As my alarm went off for the 16th day running, it started to feel like ‘Groundhog Day’ and i was caught in a never-ending loop of tiredness, muscle pain and foot blisters (yes Mr Blister now has company with Mrs Blister on the opposite foot, lol). Although that’s 16 days of sharing my challenge and getting the message of how important ‘Knowing your numbers’ is to keeping a healthy blood pressure through health and fitness. Then we can all be empowered to fight the silent killer that could b lurking inside us! 💪🏼 😀 ❤️
I started out this morning with a secret mission…I needed to make a complete loop from my walks. If you’ve been reading my posts you’ll know i’ve been lost a few times in the woods. This is from me trying to find the right paths that complete my loop. I use a few routes where i walk as far as it’s safe for me to go and then i turn around and walk back the same way…But i didn’t want to walk back every time but make a big loop. So today was the day. I’d memorised the turns where i’d gone wrong and was determined not to get lost this time! 😀
Whilst walking around for nearly 4 hours a day i get to listen to a lot of audiobooks. For some reason i’ve gone mad on football biographies. I havn’t played football since the 90’s before i went blind, and during my walks so far i’ve already read:
- A life too short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
- Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
- My life in football: The Autobiography by Kevin Keegan
- Reboot by Michael Owen
- My turn: The Autobiography by Johan Cruyff
- The second half by Roy Keane
In the voice of Rocky…”I DID IT!!”
I had no idea if i was going in the right direction or not, but i kept telling myself to go left whenever the path split. It worked a treat and it wasn’t long before i recognised the end of the other route which meant after 16 days i’d finally smashed the loop challenge! Just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke i’ll try it again tomorrow! 💪🏼 😀
As i’m concentrating so hard, with the sun blasting through the trees and blinding me further and slipping in the mud…It’s easy to forget just how beautiful this local nature reserve is. I hope my photos do it justice and you’re enjoying them?!
I returned home exhausted but feeling good that i’d smashed the loop challenge. Sarah seemed to already know and had prepared one of my favourite meals…Protein Pizza, Carrot & Cottage Cheese Kebab & a Stupendous Salad!! I wonder if i’ll get this for the last 8 days of this challenge?? 💪🏼 🤣
Once i’d eaten my fantastic lunch and replenished the nutrients, i thought the day couldn’t get any better…BUT…
As i caught up on my emails before starting to create todays post, Kay from Blood Pressure UK had emailed to say that i was on their website!! Yay my challenge to make everyone ‘know there numbers’ has gone even further and it looks an reads great! Please take a look HERE.
Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???
Grenade Carb Killa Jaffa Quake.…Mmmmmm…A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with a chocolate orange layer, coated in milk chocolate and crispies! Packed with protein, with over 21g per bar! 💪🏼 😀
Stats so far…
- Total steps: 342,822
- Total miles: 176.68
Now to try and rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, knees and blistered feet ready for tomorrows challenge!
An Advent For Change…❤️
OH…Have you heard about my ‘Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK!’ That’s around 252 miles!!
If not, lol…Please read my story and DONATE if you can to this vital and life changing cause. Yay i’ve now smashed my fundraising target of £1,000 but as some of you may know…I’m always looking to over achieve, so please donate if you can. This challenge is not over yet! 💪🏼 😀
Also don’t forget to share and make everyone aware of the silent killer that could be lurking inside us!
Do you know YOUR blood pressure numbers??
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀
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