Day 245

Thursday 1st September 2016

I woke up this morning feeling a lot more tired than normal. It’s not surprising though after my climb up Snowdon yesterday. 

Yesterday I felt I coped OK with the climb.  I struggled a lot on the last half hour of the climb though. Matt helped and encouraged me every step of the way I would never have finished the climb without him. I was in pain with every step but I am very proud of myself that I did it.

When it was then time to come down we did opt to get the train but at the last minute I said no because I felt it was a cop-out. I know my aim was to climb Snowdon but if I didn’t go down as well I felt it was like I had failed. So I didn’t get on the train. 

The walk down was still tough because by this time my legs were aching really bad. The trickiest part was the top which was steeper and had lots of loose rock. I found myself slipping on a few occasions.

It was really tough about an half an hour from the end. It was only a slight down hill and the track at this point was so much better. But my legs were hurting so much. 

I went down without stopping – I had to or I felt I would never get moving again. Matt and Dec (my son) had to go back another way to get the car and I knew they were waiting.

There was one point when Jake, my youngest, asked me a question after already asking it about 50 times and I lost it totally. 

Grant my eldest though was brilliant – he played Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t worry about a thing’ on his phone. I have to say it boasted me on no end. 

Towards the end I was beginning to lose the will to live, I was feeling a failure because I was going so slow. All I knew was that walking was the only way down and, no matter how slow, unless I carried on I was going to be stuck there all night. 

Grant was brilliant – he helped me every step of the way. He was a great encourager. When I felt a failure 20 minutes before the end he said “look at what you have done. Look at what you have achieved even now, when you want to quit, you are still moving” I couldn’t have got down without him. 

Now though I don’t feel as bad as I thought I would. I am aching but I have been walking about a fair bit today. 

My feet however are swollen – I can’t squeeze into my shoes any more and I have lots of blisters. 

I have always hated putting my feet on the cold kitchen floor but today it has been a God send. 

Ok, so I have got swollen blistered feet, but today I feel immensely proud of myself. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.8lbs.    0.4lbs⬇️.       67.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.1kg.            0.2kg⬇️. . 31.6kg⬇️total


Day 222

Tuesday 9th August 2016

I have always been a person who can stand on my own 2 feet. If there is a job that needs doing I do it, I have never shied away from responsibility, I just get on with things. 

There was a time though that I didn’t always have the energy to do what needed to be done. That can be very frustrating. 

Even though I have been able to stand on my own 2 feet I have not always been able to see them!

Today while going on my walk I looked down and I actually saw my feet. I can’t remember the last time I did that. 

I know it sounds silly but I did get very excited about seeing my feet. They may not be the nicest feet in the world. I am sure though that they are the smelliest! That didn’t matter because to me – it shows I am getting thin enough to finally see them without my belly being in the way!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

16st 7.7lbs.      0.3lbs⬆️ . 67.3lbs⬇️total

Start weight 136.5kg

105.1kg.    0.1kg⬆️.   31.4kg⬇️total

Day 165

Monday 13th June 2016

For a long time I have not been able to reach my feet. When it came to tying my shoe laces I would really struggle. I couldn’t just bend down like most people and tie them.  I would have to sit down in a funny position to do them up. 

When I was getting ready for my training session this morning I noticed when I was putting on my trainers I just bent down and did them up like it was normal for me. I didn’t struggle or anything. 

I tended to need help doing up my shoes. If they have buckles on I would usually get one of my kids to do them up for me. 

I have been skiing every year for the past 24 years. I really like skiing but I hate putting my boots on.  Matt has to do them up for me. While skiing I usually need them adjusting and Matt would get very annoyed with me because I can’t do them myself. 

My stomach has always got in the way of me reaching my feet.  As my stomach is not as big I find it really easy to get to my feet now. 

I think I could even put on my ski boots. 

Start weight 21st 5lbs

17st 1.4lbs.       ⬅️➡️.    59.6lbs⬇️total

Start weight 135.6 kg

108.6kg.           ⬅️➡️.       28kg⬇️total

Day 150

Sunday 29th May 2016

We got home from London yesterday afternoon and this morning we got up early to travel to the south coast.

We were going to a Christian music festival called The Big Church Day Out. It means a lot of standing, walking and, of course, dancing.  My feet are still aching from all the walking I did in London. I am feeling sorry for my poor feet.

I just want to put my feet up and relax.

My achy feet have been so worth it. I had a great day. 

I don’t think that I could have handled all this walking last year. I would have only been able to walk half the distance and it would have taken me 3 days to recover after I came back from London!

Start weight 21st 5lbs

17st 3.8lbs.      0.7lbs⬇️      57.2lbs⬇️total

Start weight 135.6 kg
109.6kg.          0.4kg⬇️            27kg⬇️total