❤️ #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! 

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 🎶 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? 😀  

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 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… 

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 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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❤️ #4 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: WOOF!

4th Dec Walk

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 Hi friends!

Wow, it was hard to get up this morning…But that sort of attitude isn’t going to get this challenge done is it?! 🤣 I’d done 3 days back to back last week in my training but this was hard to get going on this 4th day…This is such a relentless challenge, who came up with this idea?! 😕

After all of the rain yesterday the paths were very wet but the day was nice and clear…Well for the first half anyway…Then it rained. 

My highlight of the day was completely jumping out of my skin when a massive dog sneaked up beside me and WOOFED so loudly with a booming deep bass of a blast, i jumped so much and laughed out loud as i tried to catch my heart from flying out of my chest! 🤣 

When out on my walk i realised that i hadn’t taken my blood pressure tablets with my coffee this morning, i completely forgot. When i got home after completing my steps for the 4th day running…I said to Sarah that i felt better than for the last few days, maybe the lack of beta blockers didn’t squash me as much?! I took my tablets and had my lunch, then after feeling my legs tighten up i went and took my blood pressure…As we all need to know our numbers!! My blood pressure was 107/72…Fantastic! 💪🏼 😀 

Today’s photos… 

Chessington Countty Walk

Ashstead Common

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Dark Chocolate Mint Bar…Mmmmm! 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: 85,011
  • Total miles: 43.84

Now to dry off, 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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❤️ #3 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: Rain!

3rd Dec Walk

 

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Hi friends!

Woah i can hear the rain pounding the window and i havn’t even got out of bed yet…It’s beating down harder than my beta-blockers! 🤣 

I was excited about trying my new fully waterproof adidas adizero tracksuit bottoms but i didn’t want to get soaked in the process…But i suppose that’s the point of wearing them, lol. I knew my stupendously bright Dortmund jacket was waterproof but i still wasn’t sure how it was going to go today. 🤔

Although it rained for the full duration of my walk and the sound of the rain on my hood was stopping me hearing my surroundings properly…It was a nice day for me. The heavy clouds made the light evenly dull which was really good for my sight as there were no sunny patches that means my eyes have to keep adjusting and that plays havoc with my sight…And there were much less people out in this stormy weather which is fantastic, as it’s the moving obstacles that make it much harder, not the static ones! 🤣 

When i returned home i was soaking wet…But only on the outer layer, yay! I was completely dry underneath…Fantastic…My clothes stood up to the job! And when Sarah made me a hot fresh espresso…I’d made it through another days challenge! ☕ 💪🏼 

I now have even more aches than yesterday and the weather app has given freezing temperatures and even the chance of snow tomorrow, so it sounds like it could be another fun adventure! 🤣 

Today’s photo… 

Woods

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Fudge Brownie bar…Mmmmm! A decadent Chocolate, triple layered treat with a soft brownie centre with walnuts & chocolate chips. Wow what a treat after a cold and wet walk!   💪🏼 😀 

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 63,929
  • Total miles: 32.75

Now to dry off, 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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❤️ #2 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: A Furry Friend! 😀

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Hi friends!

Wow this is going to be a gruelling challenge and it’s only day 2, lol! It’s another cold one but it’s a cloudy day which is good for me as no glare from the sun like yesterday. 😀 

No dramas to report today as the drivers, runners and cyclists kept their distance (for once) and i wasn’t rewarded with a usual smashed shoulder as they blast past! 🤣

I did have a furry friend for about 10 minutes along my journey today though…I was walking through the woods when i heard little paws padding up behind me, then i could just make out a very blurry black small dog as it stopped right in front of me. I expected it’s owner to pass me and catch up with the dog…But no owner. The dog stayed with me for about 10 minutes guiding me along the path until a lady shouted “Has she been following you all of this way? She gets scared and i’d lost her” I said “she’s been good company and i’m glad you’ve found her again”. I was just happy i had a blurry black dot to follow as i nearly got lost again once she’d gone, lol! 

I now have a few more aches than yesterday and the weather app has given freezing rain all day tomorrow, so it sounds like it could be a fun adventure! 🤣 

Today’s photos… 

I managed to time the end of my walk so my lovely wife Sarah could join me again at the beginning of her lunch hour. She took some photos of me to share with you guys! 😀 ❤️

Me walk 1

Me walk 2

Me walk wave 3

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

 

Grenade Advent Calendar

Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Peanut Nutter bar…Mmmmm  i never knew they did one of these and it was fantastically tasty!   💪🏼  

Stats so far…

  • Total steps: 43,394
  • Total miles: 22.13

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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❤️ #1 Blindman Advent Ultra Step Challenge: ‘And We’re Off! 😀

1 Dec Walk

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Hi friends!

Wow this day came around quickly! The weather app says “feels like 0˚C”  think i’ll definitely wear my gloves, lol! The sun was so bright and low which made this the worst day with the poorest conditions for my sight loss. None of the training days were this bad..And this is only the first day of my challenge!  

I had to stop and turn around a couple of times as the glare completely stopped me seeing anything. But getting lost in the woods again made up for any lost steps, lol! 😀 

Today’s photo…

1 Pond Walk

Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…

 

Grenade Advent Calendar

Mmmmm it’s one of my faves on the first day too: Grenade Carb Killa White Chocolate Salted Peanut bar! 💪🏼  

My lovely wife Sarah joined me towards the end of my challenge…She gave me such a boost that i went past my daily step challenge goal of 20,000 steps! 😀 ❤️

 

Stats so far…

 

  • Total steps: 21,931
  • Total miles: 11.18

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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❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #10 – Off With A Bang!

Grenade Advent Calendar

Wow!!! It looks like my ultra step challenge is going to go off with a BANG tomorrow!!! A huge thanks to my lovely wife Sarah! 😀 💪🏼 ❤️Even if this challenge kills me…At least it’ll be tasty! 

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! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #9 – 😰

Hi friends!

Wow…Can you believe there is only 4 days to go! I thought i’d try and do 3 days on the trot of walking the full 10.5 miles everyday so i can reach 20,000 steps…Phew i’ve just got back from my 3rd day of cold, rain and even thick fog this morning…But I’ve managed it…Just! 🤣 This is going to be a really tough challenge! 💪🏼 

Also it’s a great way of testing the Fitbit app properly and see if it’s consistent…And it was, yay! 

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I’d like to give a brobdingnagian amount of thanks to my lovely wife Sarah for always making me a fantastic fresh coffee before, during and after my walks. Also preparing my food which fuels me each day…And for being my number 1 supporter and encourager all of the time! 💪🏼 😀 ❤️

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! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #8 – Shine

1 Dortmun Jacket Yellow

Hi friends…

Wow…With only 12 days to go, I just had to show you this fantasicly bright rain jacket that my lovely wife Sarah Rebus bought me for smashing my 4 stone weight loss goal yesterday! What an amazing surprise! 💪🏼 😀 

I think Sarah and my sister must have been chatting about me being careful when i’m out walking, lol! I don’t think the cars will have any trouble seeing me now!  

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! 💪🏼 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #7

1 Rain Walk

Hi friends…

With just 16 days to go, my lovely wife Sarah took me on a walk through the woods today. It’s a different walk to the one i’ll be using for my challenge as i can’t do this on my own. Hopefully it won’t be so rainy and sludgy…But we can’t let the weather stop us from smashing our health and fitness goals can we! 💪🏼 😀 

 

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! 💪🏼 

 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #6

Fitbit Stats 13Nov

 Hi friends!

Yesterday i went for my 3rd full length walk of the week. I’m keeping rest days in-between at the moment as i won’t have the chance once i start my challenge in just 17 days!! 😱

It was my first rainy walk and it was hard for me to see as everything turned greyscale…But i made it to the end with only a light headache and tight legs. I’ve increased my calorie intake and i’m feeling fine and not light headed or anything…But energised all of the way whilst still in a healthy calorie deficit! 💪🏼 😀

Now to rest and repair over the weekend!

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! 💪🏼 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

Yay -55lb Weight Loss Badge! 💪🏼

55lb weight loss badge

Yay my next fitness goal smashed! Being lighter will help me on my stupendous advent walking challenge. I can’t believe the journey so far and all of the walking i’m doing as preparation for my step challenge is making it even easier to stay in the healthy calorie deficit! 💪🏼 😀 

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! 💪🏼 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #5

Fitbit Stats 11Nov

 Hi friends!

Yesterday i went for my second full walk and thankfully there were no dramas this time. 😀 

As i track the walk each time, the app doesn’t give me the amount of steps i have reached (which is the whole point) but if i can stay between 18 & 19 minutes pace, and make sure i walk about 10.5 miles it seems to be just over 20,000 steps! Yay!

  I have to hold my breath though when i hit finish and reveal the step count, as i don’t want it to be below the 20,000 mark. I know i could just record another one and add them together…But i’m trying to get it on 1 stat page. 💪🏼 

An Advent For Change…❤️
Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK! That’s around 250 miles!!

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

 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #4 – “Ouch”

Fitbit Walking Stats 9 Nov


Yay i did it!! 😰

Hi friends! Yesterday i completed the whole 20,000 steps as my ‘Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge’ starts in only 21 days!

The accident and the AirPods…?

Woah, it doesn’t half make you jump when you hit a post…Especially when you’re blind and everything is so blurry or just vanishes! 🤕

As i walk i have only 1 AirPod in which plays my audiobook really low so i can hear my surroundings with my other ear. Also it plays the important announcements from my Fitbit app as the GPS is tracking me along my walk. So when i suddenly felt the cold hard post graze the side of my forehead then hit me square on the right shoulder that stopped me in my tracks…You could say it made me jump, lol!

A photo taken from the pavement of the road lined with green trees and a black Audi on the road

Photo of the road i was walking down ⇧ 

As it didn’t knock me out, i kept on walking for about another ten steps until i realised…My book wasn’t playing. “Oh no” i said as i knew my AirPod had flown out of my ear and into the endless green mass at the side of the road. As my stomach dropped with the thought of me losing my AirPods on my first 20,000 step attempt, i pulled out my iPhone and turned on Voiceover (i can’t see to use the phone so Voiceover is fantastic for blind users).

I thought it was the sound of the traffic that was stopping me from hearing the voice through my phone speakers…Until i realised it would be still connected to the AirPod that was lost in the bushes! “Wait a minute” i did as i remembered i had the other AirPod in my pocket. Quickly i placed it in my ear and quickly launched ‘Find My’ app where i could hopefully play a sound through my AirPods. When i heard the radar like sound start quietly at first i quickly placed the AirPod from my ear back into the case, as i don’t want to be deaf too, lol. I heard nothing at first as the traffic was so loud…But then…I could hear the radar sound coming from the dirty, wet and deep brush. I used my homing skills until i was stood right next to it, then pushed my hand into what felt like one of those scenes from Indiana Jones with all of the bugs…And pulled out my AirPod! “No way” i said “I can’t believe i’ve found it”. 😀 

The stats of the challenge…

I always record my walks for this challenge as i don’t want the other steps i do throughout the day to be recorded as being part of my challenge…I think that’s cheating. So i’ve found a way to share with you guys my stats for my walk which i’ll post each day during my challenge (see stats image above). I like the way it separates my walk steps from my total steps. 😀 

I wonder what excitement the next walk will bring, lol! 🤣 

An Advent For Change…❤️
Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK! That’s around 250 miles!! 

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

 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #3

Fitbit 05 11 2020

Wow…That was hard…😰

Hi friends! Today i did about ⅔ of my total steps i need everyday for 24 days during my ‘Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge’ which starts in only 27 days! 

I’m happy i managed to walk for 2 hours without getting too mentally tired. The sun was so low and bright which gave me such a headache, as it took so much more concentration for me to focus on where i was going whilst not falling into the road etc. 😨

As i use a Fitbit Inspire HR that my lovely wife Sarah bought me for our wedding anniversary in July…All of the hills along my route are not counted or the stats page, and although this sounds like an excuse, lol it really does take it out of you! I’m planning on hitting the 20,000 steps mark very soon and i’m adjusting my food and liquid intake accordingly as i make small steps to conquer the challenge! 💪🏼

An Advent For Change…❤️

Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK! That’s around 250 miles!! 

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

 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

❤️ Blindman Advent For ChangeStep Challenge training: Update #2 – THANKS

Click to rea about my challenge and donate to Blood Pressure UK Wow…I only posted my challenge & fundraising page 2 weeks ago and i’ve already been blessed with 20 donations! 💪🏼 

I’d like to give a gargantuan amount of thanks to my Sister Ambber for her understanding, support and encouragement…Especially as she’s just been into hospital with severely high blood pressure! ❤️

A colossal thanks to Charis & Adam for their donation and relentless kindness. 😀 

A huge thanks to Dora for always believing i can do it…Whatever the challenge!  💪🏼 

A heart warming thanks to Christine for always being here to cheer me on! 

A massive thanks to Alan for completely silencing  me with a mind blowing donation that equates to £20 a day for 24 days!  

I’d like to give a huge thanks to Sheila for her support and encouragement. 💪🏼  

A massive thanks to Andrew & Jenny!  

 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? 🤣  

I’d like to give a huge thanks to Linda & Charlie for all of their support and encouragement. 💪🏼  

A powersliding thanks to Ben W who always turbocharges my challenges!! 🏎

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! 💪🏼 

A huge thanks to Laurence for her kind donation & share! 💪🏼 

A mind-boggling amount of thanks to Ben & Rosie for their staggering display of kindness! 💪🏼 

I’d like to give a stupendous amount of thanks to Rachel K for her support and donation!

Finally…I’d like to give a monumental amount of thanks to 6 mysterious strangers for their kind, loving and supportive donations!  

 Thanks again (to all 20 sponsors) for this overwhelming encouragement towards me and towards powering up to know your numbers and help me to help others know theirs…Also helping me smashing my fundraising target of £1,000! Every £ helps! 💪🏼

Please Donate…And don’t forget to share and make everyone aware! ❤️ 😀  

💪🏼 FitBlitz Monday Motivation: Little Victories

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A little progress each day adds up to big resultsKeep 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.

❤️ Blindman Advent For Change Step Challenge training: Update #1

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I asked my lovely wife Sarah to help guide me along a new route today. I thought (in my head) that it would be pretty straight forward and a nice addition to my scalextric type track which is a mile long…But it my help me not to get too bored keep going round and around! 🤣 

Although it would’ve been a ¼ of the daily length i need…Sarah didn’t like it though as there were just too many lamp posts and other obstacles along the way. I agreed as my headache was really strong as i struggled and concentrated too hard…So i’ll keep trying and calculating but there is only 1 calendar month to go!! 💪🏼 😀 

An Advent For Change…❤️

Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK! That’s around 250 miles!! 

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

 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀 

Yay -50lb Weight Loss Badge!

50 Badge

Yay another fitness goal smashed! Being lighter will help me on my stupendous advent walking challenge…And won’t wear out my new trainers as fast! 🤣 

💪🏼 Blindman 20,000 Steps, Every Day, For 24 Days This Advent Challenge!

Click to rea about my challenge and donate to Blood Pressure UK

An Advent For Change…❤️

Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK! That’s around 250 miles!! 💪🏼   

Hi friends!

I’ve chosen to raise funds this advent for Blood Pressure Uk. I want to help raise awareness of how vitally important it is that we all know what our blood pressure is and understand that we need to take action now to keep it at a healthy range and protect our hearts. I would love everyone who donates to me to “know their numbers!”. It will only take five minutes to get a check but could change everything and help you live much healthier and happier lives. 

When I was 24 (and fully sighted) I had two brain haemorrhages that burst my optic nerve and left me blind due to Grade 4 severe hypertensive retinopathy (caused by my high blood pressure, that I’ve since discovered is something my family suffers with). So I can’t stress enough how important it is to be aware of this creeping death! Please don’t be complacent about your blood pressure, and if your numbers are too high please do something about it. I know I was very lucky to survive this silent killer…But you might not be”.  

The Challenge…1st Dec – 24th Dec 2020… 

I found a safe local road about half a mile long, near my home, that could work as my walking route (and I can follow without guided help). I then thought it would be great for me to do an ‘advent positive pressure challenge’ …and i’d only have to do 20 laps every day! 🤣  So I quickly set up this fundraising page and created a challenge that would raise funds and generate awareness for this very important message! 💪🏼😀  

Then…It slowly dawned on me that this challenge will include walking nearly a half marathon a day for 24 days…Awww that’s going to hurt and take a lot of effort/strength/energy/discipline to complete. But before I had time to change my mind, i’d created this page and notified the charity…Please help me complete what feels like and impossible challenge, lol! 🤣  

I’m using my Fitbit to count the steps, and upload the screenshots  to keep you updated each day with my progress on here, and my other social media sites…

Follow me and my challenge and say hi! Facebook, Twitter  Share and make everyone aware…😀   

Blood Pressure UK… 

Blood Pressure UK, is the UK charity dedicated to lowering the nation’s blood pressure to prevent disability and death from stroke and heart disease. Our vision is that everyone will know their blood pressure numbers, and take steps to keep them healthy both now and in the future. Funds raised from events like this make a huge difference to the work we can do, helping us to offer advice and support to more people, preventing strokes and heart attacks. 

Know your numbers and help me to help others know theirs, thanks in advance – Steve. 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity….DONATE NOW 

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀