Why I dont know?? there isnt ANYTHING fun about this !!)

So anyway I figured it was better to get some advice from someone who had already done a fair but of running and knows my habits - all good of course - NOT !! rather than trawling the sites and books for advice on how to start running rather than the obvious put one foot in front of the other faster than normal - and someone who will kick me out the house even when it is raining and there is something really important on the TV - soap operas are informative and real life arent they ??

My Personal Trainer as hubby will now be called rather than what I want to call him after excercising has sorted me out a training plan for the next tow weeks based on a complete novice, so here it is:

Monday - Walk/Jog
Tuesday - Gym
Wednesday - Day off - WOOOOOO !!! and Hump day too!!
Thursday - Gym
Friday - Gym and Small walk/Jog
Saturday - Day off - I could get used to this !
Sunday - Long Walk/Jog

and Week by Week

Week 1 - Walk/Jog
Weekdays - 35 min
Weekends - 45min

Week 2 - Walk/Jog
Weekdays - 45 min
Weekends - 1 hr

Week 3 - Walk/Jog
Weekdays - 55 min
Weekends - 1hr 10 min

Week 4 - Walk/Jog
Weekdays - 1hr 5 min
Weekends - 1hr 20min

Week 5 - Jog
Weekdays - 1 hr 5 min
Weekends - 1hr 20 min

As you can see my husband is obviously getting his own back on me for what I called him when I was in Labour with the kids !!!

so far, so good though, the gym I go to is Curves, dont know what type of workout you would call it Ill find out and let you know but there are various machines that you do 30seconds on each with a 30 second jog inbetween and you do the circut 3 times, and it is OWWWWW in the morning so it must be working.

In the next few weeks I will let you know my PERSONAL reasons behind wanting to do the run for a breast cancer charity, and to also if you dont mind I will pass on the donation details on so if you would like to sponsor me -

And finally I will start to post some pictures for you, when I get some batteries for the camera or I get brave enough to post them - whichever comes first

Until then take care and be safe - keep checking yourselves x x x