This year my plan was to become a lot fitter and a lot healthier. After gaining a lot of weight over the past two years due to lifestyle changes and the contraceptive injection I gradually also became very unfit and very unhealthy. I have tried various diets to lose weight, slimming world and weight watchers but nothing seemed to help; the doctor even put me on Orlistat tablets to see if it was my diet that was the actual cause of my weight gain. Instead of losing weight on the tablets like you should I actually gained another 6lbs whilst been on them. After various health checks it has recently came to the doctors attention that there is a problem with my liver in which I am currently having investigated to try and get to the root cause of the problem. In the mean time I thought what better way to get fit and get healthier whilst also seeing the beautiful British countryside so I instantly signed up for the 500 mile challenge.
The 500 mile challenge is something I came across in the April issue of country walking magazine. I have never read this magazine before but for some reason was drawn to it in the local supermarket whilst doing the weekly shop. Walking and hiking is something in which I have always wanted to get into but never really got round to doing. After flicking through the first couple of pages of the magazine I came across the challenge, I read through the information of what it is all about and a story of a lady who completed the challenge last year and how it had a huge impact on her life; after losing 4 stone and dropping 3 dress sizes she stated that she never felt better in life and has become so much healthier within herself. Instantly I thought I could do that, I know it is going to be a gradual process and that walking long distance at first is not going to be easy but I am feeling so positive about this challenge. I also feel that having the challenge and the 500 miles to aim for will make my transition towards a healthier lifestyle so much more easier, having something to focus on and achieve at the end of it will make it so worth it.
Not only do I want to aim to walking 500 mile this year, I am to lose at least 2 stone in weight and finally get my health issues under control once and for all. This is to a new me and a new way of life. If you are interested yourself in joining the 500 mile challenge you can find information on how to do so in the country walking magazine. Not only will you get fit and healthy through walking but if you download a printable mile tracker from their website using the unique code from the magazine you will be entered in regular competitions to win some awesome walking gear. So what are you waiting for, come and join this challenge with me and let us share this journey together.