Break the Silence

There is a charity in Ayrshire called Break the Silence. Break the Silence is an independent Voluntary Organisation established to provide a range of free and confidential support services to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse from Ayrshire.

A good business colleague friend of mine is heavily involved, and she has run this 10k twice before, and she always raised money for this cause. As a tribute to her, and the good work that they do, I have decided to raise funds for them too.

The statistics for childhood sexual abuse is mind-blowing. There have been high profile cases in the news in the past few years. Icons from my childhood have been imprisoned or only been found out after their death, to have commited horrible crimes on children, using their fame as a cover. Now more and more men are coming forward who have been sexually abused under the guise of “football coaching”. If you work with people, or socialise with anyone, the chances are that there are people you know who have been sexually abused in their childhood.

So every penny raised is used to get the survivors on the road to becoming Thrivers.

Turning Survivors in Thrivers

Training for the 10k run, is still in it’s early days, so sponsorship has not been promoted, although I have set up a JustGiving page to collect sponsor money. Please donate to this great cause.

Every Journey Single Step

 

The Transformation of a Jelly Baby

Did you make any New Year Resolutions this year? Have you kept them up? Or have you failed miserably yet again to make this year, the year you change your life, yourself, your level of fitness, or any other challenge that you set yourself on 31st December year x?

Let’s be honest, we have all done it haven’t we? Promised ourselves that this year will be THE year to make the change and the difference So how are you doing?

For me, with a birthday in January, and a daughter who also has a Birthday in the first 2 weeks of the year, it was never going to be a good month to stay off the alcohol, the chocolates, the cake now was it? So we celebrate in style, and look forward to February when we can set our goals, knowing that the days are getting longer, the evenings are getting lighter, and it is oh so much easier to race round the streets after tea. And let’s be honest the promise of summer just around the corner is always a good time to think of lying on the beach, and just how are the tops of my legs going to look in my cossie this year? I probably have this thought every year, and tell myself that I will have slim thighs by June, but fail miserably. But this year is going to be different, and just what has made me get up off the couch and go and do something this year?

Well it was episode 1 of Apple Tree Yard, a psycholgical thriller that is on our TV at the moment. The main character is a post-menopausal woman who says that her physique resembles that of a Jelly Baby, and boy did that hit a chord! It was funny, but also the bitter truth, my body too is squidgy in places which resembles that of a favourite sweet.

So yesterday I set some goals.

Starting point:

Weight 11 stone/ 151 lbs

Vital StatisticsĀ  32 33 43 not so much a jelly baby as a pear drop

Resting Heart Rate 70 bpm

Exercise Nil

My goals: To run a 5 km fun run in May and a 10 km run in aid of charity in Sept. Get my weight down to 140 lbs in May and 130 lbs in Sept.

To transform this Jelly Baby into a Pear Drop, less squidgy, more hard muscle, but still sweet all the way through

Today I joined a gym and walked/jogged/ran 1 kilometre in 10 minutes 16 seconds, and got my heart rate up to 144 bpm.

challenge-change

The reason I am sharing with you all in the blogosphere is so that you will hold me accountable. I want you to follow me on my journey, to encourage cajol and downright bully me, if I slip off this pathway. Will you do that for me?

Blessings and a Happy New Year to you all Joy x