#15 🐾 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Eyeballing”

Portraint of Bruce not looking impressed

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Eyeballing” 

“Are you eyeballing me?! Don’t eyeball me! Never eyeball me!! Keep your eyes front and don’t move them until i call them!” 

You may have thought i’ve been going soft on you as the last few posts have been a little squishy…But that ends now…Go hard or be soft! 😖

The burning pain of discipline is nothing to the anguish of disappointment! 

💬 “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Dwight D Eisenhower

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb

🎶 singalong with me…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take, chocolate or cake, I’ll be watching you.”

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💪🏼Yay…-65lb Weight Loss Badge! 🙌

65lb weight loss badge

A little progress each day adds up to big results. Keep chipping away at your goal and soon you’ll realise that all those little victories add up to the biggest victory of all…Reaching your goals! 😀  

I love the quote above (although not sure who said it) as i have personal experience of living it…But more importantly, i like to celebrate every little goal and achievement badge i earn. 💪🏼 😀  

I’m still not finished yet though and i would like to get to 5 stone (70lb) weight loss! If i can get to this huge milestone i can then evaluate and see if i’m lean enough, and switch to maintenance calories instead of this healthy calorie deficit i’ve been on since 1st June 2020!!  

Weight loss benefits…

The 2 fantastic health & prevention charities i love are WCRF (World Cancer Research Fund) and BPUK (Blood Pressure UK), because they really help me with their recommendations on living a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few reasons from them on why i now focus on losing (and maintaining) a healthy weight. 😀 

From WCRF…

Me WCRF

“Obesity, weight and cancer risk…Our research shows that being overweight or obese is a cause of 12 types of cancer…”

  1. Bowel
  2. Breast (post-menopausal)
  3. Gallbladder
  4. Kidney
  5. Liver
  6. Mouth, pharynx and larynx
  7. Oesophagus (adenocarcinoma)
  8. Ovary
  9. Pancreas
  10. Prostate (advanced)
  11. Stomach (cardia)
  12. Womb

From BPUK…

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“Being a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your blood pressure…” 

How does losing weight help lower your blood pressure?

If you are overweight, losing weight will lower your blood pressure because your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump the blood around your body. It lowers your risk of many other health problems, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease, and can make you feel better too, giving you more energy to do the things you want to.

How to lose weight healthily…Read the recommendations.

As i’m a stats person…Reading all the numbers behind what can be achieved and prevented is mind blowing, and this is why i started taking control of the things i CAN change, and not the things i CAN’T.

Now i just want to share all of this good news with everyone so we can all be aware and empowered to start fighting the cancers, strokes, high blood pressure & many more…That we can prevent! 💪🏼 😀 

#14 🐾 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Steve’s Birthday”

portrait of me(left) and Bruce looking into the camera

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Steve’s Birthday” 

As it’s Steve’s birthday today (April 15) i think we should all take a little time to grab one of our fave treats(as he won’t share any cake) and sing out loud on his special day! 🎵

Remember: Humans are fragile…So it’s important for us to give them love that they can only receive from us! ♥️

💬 “I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” Doris Day

🎶 Birthday singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, even your birthday cake I’ll be watching you.”

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#13 🐾 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Ears”

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Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Ears” 

Let’s paws for a moment to talk about ear placement. Some of you will be aware that whilst running really fast during your drills, your ears flop around like crazy…This will not apply to some breeds, and will definitely not apply to those of you who are too lazy to hit full speed. It is vital to keep your ears disciplined! 

I’m only mentioning this as some of us(like me) have owners that are obsessed about capturing our photo to keep for sentimental purposes or something even more soppy like posting on WordPress etc…If you’re going to spend all of this time training, you might as well give them a nice photo! 🤣  

So just be aware…The cameras are out there and they’re pointed at you!!

💬 “If you think us dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving us only two of them.” 

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb

🎶 singalong with me…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take, chocolate or cake, I’ll be watching you.”

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#12 🐾 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Choir Of Cadence”

Bruces head shot of him howling, his muzzle pointed straight up

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Choir Of Cadence” 

Let’s paws for a moment to talk about singing. Many humans are uneducated on this topic and say that we howl…what a vulgar display of ignorance! 

Our choir of cadence can also be used when we train and that is exactly what i want you to do during all of our drills. Please revert to singing your fave songs on Sundays which is your day of rest. 😀 

Here is a short cadence to help with your PT…

ME: 1, 2, 3, 4, let me run with every paw….YOU1, 2, 3, 4, let me run with every paw

ME: 1, 2, 3, 4, I won’t quit give me some more….YOU: 1, 2, 3, 4, I wont quit give me some more

ME: I won’t quit unless i’m ill…YOU: I won’t quit unless i’m ill

ME: I just want my favourite drill…YOU: I just want my favourite drill 

If you can extend this cadence please leave some suggestions in the comments, i’d love to hear your ideas…And it will help extend your PT! 😀 

Here are some physical Benefits of Singing…

    • Singing strengthens the immune system. … 
    • Singing is a workout. … 
    • Singing improves your posture. … 
    • Singing helps with sleep. … 
    • Singing is a natural anti-depressant. … 
    • Singing lowers stress levels. … 
    • Singing improves mental alertness. … 
    • Singing can widen your circle of friends.

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb

 🎶 singalong with me…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take, chocolate or cake, I’ll be watching you.”

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#11 🐾 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Paws For Reflection”

A close up side profile portrait of Bruce looking left with his tongue hanging out

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 😀 

Wow another week in lockdown has passed already…Time flies when your boxercised!

Let’s paws once more and think about how much you’ve achieved in just one week. 

Also let’s think once again about rest and sleep. It’s vitally important to take a day of rest to give your body a chance to heal, it helps to de-stress, and also helps our minds focus…On FOOD, lol! 🍔 

Fun Quote…“A well trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.”

🎶 Our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take, chocolate or cake, I’ll be watching you.” 

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🐾 #10 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Legacy Of Love”

I love the look of complete adoration in Bruce’s eyes for Sarah! 😍

Bruce looking into Sarah's eyes!

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Legacy Of Love” 

Take time today to work on leaving your own “Legacy Of Love” your humans will be blessed for years and years. ❤️

Your motivational fitness, fun photo…📸

If you need inspiration…Just look at my adorable puppy eyes! Try and perfect this look, as it will make your human putty in your paws! 🤣

 🎶 Our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, even your chocolate cake I’ll be watching you.” 

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🐾 #9 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Snow Dives”

Bruce diving in the snow with front paws kicking up lots and lots of snow

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Snow Dives” 

Before you start to complain and make excuses because there is too much snow around (we haven’t had our 2021 snow yet), or you live in cold climates…Get out of your warm home and start drilling your laziness!

First things first…Please make sure your owner is appropriately dressed for the cold weather, as a lazy or frozen owner is detriment to your health! 😀 

Snow dives are fantastic at burning calories, stretching muscles and above all they are fun.

Don’t forget at the end of this exercise you can combine some of my other drills. The “Wet Dog Shake” is a perfect one to finish and you’ll make it snow for anyone who’s nearby…Fun for the whole family! 😀

Your motivational fitness, fun photo…📸

If you need inspiration…The photo of me (top of post) taking a dive, is a great example of how it’s done. Even short haired dogs can stay warm as the heart gets pumping! 🤣   

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb

 🎶 singalong with me…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

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🐾 #8 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Seek & Destroy”

A photo of Bruce running towards the camera with a huge burst tennis ball in his mouth

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Seek & Destroy” 

Seeking and destroying oversize tennis balls, footballs, rugby balls etc is a fantastic way to strengthen our already powerful jaws…Ooohh that popping sound, or the slow hiss of death. Nothing feels much better than when we conquer a ball! 😀

Beware…If you like the oversized tennis ball(like me) or tennis balls of any size, they can sometimes bite back.

The ball itself can be a choking risk…But some of us enjoy shredding the yellow-green fuzz that surrounds the tennis ball. Eating this fuzz can lead to increased choking hazards and intestinal blockages that could require surgery. Do not let this happen, just paw your owner until they get you another ball! 🐾

 

Your motivational fitness, fun photo…📸

 

The photo of me (top of post) is in the ‘Old Hunstanton Lighthouse’ garden. My humans stayed their on their honeymoon and then for 5 following anniversaries! It was a nice large sealed area where i had plenty of room to run, jump and rip up toys! Each year we visited…They bought me a new holiday ball! Don’t let holidays destroy your health! ❤️

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb

 🎶 singalong with me…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

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🐾 #7 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Let Me See Your War Face”

Bruce sprinting face

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today let’s talk about your War Face 

To make sure you smash your goals each day, is to make sure you make war with the enemy of health and fitness….Kryptonite! This can manifest itself in many ways (it’s like a shapeshifter) e.g: junk food, tempting marketing, excuses and many more! It’s entire aim is for you to stop being healthy and becoming the best version of you, you can be.  

Don’t forget…Whilst practising your war face…This too is a great exercise for training your face muscles…A win win, lol! 🤣 So to get every drill performed each day…is to make war with Kryptonite! There is no better way to do this than to show your war face.

Show me your war face! Now show everyone your war face!

Let’s come together and destroy the evil lair of laziness! 🐾

 

Your motivational fitness, fun photo…📸

 

If you need inspiration…The photo of me (top of post) performing yesterdays drill (short sprints) is a great example of a ‘War Face’. Don’t be afraid to add a little growl (the deeper the better) to add more drama! 🤣 

 

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb! 

 🎶 Remember our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

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🐾 #6 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Short Sprints”

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Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today is my fave…Short sprints! 

The benefits of sprinting are endless. It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise, it increases your stamina, burns lot of calories in a short time and moreover, it gives a boost to your metabolism so even when your workout is over, it keeps on burning calories…Mmmm so make sure your owner keeps the treats coming! 🐾 

Sprinting releases surges of happy endorphins called dopamine, meaning we too can experience a ‘human runner’s high’. 

If we are under stimulated and under exercised, we can be prone to destructive behaviours such as chewing, digging and rubbish rummaging. We can become hyper, overly excitable and restless at night. It can be the cause of attention-seeking behaviour, like whining, jumping up and barking. Do not let this happen…Drag your lazy owner outside and get them moving! 🐾

 

Your motivational fitness, fun photo…📸

 

If you need inspiration…The photo of me (top of post) performing this exercise was once again taken on Old Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk. My human had to dive out of the way a few times, as i kept sprinting right towards the camera so i could get the best angle for the shot, lol…Who said sprinting can’t be fun! 🤣 

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb! 

 🎶 Remember our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

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🐾 #5 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Wet Dog Shake”

Brucie Shake

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Now that you’ve had your day of rest…Let’s get straight back into beating these lockdown blues. 🐾

There is no better way to shake off the lockdown blues than a full “Wet Dog Shake”. This will definitely put the fun into fat burn! You can try this outside or for more laughs indoors! It’s an full body workout that will guarantee your other family members will stay at least 2 metres away whilst maintaining the social distancing laws! 😀

Your motivational fitness, fun photo…

If you need inspiration…The photo of me (top of post) performing this exercise was taken on Old Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk. My human used a 400mm zoom lens so he didn’t get soaked, as i really got carried away! 🤣 

🎶 Remember our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.”  

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🐾 #4 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Day Of Rest”

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Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 😀 

Now let’s talk about rest and sleep. It’s vitally important to take a day of rest to give your body a chance to heal, All of these Boxercise classes may leave you exhausted (if you’re putting in the effort) and needing rest…Well i have good news!  

It turns out that sleep is crucial for strength training recovery and helps with muscle repair after a strenuous workout. On the flip side, inadequate sleep can interfere with the body’s ability to recover after lifting weights and inhibits the body’s ability to build maximum muscle strength.

This is why having a healthy meal plan with enough dietary protein to aid in muscle repair and new muscle growth is vital. As many of the critical restorative functions in the body, like tissue repair and muscle growth—occur mostly or only during sleep.

So the bottom line is…Sleep can help de-stress, build muscle and also help our minds focus…On FOOD, lol! 😀 🥩

🎶 Here’s a happy singalong to share with your human…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 😀    

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🐾 #3 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Tug O’ War”

Bruce pulling on his plastic sausages from the left and Sarah's hand pulling from the right

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 😀 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Tug O’ War”

One of my fave games is playing Tug O’ War with Sarah (or against anyone who was willing), My string of sausages was a great toy to use in this game, but anything you can get in your mouth will do. As it’s not wise to use the arm or leg of your human, and it’s not helpful to rip, tear and shred an animal carcass all over the house or garden as this would be way too messy (although it’d increase your humans NEAT – Non-exercise activity thermogenesis whilst cleaning up, lol)…But a simple dog toy will suffice! 💪🏼 

This is a great exercise for building jaw, neck and shoulder strength, and for building up powerful tugs as your muscles get bigger and harder. Oh and it gives your lazy human a workout too…Why should you always be the one to exercise, lol! 🤣  

It’s a great endurance test to see who could keep going the longest, and it will burn lots and lots of calories! I Can’t remember who won this game…Me or Sarah?! I’m sure I did!! 🐾  

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Yay…My Weight Goal Met Badge! 💪🏼

Weight loss goal badge

I stepped off the scales this morning with a mixture of disbelief, excitement and joy, as i’d lost 4½ (63lb) stone! As i entered the numbers into the “MyFitnessPal” app (which syncs with the “Fitbit” app) i was awarded this great achievement badge. 😀

I didn’t have any hopes of achieving this goal as i only set my goal by accident (the fitbit app is not accessible for the blind on entering a weight goal), but i had it stuck in the back of my mind as i focused on the smaller -5lb weight loss, more achievable goals. I’m still not finished yet though and i would like to get to 5 stone (70lb) weight loss! If i can get to this huge milestone i can then evaluate and see if i’m lean enough, and switch to maintenance calories instead of this healthy calorie deficit i’ve been on since 1st June 2020!! 💪🏼 😀 

Weight loss benefits…

The 2 fantastic health & prevention charities i love are WCRF (World Cancer Research Fund) and BPUK (Blood Pressure UK), because they really help me with their recommendations on living a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few reasons from them on why i now focus on losing (and maintaining) a healthy weight. 😀 

From WCRF…

Me WCRF

“Obesity, weight and cancer risk…Our research shows that being overweight or obese is a cause of 12 types of cancer…”

  1. Bowel
  2. Breast (post-menopausal)
  3. Gallbladder
  4. Kidney
  5. Liver
  6. Mouth, pharynx and larynx
  7. Oesophagus (adenocarcinoma)
  8. Ovary
  9. Pancreas
  10. Prostate (advanced)
  11. Stomach (cardia)
  12. Womb

From BPUK…

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“Being a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your blood pressure…” 

How does losing weight help lower your blood pressure?

If you are overweight, losing weight will lower your blood pressure because your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump the blood around your body. It lowers your risk of many other health problems, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease, and can make you feel better too, giving you more energy to do the things you want to.

How to lose weight healthily…Read the recommendations.

As i’m a stats person…Reading all the numbers behind what can be achieved and prevented is mind blowing, and this is why i started taking control of the things i CAN change, and not the things i CAN’T.

Now i just want to share all of this good news with everyone so we can all be aware and empowered to start fighting the cancers, strokes, high blood pressure & many more…That we can prevent! 💪🏼 😀 

🐾 #2 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Getting Air”

Bruce jumping off the ground

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today’s Drill…“Getting Air” 

You may be thinking of Michael Jordan or a BMX dude getting air on a half-pipe…But let’s put the spring in YOUR step and see how much air you can get! Don’t stop until you’ve reached your own height in getting that air! Once you do…It’s a great way of getting lots of healthy treats as your human will be impressed! 😀

Jumping, aka (plyometric training), consists of fast, explosive movements which activate the fast-twitch muscle fibres associated with building muscle, strength and power. These jumps will  help to activate fast-twitch muscle fibres. These fast-twitch fibres have a big part to play when the muscle contracts against resistance; they are longer and stronger than the short endurance based slow-twitch fibres. We recruit more fast-twitch fibres during plyometric training resulting in muscle growth, strength and power. 💪🏼 

Now it’s time to get your human moving and see who can get the most air?! 🤣 

If you need inspiration…The photo above is me getting air on Old Hunstanton beach in Norfolk. Once you get enough air the entire beach disappears! 💪🏼  

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🐾 #1 Pawing away the 2021 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” – “Meet Bruce”

Bruce with his fluffy toy Eeyore

🐾 Hi, I’m “Bruce THE Boxer”, Steve has kindly let me use this new FitBlitz blog to post my health & Fitness classes. I’ll be your ‘Boxercise’ instructor and I’ll help you paw away your 2021 COVID-19 lockdown blues. Also i’ll get you in shape this new year by helping you smash your 2021 health and fitness goals! 💪🏼 

Don’t be fooled by my cute baby face…I’m here to teach you recruits (i mean clients) discipline, nutrition, correct form, security detail, accurate attack methods, basic knowledge of weird humans, grooming and best of all…Real Boxercise drills.

 

Please don’t forget to bring a bottle (or bowl) of water with you to ensure you stay hydrated. You’ll sweat a lot, if you work hard enough! So hydration is vital. 

 

It’s been a pleasure meeting with you here, and i can’t wait to get these classes started. I’ll give you until tomorrow to prepare yourself for your first drill! 💪🏼 😀 

Description from Steve…

I may be more than a little biased as Boxer dogs are my fave, but sharing a fun daily photo (from my archive) of “Bruce THE Boxer” will not only put a smile on my face(and help keep his memory alive) for me…But also put a smile on your face(or even LOL) and this may help a little to help paw away some of the 2021 COVID-19 lockdown blues! 😀 

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🐾 Special Guest Boxercise Instructor: Smash Your 2021 Fitness Goals With 50 Days Of Boxercise Classes With “Bruce THE Boxer” 🐾

portrait of me(left) and Bruce looking into the camera

I’d like to introduce you to “Bruce THE Boxer”, a boxercise instructor like no other! He is kindly gifting us with 50 days of boxercise posts right here on FitBlitz, to help us get motivated and energised so we can smash our 2021 health and fitness goals during this new lockdown! 💪🏼 😀 

The first class (then daily afterwards) will start tomorrow, so If you’re after a fat-blitzing workout, harder muscles and to learn a little about nutrition, these Boxercise classes are a great way to add a little ‘punch’ towards smashing those goals! 

Who are these classes for…?

Everyone! Whatever your age, gender, dog breed or sporting ability, these Boxercise classes are ideal for all and are perfect for beginners. It’s great for anyone (with feet or paws) planning on weight loss, improving their overall fitness and families who love to workout as a group.

What do i need for the classes…?

Please remember to bring a bottle (or bowl) of water with you to ensure you stay hydrated. You’ll sweat a lot, if you work hard enough! So hydration is vital. 

Oh…And don’t forget to have fun! It’ll be a tough, challenging yet totally enjoyable workout that will leave you wanting more!!💪🏼 😀 

Can’t wait to meet you on Day 1…

❤️ Thank You!! 💪🏼 😀

Me Winners Trophy

 Wow…I’m still filled with ineffable joy as i think back over my gruelling step challenge, and as i sit reading all of your encouraging, loving and inspiring messages i’m getting quite emotional!

All of your cheering, sharing and kind comments have helped carry me through one of the hardest things i’ve ever done…And now it’s time to try and say a huge thank you to you all without having enough words to describe how you’ve all made me feel throughout this challenge. So i’ve posted a list of thanks to you below which i’ll cherish forever! 😀  

  1. I’d like to give a gargantuan amount of thanks to you Ambber (my sister) for your understanding, support and encouragement…Especially as you’ve just been into hospital with severely high blood pressure! ❤️ Message: “Blood pressure as us as a family know is a life changing deadly illness, we’ll done Bro for raising awareness of this invisible killer, so proud of you xx xx”
  2. A colossal thanks to Charis & Adam for your donation and relentless kindness. 😀 Message: “Good luck!”
  3. A huge thanks to Dora for always believing i can do it…Whatever the challenge!  💪🏼
  4. A heart warming thanks to Christine for always being here to cheer me on! Message: “Good luck Steve, you’ll be amazing 👟👟👟 🏃🏃🏃” 
  5. A massive thanks to Alan for completely silencing  me with a mind blowing donation that equates to £20 a day for 24 days! Message: “Great to help. Fundraising for this often overlooked charity I admit your stamina. And pray for good weather!”
  6. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Sheila for her support and encouragement. 💪🏼  
  7. A colossal amount of thanks to Sarah A who just keeps on supporting me no matter what! 💪🏼 Is it too early to ask for her to take some photos with her stupendous camera skills? 🤣 Message: “Good luck Steve, this is a really good cause and I’m sure you’ll smash it!” 
  8. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Linda & Charlie for all of their support and encouragement. 💪🏼 Message: “Good luck Steve x” 
  9. A powersliding thanks to Ben W who always turbocharges my challenges!! 🏎
  10. I’d like to give a monumental amount of thanks to Anita & Mark for their relentless encouragement! With you guys cheering me on, i know i’ll smash it like at Tough Mudder! 💪🏼 Message: “Go Steve! I know you will smash this like you did Tough Mudder.” 
  11. A huge thanks to Laurence for her kind donation & share! 💪🏼 Message: “Good luck Steve, all the best x”
  12. A mind-boggling amount of thanks to Ben & Rosie for their staggering display of kindness! 💪🏼 Message: “Well done Steve – amazing stuff!” 
  13. I’d like to give a stupendous amount of thanks to Rachel K for her support and donation! Message: “Good luck Steve, what an amazing challenge and great charity.”
  14. I’d like to give a Joyful, Tropical, Caribbean and of course ‘Red Belly (the best cake in the world)’ amount of thanks to George and Cynthia, for their kind donation last night. I simply can’t believe just how kind, loving and generous hearted you guys are…❤️ I think i’ll need some red belly during this challenge which will give me the power, boost and a smile all along the way, lol! 🤣
  15. An enormous amount of thanks to Lynda for her kind and loving donation. Message: “Good luck Steve. You will smash it”
  16. Please turn your Marshall amp volume knobs up to 11, and make a joyful, riff rocking noise as we need to thank Phil for his guitar blitzing donation! 🎸🎶🎤 Message: “Well done Steve, you’re a Warrior for a very good cause.”
  17. I’d like to give an elephantine amount of thanks to Peter and Kathryn for their kind, love and support for this challenge!
  18. I’d like to give a stupendous amount of thanks to Sandie for her support and donation! 😀 Message: “may the Lord keep you safe and strong.”
  19. I’d like to give an elephantine amount of thanks to Janine Lewis, for their kind, love and support for this challenge! Message: “I’d walk every step with you Steve! You are an amazing man. Good luck x”
  20. A huge amount of thanks to Daniel Arthur for his kind donation and inspiring message: “Keep on walking….”
  21. A huge thanks to Charlotte Smith for her fantastic donation and support! Message: “Congratulations Steve (& Sarah as your support team), fantastic achievement & really important cause. Good luck for the remaining days.”
  22. A massive thanks to Lorna for her donation and inspiring message! Message: “You and Sarah are bloody legends and the biggest inspiration to us all ❤️ Your latest adventure took me back to getting very lost training for RNIB’s South Downs 30K last year!! Loving your spirit xxx”
  23. A brobdingnagian amount of thanks to my lovely wife Sarah, who has made this challenge possible with her tireless support and encouragement! Message: “I know how hard this has been for you Steve….. But keep pushing on…. YOU ARE NEARLY THERE!!!! Xxxx”
  24. Wow…The inspiring Lynda Russell has donated for a second time! Message: “Steve you are such an inspiration. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you but you will certainly smash it. I’m donating again because you deserve to have the encouragement for all your hard work.”
  25. A huge thanks to Ella for her loving donation! Message: “Hi Steve, we are so very proud… fantastic achievement! Lots of love Ella & Pete XX”

Finally…I’d like to give a monumental amount of thanks to 11 mysterious strangers for their kind, loving and supportive donations…And fantastic messages!

  • YOU DID IT !!! Ordinary people know their limits, YOU continue to push what you can achieve higher and higher. Congratulations on your amazing tenacity & motivation…you are a winner Stevie Rebus xxx
  • Nearly there Steve, you’ve got this!
  • You are an inspiration! What an adventure. Go Steve 🙂
  • I wondered why you kept walking past our property.
  • What a challenge!! May God go with you as you walk in His service.
  • Steve Look good – 20,000 steps a day for 24 days will be a great achievement
  • Go Steve Rebus 🙂🥳😎
  • Well done Steve!
  • Good luck and enjoy the step challenge Steve! 🙂 

Even more thanks…

And of course i want to thank Blood Pressure UK for their vital work, encouragement and for supporting and cheering me on the whole time. They were always with me and never failed to leave me messages, emails and of course…The T-Shirts! 😀  

Thanks…And thanks again (to 36 sponsors) for this overwhelming encouragement towards this challenge, and the vital life changing cause that’s close to my heart…And effects me in my day to day life! ❤️

I hope you’ve been inspired to keep a healthier heart?! ❤️❤️❤️ 

It’s still not too late…

If you’re reading this and would like to be a part of this challenge and cause…Then my fundraising page is still open for a few months…CLICK HERE and join the team!💪🏼 😀 

❤️ #24 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: YAY…I DID IT!! 💪🏼 😀

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Hi friends! 

I’m filled with such ineffable joy as i complete my gruelling step challenge, and my lovely wife Sarah presents me with a surprise winners trophy! 💪🏼 😀 ❤️ I simply can’t believe i’ve done it?! 

Me Winners Trophy

Once i’ve finished celebrating…And sleeping, i’ll follow up with a thank you post. A post to thank all of you fantastic donors and supporters for making all of this happen…I can’t thank all of you enough…Merry Christmas, have a lovely time and stay safe!! 🎄 😀 

My final Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Cookies & Cream Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with chocolate caramel, coated in milk chocolate and crispies. Packed with protein, with over 23g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 516,168
  • Total miles: 266.67

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, fingers, ribs, elbows, ears, eyes, metatarsals, biceps femoris, blistered feet…And also try and clean my trainers, lol! 🤣 

An Advent For Change…❤️

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 to this cause that is so personal to me in my day to day life. 💪🏼 😀 

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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❤️ #23 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: TIRED & EXPIRED!! 😰

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Hi friends! 

Yay…Well at least it’s nice weather for ducks…Or a blindman kitted out in his sports waterproof gear, lol! 

Apart from lack of energy and aching eyes from too much focusing, today went quite well with no dramas. I’m not sure if everybody has seen my challenge and got inspired to get healthy…But i’ve never seen so many people, dogs cyclists and runners in my life, lol! I’m hoping they’ve checked their numbers and are making the right changes to their lifestyles, lol! 🤣 

You may have noticed that i’ve been wearing my fantastic trainers, which were a gift from my lovely wife Sarah for losing 3 stone. They have been my most fav trainers i’ve ever owned, and i’ve owned some cool trainers before. But they are starting to feel exactly like i feel…Tired and expired!! 🤣 

Trainers before my challenge… 

Puma clean

 Trainers after my challenge today, and with 1 more day to go if they hold on… 

Puma Muddy

 I love this quote… 

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated” – Russel Warren (cricketer)

 Are you feeling inspired yet? I’m not sure i can give much more…And there is still 1 more day to go, also i’m never going to give up asking you guys if you “Know your numbers?!:. 

Guitar lesson…

I was falling asleep during my guitar lesson today, as after i’d finished my walk. Sarah and me had to walk into town for some Christmas food shopping. I was only halfway through creating this post, when i had to stop and do an hour long guitar lesson.

And then…

Yay…The muppets fun theme song blasted out of my phone! It was another kind donation towards this challenge. I’d like to thank Ella and Peter for also leaving me an inspirational message…And i’d also like to thank you all for donating, encouraging and motivating me all of the way!! 💪🏼 😀

Me guitar lesson

I can’t believe i’ve made it this far, and i’m so close to smashing my 262 (10 marathons) goal. 😀 With only 1 day left…It’s not too late to donate to this vital and life changing cause, which is so personal to me and my day to day life. ❤️ 

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Cookies & Cream Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with chocolate caramel, coated in milk chocolate and crispies. Packed with protein, with over 23g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 495,115
  • Total miles: 255.70

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, fingers, ribs, elbows, ears, eyes, metatarsals, biceps femoris 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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❤️ #22 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: HUMBLED & SPEECHLESS!!

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Hi friends! 

After yesterdays rain, 20mph winds and lack of energy…It was time the gloves came off…And they did literally, as there was no rain, no wind and it’s a lot warmer!! 🤣 Even the beanie hat stayed at home today. I also meant business when putting on the shorts…They felt like i was coming home and i was very happy to be wearing them again! 💪🏼

As i leave for my walk at the same time everyday, i know it’s a similar time when i arrive at the crossroads just before i call Sarah. Yesterday as i was double tapping my AirPods to evoke Siri a piercing siren screamed past which upset Siri somewhat, lol. But that’s not the fun part because at exactly the same time and place as i was about to call Sarah again today…A siren started coming from behind me again, so i whipped my phone out as quick as i could to see if i could get a photo of whatever it was. It just seemed strange that it would happen twice like this…Not sure why i mentioned this too, lol. 🤣 

Ambulance

The 9 mile marker…??!!   

Tree woods walk

 You’ll never guess what happened at the 9 mile marker..???

 Just as the progress announcement speaks into my ear (it does this every 5 minutes)…The muppets fun theme song starts playing at the same time…And you know what that means??!!! I’m sure i’m going to have a heart attack one of these days when i hear that sound, as i get so excited i nearly explode, lol! 🤣 

I stopped walking instantly and checked (once the whole theme song had finished of course)…It’s not only an amazing donation from our lovely friend Lynda…But this was her SECOND donation!! And this was the encouraging, supportive and motivating message she’d left…

“Steve you are such an inspiration. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you but you will certainly smash it. I’m donating again because you deserve to have the encouragement for all your hard work.”

I was simply stunned, and i’m still stunned as i type this…So i think i’ll end this post here completely humbled and speechless. 😀 

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Caramel Chaos bar…Mmmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate and crispies. Packed with protein, with over 23g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 473,978
  • Total miles: 244.54

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, fingers, ribs, elbows, ears, eyes, metatarsals, biceps femoris 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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❤️ #21 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: HARDEST DAY SO FAR!! 😰

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Hi friends! 

Waking up and hearing the rain lashing the windows, it was really hard to get up for the 21st day on the trot without proper rest.

“GET UP AND GET READY” screamed my inner drill sergent to the inner lazy me who just wanted to go back to sleep! My legs felt like concrete and i didn’t seem to have any energy at all, and knowing it was going to be raining the whole walk didn’t help!

Eventually i rustled (had all my waterproofs on) and slowly dragged my concrete legs out into the rain.

I was 0.8 miles (it’s good to be precise) when my “Messi” audiobook stopped and the happy muppets theme song started playing. I instantly stopped walking and my screenreader voice told me..I had another donation!!!! 💪🏼  😀 I investigated a little further and…It was from my lovely wife Sarah! She’d left this message to…”I know how hard this has been for you Steve….. But keep pushing on…. YOU ARE NEARLY THERE!!!! Xxxx”.

I phoned her straight away and thanked her profusely, and that donation and message was exactly the lift i needed to keep battling on. Sarah told me that she knew how hard it was for me this morning, and she could hear the rain crashing on the windows…And i’d still got the determination to head out on my walk! Wow thank you Sarah…The best wife in the world!! ❤️❤️❤️ 

Rain walk 1

Rain walk 2

Rain walk 3

Rain walk 4

Help…

I was halfway through the woods and it felt like my beta blockers were really crushing the life out of me, i had no energy, my feet felt like concrete blocks and…If i could see (or even find a bench) i’d just sit down and give up! ☹️

Rain walk 5

Rain walk 6

Rain walk 7

Rain walk 8

Rain walk 9

It was about this time when i started to think about my lovely wife Sarah and her loving, supportive and generous donation…And the 31 other amazing supporters who have also kindly donated! I was breathing heavy, my legs felt even heavier and i was getting quite emotional as i dragged myself up another muddy, wet and sloshy hill…I just kept thinking of all of your messages (i have a good memory) and all of the cheering on from around the country, and realised why i was putting myself through this, and how important it is to know your numbers and have a healthy lifestyle with a happy heart! 💪🏼 😀 ❤️

I still have no idea how i made it home today, but i’m glad i’m sat down creating this post, lol!  

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel bar…Yay, my fave bar ever! A triple-layered treat, featuring a tasty salted caramel layer, soft nougat and a delicious milk chocolate coating Packed with protein, with over 20g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 452,009
  • Total miles: 233.01

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, fingers, ribs, elbows, ears, eyes, 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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❤️ #20 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: KNOW YOUR NUMBERS??!! ❤️

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Hi friends! 

With not even a day of rest on a Sunday…I dragged myself out of bed and braced myself for the freezing cold. The sun was absolutely blinding today and made my walk 10 times worse..If that’s possible? Oh one good thing though…I managed to take a photo of my shadow, lol! 🤣 

Me shadow

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS…

Oh yes…Just to make sure i’m not doing this 24 day gruelling challenge for nothing…DO YOU KNOW YOUR NUMBERS?? Has all of this inspired you in the slightest to get a blood pressure check and keep a healthy heart? I hope so, as it’s for you (and anyone who’ll listen) that i’m doing this for! 💪🏼 🤣 ❤️

This is why i chose the charity Blood Pressure UK as they are the only UK charity dedicated to lowering the nation’s blood pressure to prevent stroke and heart disease. Their vision is for everyone to know their blood pressure numbers in the same way they know their height or weight and take steps to keep them healthy, both now and in the future. 

And who doesn’t want that??!! 💪🏼 

Sunshine woods 1

Sunshine woods 2

Sunshine woods 3

Sunshine woods 4

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Fudge Brownie Bar…Mmmmmmmmm…A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with chocolate caramel, coated in milk chocolate and crispies! Packed with protein, with over 22g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 430,377
  • Total miles: 222.01

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, fingers, ribs, elbows 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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❤️ #19 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: 200 MILES! 💪🏼

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Hi friends! 
 
Me waving

Wow can you believe it? The 200 mile marker has been smashed today! 💪🏼 😀 

The day started like yesterday…Grey, raining and wind that feels like you’re being held back by a bungee rope! After 50 minutes walking up the long road and hoping no cars (going about 70mph about 2 feet away) mount the kerb and take me out, i arrived at the crossroads.

Crossroads 1

Not the most photogenic of places but i’ve not shared a pic with you guys yet. Once arriving here i call Sarah and let her know everything is alright and i’ve not been mown down, lol. 💪🏼

I did about 7 miles before arriving home for a coffee and a Grenade bar. As it’s Saturday we go into town and get some food shopping ready for the coming week. Saturdays are my worst and most tiring days for some reason, maybe because my walks are split up and sometimes last into the dark evenings. Once we’d been into town and got lots of goodies, i went back out to finish my miles…And of course it was raining, but getting soaked everyday isn’t going to stop me from reaching the 262 mile (exactly 10 marathons) goal that i’ve set for myself! 💪🏼  

Still no sign of a white Christmas yet…And there is only 5 days left to go. I’m really going to miss you guys cheering me on, lol! 🤣 💪🏼 

Christmas jumper lights

At least the dark evenings create a great backdrop for my amazingly bright Christmas jumper lights! Oh and also the cheesy Christmas movie and the enormous bowl (it’s like a sink bowl size) of freshly popped popcorn tonight, yay…Nothing like carb loading on low calorie high dense food! 😀 

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Raspberry.…Oh no it’s the Raspberry one again…I really don’t like this one at all…But i still ate it, lol as it’s packed with protein, with over 20g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 408,627
  • Total miles: 210.89

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, fingers 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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❤️ #18 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: -60lbWeight Loss!

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Hi friends! 

After cheering and a few fist pumps from stepping on the scales this morning, i quickly opened the Fitbit app to see what colour my new -60lb badge would be. Of course i had to ask Sarah as i’m also colour blind too, lol! 💪🏼 😀  

60lb weight loss

To say i was excited is an understatement. I’m getting closer with each badge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise, healthy nutrition and a healthy weight. I’m no expert at all as i’ve just tried to change things little by little so i don’t rebound and put on more weight than i’ve lost because i’m starving! 😀 

Me BPUK 1

I really like what Blood Pressure UK (i love wearing the t-shirt and being a fan) recommends on their website, and when i first read it i thought “That’s exactly what i think as i’m experiencing it at the moment”…. 

 How does losing weight help lower your blood pressure?
If you are overweight, losing weight will lower your blood pressure because your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump the blood around your body. It lowers your risk of many other health problems, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease, and can make you feel better too, giving you more energy to do the things you want to. Read much more HERE.

 Today’s Walk…

After yesterdays blinding sun, today was grey, windy and raining. I hadn’t taken any photos whilst out on my walk as i didn’t want to get my phone soaked, and have the possibility of the app crashing again. It was a battle of wills too as i pushed hard with every step to fight the hammering rain in my face, and the strong wind pushing me back…It felt like i was being held back by a bungee rope, lol. 🤣

When i returned my lovely wife Sarah already had a present wrapped up and waiting for me. “Here is your -60lb badge winners gift” Sarah said as she handed me the present. I have no idea how she knew? Or how she even got it here so quickly? But Sarah had bought me a box of 12 salted caramel Grenade protein bars! I had only tried one the other day from my amazing advent calendar for the first time, and i loved it! 😀 

Grenade Salted Caramel Bar

 While we are on the topic of food…Yay it’s time for thee amazing Turkey breast mince base, onion, mushroom, peppers, cheese and tomato protein pizza! Under 200 calories for a big slice and over 30g of protein! 💪🏼 😀 

Pizza

I can’t believe there’s only 6 more days of this challenge left. My body is confused (i think) and doesn’t know whever to be full of pain, or totally numb from all the pain?! So After 18 days my legs seem to have a mind of their own too, as they lead the way and i just try on hold on and follow, like the scene from Wallace and Gromit and the wrong trousers, it feels like someone else is in control, lol. 🤣 

I will say one thing though…If i hadn’t lost this much weight, there is no way i could do this challenge! 💪🏼 

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Birthday Cake.…Mmmmmm…A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with a vanilla layer, coated in white chocolate and sprinkles! Packed with protein, with over 20g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 386,984
  • Total miles: 199.41

Now to try and not collapse…But rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, shoulders, arms, 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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❤️ #17 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: BP & SCENERY!

17th Dec Walk

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Hi friends! 

I was just walking out of the front door when i realised i hadn’t got my Fitbit on! it was still plugged in and charging up as i didn’t want it to go flat whilst out walking, lol, phew! 🤣  

Today was the worst day for me weather wise as the sun was absolutely blinding! I had to stop so many times as the glare made everything disappear…And when you’re right on the kerb next to a busy road, it’s not a good idea to risk anything. 

There was one good thing though…As i kept stopping whilst in the woods stage of my walk…I managed to take more photos than usual. If you’re fed up with seeing photos of trees, paths and scenery then look away now, lol! 🤣 

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 I’d found this beautiful new path and decided to seee how far i could go before i’d have to turn back, when i heard the sound of running water. I thought it sounded like a stream so pointed my camera towards the noise! 💪🏼   

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 Continuing along the path i eventually came to the end. The sun was so bright i couldn’t make anything out at all, so i took a photo to see if you could describe what my camera is looking at? Maybe i could go further on this path?! 😀  

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I turned around to go back in the direction i came and almost walked up a wrong path, it became so sludgy i knew i hadn’t walked that way…That could’ve been another sloppy and slippy adventure! 🤣 Getting back on track i found the beautiful scenery again. 

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  Yay…I’ve made it out of the woods, i hope you don’t mind all of the photos? I think even though I can’t see what i’m looking at…It doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the view instead, lol! 🤣

now it’s time to return home for…Yes you’ve guessed it…The amazing protein pizza! 💪🏼 😀 

Pizza

 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS…

Taken from the fantastic article on the Blood Pressure UK’s website. Read full article HERE

Taking control of his health
Since his wife Sarah started working for WCRF, he’s learned the difference a healthy diet and exercise can make to your health and happiness. He’s learned about the right balance of nutrients for his body, watching the calories (“they sneak them into everything”) and how to exercise safely. He’s recently received his 50lb weight loss badge from FitBit, a wrist band he uses to track how far he’s walked, and his doctors have lowered the dose of his medicines.

“When you exercise, you feel happier because of the release of endorphins. Then those around you feel happier too. Who wouldn’t want that?”

Steve wants everyone to know their blood pressure numbers 

Ready for a new challenge, Steve wanted to raise awareness of high blood pressure no matter what your age. “I wouldn’t wish the consequences on anyone. It’s so easy to get a blood pressure check and know your numbers, just go to the chemist or get a home monitor, then you can relax. 

“If I can inspire one person to get out and get active it’s worth it. I hope someone will think, ‘if he can do it, I can do it.’”

My Blood Pressure Is…???

104/68mmHg. Wow if it stays like this i’ll be going to the doctors again to discuss lowering the dosage of my medicines again, yay! 💪🏼 😀 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NUMBERS?? Sorry but i’m not going to stop asking, lol! 🤣 

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.…Mmmmmm…A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate, peanuts and chocolate chips! Packed with protein, with over 20g per bar! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 364,653
  • Total miles: 187.85

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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❤️ #16 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: GROUNDHOG DAY, LOOPS & AUDIOBOOKS! 🤣

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Hi friends! 

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! 😀 

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Audiobboks…

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:

  1. A life too short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
  2. Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
  3. My life in football: The Autobiography by Kevin Keegan
  4. Reboot by Michael Owen
  5. My turn: The Autobiography by Johan Cruyff
  6. The second half by Roy Keane
I’m currently listening to ‘Messi: The Autobiography’ as i know nothing of the current players as i’m stuck in the 90’s, lol! 🤣  

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 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?! 

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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??  💪🏼 🤣  

Kebab pizza  salad

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 Advent Calendar

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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❤️ #15 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: THE LIFT! 💪🏼

15th Dec Walk

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Hi friends! 

As i was gently woken with the smart lights fading in with an orange hue, the sound of gentle acoustic Christmas songs playing…The thunderous rain was pounding the window with a ferocious flurry of noise! “Oh man, it can’t be 7am already?!” i said as Sarah tried to hear my voice over the hammering on the window. 😲

Fuelling up on coffee, seeded wholemeal toast and water and after the rain had finished taunting me one last time (yes it had actually stopped) i was ready to head off for another days adventure! 💪🏼 

After the app crash yesterday i managed to log out of Fitbit and log back in again which seemed to sort it without losing data, phew! 

After about an hour of walking i found my first obstacle… 

Bin Lorry

 I could hear it was some kind of bin lorry and someone was crashing bottles into the back. I just stopped and tried to enjoy the rest and hoped the lorry would drive away soon. There was no way of walking around as the road was really busy and the cars fly past at about 60mph…I tried to time the photo so no cars were in the pic! 😀 

After about 5 minutes (seemed like an hour, lol) the lorry pulled away and i started walking again…Well i say walking, my legs appeared to have malfunctioned and wouldn’t do what my mind was telling them. I think they needed some WD40 spraying on them to loosen them up, lol! 🤣

I returned home after nearly 7 miles of walking and i was still really tired. After the rain this morning, the sun was absolutely blinding (pun intended) and made for my worst conditions for seeing in. I can’t explain how mentally draining it is to be straining to see for hours on end. If it was just physical pain then i think i’d get through it…But as it’s mentally battering me i know i have to dig really deep! 💪🏼 😀 

When i arrived home Sarah greeted me with one of her stupendous coffees (after i’d paused my Fitbit) and i opened todays Grenade protein bar and said to Sarah “Wow the sun is way too bright and i don’t want to go back out there for another couple of hours”. She reassured me as i put my soggy trainers back on. I always know my legs seize up if i have a pit stop but i need the fuel so i just have to push through! 😀 

I started my second half walk and i was not feeling confident when…

You’ll never guess…???

The fun muppets theme song went off in my ears! I quickly stopped walking, paused my audiobook and turned my voiceover on to read my email. YES..It was another donation and the person said “You are an inspiration! What an adventure. Go Steve :)”. Wow i am not only humbled but i simply can’t believe how kind, generous and supportive you guys are…It was the perfect lift that i needed and it seemed to carry me through to the end of this gruelling walk, thank you!! 💪🏼 😀   

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Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa White Chocolate Salted Peanut Bar…Mmmmmm…A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in white chocolate and peanut chunks! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 321,094
  • Total miles: 165.46

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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❤️ #14 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: HOSPITAL, APP CRASH, RAIN! & Exhaustion! 😰

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Hi friends! 

Well there was no time to mess about this morning…We were up at 6am as we had to go into London for an eye appointment at hospital for Sarah. As we armed ouselves for the day trip (it usually takes hours, if not all day) i’d thought i’d track my walking starting from when we had to walk to the train station etc. Sounded like a great idea…Until it wasn’t, lol.

I paused Fitbit when we stepped onto the train and resumed when we got off. Then paused again as we got on the second train, and so on. It was working fine until…As we got to Clapham Junction (on our return journey) i opened the ’Trains’ app to find the next train home which worked great…But when i switched to the Fitbit app it had cancelled my tracking and wouldn’t respond to any other action. I tried everything including closing the app etc but the app had crashed! It still counts my overall steps and i’ll do as many as i know will make it for the daily challenge but then i’ll have to log out tonight as i don’t want to lose any information. Let’s hope it’s back and working ready for tomorrows challenge! I managed to salvage the total daily step count from the app crash. 💪🏼 😀

As Sarah started back at work (she has to have more laser surgery in Jan) i rushed out to try and get some hours in before it got dark. I was only out about 10 minutes when it absolutely tipped it down!! My top half was completely fine as i had my amazing yellow Dortmund jacket on…But my bottom half was drenched as i was only wearing my normal tracksuit bottoms. They were stuck to me like i’d been shrink wrapped! I quickly went home and switched into my adidas adizero full waterproofs and headed back out! 💪🏼 

I’m not sure if it was the hospital trip, the app crashing, the heavy rain or the fact that this challenge is just relentless at draining me everyday without rest…But i’m completely exhausted!! 😰

I will leave you with a few photos i managed to take today whilst trying not to get my phone too wet! Hopefully see you tomorrow if i can move, lol! 💪🏼 😀 

Rain walk 1

Rain Walk Pond 2

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Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar…Mmmmmm…A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate, peanuts and chocolate chips! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 300,445
  • Total miles: 154.67

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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #13 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: OH NO…I’M LOST AGAIN!! 😲

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Hi friends! 

Wow…What a rainy, muddy and navigationally challenging day…Just another fun day in the life of this really tired blindman, lol! 🤣

My day started really well although it was chucking it down but the light was good for my sight, fantastic! I always walk for about an hour then i phone Sarah as she likes to know i’m safe and all is going to plan?! It was all going great until i had a great idea…I wasn’t going to go back and cover the same ground i’d already walked, but i was going to cut through the woods and make a huge loop out of my walk on the GPS map. This meant i’d also count more steps too. Well it sounded like a good plan, lol….

After walking, then still walking, and then walking some more i said “I think if i keep on this track that i can amazingly still see, i’ll join at the crossroads where i normally walk to as part of my route”. The crossroads never arrived and i was hearing the sound of a main road again. I eventually arrived at a T-junction. I could hear the cars flying past to the right but i was sure i had to go left…But what did i know as i was lost again, lol! 🤣 

I stood looking around when i heard from behind me “Are you lost??” i spun around and a lady had walked up to me. I enquired where the road with the traffic would take me, and she said it would eventually end up at the place i’d walked to already. Then i pointed the other way and she said it would end up in Ashstead which is where the crossroads are. After saying thank you i headed off in the direction of Ashstead. It wasn’t long until the path became much too hazardous to walk along as it was deep slushy mud from edge to edge. My feet were getting stuck as it became too deep (i kept hearing that sucking popping sound)and i was sliding around like a dog on ice! After staying upright (no idea how) i told Sarah (who was still on the phone with me) i’m turning round and trying the main road way which will lead me al the way back to the place i started from. ☹️

I found the pavement next to the main road and kept walking again…A lot slower as i don’t know this path or if any posts are lurking in wait for me. After what seemed like ages i still wasn’t getting back to where i started from. Sarah said i’m just ending the call and i’ll check where you are using the ‘Find My’ app. She called back after a few minutes and said “Yes you’re on the right road and if you keep walking you’ll recognise where you are”. I kept walking and of course, she was right, i was back at the furthest point of my walk…How cool is that app?! Now just a few miles to go until i get home, lol. 😰

When i’d arrive back home (in serious need of a warm coffee) i’d completed nearly 10 wet and sloppy miles. Here is a photo i took when i arrived home of my not so bright trainers… 

Muddy Trainers

After my lovely wife Sarah gave me a huge hug for making it back home, she took my trainers and cleaned them until they looked brand new! Whilst they were drying i found my old pair of dull trainers and we nipped out together for the last couple of thousand steps. I was so tired, achy and in pain from my blisters (oh yes i have them on both feet now), i simply didn’t have enough calories left to even smile…But i tried my best! 💪🏼 😀 

Me waving 1

Me waving 2

 And Then…

Just as i was about to collapse with a warm coffee after a gruelling time…My phone blasted out with the fun sound of the muppets theme song. I have this tone set as the alert for any donations so when i heard it, my heart jumped. I couldn’t believe it was the donation that would hit my £1,000 target!! It was a donation from Charlotte who Sarah used to work with at RNIB and she’s still kindly supporting us now. It was the perfect lift i needed! 💪🏼 😀 

And if that wasn’t enough…The muppetts sounded off again!! It was another donation. You’ll love what the anonymous person’s message said “I wondered why you kept walking past our property?”. Yay, they must have read my article in the local newspaper…Proof i’m not a stalker, lol! 🤣  

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Jaffa Quake Bar…Mmmmmm This is one of my faves! A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with a chocolate orange layer, coated in milk chocolate and crispies! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 280.445
  • Total miles: 144.67

Now to try and rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, knees and 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #12 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: HALFWAY SPARKLES!!

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Hi friends! 

Wow…Can you believe it’s the halfway point already?? I can, i’m dying here, lol! 🤣 🚑

Well i managed to find a new friend for ‘Mr Blister’ today. I literally opened the fridge door to get a drink of water as i wanted to hydrate the tanks before heading out…When as the door opened a glass bottle fell out and landed on my big toe on the opposite foot from ‘Mr Blister’…Ouch…At least i have equal pain when putting each foot down now, lol! 🤣

As it’s a Saturday today, i decided to do the walk in the afternoon as me and Sarah needed to go and get some shopping ready to make the amazing protein pizzas (see yesterdays post). This meant it would be dark for the last hour of the walk.

I didn’t take any photos until the shadows grew long and the sun had fallen away. Sarah also joined me on the last hour of the walk as she is amazingly lovely! ❤️    

Night walk 1

The main reason for having a night walk was hopefully seeing if anyone had put twinkly Christmas lights up in their gardens and around their houses…??? They had and they were fantastic, yay!! 😀 🎄  

Christmas lights 1

Christmas lights 2

Christmas lights 3

Christmas lights 4

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate, peanuts and chocolate chips! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 259.787
  • Total miles: 134.26

Now to try and rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, knees and 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #11 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: “KEEP ON WALKING!”

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Hi friends! 

Woah is it only day 11?! It was around 9˚C this morning so much warmer than i’m used to, i seem to function better when it’s around the 1˚C mark. I also travelled with my new friend “Mr Blister” for the first time today…I don’t think the extra weight slowed me down but the constant stinging on every step was an extra challenge, lol! 🤣 

I split my walk by having a short pitstop after i’ve walked for 2 hours…I always pause my tracker every time at my front door so any of my lazy steps around the house do not get counted in with my racing steps, lol.

After an amazing fresh and warm Sarah coffee, some mineral water and my secret advent Grenade bar (see near bottom of post) i was just getting ready to leave, when i heard it was hammering it down with rain! So with a quick waterproof outfit change i headed out for the second stage. 💪🏼 

I took my first couple of photos when it was chucking it down but i’m not sure if you can tell in the images below?! 

Rain 1

Rain 2

 Walking a little further and trying not to slip on this super wet stage of my walk, i stopped to take another photo… 

Rain 3

 The rain only lasted about half an hour, and i started missing it as i got overheated with my full waterproof gear on…But come on Steve is this a challenge or not, lol! 🤣  

Rain 4

Rain 5

“Keep on walking”…

I’m not sure if it was my new found fame after the newspaper article, or the rise to stardom from the Pride of Britain awards acknowledgement…But as i was walking up one of the roads (for about the 5th time) i heard “Keep on walking” from about my 4 ‘O clock. I instantly started smiling and stuck my thumb out to acknowledge the kind man who was cheering me on! 👏🏻 🤣 

Sarah’s stupendous post-walk nutritional lunch… 

Pizza

I’d like to introduce you to the best pizza i’ve ever had, and i’ve had thousands over the years! This is our protein pizza which we prepare on Sunday evening (we make 1 each), cut into 6 pieces and have a slice each day. We both make our own so we can have our fave toppings (Sarah often puts olives on hers) and i hate olives, lol! 😀 We make the base from turkey mince so it has no carbs but lots of protein which is great for Sarah as she’s a T1 diabetic, then i can have my fave carb source food which is dry 7 seed wholemeal toast (like Elwood Blues) and Sarah doesn’t have to worry about carb counting or her blood sugar shooting up! 💪🏼 😀 

As i returned home today after walking through the rain…My lovely wife Sarah had prepared me with a warm slice of protein pizza (less than 200 calories a slice 😲) my new fave carrot kebab (i used to love donor kebabs but after dumping the junk and eating healthily this is my new fave) it’s a huge iceberg lettuce leaf rammed full of grated carrot and topped with cottage cheese…Mmmm, and of course a salad containing tomatoes, cucumber, apple, spring onion and beetroot…And of course my fave dry seeded wholemeal toast! 💪🏼 😀

I always consider what i’m eating after my long walk so my post-walk recovery meals always consist of carbohydrates and plenty of protein. As your body is designed to extract much-needed nutrients from your food quickly and efficiently after a long walk, protein is important post-walk because it’s necessary for building and repairing muscles. Ultra long walks can cause micro-tears in muscle tissue which must be repaired, hence the need for protein! Plus when you’re as old as me it’s a great way to fight off sarcopenia, lol! 💪🏼 🤣 

Wow how amazing is my wife?!! ❤️ 

 Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Peanut Nutter Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate and peanuts! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 238.630
  • Total miles: 123.40

Now to try and rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, knees and 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #10 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: CROSSROADS?!

10th Dec Walk

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Hi friends! 

It’s a little bit warmer today…About 5˚C so i didn’t need my super warm gloves for half of the adventure. It was also another dry day (which was nice) although i think it might rain for tomorrows walk! ☹️

I would also like to inform you…I have my first blister on the back of my right foot! I can’t believe i’ve managed it this far without getting one…But Sarah bought me some super duper running socks for this challenge and they are fantastic, and combined with my reward for losing 3 stone…My Puma Ultra Running Shoes…These are the best trainers i’ve ever owned, so cushioned and springy…

Puma Running Shoes

When i returned home today i called for the medic…And my lovely wife Sarah treated my stinging wound. ❤️

Oh…In case i didn’t tell you…My fave jacket ever (below) was the kind reward i received for losing 4 stone…

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As i mentioned yesterday i’d found a new path to add to my routes…But i didn’t really explore past the crossroads i’d ended up at. This is where i ask for your help! 

Crossroads 1

 🎶 I’m standing at the crossroads 🎶 in the image above and i decided to turn right and see how far down the path i could go before either my eyesight failed or the path got too bad or disappeared. I hadn’t walked very far until i walked into this…It seems to my eyes like a huge military fence with top secret weapons etc inside…But could you please describe for me what the camera is seeing but which my eyes cannot see?  

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 Once i realised my route was blocked (I wasn’t waiting around for the doberman guard dogs or the sniper red laser sights, lol) i turned round and tried the 2nd path which quickly turned into an obstacle too. I thought i could just about make out a very blurry white picket fence which seemed to block the entire path. Could you please help me out at describing the image below too as i’ve no idea what i’ve taken? 😀  

Crossroads 3

 Well there is only 1 more path left to try and it was a nice yellow brick road type of path which was nice and straight. I walked as far as i could go and turned to take the last photo of the day… 

Crossroads 2

 Now it was time to head back and see what flavour Grenade bar was waiting for me behind door number 10?! 💪🏼

Grenade Advent Calendar

 Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Bar…Mmmmmm A triple-layered treat, featuring a tasty salted caramel layer, soft nougat and a delicious milk chocolate coating. Now this was the business…I’m defo getting a box of these! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 217.545
  • Total miles: 112.52

Now to try and rest and repair these aching legs 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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Wow…My ‘Ultra Step Challenge’ Has Just Hit The News Stand! 😲

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Wow…My ‘Ultra Step Challenge’ has hit the news stand!!! 😲The amazing team at Blood Pressure UK interviewed me for their ‘Positive Pressure’ magazine and they’ve also sent the article to Surrey Comet! 

Please CLICK HERE and read all about it! 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ #9 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: 100 Miles! 💪🏼

9th Dec Walk

 

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Hi friends! 

Yay…I’ve smashed the first 100 mile marker! 💪🏼 😀 

Unfortunately my legs know it too, they feel like concrete and seem to have flames burning up inside of them, lol! 🔥 I simply don’t have enough time to let them recover as i didn’t give myself a rest day at all…But don’t worry…I’ll crawl round if it means getting to the finish! 💪🏼 😀 

It was another dry day today although still very cold. I had no dramas and didn’t even get lost in the woods…But i did accidentally find a new path which i’m going to use from now on…Yay! 

Today’s photos…  

Woods 1

Woods 2

Woods 3

Woods 4

 Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Dark Chocolate Mint Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with a mint fondant layer, coated in dark chocolate and crispies! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 195.861
  • Total miles: 101.30

Now to try and rest and repair these aching legs 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #8 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: THE BPUK T-SHIRT

8th Dec Walk

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Hi friends! First things first…How cool is this T-Shirt?! 🤣 
 
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A huge thanks once again for Blood Pressure Uk for sending me this t-shirt! 💪🏼  

It was a blistering 1˚C this morning and in typical English fashion, the weather started out super foggy (like yesterday) and during the walk, it became super sunny! ☀️ 😀 

I have aches in my lower right leg and in my back and it’s only day 8 of 24, lol….Well at least that’s a ⅓ complete! 💪🏼 

I didn’t have to do all of my routes today as i got lost in the woods when the fog stopped me from choosing the right path, so i ended up back at a point i’d already walked…At least i managed to get out of there by using the road noise as a guide.

I am more conscious of needing to take photos along my journey and at different points as i don’t want you to see the same boring shots. I normally forget when my legs switch to auto pilot and i find it hard to stop them, lol! I hope you enjoy today’s photos?!  

Today’s photos…  

Woods 1

Woods 2

Woods 3

Foggy Road

Foggy Path

 Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa White Chocolate Cookie Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with white caramel, coated in white chocolate and cookie crispies. 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 174.208
  • Total miles: 90.11

Now to try and rest and repair these aching legs 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #7 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: THE FOG! 😨

7th Dec Walk

 

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Hi friends!

Well another 0˚C start this morning, and when Sarah told me she couldn’t see up the drive as the fog was so thick…I knew it was going to be even more of a challenge today! 😨

But with 2 slices of dry super seeded toast (i like it with no butter just like Elwood Blues from the Blues Brothers movies) and with one of Sarah’s amazing espresso coffees…I was ready to face whatever today’s challenge had to throw at me. 💪🏼 😀 ☕ 

I managed to take 8 photos along my routes today as i kept having to stop as the fog completely ensconced me, although my iPhone must be altering the image as it takes the photo as it doesn’t look anything like how bad it really was!  

Today’s photos…  

Fog 1

Fog 2

Fog 3

Fog 4

Fog 5

Fog 6

Fog 7

Fog 8

 Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bar…Didn’t enjoy this flavour much at all but i still managed to eat it all, lol! A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with a raspberry layer, coated in dark chocolate and dark chocolate chunks. 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 152.642
  • Total miles: 78.92

Now to try and rest and repair these aching legs 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #6 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: 0˚C & Rain!

6th Dec Walk

 

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Hi friends!

I woke up this morning to a frosty 0˚C and as i opened the front door i heard the rain pouring down…Fantastic! 🤣 

The rain only lasted for about an hour and i was warming up nicely too. The sun was nowhere to be seen which is great for my eyes and i found the conditions ideal as long as my legs can handle it! 😀 

My lovely wife Sarah was also going to get her hair done, so this meant i had another couple of hours walking…BTW…Her hair looks beautiful, what a princess! ❤️ I actually smashed my 20,000 step total for today…And once i stopped tracking my challenge, my overall total steps for today counted over 30,000 steps…I have never reached that amount in the 4½  years since i’ve had my Fitbit! I was so motivated thanks to this step challenge, and for Blood Pressure UK for joining me everyday and cheering me along! 🤣 💪🏼

Oh and i also earned myself a badge too…

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Today’s photos…  

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 As i was walking further down this path that i’d ever been before, as the light conditions were really good for my eyes and it hadn’t just all disappeared…I remembered i needed to get some photos of my walk for you guys to have a look at. So i stood still and simply took a photo looking towards where i was walking, then i turned around and took one from where i’d been, lol! 🤣  

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Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Caramel Chaos Bar…Mmmmm, A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate and crispies! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 132.520
  • Total miles: 68.39

Now to try and rest and repair 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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❤️ #5 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge:

5th Dec Walk

 

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Hi friends!

Awwww i totally didn’t think about having rest days during this gruelling ultra step challenge…It was super hard getting up and ready for another day of walking for hours. But i’m not going to let my laziness let any of you guys down!!! 💪🏼 😀 

My legs were on auto pilot as i edged my way through todays miles…Then the super bright sun came out and the glare was so bright it completely blinded me and the pathways in front of me simply disappeared! It stopped play for a couple of times but there is no way it was going to beat me, lol! 💪🏼 🤣 

I try to get as near to 11 miles each day, as i’m trying to get the total miles walked to equal or pass 262 miles…Which is exactly 10 marathons! That’s my target anyway, i just hope my legs can take it! 🤣 💪🏼 

Today’s photos… 

Me Walk

Pond Walk

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Birthday Cake Bar…Mmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with a vanilla layer, coated in white chocolate and sprinkles! 💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 106,387
  • Total miles: 54.79

Now to rest and repair 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 and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼

Please 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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