❤️ 1 Million Steps Complete! 💪🏼

Hi Friends!!

Yay this blindman has somehow managed to drag this classic body 500 miles and reach 1 million steps to complete the challenge with 6 days to go!! I’m seriously heading for the pits to be restored and give my legs a rest so they won’t be as swollen and battered. 💪🏼 😀

You’ll be pleased to hear i won’t be doing any more charity challenges this year, so i won’t be hounding you for donations…But as this is my last opportunity and i’ve already smashed one of my two goals (the steps) please could you help me smash my fundraising goal??!!

During this agonising challenge and battling an omnifarious amount of emotions, i’ve learned that brittle type 1 diabetes is a million times worse than i’ve been feeling, and it simply never gives up, stays the same and definitely never rests! I really have full respect for my lovely wife Sarah and all the other amazing warriors who suffer on and carry on the fight! 💪🏼

So if you’re feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes. 💪🏼

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

Day 53/61: Home Straight…Hopefully! 😲

Hi Friends!!

Man is this challenge still going?! I don’t know about you but i was fed up after the 1st month…I think I’m having ‘post challenge blues’ but during the challenge, lol! 🤣

I think my legs are shorter, i’m really starting to hate walking and most of all my lovely new trainers burned out after 300 miles!! 😭 I can’t believe this challenge is still going on, i’m seriously not doing another endurance challenge again (not sure how true this statement will be once i’ve finished).

Oh i almost forgot…I’m meant to be celebrating passing 900,000 steps (that’s around 450 miles) which is fantastic and further than i’ve ever walked without a days rest! I hope you can celebrate for me as i’m still on the floor exhausted and lacking the power to go on.

I know brittle type 1 diabetes is a million times worse than i’m feeling right now, and it never gives you a rest period…I really have full respect for Sarah and all the other amazing warriors who suffer on and fight it! 💪🏼

Day 39/61: Thunder storms! ⛈

Hi Friends!!

Wow now that was a soaking, lol! 🤣 As i walked out with my rain coat on i was thinking it was a bad idea as i was getting a little warm. The sun was still blazing after mile three, and i was thinking of walking home as it was too difficult…Until…The sun ran off and it absolutely hammered it down!! 😨

The best thing about the rain hammering my cap and trying to pierce my rain coat, was everything went grey and dull so i could see a tiny bit better…Win win, lol! 🤣 I also hit my record steps in one day during this challenge, i hit 34,000 steps which will really help me catch up!! 💪🏼 😀

My legs are just about holding on for dear life, even after rolling over on my ankles a few times over the last 2 days…Thankfully my old football days have somehow made them like rubber as i used to always roll over, or get smashed over on my ankles…So i’ll be super thankful for that as i don’t have any injuries, yay! I need to still do 8.5 miles a day for the remaining 22 days…Your prayers are always welcome! 🙏

Day 37/61: 600,000 Steps!! 🙌

Hi Friends!!

Wow i thought my ‘Ultra Step Challenge‘ during advent 2020 for Blood Pressure UK was gruelling, and that was only 24 days, lol! 😨 I’m now 2 years older and this current challenge is double the milage…But after a wayward week in the slough of despond, i’m happy to be awarded the 600,000 step badge (that’s 300 miles).

If i ever mention i’m doing another endurance charity challenge in the future, can you tell me NO, lol! 😀

Sarah’s Message…🤔

Whilst out on my walk this morning (i didn’t want to go but i did) i was flagging on about mile 4 until i recieved this message from my lovely wife Sarah:

“Oooh you are strong and amazing. 💪 I love you very much and am inspired by your determination to get these steps done… however hard it is. You are my amazing wonderful hero husband… patient, kind, loving, strong and hard wearing 🤩😍❤️”

Now that’s a message you want to receive on your walk to encourage, help and build you up until the end…Well once i’d dried my eyes anyway! 😲

❤️ Fundraising Friday! Day 33/61 😰

Hi Friends!!

It’s day 33/61, and this blindman has walked over 260 miles (over half a million steps) and i can’t believe i still have 28 days to go…If i could stop right now, i would! It’s such a gruelling challenge that just keeps going…It’s by far the worst one i’ve done so far, but i have to keep going some how?!😨

Type 1 diabetes never gives Sarah a rest, so I don’t want to have one either during my fundraising challenge!

Every donation counts…❤️

Please help and hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

One million steps is around 500 miles, and it’s going to be a really tough challenge…It’s the furthest i’ve ever walked by a long way!! Please help! 😨

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Day 30/61: 500,000 Steps!! 🙌

Hi Friends!!

This blindman is celebrating hitting the half way mark of this gruelling challenge…The 500,000 steps (around 250 miles) badge! 🙌

I can’t believe i’ve not posted in 6 days!! 😨 But i just wanted to let you know i’m not dead…Although i think i’m a little shorter now, or is it just the tread wear on my trail shoes, lol! 🤣

The Gruelling Challenge…😰

Diabetes is relentless and simply never stops…But neither do I!

For the last 18 years i’ve seen first hand how my lovely wife Sarah battles, struggles and copes with her ‘brittle Type 1’ diabetes. She’s such a warrior and is truly my inspiration on perseverance, determination and drive to keep fighting.

Please click HERE and read my story, donate and please share it everywhere you can!! 😀

Day 24/61: The T-Shirt!

Hi Friends!!

Yay…It’s only thanks to you guys for your kind and generous donations towards this gruelling challenge , that i’ve recieved the ‘One Million Step Challenge‘ t-shirt. Diabetes UK send you the t-shirt once you’ve raised over £100…So i can’t thank you guys enough! 💪🏼

As you’ve probably guessed…I love charity t-shirts as i can hardly see them whilst i’m out walking…But everyone else has to look (and read) my wearable advertising board, llol! 🤣 💪🏼

A quick shout out…📣

I’d just like to give a quick shout out to Dayle (from ‘Tip of my iceberg‘ blog), as her message “Steve, I hope this will encourage you a little. Know that our prayers are with you! Congratulations of pursuing this!” left on my fundraising page really helped me over the last 2 days, when my motivation was a little flat…It was a timely message to help me remember we’re all in it together so stop moaning,lol. A huge thanks to you Dayle! 💪🏼 😀

Day 22/61: 420,000 Steps!

Hi Friends!!

Awww is it only day 22 of 61!! 😨 It’s going to be a really short post today as i’m happy i’ve reached over 420,000 steps (around 200 miles)…But it’s hard to stay motivated whilst your body is aching and trying to be substituted off the playing field! Sorry i don’t have anything funny or mildly interesting to say today, but i’ll be back tomorrow when i’ll be hopefully full of beans?! 🤔

❤️ Fundraising Friday! Day 19/61 😰

Hi Friends!!

It’s day 19/61, and this blindman has walked over 160 miles and i’ve earned my 350,000 steps badge this week…Yes i’m tired and hurting as i battle my way along this gruelling challenge! 😰 Can you help this charity close to my heart? Please donate or share everywhere (or both, lol)! ❤️

Type 1 diabetes never gives Sarah a rest, so I don’t want to have one either during my fundraising challenge!

I’ve had 3 kind donations this week…One from Ian (from church), an anonymous donation and one from Ann & Michael (also from church). I can’t tell you how humbling and motivating it is to get such generous support., it also inspires me to keep going through this endurance challenge and keep fighting to help this great charity that’s close to my heart, as my lovely warrior wife Sarah has ‘Brittle Type 1 Diabetes’. ❤️ 💪🏼

Ian’s message “What a great challenge! Keep going Steve – I know you can make it. XXX”

Anonymous message “Ad Victorium” 

Ann & Michael’s message “”One more step along the road I go”” 

Every donation counts…❤️

If you’re feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

One million steps is around 500 miles, and it’s going to be a really tough challenge…It’s the furthest i’ve ever walked by a long way!! Please help! 😨

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

Day 16,17 &18/61: Getting lost, 3 donations & 350,000 steps!

Hi Friends!!

Yay…I’m celebrating that this blindman has reached over 350,000 steps!! I’m also trying to calm my aching legs…But i already feel like a battered ‘Group B’ rally car after being thrashed around the rally stages, and i’ve only done a third of the challenge! 😨

I think i need to break out my old panel beating skills to repair and restore my old classic bodywork. It needs lots of repairs,planishing and some putty filler, lol! 🤣

Getting lost in the woods…😨

As you may know it’s taken me about 2 years to finally create a 2.5 mile lap in my local woods…But as I’m now using my new microsoft soundscape GPS app to navigate me through the woods, i had a bright idea to try and lengthen my trail lap…Bad idea! 🤣

At least it was nice as i was getting lost, lol! 🤣

As i was happy the heatwave had stopped and i was much cooler, i could now hear the thunder rolling in the distance. This was great but i was past the point when i could’ve turned round and gone back…But i’d shuffled further in to the woods thinking i could find my furthest audio beacon and create a cool new larger lap! 😨

The path got thinner and thinner until i was being brushed from either side by nettles and brushes, and it was getting much darker with the clouds moving in. The audio in my ears came from the left and told me my nearest beacon was 0.3 miles away at my 9 o’ clock…That’s great but there’s no path going left only forward. 🤔

And just as i was getting to the point of ‘Oh no i shouldn’t have done this’, i checked my surrounding markers on the app and there was one at around 11 O’ clock and it was about 800 feet away…Wow i couldn’t believe it…But then i hit what i thought was a brick wall, it really doesn’t look like the photo from inside my eyes!! 🤣

I fairy stepped up to the barrier thinking i’d have to turn back but knowing turning back was impossible. So i approached it zombie style but also using my feet to touch it, as i didn’t know if it was an electric fence…My imagination really isn’t good at times like these and i wish i could turn it off, lol! 🤣 Then to my amazement it had a gap in the middle and i could get through and walk safely to my audio beacon! I can’t tell you how relieved i was knowing i had returned to my trusty trail lap!! 💪🏼 😀

Wow it would be so much easier with sight…But where is the challenge, fun and yes the terror!! 😨 😀 And every step counts during this ‘one million step challenge’ for Diabetes UK!

Oh by the way…After telling Sarah about this adventure, she almost banned me from walking outside again forever unless i stick to my usual lap! She threatened me with a treadmill at home if i don’t behave! 😨

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 360,000 steps after 18 days, yay! I’m super happy with that amount of steps in 15 days…That’s well on target but there’s been no hospital or doctors appointments yet! 😨

3 donations in 3 days…!!! 😲

You’ll never believe that i’ve received a donation on each of the last 3 days by kind and generous supporters! I can’t tell you how humbling it is to receive all of your support, encouragement and motivational messages, thank you all!


Day 13,14 &15/61: Weekend Walks With The Warrior! 💪🏼 😀

Hi Friends!!

Saturday and Sunday were both scorches at 33˚C and i knew it would be tough getting lots of steps done…So as my T1D warrior wife Sarah was off work, she first made the nicest iced coffee and then we headed off to the ponds in the nature reserve. ☕ 😀

I put my AirPods in and shouted out everything my new microsoft soundscape app was telling me…Sarah said it was really useful and we could try it everywhere we go, yay a win! 🤣 When we arrived at the point that you guys know well (it’s the edge of the pond i always photograph through each season) my app shouted out “Fishing platform”…Of course it is, why didn’t i think of that, lol! 🤣 Now i wonder if there is such a thing called blind fishing? 🤔

After Sarah shouted at me to get my photo taken with the beautiful pond behind me to show you guys, we took it in turns taking pictures and enjoying the sun…It beats me stomping around the trail on my own killing myself in the burning heat, lol! 🤣

Oh i left my screenreader on my phone whilst Sarah was taking my photo, so i could hear (through my bluetooth AirPods) when there was a person in the shot etc…Sorry just a silly little thing that amuses this blindman, lol! 🤣

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 300,000 steps after 15 days, yay! I’m really looking forwards for the weather cooling down so i can catch up a little and get more steps in. 💪🏼 🤣 I’m super happy with that amount of steps in 15 days…That’s well on target but there’s been no hospital or doctors appointments yet! 😨

Today’s theme: “Post Boxes” 🤔

During Sarah’s lunchtime today and after an 8 mile walk this morning…My lovely wife Sarah took me to a post box and took a photo of me with it, lol! 🤣 Once she knew about the theme for today she had just the shot in mind. Thank you Sarah as i wouldn’t of seen any post boxes! 💪🏼

❤️ Fundraising Friday! Day 12/61 😰

Hi Friends!!

It’s day 12/61, and this blindman has walked over 110 miles and i’ve just earned my 250,000 steps badge this morning…Yes i’m tired and hurting especially through this heatwave! 😰 Can you help this charity close to my heart? Please donate or share everywhere (or both, lol)! ❤️

Type 1 diabetes never gives Sarah a rest, so I don’t want to have one either during my fundraising challenge!

I’ve had 2 kind donations this week…The 1st from my lovely wife Sarah and the 2nd friend from Dayle (blogger from the USA) which is not only humbling and motivating, it also inspires me to keep going through this endurance challenge and keep fighting to help this great charity that’s close to my heart! 💪🏼 😀

Sarah’s message “Thanks for doing this amazing challenge to support diabetes UK my lovely husband. I just wanted to contribute and get you started on what is going to be a very tiring 2 months ahead. You can do it !!!”

Dayle’s message “Steve, I hope this will encourage you a little. Know that our prayers are with you! Congratulations of pursuing this!” 

Every donation counts…❤️

If you’re feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

One million steps is around 500 miles, and it’s going to be a really tough challenge…It’s the furthest i’ve ever walked by a long way!! Please help! 😨

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

Day 10/61: Shoe lace charms, Soundscape & heatwaves! ☀️

Hi Friends!!

I’ve already pounded over 100 miles wearing my super bright Inov8 Trailfly G300 max trail shoes…And as a reward for earning the first donation Diabetes UK sent me some metal shoe lace charms to wear during the challenge:

“When you receive your first donation we’ll send you a shoelace charm as a special reminder that every step counts and we must always look after our feet. We’ll post this to you automatically if you’ve opted to receive rewards. We’ll send these out throughout the challenge.”

Sarah tells me they look fantastic and fit perfectly on the trail shoe. I’m defo looking after my feet with these stupendous shoes…I really don’t want to burn them out but the challenge is worth it!! 💪🏼 😀

About The Blind Navigation Soundscape app…😲

I’ve been out on my trail again this morning, finding places where i can add new waypoints along my journey which will help me. I’ve now placed 14 audio markers which the app calls out the title and description i’ve typed, it’s distance from where i’m walking…And it beeps when i’m facing as it tracks my head movement like a compass with the new apple AirPods (it’s fantastic). It also calls out nearby roads, paths, points of interest, bus stops, crossings etc…I’m starting to like it a lot as i learn more and more, I’m finding places i never knew existed, lol! 🤣

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 208,000 steps after 10 days! I’m really looking forwards for when the weather cools down so i can get more steps in, but it’s not happening any time soon! 💪🏼 🤣

Heatwave for the rest of the week…☀️

Today’s theme: “Black & White” 🤔

During a cruise in 2017 around Greece, Montenegro and Croatia, Sarah & i had some photos taken on the ship so i just had to share one of them, as i have this one as a screensaver on my phone! ❤️

Day 9/61: Soundscape, indoor workouts & more sun! ☀️

My Soundscape app home screen! 😀

Hi Friends!!

Today was not only another hot 29˚C, but i had to wait in for some deliveries…Which meant i had to fight for my steps today! 💪🏼 I managed an early quick few miles before the start time of the deliveries, as i wanted to try out my new ‘Soundscape’ app on my trail. I’m at the beginners stage of the app so just managed to place some map markers along my route, to see if my earphones can pick them up in 360˚ audio beacon targeting thingy, which would be cool and very useful when i get lost!! 😀

I also did some workouts on apple fitness plus in my living room to try and keep my steps up…I managed quite a few steps whilst bombing around the room, lol! 🤣 Now i’ll probably spend the rest of my challenge trying to map out my trail with audio markers! 💪🏼 😀

About The Soundscape app…😲

“Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environment. Soundscape will announce names of stores, streets and the direction you are traveling. This app is designed to “fill in the gaps” in the traveler’s mental map. Soundscape creates a 3D audio map as you travel through the environment.”

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 188,000 steps after 9 days! 💪🏼 🤣

Today’s theme: “Leaves” 🤔

Me and my lovely wife Sarah constantly talk about the palm trees (well everything at Southern Palms, Barbados), so as the theme for today is “Leaves” i just had to post the photos of the view from our room…Awww we miss our fave place on earth! ☀️ 😀

Taken inside our room 112 at Southern Palms, Barbados.
Taken right outside our room…What a view! 😀

Day 8/61: ☀️ Heatwaves, awards & more steps!

Hi Friends!!

Yeah i’m still walking, lol! 🤣 It’s day 8 of this monumental 61 day challenge, and i have another heatwave to look forwards too for nearly 2 weeks! 😨 It’s 29˚C today and i’m getting my well rounded tan as i walk my circular lap…Well at least that’s a bonus, lol! 🤣 Walking in the sun is an absolute killer for me, as the brightness fries my eyes, brain and drains me really fast no matter what hat, cap or sunglasses combo i try…It’s just the sight i have to put up with..At least i get a break when i’m asleep, and i even dream fully sighted some of the time which is weird…But brittle Type One Diabetes never gives Sarah a rest so i’ll stop complaining, lol…And it’s why i’m doing this challenge without a rest day too! 😨

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 169,000 steps after 8 days…I think the donation on Saturday from the amazing Dayle has turbocharged my steps!! 💪🏼 🤣

Motivational Monday Awards…😲

One of the benefits of killing myself during the crazy challenges i do for the charities close to my heart is…earning the awards from my apple watch. I still can’t believe i’ve had my watch since Feb 2021, as the 500 move goals (1 per day) means i’ve had my watch for over 500 days, wow that’s gone fast! 🤣

Day 6&7/61: Dayle, Donation & Dessert! 💪🏼

Hi FitBlitz Friends!!

You’re never going to believe this (i didn’t)…Me and my lovely wife Sarah were sat in the rear garden of our favourite restaurant (Sicily Restaurant), and just as Grace was placing the stunning ‘Tiramisu’ on to the table…The muppets theme tune blasted out of my pocket from my iPhone!! I looked straight at Sarah (or as near as possible) as we both knew what the tune meant…A donation!! 😲

The incredible Tiramisu from Sicily restaurant! 😋

The Donation…😲

Before i had chance to click through and read the amazing message my phone blasted out again as i’d been awarded the badge above! 💪🏼 The loving donation actually took my fundraising to £166. 😲

Sarah was reading the many shocked looks from my face and asking who it was from? I kept saying you’re never going to believe who it’s from?? I said “it’s in US Dollars again” i said as that too is simply mind blowing for both of us, as knowing there are supporters, friends and amazing people all the way over in the states supporting this blindman is humbling to say the least! “So who is it from?” Sarah said getting more excited now! 🤔

It was from Dayle who never stops encouraging, inspiring and cheering me on from all the way over the atlantic ocean. I really can’t tell you how motivating getting a donation is…It has lifted me and given me such a boost that i’ve now done just over 150,000 steps in the first week. I would have been happy with 125,000 but after this donation i just couldn’t stop…And i can’t thank Dayle enough for always believing in me and supporting me through all of these challenges that can get a little too much some times…But Dayle is relentless at supporting and cheering me on! 💪🏼 😀 🙌

Here is Dayle’s message “Steve, I hope this will encourage you a little. Know that our prayers are with you! Congratulations of pursuing this!” ❤️

I really hope Dayle knows how much this means to me??!! 😀

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 150,000 steps after 7 days…I’m so thankful to my lovely wife Sarah for doing a lap with me Saturday and Sunday to keep my steps up! 😀

Walking At The Weekend…😀

Sarah walked me along the new path next to the big pond (on my left), i can’t really walk down this part as it’s too tricky for me…But when Sarah is with me we love to walk down this track. We did eventually get a photo of me as Sarah kept talking and i was following her voice whilst trying not to fly off the path, lol! 🤣

❤️ Fundraising Friday! 😀

Hi Friends!!

It’s day 5/61, and i’ve done 57 miles and over 115,000 steps…Yes i’m tired and hurting, lol! 🤣 Can you help this charity close to my heart? Please donate or share everywhere (or both, lol)! ❤️

Type 1 diabetes never gives Sarah a rest, so I don’t want to have one either during my fundraising challenge!

So if you’re feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

One million steps is around 500 miles, i’ve already donated £25…It’s going to be a really tough challenge and it’s the furthest i’ve ever walked by a long way!! Please help! 😨

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

Day 5/61: ‘One Million Step Challenge For Diabetes UK! ❤️

Hi FitBlitz Friends!!

Wow that train track is close, lol! 😨 I’m so glad i stayed where i was when i took this photo…I thought i wouldn’t get the tracks in the shot, but once i arrived home and zoomed in on my iMac…It’s right there!! 😀 At least i know not to step any closer, and maybe i can get a slow motion video of the train as i can hear when it comes.

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 115,000 steps after 5 days…I’m hoping for some more steps this evening, as i’m trying to build a surplus before my legs burn off, as you never know what can happen to this blindman whilst out on the trail…So i’ll get the steps in when i can! 💪🏼

Today’s Theme: “Round” 🤔

I spent my walk thinking about what i could post for today’s theme, i was thinking my walking fuel ‘chocolate hob nobs’ are round, lol. So when i arrived home and logged my steps on my page…I instantly received this ‘Round’ award from Diabetes UK, perfect!! 💪🏼 😀

Day 4/61: ‘One Million Step Challenge For Diabetes UK! ❤️

Hi FitBlitz Friends!!

Yay i actually managed to get me and a bit of the trail in a selfie this morning! 😲 I thought i’ve been taking hundreds of photos whilst on my trail walks…But not one of me on the trail which could lead to you thinking i’m just posting anyones photos, lol! 🤣 I can’t see my iPhone at all so don’t take many selfies, mainly as i’m old and think the camera should be pointing the other way (others come first). 🤣

Please let me know if you like seeing me in the frame with the trail, and i’ll have to start trying to get better at it…Meanwhile here is a normal photo of my trail! 🤣

I managed 8.5 miles today in the hot sun and had no dramas. I was trying to slow down to just over 3 mph but my body just won’t slow whilst on the trail…What’s wrong with it, lol! 🤣 😡

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just over 92,000 steps after 4 days…I’m hoping for some more steps this afternoon and evening, as i’m trying to build a surplus before my legs burn off, as you never know what can happen to this blindman whilst out on the trail…So i’ll get the steps in when i can! 💪🏼

Today’s Theme: “W” 🤔

After checking the theme for today on the Facebook group and saw it was “W”, i thought a post about ‘Water’ would be very educational and how important it is to stay hydrated. Then i thought – walking, waving and so many more…But there wasn’t a chance i was passing up another opportunity to show off my lovely ‘WARRIOR’ ‘WIFE’ Sarah!!! 🌻 😀

Day 3/61: Meet Sarah’s Walking Warriors! 💪🏼 ❤️

Hi FitBlitz Family!!

When i first posted on Facebook about this crazy challenge and how i wanted to do it in 2 months instead of 3, and for Diabetes UK for my lovely wife Sarah as inspiration and motivation… I received a comment from our friend Anita saying she wanted to do it too! Anita then set up this ‘Sarah’s Walking Warriors‘ fundraising page and i quickly joined. Wow what a name!!! 😀

Anita used to work with Sarah at ‘World Cancer Research Fund’ and quickly became friends with Sarah (who wouldn’t??) so she got to know quite a bit about type one diabetes and soon joined me on this challenge. Anita also was one of the ‘Crazy Clappers’ on my first ‘Blind Steve’ challenge which was the ‘Tough Mudder‘ back in Oct 2018. 💪🏼

Anita is an absolute walking machine and is the master that i’ve always inspired to walk like…Yes you may think that i walk a lot but it’s a proper feeble amount compared with Anita!! So to have her join me on this challenge is fantastic…Unfortunately we both still have to walk one million steps each though…Although i think Anita will finish in a bout a week, lol! 🤣

Sarah’s Walking Warriors …👟

Taken from the team page “Welcome to our Diabetes UK Million Steps team page. Did you know someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes? 4.8 million people are living with diabetes in the UK right now. That’s why this summer we’re taking steps for our own bodies and steps for everybody living with diabetes. Together we can fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm. Please hit the donate button and support our stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts.”

A large red donate now button

Thank you so much, the walking warriors!! ❤️

Day 2/61: ‘One Million Step Challenge For Diabetes UK! ❤️

A windy trail in the centre of the image with trees all around from left to right

Hi FitBlitz Family!!

Wow that was tough!! For the last couple of miles i was staggering like a zombie in an 80’s dodgy horror film, lol! 🤣 I know my new extended trail lap is harder as it has more uphill sections, but this was crazy…I was exhausted, dripping with sweat as it’s still hot here and drinking my water like a dying man. But i managed the 9.3 miles (about 19,000 steps) before lunchtime, and i’ve only got 59 days to go, lol! 🤣 😨

A large close up of a sunflower taking up the whole left of the photograph

The sunflower above is one of Sarah’s in the garden. I managed to earn some more steps last night by watering the flowers…Well once i’d picked myself off the ground after my first 9.3 miles walk yesterday! 🤣 And as this flower hit me in the face…I thought i’d take a photo of it. Wow it’s nearly as bright as a Sarah smile! 😲

My Steps So Far…💪🏼

At the time of this post i’m just under 43,000 steps after 2 days…I’m hoping for some more steps this afternoon and evening, as i’m trying to build a surplus before my legs explode as you never know what each day will bring…So i’ll get the steps in when i can! 💪🏼

Today’s Theme: Grey…🤔

After checking the theme for today on the Facebook group and telling Sarah it was “Grey”. She jumped up and said “I know just the thing”, wow i’ve not even got my walking gear on yet, lol! 🤣 Yay it’s Boofle and his “Grey” coffee please t-shirt! Awww and do i need coffee today! 😀

My Fundraising Progress So Far…❤️❤️❤️ I LO

A half filled climbing scale from left to right. with £125 raised with a £250 target below

If you (like me) are feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, best friends and of course my lovely wife Sarah…creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

A large red donate now button

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

Day 1/61: ‘One Million Step Challenge For Diabetes UK! ❤️

Hi FitBlitz Family!!

Well this is it, the start of my gruelling 500 mile step challenge. I put on my stupendous new trail shoes, my backpack with water, lucozade and maybe a protein bar or two, lol…When Sarah said “Quick you need to have a photo for the start of your challenge, and to show the Fitblitz family that you’ve started”…Above is the photo of the old blind guy trying to walk 500 miles, lol! 🤣

Steps…

I managed a 9.3 mile (2 of my new laps) to kick off this morning steps. It worked out at 19,062 steps, so i quickly logged it on my fundraising page…A good start and i still have more to come on this first day! 😀

Today’s Theme: Pink…

During this challenge i’d joined the ‘One million step’ Facebook group, and they have a theme for each day to keep things interesting. As you know i like taking photos but i was stumped on my very first theme…It was ‘Pink’. You will also know that i’m blind but i’m also colour blind too and i see pinks as silver, lol! 🤣 So Sarah (as we are a team) took my phone and went into the garden as she had just the thing to complete the theme, yay!! 💪🏼

The incredible donation…

I’d just walked alongside the rail crossing in the intense heat and was very tired (no i didn’t play chicken with the train, lol) and i was about 7 miles into my walk when…The jolly muppets theme tune blasted my ears off letting me know i’ve just received a donation! The donation was from my lovely wife Sarah and she’d left me this message “Thanks for doing this amazing challenge to support diabetes UK my lovely husband. I just wanted to contribute and get you started on what is going to be a very tiring 2 months ahead. You can do it !!!“. It means so much to me that i have Sarah’s blessing, encouragement and support, it floods my heart! ❤️

Not only was this a fantastic donation which has boosted my motivation like a turbocharger…But it meant i passed the £100 milestone which means Diabetes UK will now send me out a ‘one million step’ t-shirt to wear! 😲 Of course when it arrives i’ll get lots of photos for you. Now to hit the £250 milestone which means i’ll earn the 400ml water bottle…I need lots of water!! 💪🏼 😀

If you (like me) are feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, best friends and of course my lovely wife Sarah…creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

❤️ Fundraising Friday: Please help me reach my fundraising target.

Me carrying my lovely princess Sarah! ❤️

Hi FitBlitz Family!!

For the last 18 years since meeting my ‘T1D Warrior Wife Sarah’, i’ve always wanted to be a ‘Sarah’s Walking Warrior’ and raise money for Diabetes…So here is the 4th ‘Blind Steve’ fundraising challenge…💪🏼

Support Blind Steve in the Diabetes UK – One Million Step Challenge

Diabetes is relentless and simply never stops…But neither do I!

For the last 18 years i’ve seen first hand how my lovely wife Sarah battles, struggles and copes with her ‘brittle Type 1’ diabetes. She’s such a warrior and is truly my inspiration on perseverance, determination and drive to keep fighting. 

So last week, when I heard of the ‘One Million Step Challenge’  i had to sign up straight away. I’ve always wanted to fundraise for Diabetes UK and show Sarah how much it means to me too, and this is my chance! 

I realise this challenge has already started (running from 1st July to 30th September 2022). Requiring participants to walk a million steps over those three months. My cunning plan is to start the challenge on Monday 1st August and try and walk the one million steps in two months instead! This works out at over 16,000 steps each day, for the 61 days, without a rest…That’s 500 miles! I will post daily on FitBlitz and give you all of the progress, dramas on my walks and hopefully some lovely photos too! 😀

Type 1 diabetes never gives Sarah a rest, so I don’t want to have one either during my fundraising challenge!

Quick Factoid…

Did you know someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes? As many as 4.8 million people are living with diabetes in the UK right now.

So if you’re feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

One million steps is around 500 miles, i’ve already donated £25…It’s going to be a really tough challenge and it’s the furthest i’ve ever walked by a long way!! Please help! 😨

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve & Sarah! ❤️

Support Blind Steve in the Diabetes UK – One Million Step Challenge! ❤️

“Diabetes is relentless and simply never stops…But neither do I!” – Blind Steve 💪🏼

Hi FitBlitz Family!!

The blindman is off the sidelines again…And while God gives me the strength in my legs…i’ll use them for doing crazy fundraising challenges to help others! I really didn’t want to fill this blog with annoying fundraising asks, as my last fundraiser ‘Trail Marathon‘ was only in April 2022…But you know me…And when i stumbled across this ‘One Million Step Challenge’ and found it was for Diabetes UK i just had to do something!

For the last 18 years since meeting my ‘T1D Warrior Wife Sarah’, i’ve always wanted to be a ‘Sarah’s Walking Warrior’ and raise money for Diabetes…So here is the 4th ‘Blind Steve’ fundraising challenge…💪🏼

Quick Link to my fundraising page: https://step.diabetes.org.uk/fundraising/steve270

Below is the story taken from my fundraising page…

Support Blind Steve in the Diabetes UK – One Million Step Challenge

Diabetes is relentless and simply never stops…But neither do I!

For the last 18 years i’ve seen first hand how my lovely wife Sarah battles, struggles and copes with her ‘brittle Type 1’ diabetes. She’s such a warrior and is truly my inspiration on perseverance, determination and drive to keep fighting. 

So last week, when I heard of the ‘One Million Step Challenge’  i had to sign up straight away. I’ve always wanted to fundraise for Diabetes UK and show Sarah how much it means to me too, and this is my chance! 

I realise this challenge has already started (running from 1st July to 30th September 2022). Requiring participants to walk a million steps over those three months. My cunning plan is to start the challenge on Monday 1st August and try and walk the one million steps in two months instead! This works out at over 16,000 steps each day, for the 61 days, without a rest

Type 1 diabetes never gives Sarah a rest, so I don’t want to have one either during my fundraising challenge…The nature reserve trail is going to get a pounding again, lol! 🤣 

Quick Factoid…

Did you know someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes? As many as 4.8 million people are living with diabetes in the UK right now.

So if you’re feeling inspired…Please hit the donate button and support my stepping challenge. Every step and every donation counts. Join me and let’s help everybody living with diabetes. For all the mums, dads, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, and best friends, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Let’s get this party started!! 🎉 As 1 Million steps is around 500 miles, i’ve already donated 5p per mile (£25.00)…It’s going to be a really tough challenge and it’s the furthest i”ve ever walked…But i’ve got to do the steps now!!

Every penny given will go towards Diabetes UK care and support services, advice and guidance, and pioneering research. Together, we’re changing the world for people with diabetes.

Thank you so much, Steve! ❤️