The dates on the links below are when the updates to my autobiography / health diary
were completed. The updates usually cover the time period since the previous one.
There is overlap in what I wrote, as the health diary updates were originally written
for a different site than this one. There are some specific topics which are named
rather than dated, and these have been put in approximately when I was doing them
/ they occurred.
I started going to the newly opened Gym close by a few months ago. I'm so lucky because
I live close to this Healthy Living centre, which is a project that is developing
and has some brilliant services to offer me, the pool, the Aquagym, and the actual
Sylvie on the Aquagym
Even better than this, I got referred to the Healthy Living Centre by my G.P., so
that I can go whenever I like for a whole 6 months for free (so no excuse!), and,
even better than that, I am given one to one help in the Gym. It's like having a
personal trainer! Wow!
It didn't take me long to get into using the exercise machines, and on the first
day I even found myself walking at a slow pace on a treadmill. I could not believe
Now MS-UK (formerly the MSRC)have been encouraging everyone with MS to set themselves
their own personal marathon challenges! Not everyone with MS has the ability to run
26.2 miles (or even without MS!). But rather than feel sorry for ourselves, MS-UK
are saying DO 26.2 OF SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO, BUT THAT WILL BE A CHALLENGE TO
YOU! You can read more about this idea by Clicking Here.
So, of course, this got me thinking as to what I could do, to not only challenge
and push myself, but also to raise much-needed funds for the MS-UK.
I decided to attempt walking on a treadmill for 26.2 minutes, and preferably without
a single break!
To be honest with you, I have no idea whether this was achievable. Bear in mind I
only did 3 minutes on my first try!
So each week I tried to build up the time I could manage. I soon realised that I
had set the speed too fast at 0.7 mph, and it was the equivalent of climbing Mount
Everest trying to walk for 26.2 minutes non-stop, so I had to compromise and slow
it down just a little.
On my third attempt though, at the slightly slower speed, I achieved my dream of
walking for the 26.2 minutes without a break, and it was an amazing feeling to see
the 26.2 minutes pass on the clock. It was a relief too, because by then, I'd managed
to get over £1200 in sponsorship!!!
That amount exceeded my wildest dreams, and I'd just like to thank everyone who sponsored
me again. You helped me to get there, and the MS-UK will put every penny to good
use, believe me!
My grand total is now £2 227.57! Now, that is what I call remarkable!